Eamon McGrath, The Wilderness Of Manitoba

spectrasonic.com presents

Eamon McGrath

The Wilderness Of Manitoba

Jenny Berkel

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Zaphod Beeblebrox

Ottawa, ON

$10.00

This event is 19 and over

tickets also available at Vertigo Records and both Compact Music locations


lineup, date, venue, times and ticket price subject to change without notice.

Eamon McGrath
Eamon McGrath
With over 300 songs written and recorded, album of the year credits, and multiple continent-spanning tours, Eamon McGrath has developed a body of work that could rival that of any artist 15 years his senior. This is the house that punk rock built: a fierce DIY attitude and constantly-changing style has guided McGrath across the globe on countless tours, stories from which have been cultivated in innumerable journal entries and song lyrics. He is based in Toronto, Ontario.

With over 100,000 kilometres of highway, railroad and sky behind him, McGrath continues to blaze an impassioned trail of music that finds a sound and voice somewhere between punk rock, country, folk and rock and roll. Taking him to locations as geographically diverse as Reykjavik, Palma de Majorca, Warsaw, and everywhere in between, McGrath and his guitar represent a new dawn of singer-songwriting that's injected with the raw, fierce energy of punk rock: not in the sense of an acoustic performer hollering at the top of his lungs to simulate the energy of a full band, but instead something more rooted in a passionate commitment to your craft and a blind and zealous determination to your vision, wrapped in a sonic texture as rough as the road itself.
The Wilderness Of Manitoba
The Wilderness Of Manitoba
Acoustic duo show feat. Will Whitham and Raven Sheilds

The Wilderness of Manitoba prefers to characterize itself as an evolving entity. The band’s newest album, Between Colours, is as far-reaching as anything in its catalogue. They feel that it speaks to what an album means to them: that it’s between the one previous and the next one along, and that each album is its own colour. “When a band isn’t changing, it’s not growing,” says guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist Will Whitwham. From the band’s inception, it has redefined itself with every album; from Hymns of Love and Spirits through When You Left The Fire, Island of Echoes and The Leslieville Sessions. The evolution of their sound has run the gamut from four part harmonies and chamber folk to their current more cinematic arrangements.

The Wilderness of Manitoba’s upcoming release, Between Colours, showcases an explosion of strength with Whitwham and vocalist/guitarist/violinist Amanda Balsys trading and sharing lead vocals, and with a more rhythmic bottom end led by bassist Wes McClintock. Recorded at Revolution Recording in Toronto with producer Joe Dunphy, the album fully embraces all the studio had to offer. To address the wider range of dynamics in the songs, drummers Tom Bona, Marito Marques and Howie Beck were brought into the sessions. Other guests included Michael Phillip Wojewoda on theremin and Alex Lifeson with a signature guitar solo. The expanding instrumentation and layered guitar and synth effects combine to create one-listen pop hooks and adventurous sonic exploration.
Jenny Berkel
Venue Information:
Zaphod Beeblebrox
27 York St.
Ottawa, ON, K1N 9J6
http://zaphods.ca/