Steel & Timber can play intimate venues as an acoustic string duo or trio (banjo, guitar, and upright bass) or a festival stage with a drummer, plugged in and loud
Steel & Timber started as a summer evening jam in a Calgary park. But right away people were drawn to the sound of acoustic guitar and banjo strings that drifted through the air, blending roots and country blues. Families would sit down and watch. People requested albums, and asked where and when they’d be playing again. Suddenly there was demand, so Nathan Harris-Thompson and Benjamin Rogalsky started a band and called it, Steel & Timber, after the instruments that had lured in their first fans.
In 2017 indigenous multi-instrumentalist Navarro Ralph joined on upright and electric bass, adding his own rich rhythm and filling in the sound that is distinctly Steel & Timber.
YYC Music Award nominees Steel & Timber are a blend of roots country, folk rock, bluegrass and blues, and it it makes sense; the members of Steel & Timber are music lovers. Their eclectic sound is influenced by bands like the Black Keys, the Avett Brothers, Johnny Cash, and Jack White. Steel and Timber released their first full length album Everything you Own in 2017.
Steel & Timber has become a popular act in Calgary and the surrounding areas. Notable performances include The Sunrise Festival in Inuvik NWT, the Lilac Festival, the Southern Alberta Music Festival, Hometown Hockey in Canmore along with opening spots for Paul Brandt, The Heels, Whitehorse, and The Dead South.
Steel & Timber continues to develop their sound and stage act incorporating ukulele, and guitar and banjo effects. Their percussive energy and clear enjoyment of playing live has earned them a unique place in Calgary's music scene and is enjoyed by all ages.
In 2018, drummer Stephanie Ralph started playing with the band and their sound was elevated to a new and exciting level. When Stephanie is running marathons, triathlons, iron mans, and other awesome things, percussionist and sound engineer Dan Smith fills in on drums.