Off the Rails

Family band OFF THE RAILS features siblings and cousins April Irwin, Brent Cheek, Melanie Cheek, and Judy and Lloyd Jackson. The instrumentation of the band and the rich harmonies they weave into their songs are enhanced by blood ties and years of singing together around the piano and guitar.

OFF THE RAILS … Judy, Melanie and april’s natural, sweet vocal blend compliments Brent’s rich tenor, while Lloyd pulls it all together with an additional layer of harmony. Lloyd brings decades of band experience to the group as it’s backbone instrumentalist on lead & rhythm guitar and bass. Brent’s unique piano style was born from a natural talent and finely tuned ear. The girls take turns on rhythm and bass guitar, and percussion and the overall sound is further enhanced by layers of occasional mandolin, accordion, and harmonica.
OFF THE RAILS have selected songs from the past and the present - cover tunes and originals and pay particular homage to the songwriting of Leonard Cohen, The Beatles, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Gillian Welch, The Indigo Girls, Fred Eaglesmith and fellow Alberta based musicians Pat Hatherly, and Mike Plume & Jenny Orenstein.

Perennial favourites, OFF THE RAILS has performed for the Trochu Arboretum, Anthony Henday Museum, Elnora United Church, and Elnora Community church fundraisers since 2012. Other appearances include the Lee Park Gospel and Country Jamboree, Ivan Daines Picknic, Millet in Bloom Dessert & Concert, Red Deer’s “The Hub-Live Music Fridays” and more.

OFF THE RAILS transport themselves and their audience away - through story and song, tears and laughter.

Contact : Melanie Cheek

Phone : 780-604-3711
Email : mellyfae(at)

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