Cassandra Van Der Kroegt                                Tiger Moon members Dan Tait and Kasey Graff are releasing their first full-length album, Cariboo & Whiskey, at the Kelowna Forum, June 9.

Cassandra Van Der Kroegt Tiger Moon members Dan Tait and Kasey Graff are releasing their first full-length album, Cariboo & Whiskey, at the Kelowna Forum, June 9.

Folk band brings natural elements to album

Kelowna band Tiger Moon will be releasing their first full-length album June 9

The sound of a crackling fire and the ‘thump’ of snow falling off the roof can be heard on one Kelowna folk band’s latest album.

The musicians of Tiger Moon are releasing their first full-length record Cariboo & Whiskey Friday, June 9.

Founders Dan Tait, 29, and Kasey Graff, 31, took an unconventional road for recording their album, traveling to old churches in Barkerville during the dead of winter.

“We didn’t want to do a standard recording and we didn’t want to spend all our time in the studio… and all our ideal options were in the Cariboo region,” said guitarist/vocalist Tait.

Originally, the band planned to record the album in January 2016, in a cabin near 100 Mile House, but decided to wait a year and let the songs mature. Their love of simple lifestyles and nature drew them to the old churches in Barkerville, after the plan fell through for the cabin.

“Though we love recording in a studio… we always figured when making a piece of art you should be in your zone,” said Tait.

“Since we recorded this album this past January, we decided we’re never going back to the studio. It’s going to be destination recordings from here on out.”

There’s an ambiance that comes with recording in the quiet locations.

“The bonus of recording in the old 160-year-old rooms is we would get the sound of the rooms, it’s hard to explain but there’s a certain amount of warmth,” said Tait. “It was part of the record, part of the sound up there.”

The tracks feature a new rhythm, bass and vocal team, Joshua Smith and Dylan Ranney, as well as guest musicians from around the Okanagan. The musicians are performing eight pieces during their CD release show in Kelowna, June 9 at the Kelowna Forum.

Guest musicians will also contribute to the performance with a guitar, bass, drums, trombone, piano, and more forming a mini orchestra. Tait will be playing guitar while singing along with Graff’s vocals and mandolin.

The band’s name, Tiger Moon, was created six months after Graff and Tait got together in 2012 and it involved a bottle of wine.

“We just couldn’t settle on a name, and it got to the point where it was a week away from a Parks Alive! show,” said Tait.

The pair sat down with their wine and columns of names. Five hours late Tiger Moon was born.

With Cariboo & Whiskey, Cariboo comes from the region which Tait and Graff share a fondness of, and whiskey comes from their love of the drink.

Being a couple for nearly five years and currently sharing a van together, they make it work by finding time to themselves.

Tait goes for walks and Graff finds her alone time while cooking.

“Ultimately we’re both on the same page… it’s a lot of learning and understanding and patience,” said Tait.

They’ve also evolved musically, becoming more mature.

“Year by year we’ve taken a much more professional approach to our music,” he added.

The couple creates a storyboard for the songs and do pre-production and arranging of songs beforehand.

“We’re kind of looking at it more of our trade now,” he said. “It’s our way to make our daily bread.”

Graff is originally from Rutland, while Tait is from Ottawa, moving to Kelowna six years ago. The couple currently live in their van as they tour across B.C. and are looking forward to playing at the Ponderosa Arts and Music Festival for the first time.

Look for the folk musicians at

Tickets for the Cariboo & Whiskey concert are available at the Bean Scene downtown, Milkcrate Records, Dunnenzies Downtown, and Mosaic Books.

Just Posted

With high temperatures forecasted for the week and into the next, Interior Health is offering some tips on how to keep yourself safe from heat-related illness. (Pixabay)
Interior Health offers safety tips as temperatures soar

“Too much health can be harmful to your health.”

Central Okanagan Public Schools (File photo)
COVID-19 exposure identified at West Kelowna school

The site of the exposure has been identified as Shannon Lake Elementary School

A West Kelowna man was seriously injured in a single-vehicle collision early on Tuesday morning. (Black Press file photo)
Single vehicle collision seriously injures West Kelowna man

The man was driving a pickup truck that went off the road and caught on fire

(Pixabay photo)
Morning Start: Cheetahs can’t roar

Your morning start for Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Voix du Coeur is bringing music to seniors in retirement homes as restrictions slowly start to ease. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Trio sings opera to Okanagan seniors as pandemic restrictions ease

Voix du Coeur travel around the Okanagan to bring the joy of music to seniors for free

Teenagers make their way to Truswell Road after a party is broken up by police at the end of Mission Creek (Lorraine Besner/Contributed).
Kelowna residents concerned about ongoing alleged underage beach parties

Public urination, property damage, drinking and drug usage have become weekly concerns

People enjoy the sun at Woodbine Beach on June 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
BC Hydro assures customers it has ‘more than enough’ power to weather the heatwave

Despite an increase of pressure on the Western grid, blackouts are not expected like in some U.S. states

Air Canada planes sit on the tarmac at Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Pilots say no reason to continue quarantines for vaccinated international travellers

Prime minister says Canada still trying to limit number of incoming tourists

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Six United Way chapters around the province are merging into United Way B.C. (News Bulletin file photo)
6 United Way chapters merging around B.C.

Money raised in communities will stay in those communities, agency says

Val Litwin is the latest candidate to declare his bid for the B.C. Liberal leadership. (Litwin campaign video)
Political newcomer joins contest for B.C. Liberal leadership

Val Litwin a former B.C. Chamber of Commerce CEO

A new air cleaning technology will be installed at Unisus School in Summerland. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Virus cleaning pilot set for Unisus School in Summerland

Summerland-based lighting company to install technology at private school

Golden Ears Mountains, captured in May 2021. (Black Press Media files)
2nd year of day passes required for entry into 5 provincial parks launches in B.C.

Pilot program seeks to protect the environment by addressing visitor surges amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Lincoln Mckoen. (YouTube)
Anglican bishop of the central Interior resigns over sexual misconduct allegations

Lincoln Mckoen was elected as a bishop of the Territory of the People region last year

Most Read