Darren Eedens is a Honky Tonkin’ , Bluegrass, Americana inspired Banjo and Guitar player. Hailing from Ontario Canada he now calls Cardiff Wales home. Together with his band of Slim Pickin’s, he uses his unique and powerful voice to captivate anyone within earshot. With an unmatched live energy, they share his views on life and more often death, shedding a beautiful light on the tragic tale.
Darren Eedens and the Slim Pickin’s have been bringing fun energetic Americana to festival stages all around Europe and the UK and to SXSW in Austin Texas , they have people up on their feet from the first note picked, right down to the absolute silence during ballads of love lost. Having toured much of Europe for a number of years as a solo performer while recording and releasing music since 2009 , Darren put together a strong band of musicians that also wanted to turn the idea of Country and Roots music on its head.
As a professional Banjo player, Darren has performed with many acts over the years and on many sessions for tracks around the world. H e plays in Cardiff based traditional Bluegrass band ‘ Taf Rapids Stringband ’ which hosts a weekly live performance in the city centre. 2019 marked a busy year, with a solo EP of country ballads, as well as a Slim Pickin’s full length album, both of which had gigs lined up across the UK and Europe for this year.
Notable Festivals Include SXSW (US) Cambridge Folk Festival (UK) Black Deer Festival (UK) North by North East (Canada) Vikedal Roots Festival (Norway) Northern Winter Beat (Denmark) Focus Wales (UK) Hillside Festival (Canada) Canadian Music Week (Canada) Folk Alliance International (US) Folk Alliance Ontario (Canada) Muddy Roots Europe (Belgium).