Peterborough’s Mayhemingways return to The Carleton for their annual summer show and to celebrate the release of their new Skip Land album, on Sunday, August 19th. Live music gets underway at 7:30 PM and admission is $10 at the door. Locals Bill Plaskett & Claudine Langille and alt-folksters Blackrats will be opening the show!
Mayhemingways are an eclectic and full-sounding duo from the musical hotbed of Peterborough, Ontario. Their music drifts timelessly from folk-rock to traditional to country to something brand new. The band has been described as fuzz-folk with Cajun, bluegrass, and Celtic influences. Tom Wilson of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and Junkhouse writes, “Mind-bending and original music with deep roots in the tradition of dark North American folk.”
Lead singer Benj Rowland switches between accordion, banjo, guitar, and tenor guitar while holding down the bass with foot pedals. Josh Fewings plays drums, percussion and adds back-up vocals.
Their first full-length album, Hunter St Blues was just released in 2016 and was produced and engineered in Nanton, AB by Steve Loree (Ian Tyson, Corb Lund, Petunia). The album is a follow up to their first EP (2013) engineered by James McKenty (Blue Rodeo, Cuff the Duke, The Weber Brothers) at former school house near Peterborough. Their latest effort – Skip Land – was released in February, 2018.
Mayhemingways have toured Canada relentlessly since forming in 2013 and coast to coast tours have become common place for the group, like bands of old, on and off the highways, building a fan base across the nation with each tour.