eclectic arts from Western Canada

The Stone Merchants were formed out of the Al Brant Band in the early 1990s.

Al Brant - vocals & 12 string guitar

Eddie Patterson - lead guitar (1990 - 1993, 2000 - 2002)

Tom Roschkov - vocals & lead guitar (1999 - 2002, 2006 - 2008)

John Armstrong - bass

Kelly Pikula - drums

The Al Brant Band recorded one album, "Let It Fly," which was only ever released on cassette. In preparation for a follow up recording, the band changed its name to The Stone Merchants in 1992.

But, Eddie left the band and Western Canada shortly afterwards.  Al, John, & Kelly played for a while with Mykal Ammar on lead guitar and then with Stuart Eiriksson on lead guitar.  The band broke up in the mid 90s.

In the late 90s, Tom Roschov joined the band as lead guitarist and shared lead vocal duties with Al.  When Eddie returned to Edmonton in 2000, he re-joined the band.

They recorded one CD, "have another blue juice, mister" in 2001.

The band later went on to add didgeridoo player Vince Sanregret and merged the Stone Merchants with the Ancestors (John, Tom & Kelly's improv band) to form SMAC.  Ed eventually returned once again to Ontario but flew back to record 2 more albums with the new collective.  SMAC disbanded in the mid 2000s

Al, John, Tom, and Kelly reformed as The Stone Merchants for a couple of years in the late 2000s.  They played a number of the bar circuit for a coupe of years before moving on to new projects.


The Al Brant Band - Can't Find My Way Home

Live at the Sidetrack Cafe in Edmonton on March 3rd, 1991