Hey everyone! Check out this month’s edition of the Windy City Opry! We have the extraordinary Mayhemingways all the way from Ontario, and local songmaster, also originating from Ontario, Dave McCann. We’re all in for a real treat this month! Show starts promptly at 8pm. $10 cover and excellent door prizes to be won. Door prizes are donated by our generous sponsors at Blueprint Entertainment, Catwalk Salon and Spa and the Chin Up Record Club on CKXU 88.3fm. Big thanks for everyone’s continued support of these Opry events! Without you these wouldn’t be possible. Read on to learn more about this month’s acts:
Born in Toronto and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, Dave found his musical roots when he relocated West to Calgary, Alberta twenty years ago and started Dave McCann and the Ten Toed Frogs. They released three critically acclaimed recordings “Woodland Tea”, “Country Medicine” and “Shoot The Horse” (a live recording captured at the historic Sidetrack Cafe, one of Alberta’s fondest and long gone venues). 2009 brought a name change and took Dave McCann and the Firehearts to Nashville to record with Americana guitar icon and producer Will Kimbrough (Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Mavis Staples, Todd Snider). The resulting work “Dixiebluebird” was released a year later and brought rave reviews. “Dixiebluebird” was a benchmark recording for Dave McCann and the Firehearts and it is clear to see “Circle of Light” shares the same optimistic charms.
Mayhemingways are an eclectic and full-sounding duo from the musical hotbed of Peterborough, Ontario. They describe their sound as fuzz-folk with bluegrass, Cajun, and Celtic influences. Lead singer Benj Rowland plays accordion, banjo, guitar and tenor guitar while holding down the bass with foot pedals. Josh Fewings plays drums, percussion and adds back-up vocals.
In 2017 they completed a cross-Canada tour with Joel Plaskett and his father Bill, as their opening act and backing band. Including stops at The National Arts Centre in Ottawa and the famed Massey Hall in Toronto. Later this year they will once again tour their country and will also head to Europe for the first time in October and November.
“Mind-bending and original music with deep roots in the tradition of dark North American folk.” -Tom Wilson of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings & Lee Harvey Osmond.
Mayhemingways tour Canada as much as they can. Like bands of old, rolling down highways and back roads, building an old school fan base across the nation.
Their first full-length album “Hunter St Blues” was released Spring 2016 and was produced and engineered in Nanton, AB by Steve Loree (Ian Tyson, Corb Lund, Petunia). The album followed up to their first EP from 2013 engineered by James McKenty (Blue Rodeo, Cuff the Duke, The Weber Brothers) at old school house near Peterborough.