Manitobans Red Moon Road team up with Willie Stratton’s Country Swing Review and Kev Corbett for what promises to be an excellent show at The Carleton on Sunday, April 24th. Show time is 8 PM and admission is $10 cash at the door.
Red Moon Road was formed in 2012 by Daniel Jordan, Sheena Rattai and Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner and have just returned from a year of extensive and adventure-filled touring across 7 countries in Europe and North America. Sorrows and Glories (their third album, released in Fall 2015) has already spent three weeks at number one on the Earshot! National Folk/Roots/Blues Charts and has delighted listeners worldwide.
Sorrows and Glories was recorded by producer/engineer/Juno recipient, David Travers-Smith (Wailin’ Jennys, Ruth Moody) and award winning producer/player Murray Pulver (Doc Walker, Steve Bell) and delivers the band’s finest songwriting to date. Spanning a wide range of genres, from a Beatles-esque pop song, Words of the Walls, which muses the storied past of an iconic apartment block, to Beauty In These Broken Bones, a full-on spiritual backed by a star-studded choir, the three collaborative yet distinct writers frame immaculately crafted songs with original and innovative instrumental work.
With tastes of Albertan country, Parisian aires, banjo-driven anthems and the tradition folk storytelling in a Canadiana style, the music carries the stories as compellingly as the lyrics.
Live, Red Moon Road makes a much bigger sound than one would expect from a trio. In an impressive well-choreographed show, bordering on spectacle, the trio incorporates impeccable three-part harmonies, a roots drum kit split entertainingly but pragmatically between two band members and an acoustic guitar rigged to also be a bass. A moustached man plays mandolin, lap steel, banjo and organ, and subtle technological wizardry whirls as the unmistakable soulful voice of one of Canada’s premiere songstresses floats above it all.
“The songs are written and played like they matter, as if every word belted from front person Willie Stratton’s lungs absolutely need to be yelled for his own sanity.” – Mixtape Magazine
“As far as sound is concerned, it was perfect… Truly dance-your-ass-off worthy… The energy coming from Willie Stratton & The Boarding Party during different parts of the set really set the bar for me. From jumping off drum kits and amps, to stomping their feet so hard I was sure they’d break through the stage, their show and music really left an impression on me.” – The Scene Magazine
“If you haven’t had the opportunity to see Willie Stratton perform live you are doing yourself a great injustice… Two big thumbs up and a must see if they come through your area.” – Halifax Bloggers