Evening Hymns will release the new album Quiet Energies on September 18th 2015 on the Outside Music label in Canada and the United States. Recorded at frontman Jonas Bonnetta’s rural Ontario studio, and reunited with band members Jon Hynes on bass, guitars, backing vocals, Andrew Kekewich on drums, and longtime producer/engineer James Bunton, Bonnetta crafted the album with a newly established sense of clarity and focus.
“All My Life I Have Been Running” is about gaining clarity and finding comfort in chaos. I was seeking release when I made & toured my last record, but eventually I realized nothing was ever going to satisfy me if I kept analyzing everything with so much intensity. I needed to write a ripper – a song with a Tom Petty bridge – about accepting who I am and how I perceive the world. Everything has led to this distinct level of clarity that I have now about my Dad passing away.
Bonnetta started writing and recording his third album almost immediately after completing a tour across North America & Europe in support of his critically-revered 2013 album Spectral Dusk, a grief-stricken homage to the passing of his father in 2009. The songs on Quiet Energies exceed Evening Hymns’ promise of stunning immensity, possessed with the awakened momentum for accepting the irreconcilable. Defining what Quiet Energies means, Bonnetta says “Quiet Energies is the concept that all of this pent-up energy could be stored inside these quiet moments – a whisper as effective as an explosion.”
Evening Hymns debuted their new material this past weekend at the inaugural WayHome Festival in Oro Medonte, Ontario. A performance at the Ottawa City Folk Festival on September 19th, followed by select Western Canadian dates with Hayden. More touring in the fall and winter across Canada, Europe and the US will be announced soon.
Folly & the Hunter are playing 7 shows in Québec this Fall with new music from their album Awake, released this Summer. Marking the upcoming tour of their home province, Folly & the Hunter share a Featured Playlist on Rdio – Canada celebrating Quebec bands that inspired the new album. Familiar names in the mix include Half Moon Run, the Barr Brothers, and Little Scream, who have supported members of Folly & the Hunter along their path, landing alongside hometown heavyweights Arcade Fire:
Our “Awake” playlist is dedicated to Montréal and Quebec musicians who inspire us as musicians. We have performed shows with many of these artists, and there is a special place in our hearts for the Barr Brothers who loaned us their instruments to make our first album in 2011. In that way, they have all helped to shape part of our sound.
Full tour dates & info on Folly & the Hunter’s upcoming tour dates below: (more…)
Dynamite! out September 4 in Canada on Outside Music
Winner of New Zealand Music Awards
Best Country Album 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2015
Winner of NZ Country Music Awards Best Female Artist 2010 Best Female Artist 2011 Best Female Artist 2014
With a soulful voice straight from the golden age of country and rockabilly music, Tami Neilson has been described as “A red-hot honky-tonker, somewhere between Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson with perhaps just a little bit of Peggy Lee sophistication.” –Nick Bollinger, NZ National Radio
Singing her heart out along endless roads and stages, from her days as a young girl in Canada touring with the Neilson Family band, opening for the likes of Johnny Cash, to her full blossoming in New Zealand as a formidable talent in her own right, Tami Neilson has won the Tui Award (New Zealand Grammy) for each of her past four albums. Tami has been awarded the APRA Silver Scroll, New Zealand’s most prestigious music award for excellence in songwriting, for her song “Walk (Back To Your Arms)”. The award was previously won by Lorde for “Royals”. Dynamite! reached #1 on the NZ Music Charts, iTunes Country Charts and the New Zealand Independent Music Chart.
Tami is thrilled to finally have the album come out in her home country: “I am over the moon to finally have my album released where my life and my music originated, the home where my heart is constantly pulled like a magnet, even from the other side of the world. I’ve been hugely blessed to have New Zealand embrace my music and regard it with enough merit to include me among their esteemed musicians, but, have always hoped that someday I’d be heard by the people and the country who made me and shaped me and gave me the confidence to fly in the first place”