The Kiltlifters formed in 1999 in Nanaimo, British Columbia. The band members were all students or graduates of the renowned Malaspina University jazz program. After six months, they recorded their first CD, Pass the Popcorn. The disc reached #41 on the National Campus Radio charts,
including #1 in Fredericton, New Brunswick!
Amplifying their success across Canada was three cross-country tours in support of Popcorn, in 1999 and 2000. With the release of their newest effort, Serious George, the band is ready to take to the road again. George
consists of sixteen tracks, ranging from pop-ska anthems, crunchy ska-punk, jazzy instrumentals and even a soca homage to the beaches of their beloved hometown. The band is also working on their first music video, for "I Wanna Be a Goalie (for the Vancouver Canucks)."
The band has headlined and performed as part of numerous Vancouver Island festivals and shows, including the CHUM TV's VILand New Years, Victoria Ska Festival, Nanaimo Marine Festival, Youthfest Victoria, and the Nanaimo's Canada Day Festivities. In November of 2004, the Kiltlifters appeared in a series of videos for Shaw TV's "Locker Room," an Island-based sports-feature program-a show the band composed the theme music for.
The band believes passionately in the spirit of ska and encourages everyone to learn about and enjoy the roots and energy of this musical community.
Scot Rounding Singer / Songwriter / Trumpet
Brandon Mason Guitar
Brody Ketelsen Drums
Matthew Carter Singer / Songwriter/ Saxophone
Kayle Hamell Bass Guitar