LIVE ENTERTAINMENT – 2018 Norseman Festival
LIVE MUSIC AT CENTENNIAL PARK
Winnipeg’s Black River Drifters to perform at this year’s Norseman Festival
BRD serves up Americana roots rock, deep dark ghost stories, big harmonies and down-to-earth and at times unhinged guitar work.
Leo Kopelow (lead guitar) Ryan Cyr (vocals, drums) Don Norman (vocals, guitar) Kevin Morin (bass)
Black River Drifters draw on the past but are reinventing the leading edge of alt-country/roots rock. Often compared to Jason Isbell, Ryan Adams and The Old 97s, BRD’s debut album Hearts Gone Cold received praise from local and national press when it was released in 2015. In the words of the Winnipeg Free Press’ Jeff Monk the hard folk sound and darker lyrical subject matter reveals a mature feel… a whole new realm of listenability. The album earned four stars from the Saskatoon Star Phoenix, who described it as Very good, very low-down”, while Exclaim called them “back-road ramblers that deliver a good swift punch to the ears”.
The band’s sound is framed by principal songwriter Don Norman and realized by the powerful dual lead vocals of Norman and drummer Ryan Cyr, whose soaring combined harmonies can make a room stop. Cyr and bassist Kevin Morin (bass) hold down the rock-solid rhythm section and Leo Kopelow’s down to earth and at times unhinged lead guitar ties the package together.
The expectations are high for Black River Drifters’ latest release, Drive by Feel. The album was launched digitally on all major platforms in February, and has earned new listeners from around the globe. Tracks are already being picked up by college radio. The band is currently promoting their upcoming CD release in May at the iconic Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club in Winnipeg. The release will be followed up by a fall tour.
Toronto songwriter Corin Raymond is a troubadour whose robust veracity appeals to older folks and children alike. Raymond’s songs are covered by Dustin Bentall, The Good Lovelies, The Strumbellas, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, and a far flung community of roots musicians and enthusiasts. Raymond’s latest JUNO nominated album, Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams (released March 3rd, 2016) is “a hypnotic, literate collection of dark tall tales…. Romantic, immediate, and narcotic.” (Acoustic Guitar). Aside from the hilarious triumph of funding his previous project, double-album Paper Nickels, with Canadian Tire money, Raymond enjoys a second career performing his non-musical, one-man shows Bookworm (2011) and The Great Canadian Tire Money Caper (2014), which he has toured extensively to over a dozen Fringe and literary festivals, and to theatres in three countries. “Raymond has impeccable timing, and his performance is at once intimate, openhearted, and evangelical.” (The Georgia Straight on Bookworm) “Corin Raymond is a storyteller who by the end of the night you’ll have known your whole life.” (The Globe and Mail).
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