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The Mayhemingways with Tin and the Toad
Sat, Dec 8
The Slice - Lethbridge


Time: 8:30 p.m.

Cover:by donation

The Mayhemingways are Benji Rowland and Buster Fewings from Peterborough, Ontario. Rowland sings and plays accordion, guitar, and banjo as the tune suits, while holding down the bass with foot pedals. While Fewings provides percussive accompaniment and harmonies.

They are a strong musical duo that converges with “Mind-bending and original music with deep roots in the tradition of dark North American folk” (Tom Wilson, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings & Lee Harvey Osmond).

They have voyaged across Canada and back again, and again, and set off for Europe gathering touring miles adding up to more than 600 shows together. Their most recent tour was with acclaimed Canadian rock figure Joel Plaskett and his father Bill on their “Solidarity” release tour which had the Mayhemingways employed as opening act, as well as backing band for the Plasketts each night.

The duo returned to Steve Loree’s Nanton, Alberta studio during a welcome February Chinook in 2017 to have him produce a new collection of their brand of folk songs. The newest album “Skip Land” was released February 2018.

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Tin and the Toad hail from the great plains of western Canada with a sound that rumbles like a freight train and whispers like the wind. Songs of whiskey, campfires, horses and broke-down equipment ramble into tales of love and loss rooted in western tradition yet deranged by the modern world.

Four unique songwriters create a dynamic that blends together with an honest and authentic sense of community and passion expressed in four-part harmony with ease and familiarity. Travelling and performing across western Canada from their home province of Alberta, earning their spots on stages at folk festivals, ranch parties and rodeo dances to share their songs and stories with a variety of fine people…..and livestock.
Tin and the Toad


Benj Rowland-Vocals, guitar, accordion, banjo, bass pedals
Josh Fewings- Drums, Vocals

Mayhemingways push traditional songs and sounds in a new direction with a full two-piece show. Country mixes with Cajun, Celtic with bluegrass, and beyond, all in one performance. Benj Rowland and Buster Fewings hail from Peterborough, a rich musical community in Central Ontario. Rowland sings and plays accordion, guitar, and banjo as the tune suits, while holding down the bass with foot pedals. While Buster provides percussive accompaniment and harmonies. Suitable for shows from mellow house shows to larger bars and halls.


Tin and the Toad

 If you go about 8 miles South on the old airport road off the Connemara Highway, you will come to TWP road 154 which heads west and terminates at the eastern edge of the Twin Valley lake. There is a gate to the North that opens to the natiive grass along the lakeshore. It's a great place to ride a horse and/or get drunk, and I recommend you do both- just maybe not at the same time. While there, if you could have a look around for a green-handled 6" buck knife, I would greatly appreciate it. Lost it just this past May, and it's very dear to me. Take care now.

Tin - Justin Smith - Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, beard
Toad - Cody Shearer - Guitar, Vocals, mistakes
Pete Loughlin - Bass, Vocals, cactus hat, onstage banter
Steve Loree - Guitar, Vocals, everything good and true in this god forsaken world.

Tin is about 5’11″ I think, with a full Jesus beard and broader shoulders than the average man his size due to wrassling calves in his formative years. He plays accoustic guitar, mandolin, and writes some of the songs.

The Toad is slightly taller but not nearly as intelligent or articulate. He is, however, an avid flyfisherman. He plays accoustic guitar and writes and sings some of the songs.

Ryan Shearer is kind of like a drummer and drives about 70 000 km annually.

Peter Loughlin is the tallest man in the universe, a bass player, banjo player, and reggae jibberish expert.

Steve Loree is Steve Fucking Loree and he does what he’s going to do.

In all seriousness, we try to create music that tastes like the lives of those living here on the foothills and plains of southern Alberta. Authenticity is the point, but so is tequila and sausage on the barbeque. Once in a while, we gather ourselves and venture to the big ol’ city to share the tunes with the fine folks that frequent the good watering holes.



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