Published May 06, 2011Last year, Toronto-based troubadour Eamon McGrath released Peace Maker, a record that we complimented for its "pretension-free rock'n'roll" (not to mention its racy cover art). This summer, McGrath will be taking the album on the road, and he's bringing the songs to life in unique fashion.
In a statement to Exclaim!, the songwriter explained that he has "revamped the songs to fit in a backpack.'" This means that he'll be touring with one backing musician and playing up to three instruments at once.
McGrath explained that the inspiration for the stripped-down tour was "mid-'80s punk icons the Minutemen and their philosophy of 'jamming econo,' where all the music was made with the intention of doing everything as cheaply and with as much affordability as possible."
As for the songs themselves, they "meet somewhere between the bizarre theatrical showmanship of Tom Waits and the epic, sprawling country music of Gram Parsons, with the ideological backdrop of punk rock driving the music forward."
There are currently 11 stops on the cross-Canada outing and you can check the schedule below.
6/16 Toronto, ON - The Bellevue (NXNE)
6/16 London, ON - Call the Office
6/19 Windsor, ON - The Phog Lounge
6/24 Saskatoon, SK - TBA
6/28 Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar
6/29 Vancouver, BC - Red Gate
6/30 Kelowna, BC - TBA
7/1 Calgary, AB - Broken City
7/2 Edmonton, AB - The Empress
7/7 Ottawa, ON - TBA
7/9 Hamilton, ON - This Ain't Hollywood