St. Beaufort is an international trio from Canada, Germany and the USA. Musically influenced by folk traditions of European immigrants and North American pioneers, the band has embarked on an adventure of sorts, travelling the Old Countries, the places where those traditions were bred. They set off to find their own Northwest Passage, going backwards though, not from Europe toward the Indies, but rather from the New World back across the Atlantic. The band carries elements of the North American Frontier to be renewed in the context of their European heritage. Instead of a ship or a wagon, their vehicle is the strum and pluck of a guitar, banjo, and mandolin, three-part vocal harmonies, and the occasional company of a blues harp or an inherited accordion.
The legendary journey and subsequent disappearance of the intrepid Captain John Franklin before he reached the Beaufort Sea in the Arctic inspired the trio to embrace this spirit: a quest of discovery, the search for a new passage to an old place in traditional music. The music continues to seek a return to our roots, inspired by a hunger for the wild, but under a new banner of divine adventure.