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Idyl Tea

Idyl Tea was formed in Edmonton, Canada in 1984. The group was active in the recording studio and concert stage until the year 1995 when the group took an open-ended hiatus to explore other musical and personal endeavours.

For the first two years, Idyl Tea confined their performing to the college/university bars of Western Canada. In the Autumn of 1985, they released a cassette single, "Awfully Nice Eyes", to college radio, and it quickly charted on college radio stations across the country.

In 1986 they released a 5-song vinyl EP entitled 'How I See This Table'. The record charted well, and the band began touring Eastern Canada, including one tour with Chalk Circle as well as other notables such as David Lindley.

In 1990, three years and three nation-wide tours later, Idyl Tea released their self titled, full-length, independent debut CD. On the strength of the indie release, Attic Records picked them up in early 1991 and re-released it. The launch was accompanied by a Phil Kates directed video for "Oh Brother". Idyl Tea performed "unplugged" on MuchMusic, embarked on several Canadian tours most notably a 10 city eastern canadian jaunt with burgeoning folk stars "Spirit of the West", The Leslie Spit Tree-o and a show in Peterborough with newly formed opening act The Watchmen. A second single, "Tryin' To Get Back", was issued shortly before being let go by the label in 1992. In spite of this, the CD charted as far away as Russia, Scotland and Wales.

Idyl Tea continued on as an independent, and in 1994 they released a 5-song maxi-single, with accompanying video, entitled "Funny Feelin'". The video entered medium rotation on MuchMusic and the band continued performing live including a performance with Blue Rodeo. The disc was intended to be a precursor to a 2nd full-length album. But midway through the recording, the band decided to take a hiatus. Which they are still on.

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