SOLD OUT: Halifax Urban Folk Festival Presents: Postdata W/Opening Songwriters Circle – Blue In Tokio + Mathias Kom + Robbie MacNeill

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  • September 4, 2021
    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Wintersleep’s main man, Paul Murphy, brings his side project, Postdata, to The Carleton for a HUFF headlining show – which includes a personally curated opening songwriters’ circle with Blue In Tokio, Mathias Kom (The Burning Hell) and Robbie MacNeill – on Saturday, September 4th. Show time is 7:30 PM and tickets are $35 + HST.

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Twin Flames, the new record from POSTDATA, borrows its namesake from the centerpiece song on the album. “Twin Flames” is about a storm, but perhaps more importantly, it’s also about a fire burning through it: pillars and peaks of flame shooting up, merging, becoming one before a gust of wind renders them separate again, left alone to stab at the night sky. Paul Murphy, who leads POSTDATA and east coast indie rock mainstays Wintersleep, says that sometimes being caught in a storm can be an instructive, freeing and powerful experience.

POSTDATA has always been a relational outfit, with friends and relatives cycling in and out; Murphy toured with Blonde Redhead on their latest record, and Blonde Redhead’s Simone Pace contributed to POSTDATA’s 2018 release, Let’s Be Wilderness. Fittingly, Twin Flames is a similar meeting of old and new. While Chant is a new collaborator, a slew of familiars contributed sounds to the record including Murphy’s brother & collaborator from POSTDATA s/t Michael Murphy, Wintersleep’s Tim D’Eon and longtime friend Andy Monaghan of Frightened Rabbit. The record’s harsh cover photo—a shot of striated rock, smooth and rolling like waves—was taken by Bill Curry, a photographer from Murphy’s coastal Nova Scotia hometown, Yarmouth.

THE BURNING HELL is the alter-ego of Canadian songwriter Mathias Kom, and has been on the road in one form or another since 2007, playing everywhere from festivals to bars to living rooms – and once even a mental asylum in rural France. The band has garnered acclaim for their hyperactive live shows and their caustic, yet sincere lyrics, believing as they do that songs about the inevitability of death can also be fun to dance to. 

Blue In Tokio‘s work begins the lyric and then moves outwards into the music. The sound is a dark and authentic blend where Jazz creates the landscape for her R&B/Pop melodies. Blue has found a strong purpose in songwriting and producing via various artistic collaborations, and through exploring her experience as a classically trained pianist and multi-instrumentalist.

She is in every aspect of the word, an artist.

Robbie MacNeill was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A well-respected guitarist, singer-songwriter & producer, his music career has spanned more than 50 years and taken him around the world.

In the late 60’s & early 70’s, MacNeill worked as a songwriter & touring musician for Anne Murray. They worked together as performers on CBC’s Singalong Jubilee and she recorded tracks “Robbie’s Song for Jesus” on her album Annie, and “A Million More” on her album Keeping In Touch. In her autobiography All of Me, Anne describes MacNeill “… in addition to being a fine guitar player he is a wonderful songwriter”.

MacNeill was the musical director and conductor for The Privateers, Eastern Canada’s professional Folk chorus. He was also the musical director of John Allan Cameron’s television series on CTV, while also working as a producer & band member with the “The Godfather of Celtic Music”.

After years of touring internationally and spending time based in Toronto & Los Angeles, MacNeill returned home to Nova Scotia, to continue his passion for songwriting.