Elliott Brood and the Great Lake Swimmers

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Time: 12:00 am
Elliott Brood and Great Lake Swimmers join forces on a provincial tour of Newfoundland and Labrador
The Arts and Culture Centres (ACC) will present a co-headlining tour of two of Canada’s most exciting indie folk/rock bands for their first long-awaited tour of the province. This is a rare opportunity to see these two bands on the same night, in a beautiful theatre setting.
Elliott Brood’s brand of fuzzed-up roots music makes for captivating, frenetic performances, which also translates on the band’s acclaimed records. Elliott Brood has won a JUNO Award, been nominated for a Genie Award and hit the Polaris Prize Short List. Their style has been called everything from “blackgrass” to “death country,” but those descriptions don’t capture the transcendent heights of their unique approach to roots music. Work and Love, their most recent and most personal album to date, is the sound of a grown-up band searching their hearts for all they’ve lost and gained. Work and Love was nominated for a 2015 JUNO Award.
Formed in 2002, Elliott Brood (the name, a bastardized homage to the fem fatal character in the 1984 Baseball film The Natural) united teenage pals Mark Sasso and Casey Laforet over their grown-up love for Neil Young, the Band and the Flying Burrito Brothers. Stephen Pitkin was an accidental miracle: he fell into the group after working sound at one of their earliest concerts, offering to record their first EP. Tin Type was a college radio hit and soon this compact trio was making some big noise. Across five subsequent albums, sharing vocals and trading instruments – each of the band members seems to play everything – Elliott Brood have become one of the premier acts in Canadian roots music.
Great Lake Swimmers, fronted by awe-inspiring singer songwriter, Tony Dekker, have been touring the world for over a decade. They have been nominated twice for JUNO Awards, and shortlisted for the prestigious Polaris Prize. A Forest Of Arms is their sixth album of soulful music that is alternately haunting and sublime, and speaks of a connection to the natural world. With a surging rhythm section and flourishing banjo and guitars, Dekker and band mates have pushed their sound significantly, creating some of their most dynamic songs to date. Members: Tony Dekker (vocals, acoustic guitar), Erik Arnesen (banjo, electric guitar), Bret Higgins (upright bass), and Joshua Van Tassel (drums).
In anticipation of this special tour, Great Lake Swimmers will release their new EP, Swimming Away, on March 25, 2016 via Nettwerk. The digital EP includes two covers, a Tom Waits classic, Innocent When You Dream and the aching PJ Harvey song The Desperate Kingdom Of Love. It also features two new songs, the starkly beautiful Condition White, which was commissioned for the series Torn From The Pages and is based on the novel Sleep by Nino Ricci, and finally the hypnotic title track Swimming Away, which is an unreleased outtake from latest album A Forest Of Arms.
Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day of show and can be purchased at local box offices and online at www.artsandculturecentre.com.
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