…folk-rock at its best
What first began as a stack of songs that frontman Graydon James had amassed behind the drum kit in various bands during his university years eventually became a collection of recordings performed by the six-piece band, Graydon James & The Young Novelists. But over time, as James’ wife Laura Spink became integral to the creative process and the band began performing and touring as a duo, the more succinct banner of The Young Novelists was born.
James’ words carry a weight and depth that demand repeat listens. The hope, he says, is having a listener connect with the sentiment he explores, if not the specific subjects. “As personal as the songs are,” he offers, “I hope they’re connecting to other people in a way that goes beyond the situations I was writing about.” That connection is perhaps most intense from the stage. From major festivals like Mariposa and CMW to iconic theatres like the Neptune in Halifax to trendsetting hotbeds like Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern, The Young Novelists’ show is as engaging as it is endearing. They’ve toured across Canada from Saskatchewan to Nova Scotia, and across the US from Minneapolis to Asheville to New York City.
beautiful, soaring, rootsy Canadiana
unerringly classy country-rock
The Squirrel Hillbillies will be opening the night. Hailing from deep within the urban forest of Pittsburgh’s East End, the Squirrel Hillbillies often emerge to share their eclectic repertoire of acoustic folk, country and blues featuring guitar, ukulele, mandolin, percussion, and vocal harmonies. Here in Pittsburgh they’ve appeared on Saturday Light Brigade’s public radio show, at the Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival, at the Squirrel Hill Night Market, at South Side Works, and at the Manchester Craftsman’s Guild’s “A Fair in the Park.” They’ve also toured across the Northeast and throughout the United Kingdom, and in 2018 they’ll return to England and make their first tour of Australia and New Zealand. Through a collaborative, non-linear songwriting process, duo partners Jenny Wolsk Bain and Gary Crouth draw from personal experiences, third-hand stories, and vivid imaginations to craft songs that are unpredictable and quirky yet widely accessible. Rabidly social and clawingly curious, they relish opportunities to get to know their audiences before, during, and after their shows.
Laid-back Americana presented with charm and a touch of whimsical humour.
–David Ardus, Uxbridge Folk Club, Uxbridge, England
…a talented, sophisticated, acoustical duo, with wonderful harmonization, crisp instrumentals, and intriguing lyrics. Be prepared for a lovely evening.
Paul Hill, Host, The Hill Chapel Concert Series, New Market, MD
Advance Tickets will be available four weeks prior to the show, and any remaining tickets will be available at the door the night of the show.
Advance: $15 general, $10 student/reduced income
At Door: $20 general, $15 student/reduced income