Five Questions With The Durham County Poets

We have recently had the chance to chat with Québec’s own, Durham County Poets. Our newest segment of Five Questions With will give you some insight about the band, and more! If you’re able to catch them on any of their tour dates, you certainly should. They have their Ontario launch on Sunday, September 10 at Free Times Cafe in Toronto, which will surely be a blast.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hello, we are 5 musician friends from the Chateauguay Valley in Québec and have been together over 5 years now. We just released our third album, and love touring with all the adventures that brings. We have played in New York City, New Jersey, Mass, Conn, Maryland, Vermont, all over Québec, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

We can’t nail it down to one style, although folk/blues comes closest probably. We also have rock, R&B, country styles, gospel, jump blues and old time jazz to boot. Everyone in the band has their own background and we all contribute music/and or lyrics, arrangements, etc.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

Yes, our totally fun and groovy live upcoming shows in Ontario and the States are:
Fri, Sep 8 @ 8:00 PM, The Moonshine Cafe, Oakville, ON
Sat, Sep 9 @ 6:00 PM Tim Horton’s South Side Shuffle Blues Festival, Port Credit Mississauga Ont.
Sun, Sep 10 @ 5:00 PM Free Times Cafe, Toronto, Ontario OUR ONTARIO LAUNCH!
Fri, Sep 15 @ 8:00 PM Amazing Things Art Center, Framingham, MA.
Sat, Sep 16 @ 6:00 PM Deep Wells Music Festival, St. James, NY
Sun, Sep 17 @ 10:00 AM Live At The Falcon, Marlboro, N.Y. 12542 845-236-7970
Fri, Sep 29 @ 6:00 Le CRAPO, Saint Jean De Matha, Qc
Sun, Oct 1 @ 1:00 PM Quinn’s Farm, Ile Perrot, Quebec
Fri, Oct 6 @ 7:00 PM Tillotson Centre-Community Heritage Visual & Performing Arts, Colebrook N.H.
Sat, Oct 7 @ 6:30 PM Brandon Music Cafe, Brandon, Vermont
Sun, Oct 8 @ 7:00 PM Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY
Fri, Nov 17 @ 8:00 PM Le Vieux Ste. Martine 450-427-1255, Ste. Martine, Quebec
Fri, Dec 8 @ 8:00 PM Side Door Coffee House, Pierrefonds, Quebec
Thu, Jan 11, 2018 @ 8:00 PM The Zenbarn, Waterbury Center, Vermont
Sat, Jan 27, 2018 @ 7:30 PM Oswego Music Hall, Oswego, N.Y.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

The title track of our new album, Grimshaw Road. It’s a real, spooky place, and it’s got amazing slide guitar.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

The Band! Suzie Vinnick! Michael Jerome Browne! they’ve all played on our new record! (OK, not The Band…) lots more, we meet amazing Canadians every festival we play at. And we have a special place in our hearts for Penny Lang, we played at her tribute concert last June and backed up a bunch of great folkies.

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