Fort Saskatchewan Shell Theatre – RIDGE featuring The Fugitives
Featuring innovative musical interpretations of World War I soldier songs (often referred to as “Trench Songs”), The Fugitives perform their JUNO nominated fifth album “Trench Songs” to accompany the WWI storytelling and a thought-provoking narrative of the show. The result is a poignant and stripped-back collection of work that emphasizes the emotional content of the lyrics and continues the long tradition of folk music reshaping songs over time — the same way soldiers reshaped these songs in the trenches.
A folk collective headed by songwriters Adrian Glynn and Brendan McLeod, the band has toured extensively through Canada, Western Europe, and the UK. They’re joined by banjo player Chris Suen (Viper Central) and violinist Carly Frey (The Coal Porters). Over the past twelve years, they’ve earned a reputation for unforgettable live shows, brimming with complex harmonies, infectious storytelling and top-notch musicianship. As the CBC has it: “This show is simply brilliant”. Performance highlights include major folk festivals across Canada, headlining slots in overseas Americana festivals, and a 2019 sold-out run across Germany.
Their 2018 album, The Promise of Strangers, was also nominated for Canadian Folk Music Award and Western Canadian Music Awards, and won Best Folk Album of 2019 from the German Music Critic’s Association. Before that, 2013’s Everything Will Happen, spent ten weeks on the top ten Canadian folk charts, and earned them a support slot across Western Canada with Buffy Sainte-Marie and an appearance at UK’s Glastonbury Festival