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Cods go green for St. Paddy's Day

Vernon Morning Star - March 11th, 2017

It must be the luck of the Irish, or just how the Gregorian calendar rolls, but after a long wait, St. Patrick’s Day is finally falling on a Friday. 

It was way back on March 17, 2006 when this last happened, and what better way to celebrate a Friday St. Paddy’s Day than with Vernon’s own band Cod Gone Wild. 

The Cods will bring both modern and traditional Irish and Maritime music to their performance in the grand ballroom at the Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre. 

“St. Patrick’s Day allows everyone the chance to be Irish for a day, dress in your favourite green outfit, drink some green beer (or a Guinness), eat some Irish stew (which will be available for sale at the event) and of course dance to some great Irish and Celtic tunes,” said Cod frontman and founder, Andrew Mercer. 

Last year, the band was on tour and was unable to put on its annual St. Patrick’s Day performance. 

As in the past, this year’s show is in aid of the Sun FM Have a Heart radiothon, which raises funds for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation. The Cods have donated more than $8,000 from its St. Patrick’s Day concert proceeds towards the radiothon the last several years, said Mercer. 

“It’s exciting to be back in Vernon, partnering with Sun FM and the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation for St. Patrick’s Day, with a brand new lineup of amazing musicians to showcase to our followers in the area,” he said. “Vernon has given us so much support in the past and it is important to give back to the community that has supported us from day one and has made this journey possible.” 

The Cods, who went through some changes last fall, adding drummer David Mihal, bassist Martyn Jones, and guitarist Sean Bray, are not wasting any time. The March 17 show will mark the launch of the band’s Pledge Music Campaign in support of its brand new album, set to be released in May. 

“Fans will have the opportunity to pre-buy a signed copy of the album at the show and get a chance to hear a few of the new songs that will be recorded on the upcoming record,” said Mercer. 

The new album will consist of a mix of original and traditional material that the band will be touring over the summer and into the fall across Western Canada. 

Friday’s St. Patrick’s Day party at the Vernon Lodge features a full cash bar and concession serving Irish stew and a bun for $5. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and showtime is 8:30 p.m. 

Tickets are $27 in advance at the Ticket Seller in the Performing Arts Centre, by phone at 250-549-7469 or online at Tickets are $35 at the door. Must be 19 and over to attend. 

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New Musicians Joining Cod Gone Wild in February

Cod Gone Wild is thrilled to welcome David Mihal (drums, percussion), Sean Bray (guitar/mandolin/vocals), and Martyn Jones (bass/vocals) to the cod beginning this February.  These talented musician have a heck of a lot of experience on the road and in the studio, learn all about them below:

DAVID MIHAL - Drums, Percussion  

Influenced by the many great drummers of the 70's, David began playing in his early teens and was soon working at a professional level. Some of his early work included Canadian blues artist Rita Chiarelli and RCA recording artist Shawne Jackson (Domenic Troiano).  

While living in Toronto and studying with drummer and author Peter Magadini, David was asked to join Canadian jazz icon Oliver Jones and tour the US with Jamaican singer Kenny Hamilton. Living in New York City while touring with that project greatly influenced his musical development, providing the opportunity to meet many of the great artists and drummers of that period, including Elvin Jones. Upon returning to Canada, David spent the early 80's touring and recording with the "Refugee" forerunner "Michael Fury".  

David currently records drum tracks for projects around the world from his private studio in Kelowna, BC, and as of 2014, is spending much of his time in Los Angeles.

SEAN BRAY - Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals

Sean Bray is a well respected guitarist, composer and educator who has played with various artists on many diverse projects. 
While in New York, Bray studied at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. Bray has played with and/or recorded with  
George Garzone, Pat LaBarbera, Bob Mintzer, Jon Faddis, Liberty Silver, Matt “Guitar” Murphy from the Blues Brothers,  
Mike Murley and Vincent Wolfe. He also composes for film and television and has taught at The University of Guelph and  
The Toronto Film School.
According to jazz guitar legend John Abercrombie, “Sean Bray is a real treat to listen to.” Possessing the ability to fit into many musical genres, while still retaining an unmistakably original voice on his instrument, has made him an in demand session player in Canada. He also leads the popular Sean Bray’s Peach Trio. Bray is endorsed  
by PRS Guitars, Planet Waves and D’Addario strings. CBC Radio also named Bray as one of Canada’s top 50 guitarists of all time.

Martyn Jones - Bass, Vocals

Bassist Martyn Jones was born in the blustery borough of Liverpool. A bit late to catch that initial wave of pop music that broke out all over North America, he began his life of music when, at age six his family moved to Prince Edward Island. "You were considered a little weird if you didn't play some kind of instrument so I took up 'campfire guitar." A working bassist by fourteen, Martyn has put together a busy musical career with some 60 album credits on several instruments and several producer credits including Beverley McKeen and an Aboriginal Award winning record with Art Napoleon called SISKABUSH TALES.

Martyn also has a fine singing voice and a keen harmony ear. "I just love harmonies. I'm from when if you didn't sing you weren't hireable. Our family sang in the car on long trips and my dad directed the choir." Nowadays MARTYN lives on Vancouver Island and continues his musical journey in the company of ANDREW MERCER and COD GONE WILD.

Cod Gone Wild bids Fare thee well to drummer "Rhino" - Vernon Morning Star (09/14/16)

After six years, three independent albums, countless gigs and a multitude of miles touring, Vernon band Cod Gone Wild has announced the departure of one of its original band members. 

Chad “Rhino” Carter will be playing his last show with the Cods in Grande Prairie at the Great Northern Casino Oct. 1st. 

Citing artistic differences and the ongoing hardships of running a band in the modern era, fellow founder Andrew Mercer says the direction of the band is going forward. 

“It was decided the best thing to do is to part ways with fond memories of the great music (we) were able to create together,” said  Mercer. 

“It is amazing looking back on all of the wonderful things we have done together with the band over the past six years. Rhino is and will continue to be a force to be reckoned with on the drums and he will be greatly missed on stage. Roy (Kawano, bass player), Sue (Aylard, fiddler) and myself wish him all the best in his future projects, I’m sure he will do amazing things.” 

Carter will remain in Vernon and says he will be putting his energy back into his graphic and landscape design business, Rhino Designs, but will still keep a toe in the music scene with yet unannounced projects in the works. Soon to be released as well will be his reality comic strip, entitled Sludge, about being in a working band told from a drummer’s perspective. 

“I have enjoyed great success with Cod Gone Wild and am very proud of the accomplishments we have made over the years,” he said. “Thank you very much to all the fans that enjoyed what we do and encouraged us to keep growing and believed in us. I will look back on it all with a happy heart and wish the band much success moving forward in the future. I am sad it’s over but thrilled about what the future holds for my ongoing musical adventure. Cod Gone Wild was a great outlet for developing my original music as well as a platform for producing artwork for the albums we released. It was a place where I could always use my creativity and I am blessed to have been a part of it. I am planning on using that experience in the future assisting other musicians who lack graphics and marketing in promoting their music.” 

Carter’s last show with Cod Gone Wild in the Okanagan will be at the Caetani Cultural Centre Sunday, Sept. 25. The band will be joined by the Okanagan Celtic Choir for the final installment of the Caetani Summer Music Series. The show begins at 2 p.m. and is by donation (recommended $10 for adults and $5 for students). 

There is no parking available at the Caetani Centre and patrons are reminded they will have to park in the surrounding area and walk to the centre.

CGW to Host "A Newfoundland New Year's Eve"

Posted - December 8th, 2015

Cod Gone Wild front-man, Andrew Mercer, decided not to make the long trip home to Newfoundland for Christmas this year.  Instead, as an attempt to stave off home sickness, he is bringing the tastes and sounds of downhome to the North Okanagan for “A Newfoundland New Year’s Eve,” a formal dinner and dance that will take place at Okanagan College’s Kal View room, overlooking beautiful Kalamalka Lake. 

The evening will feature Newfoundland cocktails, a prime rib traditional Newfoundland Jigg’s Dinner, catered by Basket Case Picnic’s, and of course music from Vernon’s own East Coast infused band Cod Gone Wild.  The evening will also include various party favours (and perhaps an ugly stick or two) a candy buffet from Anna’s Sweets and treats and champagne at midnight.

Tickets for “A Newfoundland New Year’s Eve” are available at the Ticket Seller Box Office (Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre), online at or by phoning 250-549-SHOW.   Tickets for the dinner and dance are $85.00 each (only 150 tickets available) and doors will open for cocktails at 6:30 pm. Tickets for the dance only are $40.00 each and doors will open at 8:30 pm (only 40 tickets available). 

For more information about the show visit or for table reservations please email

CGW on CBC's Daybreak South!

Cods to Perform two Nights at the Notch Hill Hall to Introduce Fiddler Susan Aylard

Posted November 10, 2015

It has been an eventful and amazing six years for Vernon based band Cod Gone Wild.  Producing, two full-length studio albums, touring all over Western Canada, performing shows in San Francisco, Newfoundland, and most recently at the Ambassador’s Residence in Quito, Ecuador this past Canada Day. 

Cod Gone Wild recently bid farewell to band mate and friend Anjuli Otter.  Anjuli was with the band for four years, was an amazing addition, and played a large role in the band’s success over that time.  “Anjuli’s departure certainly left a void, some uncertainty, and many unanswered questions around who was going to fill that void,” says Cod Gone Wild front man Andrew Mercer. 

Then along came Susan (Sue) Aylard.  Sue started her violin studies before her 3rd birthday at the Vancouver Academy of Music.  During her studies throughout western Canada she placed first in the Senior Division at the BC Festival of the Arts, her “Sabeon Trio” twice competed at the National Music Competition and most recently she received the prestigious Okanagan Arts award.  Sue has travelled the world performing in Sweden, Russia, Denmark, Mexico, the USA and Ireland. 

Sue happened to catch a Cod Gone Wild show in Blind Bay at the Shuswap Lake Festival of the Arts when the band played there this past July.  Upon learning that the band was looking for a new fiddle player, she contacted them to set up an audition. 

No stranger to fiddle music, having fronted her own bands, “Cats and the Fiddle” and “Rough Pearl,” not to mention performing with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, joining the Cods was a natural progression for an already accomplished violinist/fiddler.  Drummer Chad "Rhino" Carter is excited about the new direction of the band.  “Sue nailed the audition and is a true professional.  We are delighted to have her on board and we feel quite fortunate to have found someone locally to join us and represent our region as we travel and share our version of modern Celtic music.” 

Cod Gone Wild will be showcasing their new fiddle player with two shows in Sue’s hometown of Sorrento, November 27th and 28th, at the Notch Hill Hall (1639 Notch Hill Road), a venue that the Cods are familiar with, having performed two sold out shows there within the last three years.  Cod Gone Wild is encouraging more than just the locals to come out for these shows says Mercer.  “This is a chance for our fans across the Valley and Shuswap to come out and welcome Sue to the band and to check out what she brings to the group.  We will also be shooting video and taking photographs of the new line-up, so we are looking to create a fun, relaxed atmosphere of family, friends and supporters!” 

Tickets for both shows are available at The Lighthouse Market, 1249 Trans-Canada Highway, Sorrento or Acorn Music, 122 Lakeshore Drive, Salmon Arm at a cost of $20.  Doors open for the shows at 7:00 pm, Show time is 7:30 pm.  Concession will be available.