Montreal‘s Folly & the Hunter will release Tragic Care, their second album and first for the Outside Music Label on April 16th. Having recently toured with fellow Montrealers Half Moon Run, the band will return to the road in early May supporting label mate Aidan Knight in a tour that will take them through Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.
Tragic Care was recorded at Breakglass Studios with Dave Smith and Jace Lasek (The Besnard Lakes). ”The recording process with Dave and Jace was short and intense” says lead singer Nick Vallee; “We had 12 days to record and mix the whole thing, but we had written all the parts in advance so we were ready for it. Dave was an inspiring person to record with because his approach was so calm, and his experience aided us in making the best decisions when inevitable complications arose. Jace became involved when it was time to mix. The album was mixed on their giant SSL console, which Jace mastered beautifully. Jace’s mixing style took the sound of the album to a new level and his willingness to experiment made the final mix even better than expected”
The band, Nick Vallee, Laurie Torres, and Christopher Fox are from different parts of the world (Vallee from BC, Fox from Sussex England, Torres is a native of Quebec of Haitian/Spanish heritage) are all bilingual. To honour the language of the province they all call home, they recorded “Hiver Mile-End” the Arianne Moffat song from her album Tous les sens. The song is the bonus track on the iTunes version of the album.
You can stream a live performance video of “How It Came Down” from a Wood & Wires session recently filmed in Toronto: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyFAhSslofY
5/8 Hamilton, ON – The Casbah *
5/9 Waterloo, ON – Starlight *
5/10 London, ON – Aeolian Hall *
5/11 St. Catharines, ON – Mansion House *
5/14 Moncton, NB – Tide & Boar *
5/15 Halifax, NS – The Carleton *
5/16 Fredericton, NB – The Capital *
5/17 Truro, NS – Marigold Theatre *
5/21 Quebec, QC – Le Cercle *
5/22 Montreal, QC – Cabaret du Mile End *
5/23 Wakefield, QC – The Blacksheep Inn *
5/24 Kingston, ON – The Grad Club *
Happy New Release Day to Outside Music’s The Besnard Lakes! Their new album Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO is available in-stores and online today!
The story of the album unfolds its introspection on the endurance of the human spirit during prophetic times as told by a spy or two, maybe more. Each of the eight tracks on the album takes off, coasts, and lands smoothly, with a jubilant slowburn of its own momentum for the benefit of the larger picture.
The Besnard Lakes create a distinct and dreamy headspace, an enigmatic and somehow familiar placelessness. It happens in such a way that both the close and casual listener find themselves immersed in the generous sonic vision, one moment as timeless as the next. Get Your copy of Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO at the Outside Music Store!
The band are also playing two more Canadian shows before heading off States side and Europe this Spring.April 11 @ Le Cercle, Quebec City April 13 @Cabaret Du Mile-End, Montreal For Complete Tour Dates click here.
Jill Barber will perform favourites from her acclaimed albums including Mischievous Moon and Chances and in addition, will celebrate her just released French language album, Chansons, which debuted at #1 on the Canadian Jazz album charts (#11 overall). Chansons is a collection of French cover songs from the 40s, 50s and 60s.
Tickets are available online:
The Folk Alliance International Conference is taking over Toronto this week.
Matthew Barber and Rose Cousins will playing showcases over three days at the Delta Chelsea Hotel and at Hugh’s Room. Come out, say Hi, and get yer Folk on!
Matthew Barber Showcases:
Lost Highway Showcase: Thursday, Feb 21 3:15pm, Room 1270 with Orlagh De Bhaldraithe, Amelia Curran, & Suzie Brown
Babes4Breasts: private showcase, Friday, Feb 22, 12:30am, Room 1057 with James Keelaghan and Jordie Lane (Australia)
Official showcase: Saturday, Feb 23, 8:30pm, Stevenson Room
Monkey Room Showcase: Saturday, Feb 23, 2:15 am, Room 1074 with: Aengus Finnan (Canada) / Natalia Zukerman (USA) / Catie Curtis (USA)
Rose Cousins Showcases:
9:15pm Official Showcase Mountbatten B
10:55pm ECMA/Sounds AustraliaSuite 1180
12:30am The Cambridge Lounge Room 1065
10:30pm The Monkey Room 1074 round with Rachel Sermanni, Jordie Lane, Del Barber
12am Musical Chairs Room 1073 round with Robby Hecht, Grace Pettis
1:30am Beaver Suite/Anti Records Room 1080
10pm Folk Alliance Public Show @ HughsRoom with Joe Pug, The Milk Carton Kids (show starts at 8pm)
12:15am The Monkey Room 1074 with Orlagh De Bhaldraithe
Happy New Release Day to Outside Music’s Leif Vollebekk! His new album North Americana is available in-stores and online today!
After his 2010 debut, Vollebekk knew the kind of album he wanted to make next: a record like the ones he loves by Gillian Welch or Ryan Adams, that feel old and familiar even when they’re new. But also a record that speaks to the listener through its lyrics, with songs “that can hold up in a storm,” that are packed full of perfect little mistakes. So he started writing. Ten new songs, the best he had ever written, with lines about love and the end of love, about journeys and homecoming, about the death of friends and drinking yourself dry. Now Vollebekk laughs: “I thought the record was done when I was finished writing the songs. ‘All we need to do is record it!’” But when you’re searching for the perfect take, recording is no small task. It happened only piece by piece, session by session, song by song, over the course of seasons. Get Your copy of North Americana at the Outside Music Store!
Leif will also be playing a couple of shows in the spring, including Canadian Music Week, and will be opening up for Patrick Watson. See dates below!
3/01/13 Wakefield QC @ The Black Sheep Inn
3/04/13 Chicago IL @ The Empty Bottle
3/20/13 Toronto ON @ CMW
3/21/13 Toronto ON @ CMW
3/22/13 Quebec City QC @ Le Cercle (album release show)
3/23/13 Montreal QC @ Cabaret du Mile-End
3/30/13 Magog QC @ Vieux-Clocher de Magog #
4/02/13 Terrebonne QC @ Théâtre du Vieux-Terrebonne #
# w/ Patrick Watson
Happy New Release Day to one of Outside Music’s favourite ladies, Jill Barber! Her new record Chansons is available in-stores and online!
The album features her own interpretations of classic French songs from both France and Québec. Jill meticulously curated the repertoire herself, selecting material from a long list of over thirty songs, drawn both from her own collection, and from recommendations from friends within the Francophone community.
There are 12 covers of classic French songs from Québec and France, including songs by Edith Piaf, Serge Gainsbourg, and Charles Aznavour.
Visit the Outside Music Store to get your copy of Chansons!