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The Strumbellas with Special Guest Okey Dokey

Thursday

Nov 2, 2017 – 8:00 PM

400 Lincoln Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15209 Map

  • The Strumbellas

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.... ....The Strumbellas.. - ..Self Titled EP.. - Available through bandcamp.com ..Release Date: 10.21.09.......... ..

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.. ......Website.. ....THE STRUMBELLAS.. ....thestrumbellas.ca.. .. ....Media and Design.. ....THE SONG TREE.. ....www.thesongtree.com.. .. ....Photography.. ....Megan Ward.. ....

.... ....Since forming in late 2008,..The Strumbellas.. have been blowing the doors off of clubs and festival stages across Southern Ontario. Their singular mix of alt-country harmonies, bluegrass instrumentation, and big pop hooks makes them natural heirs of the Toronto indie folk scene built by Royal City, The Sadies, Hayden, and Cuff the Duke. Though their influences stretch from Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys to The Flying Burrito Brothers and Uncle Tupelo, The Strumbellas--with the thunderous force of their seven members--are anything but a simple retread. ....Much of the credit for updating the time-honoured country sound goes to lead singer Simon Ward, whose words range far beyond fallow fields and lost sweethearts. Overtop of his wrecking-ball acoustic guitar, Ward ruminates on death and God, on the sacrifices we make to know ourselves. In the take-no-prisoners barnburner "The Racer", Ward seeks absolution for the sins of his father, while in "I'd Sell My Children" he admits to all the things he'd do for "that little yellow light", and the things he won't ("I don't lie"). Ward laces his confessions with images playful and absurd, never content with the clichéd platitudes of the typical love song. ....The band matches this expansive lyrical vision with all the power and range promised by a seven member ensemble. The Strumbellas push beyond the standard country sounds of bass, guitar, and banjo by adding violin, autoharp, mandolin, and, occasionally, clarinet. "Give My Guitar To My Dead Brother" and "When I Break Free" oppose gentle strings to crackling mandolin, and "Indiana's" burst of rolling clarinet in the bridge brings cheers from audiences at storied stages like The Horseshoe Tavern and The Silver Dollar. With their hand-stamped, self-titled EP already available and their explosive live show getting notice on CBC Radio and in the pages of Now Magazine, The Strumbellas are hard at work on their deput album, set for release in Spring 2011. ......"Real characters, each and every one, their lyrics and musical talent 'hit' a note in me that is still playing on in my soul. Their songs are funny and poignant, down to earth and soulful, all with that southern twang that does a body good." ..- SNAP ..........""It was only a matter of time before a new generation of local roots-rockers emerged to follow the lead of early-'00s scene giants like Royal City and Cuff the Duke. Self-described "folk popgrass" crew The Strumbellas has risen to that challenge with promising songs like "Underneath A Mountain" and "I Ain’t Tryin’ to Die," from their upcoming debut album." ..- EYE WEEKELY.. .. .. .. .."The Strumbellas self-titled debut album should make you, as their first song on the album, Indiana, proclaims “cry just a little bit.” However, it is a cry of joy, not of sorrow. Mentioned by many different media outlets as a band to watch, it is no wonder. Their calming country rock style with original lyrics is a sure surprise." ..-IMPRINT (Waterloo).... ....

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ......THE STRUMBELLAS - Underneath A Mountain.. from ..Mitch Fillion (southernsouls.ca).. on ..Vimeo.....

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