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Red Moon Road
Fri, Feb 22
Empress Theatre - Fort Macleod


Time: 7:30 p.m.


 Red Moon Road

Sheena Rattai - Vox, Percussion, Keys
Daniel Jordan - Vox, Guitar, Bass Drum
Daniel Péloquin-Hopfner - Vox, Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar, Lapsteel, Delay Pedals, Keys

In the 2 plus years since a harrowing drive down a mountain to Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital with a lead singer, who had just broken her leg in an amazing frisbee-catch-gone-horribly-wrong, stoically alternating between joking and crying in the trunk, Red Moon Road has had its Sorrows and Glories. A cancelled tour was traded for some bedside songwriting, and the most fun those surgeons ever had. Still, within months, on 5 legs and two crutches, the unstoppable Canadian trio hit the studio before resuming its perpetual pendulum peregrination from Pacific to Atlantic.

Now, 2 years later and sans crutches, home from a 10 week European tour, Winnipeg roots/folk-darlings Red Moon Road, that is to say, Sheena, Daniel and Daniel (yes there are two of them, it saves on ink) release a brand new full length studio album: Sorrows and Glories. Their third recording (2012’s eponymous full length and 2013’s Tales from the Whiteshell), Sorrows and Glories is a collaborative creation, inevitably influenced by healing and experience. An inspired and multifarious sonic adventure, at once a bold new step in the evolution of the band, yet a continuation of Red Moon Road’s singular and captivating ability to spin song and story into something more.

In collaboration with the impeccable ears and deft fingers of multiple Juno recipient David Travers-Smith (Wailin’ Jennys/Ruth Moody) and run through the filter of award winning producer-player-song-ninja Murray Pulver (Doc Walker/Steve Bell), the album delivers the band’s finest songwriting to date. From Beatle-esque pop hits musing the storied past of the Rosyln Apartment Complex, Winnipeg’s most iconic turn-of-the-century digs turned hipster hideout, to a full-on spiritual backed by a star studded choir; effortlessly infusing a taste of Albertan country with traditional folk storytelling, while including tales of familial Canadiana along-side a whimsical Parisian aire in ode to Napoleon’s, and later Louis XVIII’s, beloved Sophie Blanchard (the Official Aeronaut of both the Empire AND the Restoration), the sprawling 11 song masterwork is artfully framed with original and innovative instrumental work, and prominently features the unmistakable vocal prowess of the soulful Sheena Rattai, one of Canada’s true emerging songstresses.

In the four years the band has existed, audiences have come to expect something beyond your usual concert. Red Moon Road shows treat audiences to an impressive instrumental presentation; the sonic evolution born of the collaboration between three insatiably creative musical forces. A roots drum kit cunningly split between two band members, an acoustic guitar that also sounds its two lowest strings as a bass, powerhouse lead female vocalists, a moustached man playing Mandolin, Lap Steel, Banjo and Organ (often at the same time) and impeccably timed immaculate three part harmonies. As always though, it's the way the music is brought into sharper focus by the band’s signature and captivating storytelling ability, and how these multi-talented and disarmingly endearing personalities are fully present that elevates a concert with Red Moon Road into a collective experience, bridging gap between performer and audience, leaving your heart a little fuller and the world seeming a little more wonderful.

Fort Macleod, AB (Jan. 23, 2019) Red Moon Road will bring their impeccable harmonies and poetic storytelling to the Empress Theatre on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Red Moon Road is an energetic and endearing folk trio from Winnipeg combining an impressive mix of song writing skills, musical chops and musicianship.

Their sound is big, and their shows feature a complex compilation of instruments: a roots drum kit split between two band members, and an acoustic guitar rigged to also be the bass, along with a mandolin, lap steel, banjo and organ (often played at the same time). Their unique sound is accompanied by the soaring voice of frontwoman Sheena Rattai, a powerhouse vocalist.

The band, which also includes multi-instrumentalists Daniel Jordan and Daniel Péloquin-Hopfner, met at the University of Winnipeg’s jazz program, and plucked their band name from a street sign. The Waterloo Region Record describes their music as “[weaving] nature's imagery from snow to stars, as they spin their life-and-love roots/folk yarns into multi-stringed aural gold.

Red Moon Road has made three recordings, including their 2012 self-titled debut and 2013’s Tales from the Whiteshell. Their third album, Sorrows and Glories, took the band on a tour through seven countries, was Polaris Prize long listed and spent six weeks in the top spot on the national Earshot! Folk/Roots charts.

Red Moon Road’s exceptional show is an impressive, choreographed spectacle that highlights the group’s raw talent, juxtaposed with their polished showmanship.

Tickets to Red Moon Road, the fifth concert in the Empress Theatre’s six-show Centre Stage Concert Series for 2018/2019, are $37.50 each and available at, by calling 403-553-4404 (toll-free at 1-800-540-9229), or at the Box Office on Main Street.



Empress Theatre   -   Website
235 Main Street
T0L 0Z0
Fort Macleod
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