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Promising Fugitives Show Sold Out

by Bill Monahan

The Fugitives, coming February 1st to Steven Vipond’s Bruce Street Social Club (house concert), are a genre-busting acoustic band that has been tagged “slam folk, folk hop, and spoken word cabaret” in various efforts find a suitable entertainment category for this loose assemblage.  Comparing themselves to Broken Social Scene, “but acoustic, and way less famous” in that members come and go freely, the core duo of Adrian Glynn and Brendan McLeod bring experience that helps them take great leaps of style without losing who they are and a musicality that makes it all work.

Adrian Glynn (McMorran)earned a BA in Theatre from the University of British Columbia and studied acting at New York’s Atlantic Theatre School before launching a career in movies and television.  He toured the country with “Chelsea Hotel” a musical play based on the songs of Leonard Cohen.

Brendan McLeod was a Canadian SLAM poetry champ and runner up in an international competition.  He’s been selected as Poet of Honour at more than one spoken word festival.  He writes novels, plays, monologues and songs.

These two came together in Vancouver on 2007, released their first album and began to tour almost immediately. Their musicality came to the fore, leading to multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards and a Western Canadian Music Award for Best Roots Album.  They opened for Buffy Sainte-Marie across western Canada, and played UK’s Glastonbury Festival.

This video from 2013 gives you an idea why they caught on so quickly:

They mix up lap steel, balalaika, banjo, beatbox, accordion, fiddle, depending on who’s playing with them and spoken word is bound to invade the folk strumming from time to time.

The Fugitives show is sold out but they are a group to watch for when they return to our area.

Steven Vipond follows his heart when bringing in shows either at CROW or at his house concerts, and you can trust his taste.  He has a very special event coming to CROW which will also sell out quickly, so you should make dinner reservations soon.

It’s an intimate evening with Tom Wilson, of Blackie and The Rodeo Kings fame (& Lee Harvey Osmond & Junkhouse).  He’s published a memoir called “Beautiful Scars” and he’s a fine story teller.

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