A little over a year removed from passing The Park Avenue Sobriety Test, East Coast singer-songwriter Joel Plaskett is truly making his next musical effort a family affair. Recorded alongside his father Bill, the pair have announced that a collaborative album titled Solidarity will arrive in February through Pheromone Recordings.
Running 11 tracks in length, Solidarity is described by Bill as "a touch of the traditional mixed in with the new, and a lot of the unexpected, arrived at through experimentation."
The record's title track, which can be heard below, is perhaps the truest summation of their collaboration both lyrically and sonically.
"I wanted a song Dad and I could sing together that connected our individual journeys and our personal politics," Joel said. "The word 'solidarity' came to mind and didn't leave."
Not unlike his son, Bill is an accomplished musician in his own right.
"My father has certainly been one of my biggest musical influences," Joel said. "I grew up around him playing guitars and his love of folk music, particularly music from the British Isles and Ireland is something I've inherited from him – artists like Bert Jansch, Richard Thompson and Paul Brady. Conversely, I have introduced him to some of my favourite records by artists like Those Bastard Souls, Led Zeppelin and Gillian Welch."
Alongside the album announcement, the pair of Plasketts have detailed an accompanying trek in support of the new disc. The "Solidarity Tour" will begin on March 15 and will take them both across Canada straight through until May. A current list of dates can be found below, with more set to be added. Tickets for all shows will go on sale December 2.
Solidarity officially arrives February 17 through Pheromone. Read through the tracklisting and tour dates to hear the title track in the player below.
2. The Next Blue Sky
3. We Have Fed You All For 1000 Years
4. Blank Cheque
5. Help Me Somebody Depression Blues
6. Up In The Air
7. Jim Jones
8. The New California
9. No Sight Compares
11. On Down The River
03/15 Truro, NS - Marigold Cultural Centre
03/17 Montreal, QC - L'Astral
03/18 Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre
03/22 Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre
03/23 Regina, SK - WA WA Shire Centre
03/24 Saskatoon, SK - Broadway Theatre
03/29 Kelowna, BC - Mary Irwin Theatre
03/30 Nanaimo, BC - The Queens
03/31 Victoria, BC - Alix Goolden Performance Hall
04/01 Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
04/05 Waterloo, ON - Starlight
04/06 Waterloo, ON - Starlight
04/07 Hamilton, ON - The Studio at Hamilton Place
04/12 London, ON - Aeolian Hall
04/13 London, ON - Aeolian Hall
04/14 Stratford, ON - Avondale United Church
04/20 Halifax, NS - Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
04/22 Port Hawkesbury, NS - Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre
05/04 Paris, ON - Dominion Telegraph
05/05 Bayfield, ON - Old Town Hall