Common Deer came together in the fall of 2013 to begin crafting musical performances that would resonate. The band has deep familial ties, having two sets of siblings in the troop of five, and utilizes the deep bonds they have with each other to compose music that invites audiences to feel at one with the group.
Inspired by the integration of classical string instruments into modern riffs, the band formed around Adam's mastery of classical cello and Graham’s violin, leveraging strings as the springboard for their self dubbed Cinematic Alt Folk. As the band evolves, their focus is to continue turning strings of songs into an engaging performance of strings.
All aspects of the band's music derive from a central focus on classical strings, merging old European composition with the western frontier folk story. Common Deer, while a pun within itself, is a rarity, while still happily covering your favourite pop-folk songs at live shows.
Whitney is no stranger to the stage. With nearly 10 years of writing and performing music, she has arrived at a place of compelling self expression. Her sound is playful and original with lyrics that often illustrate the connection between the human heart and nature. When combined with a powerful rhythm section and beautiful baking vocals, her music transcends the singer-songwriter feel and enters into the full band dynamic with each player offering something unique.