Sven Olsen’s Brutal Canadian Love Saga are a 15 piece pop orchestra from Lyall bay Wellington who have released two acclaimed mixed media album/books. 2010's Songs From the Bottom of a Hilltop (double album and illustrated 80 pp book) and 2014's The Almanac (108pp illustrated book and 5 albums on an orange USB drive attached to a flyswat).
The Sven's are the brainchild of Nigel Beckford who writes the lyrics and works up the music with Clyde Clemett and Cath Haley. The Svens gather most Sundays with a revolving cast of live players, including: Nigel Beckford (songs, words, book writing, singing, guitar, keyboard/electronics), Clyde Clemett (guitars), Kath Gebbie (violin), Janet Thomson (singing), Megan Brownlie (flute), Dave Currie (bass) Mike (mandolin), Cath Haley (keyboards, guitar, singing), Mike Hogan (mandolin), Tim Robinson (drums/percussion), Amanda White (Vocals), Sarah Donovan (singing), Heather Miller (violin), Bethnay Miller (vocals), Roger Miller (vocals), Emily Bacon (cello), Mike Fitzsimons (singing), Joel Miller (viola), Mike Fitzsimons (vocals), Andy Tate (mandolin), Nina Tate (cello), Mike Hogan (mandolin), Brenton and Belinda Veitch (cello and violin), Lee Gibson (violin), Annabelle McIntyre (singing), Grant Hannis (trumpet),Ged Taylor (multimedia), and John Fletcher (piano/keyboards).
Listen to their music here -