HOLIDAY PERFORMANCE DATES BEGIN NOVEMBER 9
ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM WARMTH OF THE SUN OUT NOW VIA LATENT RECORDINGS
“The ninth studio album from Canadian folk-roots rockers Skydiggers is simultaneously urgent and laid-back, angry and understanding, intimate and abstract, raw and honed. It's beautiful, complex, timeless stuff — and unmistakably Skydiggers” - Exclaim! 9/10
“Skydiggers have returned with not only one of their best albums, but one of the best albums of the year. A crowning achievement in their already astounding career.” - Spill Magazine 9/10
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For over twenty five Skydiggers' friends and fans have reunited over the holidays at Toronto’s legendary Horseshoe Tavern to celebrate the season to the soundtrack of the band's distinctive rootsy Christmas tunes, including the 2014 release Angels, as well as Skydiggers' classics. This year, the band are taking that show on the road again with a run of performance dates beginning November 30. For the Horseshoe Tavern shows, Skydiggers will be joined by The Peter Elkas Band. Full dates can be found below.
MORE ABOUT WARMTH OF THE SUN
Recorded by longtime band associate Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies), the urgency and immediacy of the songs on Warmth Of The Sun is reflected in how the record was made. Several are presented in live-off-the-floor versions, often with live vocals intact, lending the LP an air of immediacy, vitality and intimacy, reflective of the band’s storied live shows. It’s also evidence of the strength of the road-honed band lineup joining Josh Finlayson and Andy Maize on the record: the rhythm section of Derrick Brady (bass) and Noel Webb (drums), vocalist Jessy Bell Smith and the most recent addition, multi-instrumentalist Aaron Comeau.
The songs on the album draw from a number of sources, everything from recent collaborations between Finlayson and Maize (“Like A New Beginning”) to songs that date back to the dawn of their collaboration in the 1980s (“An Apology”). “Show Me The Night” features an emotive vocal from Jessy Bell Smith and dates to a songwriting session between Finlayson, Tom Wilson (Lee Harvey Osmond, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings), Thompson Wilson, and Stephen Fearing (Blackie & The Rodeo Kings). “Push Comes To Shove” was one of several songs drafted by Maize during songwriting retreats at the Banff Centre and Finlayson’s “When You’re On A Roll”, co-written with Kevin Douglas, was penned during his frequent songwriting sojourns in Nashville. The set also includes two heartfelt covers: The Tragically Hip’s “The Rock” from The Depression Suite and “The Air That I Breathe”, best known in The Hollies’ hit version.
The result can only be described as a classic Skydiggers album, one that can sit shoulder to shoulder alongside milestone records in the group’s catalogue like Restless, Just Over This Mountain and Road Radio. “It’s a privilege to have had this opportunity to share our music with people for so many years,” says Finlayson. “Warmth of the Sun reflects our lives right now, and we’re lucky to share it with people and let it become part of their lives.”
SKYDIGGERS ON TOUR
Nov 9 - Kingston, ON - Isabel Bader Theatre *
Nov 30 - Gravenhurst, ON - Opera House
Dec 1 - Meaford, ON - Meaford Hall
Dec 5 - Paris, ON - DT Concert Series
Dec 19 - Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre - Studio Hall
Dec 21 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern ^
Dec 22 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern ^
* Skydiggers & Friends in support of Hospice Kingston
^ with The Peter Elkas Band