Friday, March 31st, 2017
8:00 p.m. (doors 7:15 p.m.)
Best Western Mariposa Inn
400 Memorial Avenue, Orillia
Tickets $22 (advance), $26 (door – subject to availability)
(service charge and taxes included)
Northern Ontario’s Murder Murder are a full string band with suitcase percussion who create a unique blend of bluegrass and outlaw country. Their virtuosic musicianship and evocative songwriting are backed by a wealth of original and traditional murder ballads.
Murder Murder has been touring and making records for three and a half years. They specialize in the folk tradition of murder ballads (hence the name) and have composed several dozen additions to the genre. Canadian culture and a fascination with their Northern surroundings are pervasive influences on their art, and they set all of their narratives in Canada, primarily in Northern Ontario. Functioning exclusively within the boundaries of the murder ballad tradition, the band makes a concerted effort to subvert the genre’s clichéd narrative tropes and approach songwriting from the perspective of the modern social landscape.
Currently, the band has two full-length albums and a third slated for an April/May 2017 release. The band has toured Ontario, Quebec and the Canadian Maritimes, as well as Ireland and the UK, and played a variety of music festivals. The band completed a month-long tour of mainland Europe in January which culminated in a trip to London for the Americana Music Association UK Conference & Awards, where Murder Murder was one of only 18 international acts selected to showcase.
They garnered honours in 2015 as the CBC Searchlight Northern Ontario champions; CBC Searchlight Audience Pick; NOMFA “Best Songwriter” nomination and Indie Week Canada semi-finalists.
Combining bittersweet vocals, aching lyrics, and indelible melodies, Danielle Knibbe’s songs win over, and then all too often, break your heart. Combining folk, roots, and country sensibilities, there’s an intimacy and familiarity to her music: her stories may not be about you, but you’ll think they are.
Be careful what you say around Danielle Knibbe. She’s an inveterate eavesdropper and your life story could end up in one of her songs. Her debut release, Some Curious Birds (June 2016), is full of examples of that prowess – arguments on city streets, awkward conversations over coffee, and painful goodbyes at the bus stop. Born in Ontario, raised in Alberta, and now back in Toronto, this cross-Canada rambling also makes its way onto the record with the final song “Come Back Home”, which was featured on CBC’s The Sunday Edition.
Some Curious Birds is the follow up to Danielle Knibbe’s 2013 EP Every Last Wish. A graduate of MacEwan University’s composition and recording programs, she composed the music & lyrics for the 2012 Edmonton Fringe play Middleton: A Folk Musical, and her songs have been performed and recorded by The Dungarees and Mary Stewart.
Danielle Knibbe and her trio have been performing over the last four years at The Dakota Tavern, Lee’s Palace, The Cameron House, and Burdock Music Hall, have toured together across the prairies, and have opened for artists Colleen Brown, Del Barber, and Meaghan Smith. She also performs and records with James Burrows, Greg McEvoy, The Marwills, Rachael Cardiello, and The Wind and The Water.
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