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Mayhemingways switch instruments to play eclectic roots music

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It was great to catch pretty much a whole show from Peterborough based alt country/ bluegrass/ folk duo the Mayhemingways at the Owl Acoustic Lounge , July 4. The last time they were here, they were competing with a big rock show across town, so I only caught a few songs.

 This time frontman Benji Rowland alternated between banjo, accordion and guitar , changing instruments almost every song. Drummer Josh Fewings held the steady beat and cracked a few jokes.

The Mayhemingways’ Benji Rowland and Josh Fewings. Photo by Richard Amery
 They sounded like a mix of Wilco and the Pogues,  as they worked through much of their debut CD “Hunter Street Blues.” which Rowland described as being basically an Albertan work “because we recorded it in Nanton and had the vinyl pressed in Calgary.”

 His quick fingered banjo playing had the crowd clapping along. He was equally adept on accordion and guitar.

He was simultaneously playing a set of bass pedals for the bottom end.
 His accordion playing also elicited plenty of applause after ending the short first set with a quick , spooky minor key Irish polka set.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 July 2016 07:33 )  
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