2010年3月12日星期五

Silver Hearts heading to festival in Japan

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OEL VAN DER VEEN, SPECIAL TO THE EXAMINER
A local band billing itself as a "beer brothel folkestra" will depart for Japan at the end of April to play two concerts there.

The Silver Hearts, whose sound incorporates elements of folk, rock, blues and jazz, will perform on May 1 at Arabaki Rock Fest, a large outdoor music festival held in the city of Sendai.

They will also play a smaller gig at a venue in Tokyo the following week.

"It's all quite out of the blue," said pianist and trumpeter Charlie Glasspool. "Personally, I feel like in some ways it's sort of reunited the band."

The band formed in late 1999, recording six albums and touring different areas of Canada. But they have effectively been on hiatus in recent years, only performing the occasional show.

Vocalist and guitarist Trevor Davis said some Toronto performances led to the band being invited to Japan.

Arabaki Rock Fest has featured other Canadian groups in past years, including Timber Timbre and Do Make Say Think. Toronto-based band Ohbijou will join the Silver Hearts at the festival this year.

"I'm stoked," said Davis, who works locally at a group home for the hard of hearing. "We're all really a little bit beside ourselves."

Glasspool, who works as a teacher in Flesherton, said the band will play several concerts in Ontario in the next two months to make sure they're "stage ready" for the Japan shows. This includes a show at the Historic Red Dog, 189 Hunter St. W., on April 17, the night foll ow i n g a show at Toronto's Dakota Tavern.

"People still seem to like (our music). It's aged well," Glasspool said with a laugh.

Electric guitarist Wyatt Burton said he is looking forward to the tour.
"It's going to be an awful lot of fun," said Burton, who has toured internationally with Canadian singer-songwriter Hawksley Workman.
"It's a long way to go and a lot of effort to put in to play for under two hours," he added.
Apart from his work with the band, Burton sometimes plays in a duo with Glasspool. Together they are known as Burton Glasspool Overdrive.
He also plays in the Prize Winners, a country rock group, who will perform locally on March 12 at Ossia at 231 Hunter St. W.
Although the Silver Hearts have not released an album since 2006'sDear Stranger,Glasspool said the wheels are in motion for a new record.
"Dear Stranger. . . on paper, was a really cool idea," said Glasspool. "(But) it wasn't really the album that we wanted to make."
"We'd like to give it, maybe, another kick at the can," he said, adding that he is currently researching arts grants to make the plan a reality.
Davis said he hopes the Japan shows will lead to more performances in Ontario.
"It's really rekindled our song-book and our fondness for playing with each other," he said.
Glasspool said that originally, he and Davis wrote most of the songs. Other members eventually began contributing songs, particularly Dave Tough, a vocalist, guitarist and banjo player.
The band's membership is highly fluid, ranging between eight and 17 members during their history.
The group travelling to Japan includes Glasspool, Davis, Burton, Tough, vocalist and trombone player Tom Reader, vocalist and accordionist Kelly Pineault, and bassist Gerry Gregg.
Rounding out the group are Jesse Pilgrim, who plays organ, Theremin and Moog synthesizer, and Brian Sanderson, who sings and plays pocket trumpet and sousaphone.
The group's albums are available online through iTunes, or at cdbaby.com.

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