The Rogue Folk Club presents New Country Rehab plus Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer – Child Ballads

The Rogue Folk Club presents New Country Rehab plus Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer – Child Ballads

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Date: 3/16/2013 12:01 am
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Date of event March 21, 2013
Location of event St James Hall 3214 West 10th Ave, Kitsilano 

New Country Rehab cuts through the clutter of watered-down musical imitations with a modern, high-voltage, alt-country sound. Combining sharp innovation and a deep respect and knowledge of timeless musical themes and motifs, New Country Rehab's powerful music is full of love, loss, longing and joy. They are “more Arcade Fire than Lady Antebellum… like Canada's answer to the Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons.” – Nigel Williamson, UNCUT (Jan 2012)

Spearheaded by lead singer and fiddle player John Showman, joined by Champagne James Robertson on guitar, Ben Whiteley on double bass and Roman Tome on drums and backing vocals, the Toronto based collective is “poised to be the next big thing in Canadian music” (Tom Power, CBC Radio). Growing audiences in Canada, the U.S. and Europe are responding to New Country Rehab's infectious love and enthusiasm for the music they are playing. The band makes it “super accessible, not only to fans of roots/folk/country, but even to the broader, less country inclined audience” (Josef Jensen, Indie Artist Podcast).

They have a new CD out for this tour, Ghost of your charms, and they were absolutely amazing at The Rogue last March – and again at Island Musicfest and Edmonton Folk Festival last summer. Don't miss this show.

Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer are two songwriters who co-arranged a selection of epic old folk songs from across the Atlantic for their current release Child Ballads. For Mitchell, this recording comes on the heels of 2010’s Hadestown and 2012’s Young Man in America. Hamer began his career with the Colorado roots rock band Great American Taxi, but moved to New York in 2008 to pursue songwriting and a passion for Irish traditional music.

Mitchell and Hamer quickly discovered their shared love of Celtic and British Isles ballads, especially the classic folk albums of the 1970s, and made a plan to arrange and record some of their favorites together. But what began as a whimsical side project evolved into a serious collaborative endeavor spanning several years, three separate recording attempts, and a whole lot of cutting room floor as the pair navigated their way through a centuries old tradition.

The resulting album was recorded by producer/engineer Gary Paczosa in Nashville in early 2012. The production is minimal, and the songs are driven by two-guitar arrangements and the kind of close harmonies that call to mind Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris or an acoustic Fleetwood Mac.

Tickets $24 ($20 members)
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