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The Fugitives are poetry in motion

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Vancouver folk/ roots band/ poets The Fugitives are looking forward to returning to Lethbridge for the first time in a year and a half.
“We actually didn’t play there last tour,” said Fugitive member Brendan McLeod, on a fading phone connection from somewhere in the middle of the Canadian shield.

They will be playing Henotic, April 28 — one of the last stops on their tour.the Fugitives Play Henotic on Wednesday.
“It (the tour) has been great. We went all the way out to PEI and now we’re coming back,” said the Calgary born McLeod, adding audiences have responded well to their brand new CD ‘Eccentrically We Love,’  which was just released at the end of March.

The Fugitives, including Brendan McLeod, Barbara Adler, Adrian Glynn and Steven Charles, are all multi-instrumentalists  who use an array of different sounds and musical styles to back their poetry.
Macleod is  an award winning slam poet, while Barbara Adler was a CBC's poet laureate which meant she was commissioned to write a few poems for CBC.

They use a some complex instrumentation, but only bring a few of them on the road including mandolin, accordion, guitar, banjo and fiddle.
“It’s pretty rootsy. There‘s lots of storytelling and some poetry,” he said adding the band writes a lot more collaboratively  now. While the poetry used to come first though the music is just as, if not more important.
“All of our songs are collaborative, very seldom does just one member write a whole song,” he said adding his banjo players is quite adept at bluegrass playing  while Barbara took up the accordion a few years ago and has got quite good at it.

“While we come from a poetry background, now we’re more of a folk band with poetic lyrics and a lot of attitude,” he said adding the new CD has received a lot of positive response.

“It’s been out for three weeks and people are saying really nice things about it,” he said  adding they haven’t been getting many Sade fans out to their shows.
 They had a bit of a mix up with that respect to that as numerous Fugitives CD boxes actually came out with the new Sade CD instead.
“None have come forward. I don’t know how that happened. Her CD is called  ‘Soldier of Love’ and ours is ‘Eccentrically We Love’ and they’re both black, so there was a mix up somewhere. We’re not sure what happened,” he said.
Treeline opens the show, which begins at 7:15 p.m. There is an eight dollar cover.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Sunday, 25 April 2010 15:04 )  
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