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The Fugitives & Sadie Jemmett - June 21st 2014

Artists' websites: The Fugitives / Sadie Jemmett

The Fugitives (Canada)

The Fugitives are a group of musicians, poets, and multi-instrumentalists from Vancouver. The quartet features the songs of novelist/musician and former Canadian SLAM poetry champion Brendan McLeod, and musician Adrian Glynn, recently nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year at the Canadian Independent Music Awards. Together with their band, they create “dizzying, Arcade Fire-ish crescendos, replete with parallel melodies, complex harmonies and brimming torrents of emotion.” ( Uptown, Winnipeg)

A hard travelling band, they have trekked their instruments (and words) all over Canada, the US, and Europe. Performances that began in small vegetarian restaurants in East Vancouver have turned into mainstage appearances at Canadian folk festivals, and sold out shows at venues as diverse as the Vienna Literary Festival, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, and the Vancouver Jazz Festival. Along the way they’ve honed incredible performance versatility, just as likely to spin a story as to sing in harmony, to spit a verse as to tell a joke.

The Fugitives first release, In Streetlight Communion (2007), was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award for pushing the boundaries of contemporary music. They returned in 2009 with an EP, Find Me, variously described as “an inventive piece of art” (Gauntlet), “tight, well-composed music that demonstrates great lyrical ability” (Discorder), and utilizes “tight, note-perfect harmonies” (Spinner). Their full-length follow-up, Eccentrically We Love, charted in the earshot top 30 for Canadian roots, and was praised for being “poignant” (Uptown), “eclectic and exciting” (See), and “infectious” (CBC).

This summer, they hit the United Kingdom to workshop new material. As with previous efforts, their work will be born on the road – new songs fuelled on a steady diet of gas station food and spirited late night carolling. Grab them in your town as they’re coming through. As the CBC has it, “whether you go for the poetry or music or both, this show is simply brilliant.”

“The Fugitives are one of the most innovative, exciting, and accomplished groups of musicians and poets I have ever seen ” – Off the Shelf Festival, Sheffield (UK)

“Funny, charming and shockingly brilliant. The lyrics are poems and the performance astonishing.” – Word! Festival, Leicester (UK)

“Despite their all-acoustic lineup, the Fugitives bring enough energy to the stage to light up a small city… The East Van quartet conjures up a sound that’s like the missing link between Leonard Cohen, the Pogues, and the immortal Shorty Shitstain.” – Georgia Straight (Vancouver)

“The four part vocals are sensational…each of these Fugitives has the talent, voice and charisma to front their own band.” – Edmonton Sun

“A sold-out crowd was fed harmonious chants and folksy carols…the music had us glued to our seats” – SEE Magazine

“No one word really captures everything the members can do” – Vue Magazine

Sadie Jemmett is a British singer-songwriter based in London whose extraordinary songs reflect a remarkable life. Behind the entrancing, eloquence of her lyrics and the subtle acoustic beauty of her music lies a restlessly seeking spirit and a rich and colourful experience. Her peripatetic journey has followed a jagged course from a wildly bohemian childhood through being a teenage runaway, a backing singer in a reggae band and a touring actress to her role today as one of the most magical singer-songwriters on the music scene.

Born in a Cambridgeshire village to parents who were both actors, her childhood was chaotic, and unconventional. Solace came in music when she took up the guitar at the age of 12 and her experiences has helped to shape her into a potent singer-songwriter who stands in the great lineage of the art from classic era Joni Mitchell and Neil Young yet as an artist who shines out as a profoundly unique and modern voice.

Sadie Jemmett's debut album, The Blacksmith's Girl, was released in 2011 and mixed and produced in Los Angeles by Grammy winner David Bianco (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash), and mastered in London by Kevin Metcalfe (Queen/David Bowie/Robert Plant).

These Days, her second album, is scheduled for release in early summer 2014.