It’s been a heck of a 2014. We toured western Canada in January (it was cold). We spent two weeks in a cabin in March writing new music (it was productive and cold). We spent a marathon 62 days on the road this summer, playing folk festivals all across Eastern Canada (it was hot). The Bluenose 2 in Lunenburg Nova Scotia STILL isn’t sailing by the way, probably the only reason the Daniels didn’t attempt a commandeering. We came home just long enough to make sure the places we still owed rent at were still there, and then we left again. We are now somewhere between Vancouver and San Diego in the middle of our first foray into the USA (Vancouver to San Diego). We have a work permit and everything. So far it has been beautiful and a total success. What an amazing thing to go into a brand new country and be welcomed so warmly. There are, as we’ve come to expect, good people everywhere, and they apparently like music. Or hairy men. Either way, they like us (oh yeah, we sell mustache wax now. Handsome Dan Mustache Wax ™. It is, name notwithstanding, a unisex product. For the handsome man or woman in YOUR life. Order some today. Oh yeah. Speaking of which, we have an online store now. See? So you can order some today. Or tomorrow. Or you know, whenever.)
As our trusty steed, the Aluminum Falcon, (who you can see here experiencing over 400K Km… which is like, divide by 1.6 miles,) speeds us through the stunning Redwood Forests of Northern California, our thoughts, like the mighty trees racing past either side of the windshield, reach far above us, to the hopes and excitement we have about the new addition to the RMR family (and no, no one is pregnant, although Sheena has a My Little Pony named Fluttershy now. Apparently.)!
This December we are expecting a brand new full length studio album! And, like a child, we have high hopes for the new baby. We hope, like a good child, it will make others happy. And that it will send money home and take care of us when we’re old (Bada ching!… but seriously, that would be nice).
We want to tell you so much more about it, including the title, the cool design, stuff about the songs and all the awesome people who we worked with. And we’re gonna. BUT to read and hear about it... you gotta head over to Pledge Music. Going here will:
A) be the best, and in some cases, only place to get some exclusive news and content from the album as it becomes available (like videos and sneak, uh, listens) and
B) allow you to become a part of the amazing team we have supporting us on what has been an amazing and joyful experience.
Thanks so much for caring! See you down the road,
Daniel J and RMR
Words from Sheena on being home and healing:"I am home now. Home from 62 days of tour this summer. Home from 3 1/2 days in the hospital this weekend. Thursday I had my 5th and hopefully last surgery to set my leg on its final path to complete healing. Today marks approximately 500 days since I broke it. The journey has had it's ups and downs and all arounds. I have learned much about myself, much about my body and much about those who love and support me. I have learned much about strength and what's truly important. I have been reminded of our power as humans to heal. We are healing machines!
At the end of it all I'll have a lot of scars and a lot of stories. And as it turns out I wouldn't change it. I wouldn't turn back time and not go for that dang frisbee catch. Like all that we experience it's a part of who I am and what I know. It's been a wild adventure and even in this chapter where I feel set back to the beginning I feel immensely grateful. I am grateful for my left leg that is broken and healing and still attached despite its trauma. I am grateful to my right leg for being so strong in all this and carrying my weight all by it's onesy. And most of all I am grateful to all of my amazing friends and family and ever patient and caring partner for all of their support, encouragement, love and kindness. I am blessed. And I am VERY much looking forward to running and dancing to my hearts content again!! Maybe next summer I'll join an ultimate frisbee team! Whaddya think?!
Have you always wished for the opportunity to order a little RMR right to your door step? Well now you can!
Officially online for your digital shopping needs you can now order RMR CDs, T-Shirts, Bandannas and the all new Handsome Dan's Mustache Wax TM (endorsed by 2 out of 2 Dans in the Band)!
Howdy folks! Long time no update. We were in the larva-to-Chrysalis recording stage of a brand new collection of songs that are now wrapped up in beautiful digital cocoons in the workshop of Juno-Nominated Engineer and Producer David Travers-Smith. Over the summer they will grow and differentiate (Yes we looked up metamorphosis on Wikiepedia) and we are excited to release them to the world as beautiful sonic butterflies on a full length album this November. This first stage of recording lasted just over two weeks, was an incredible intense yet laid back, focused yet fun, collaborative yet personally stimulating and educational experience for all of us. More on that to come (including some special guests who are coming into contribute and some behind the scenes footage).
In the meantime we are gearing up for a two month Folk-Festival-Foray into Eastern Canada. We would love to see you all at one of these wonderful gatherings alongside some amazing musicians, or at the smaller gigs we have in between along the way.
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.
Just heading into the US and down to Kansas City for Folk Alliance International! Really excited to see old friends and make new ones. Big thanks to Folk Music Canada, Manitoba Music and all the folks presenting us this weekend. Official Showcase Schedule below!
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.
"Wash over me"- Filmed at our Tales of the Whiteshell EP relase at the West End Cultural Centre in March 2013. Filmed and edited by Caroline Wintoniw.
Before we hunker down for the holidays, we're off to see our friends out west. As the chilly winds start to blow, come warm up with music and friends at a western Canadian city near you!
Phew... what a fall: Winnipeg to the Maritimes. Toronto to Orange County, California. Mississauga to Gimli.
Didn't the Beach Boys have a song about that?
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!...Keep Reading...
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
Howdy Folks! In honor of our newest EP, Tales from the Whiteshell, finally being available online, here is a lovely video our friend Caroline Wintoniw took on the night of our EP release. You can now search this, and all 5 songs, on iTunes, or click here for a bunch more on the EP as well as a free 6th song download.
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.
Anyway, we would love to see you at one of the above coming events and would really appreciate you spreading the word. All the dates are right over there -->
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
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...
''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....
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!
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!
On a très hâte de se retrouver sur la scène au festival! L'arôme du jambon à l'érable flotte déjà autour du fort Gibraltar...
Vous pourrez partager dans cette joie de vivre avec nous!
We're excited to be rolling up to the festival in just a few days- can't wait to stomp and sing our way to an ice cold ice glass of iced caribou!
Come share in the joie de vivre with us!
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.
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...
Video by Caroline Wintoniw.Older posts -->