Meet the slim pickin's




Vocals, Guitar, Banjo / Darren Eedens
Fiddle / David Grubb
Bass / Rhys Morgan
Drums / Edd Clemas



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Darren Eedens is a Honky Tonkin’ Americana inspired Banjo and Guitar player. Hailing from Ontario Canada he now calls Cardiff Wales home. Together with his band of Slim Pickin’s, he uses his unique and powerful voice to captivate anyone within earshot. With an unmatched live energy, they share his views on life and more often death, shedding a beautiful light on the tragic tale. Darren Eedens and the Slim Pickin’s have been bringing fun energetic Americana to festival stages all around Europe and the UK, they have people up on their feet from the first note picked, right down to the absolute silence during ballads of love lost. Having toured much of Europe for a number of years as a solo performer, Darren put together a strong band of musicians that also wanted to turn the idea of Country and Roots music on its head. They pack as many notes in tune as they can and have created an albums worth of music that will be recorded and released in April 2019. 

Full Length Album


3.5 ✫ - Country Music People Magazine

3 ✫ - RnR Magazine

“..This is a bluegrass style music executed with style and panache by a band that can whip up a storm live but also cut it in the studio”


"On his own he leaves audiences spellbound with his dazzling instrumental skills, startling old-school vocals (Imagine Buddy Holly sitting on a porch in the Appalachians) and tall tales. " -The Blues Magazine UK 
"Darren Eedens and the Slim Pickin's from Cardiff, Wales revive the late 80's, early 90's alt-country or cow-punk genre before the more all-including term Americana was created. Deeply rooted in traditional country and mountain music but presented with an edgier punk-energy, switching from guitar to banjo, "Rye Whisky" was a standout from their soon to be released self-titled debut on April, 12. 
Think of Hank Williams meeting Ralph Stanley ready to party on steroids, while the Sex Pistols are laughing somewhere." - Giddy Ups Bar

Notable Festivals Include


Cambridge Folk Festival (UK)

Black Deer Festival (UK)

North by North East (Canada)

Vikedal Roots Festival (Norway)

Northern Winter Beat (Denmark)

Focus Wales (UK)

Hillside Festival (Canada)

Canadian Music Week (Canada)

Folk Alliance International (US)

Folk Alliance Ontario (Canada)

Muddy Roots Europe (Belgium)
Darren Eedens & the Slim Pickin’s might be one of the hardest working bands you will see. Their music will touch you, whether it makes you simply tap your toes, drink a few to many beers, dance away, or reflect on the lesser evils of the world, you will not forget him.

Darren Eedens is proudly endorsed by Deering Banjos, The Loar Guitars