After months of touring and showcasing all over North America we are very excited to be hunkered down in a beautiful little cabin near Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba writing a new collection of songs. We will have more news about the who, when and how you can get involved in the coming weeks. In the meantime... here are some photos of us being Canadian/getting some inspiration. Probably going to be some songs about snow forts.
Issac Asimov's 2014 Predictions and Red Moon Road's 2013 Adventures
Happy 2014 Folks!
50 years ago the great writer Issac Asimov predicted what he thought the world of 2014 would be like. Including being right on the money that
"Communications will become sight-sound" and that humans would "continue to withdraw from nature in order to create an environment that will suit them better."
That sums up a lot of the things we are grateful for right now... especially in the minus 50 degree C weather Winnipeg has been frozen in over the last few weeks, weather that at least is conducive to around the clock communications to the far reaches of North America.
2013 was a banner year for RMR with appearances at Festivals, Concert Series, International Showcases and house concerts across North America.
Well that's a new record for kilometers-per-tour for us, and the first time we've had to fly to make a gig - suddenly the concept of a private jet starts to make a little more sense... The hardest part was leaving our trusty Aluminium Falcon in a parking lot. That ol' hunk of junk is starting to feel like home!
Thank goodness for facebook, hashtags and the internet or we would never remember all the places we were and the great people we met. But, being old school like that, here is our totally analogue (well except for the computer) attempt to recap in 300 words or less a more or less chronological jumble of images and itinerary.
First stop: a 14 hour lightning operation at the Harvest Moon Festival in Clearwater Manitoba to see the best Manitoba has to offer in music, people and sustainable projects. After a chilly campout, we made the four day drive from Clearwater to Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay to North Bay, North Bay to Quebec and Quebec to Halifax. Driving straight up to the bar across from the hostel, only to have Halifax Kev, the Haligonian with the biggest smile and greatest hair holder ever (his sunglasses...) insist we stay with him. A most welcome invitation!
Howdy Folks! Had a blast as official showcase-ers down in Folk Alliance Regional - WEST in California last weekend and we look forward to more music rich hobnobbing and friend making at Folk Music Ontario Conference (formerly Ontario Council of Folk Festivals) on Friday night and then hightailing to Gimli, Manitoba for an official Manitoba Arts Network showcase Saturday night. #itsareallybigcontinent
At the Bros. Landreth album release party- Photo by Emily Christie
We did it.
We made it through the Summer which included: A lovely month foray to the East Coast for the prestigious Stan Rogers Folk Festival, four lovely Manitoba festivals (Brandon Folk Music Festival, Little Anola Music Festival, Harvest Sun and Harvest Moon Festivals), supporting the wonderful new super-group The Bros. Landreth at their sold-out Winnipeg CD release at the West End Cultural Center, helping move the steadily recovering but still broken legged intrepid Sheena out of her house into a new place, planning and booking Eastern and Western Canadian Tours, nailing down flights, accommodations, VISAs and insurance and other dotting or crossing of i's and t's for the four showcases (FAR-West, NERFA, OCFF and MAN) we will be playing internationally over the next few months and even a trip out to the Whiteshell for a sail!
Summer in the city.... In the summer... In the city.
If you will be a delegate at one of the Showcases, we will soon be posting our exact showcase times here, as well as on Facebook, and you can find our official performance times on the individual conference websites.
Thanks for checking in,
From the Aluminum Falcon somewhere between Winnipeg and Three Fathoms Harbour, Nova Scotia,
Red Moon Road
Pontune Sessions Video
One of the non-crustacean highlights from Stan Rogers Music Festival was meeting fellow performers, the Ottawa Valley based band The Claytones. We liked them so much we stopped in to visit them on their beautiful home in southern Ontario on our way home. They insisted we we be the inaugural band for their new floating music video series and this is the result. Ladies and Gentleman, a very road weary Red Moon Road plays "Where My Heart Is" for the Pontune sessions...
Festivals, Showcase invites and Lobsters OH MY!
''Talk about a busy summer!'' said somebody this weekend, and so we will. We WILL talk about a busy summer.
Festivals, Showcase invites and Lobsters OH MY!
From invalid to unstoppable fashion tripod of lovely melody, Sheena is recovering from the most epic frisbee catch ever and impressing all with her fortitude and sheer awesomeness.In fact, she fit right in with the genuine, friendly, hospitable and gracious people of Eastern Canada. There is a lot of country east of Toronto, folks. Just in case anyone was wondering....
Why He Left the Ocean- the story behind the song, and new video!
One of the first 'grown up' books I ever read was Jules Verne's 'Journey to the Center of the Earth'. The concept of archaeology and discovering dinosaur bones or the remains of ancient civilizations was like candy to my young mind. I was soon dismayed to find that most of the ancient Egyptian tombs had been dug up by the 50s. So I went back to the library, found Treasure Island and sated my thirst for adventure on the romance of a pirate's life. I vowed I would sail the high seas in search of new lands, and find hidden treasure. That is until I heard about Fort Knox, and realized that there were no new lands left to be charted. At last I discovered my true love: the sci-fi section, and wanted nothing more than to be an astronaut, to probe the depths of outer space in search for extraterrestrial life and planets that might be suitable for colonization. That is until I discovered that by age 16 I already exceeded NASA's height restrictions...
Directed and Shot by Kristian Jordan
Assistant Director and Paddler - Emily Christie
We have a strange announcement to make... Sheena has broken her leg.
Yup, making an epic frisbee catch, and an unfortunate landing miscalculation, she took off in Ymir and landed in the hospital Thursday evening in Trail, BC.
We've been at her bedside as she has gone through resetting of her tibia and fibula, and is expected to be discharged some time tomorrow.
As a result, we've had to cancel our dates over the past weekend, and into the upcoming week, but are still unsure as to what this means for the rest of the tour. Naturally we'll be doing what's best for Sheena's recovery, so we'll be keeping you updated as we figure out our next proverbial steps. (learning to use crutches notwithstanding)
Thanks for your understanding, and we appreciate your positive vibes!
From the Woods to the West End Cultural Centre- the new EP is out!
Click here to find the free download of bonus track "Goodbye City Lights", and learn more about our new EP "Tales from the Whiteshell".
What an amazing night.
It was the culmination and celebration of 3 years of being a band and three weeks of intense creation.
What an amazing line-up.
It was the co-operation of the talents of friends we have made over the journey.
What an amazing process.
It was inspiring, frustrating, freeing and rewarding.
Thank you to the many people who pitched in to make it happen:
Emily Christie, The Christie Family, Caroline Wintoniw, Don Benedictson, Murray Pulver, Julian Bradford, Jeremy Penner, Alex Campbell, Luke Sellick, Tania Elizabeth, Quinn Bachand, Richard Moody, Allen Hunnie, Jason Hooper and everyone at the WECC, Ismaila Alpha, JD Edwards, Sol James, Beth Hamilton, Don Amero, The Impromptu-Ski-In-Choir, Sarah Thiessen, Christopher Aaron, Lucas Rattai, our family and YOU!
RED MOON ROAD RETURNS WITH NEW RELEASE
2nd Album Reveals Tales from the Whiteshell
From the press release: Winnipeg, Manitoba (February 28th, 2013) -- In the coast-to-coast life that is Red Moon Road, the heart of the band lies in the pristine wilderness of the Canadian Whiteshell in which it was conceived.
From the 2009 storm that plunged its founding members from their sailboat into a churning lake, to the fire on the rocky shore where they managed to land, the band has experienced many landscapes of this beautiful country but always returns to the towering pines of the region that inspires so many of their songs.
So it's fitting that their soon-to-be-released second album was recorded in the beautiful wood-heated log cabins of Falcon Trails Resort in the Whiteshell. After a storied year spent touring their 2012 self-titled debut, the trio made a welcomed return home to make Tales from the Whiteshell, a six-song collection that reflects their profound connection to the backwoods. And now they're ready to share it with friends and fans.
The concert will feature the first ever performance of two new songs, a video component, special guests including producer/guitarist Murray Pulver, and serve as the band's Western Tour kick-off. Fans can expect old favorites, new songs both beautiful and bold, and the same bright stage banter and genuine friendship one comes to expect from Red Moon Road.
We've jumped off the stage at Festival du Voyageur and straight into the Aluminum Falcon tour-mobile (Daniel's 1990 Volvo Station Wagon) headed east to the Folk Alliance conference in Tonronto. Unfortunately mother nature did all in her power to keep us from leaving town and we bowed to defeat in Thunder Bay yesterday after a long day of batteling a brutal winter storm down the #1 east.
But we're back on the road again! We will be showcasing at the following places and times over the weekend:
Débutant dans les années 1500, la traite des fourrures était le moteur économique du nouveau monde. Les Voyageurs naviguaient la panoplie de lacs et rivières de ce qui est maintenant le Canada et les états-unis, échangeant leur marchandise pour des fourrures précieuses. Les chansons de la traite des fourrures Française étaient adaptées pour accompagner le rythme des pagailles plongées en unisson. Ces chants aidaient à passer le temps, et rendaient le travail plus agréable.
Les couplets ne sont pas unique à cette chanson; on les retrouves aussi avec le refrain 'v'la l'bon vent, v'la l'joli vent'. J'ai choisi cette boule roulante pour faire pratiquer au deux autres le roulement des 'r'!
Beginning in the early 1500s, the fur trade was the driving force behind the economy in the new world. Voyageurs travelled the innumerable lakes and rivers of what is now Canada and the USA, trading goods with the aboriginals in exchange for valuable pelts. The songs of the French fur trade were adapted to accompany the motion of paddles dipped in unison. Singing helped to pass the time and made the work seem lighter.
The verses bemoan a man's loss of his prize white duck by the prince's silver gun. The prince had aimed for the black duck beside it, but the bullet caused the white duck to bleed from under its wing. As though by magic, diamonds fall from the duck's eyes, while from its beak tumble silver and gold. Its feathers float away in the wind, to be collected and made into a bed for travellers.
New Video & Story behind the song- Garrett & Gus Build the World
This summer we spent some time at a good friend's place near Falcon Lake rehearsing some new material, and our friend and talented videographer Caroline Wintoniw was able to come out and shoot a video for the live recording we did. We hope to record this for an album one day, but it was fun to play by candlelight. So without further ado, a video of a song about a picture of a dream, dedicated to my life long friend Garrett, and little big dreamers everywhere...