Welcome to the home page of The Lichens (that’s pronounced “likens”).

For those of you wondering what sort of name that is for a folk/roots band, for starters we like the fact that the name resonates with where we’re from — lichens occur in some of the most extreme environments on Earth—arctic tundra, hotdeserts, rocky coasts, on leaves and branches in rain forests and temperate woodland, on bare rock… in short, lichens are all over the place here where we’re based, in the mountainous West Kootenay region of southeastern British Columbia.

We also like the fact that lichens are long-lived(!) Like us, they’re tough and tenacious, but are also vulnerable to environmental disturbance — amen to that!

So add it up, and “Lichens” emerges as an appropriate name for a folk/roots/pop band based in and around the lovely, isolated alpine village of Kaslo, British Columbia.


This neck of the global woods is full of eccentric, wildly creative folks, many of them accomplished musicians. We’ve drawn on this pool of local talent to build a band steeped in the musical traditions that form the foundation of modern North American music.

Stay tuned for news re. gigs, recordings, and podcasts. And if in the meantime you have any questions or suggestions (or lavish praise, always welcome!), drop us a line at: randy@netidea.com.

And remember: when in doubt, sing (like Lapis the Wonder Dog)!

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