Villages are celebrating their recent signing to Sonic Records with an announcement of a series of Canadian tour dates that will see the band performing at West Coast festivals next month before returning to the East Coast to support Matthew Good on the upcoming Moving Walls Canadian tour dates.
Ahead of these performances, Villages are preparing a new single for release on Friday, February 07. The new single will be a cover of the song “Cremation (Ashes To Ashes)” which first appeared on the 1992 album Magic and Loss by Lou Reed. Villages have re-framed the song around the melodies and influences of their deep-rooted Cape Breton history with contemporary instrumentation, moods, and sounds. With their musical innovation, “Cremation (Ashes To Ashes)” somber theme takes on new direction.
“We were struck by Lou’s ability to playfully capture the weight of mortality,” the band says. “Coupled with the tune’s English folk leanings, we instantly added the song to our live set. Over time, the song changed shape and it really began to feel at home in our live show.”
After releasing their self-titled debut last spring, Villages won the Nova Scotia Music Award for Folk Recording of the Year. Villages musical journey began with a song called “Hymn After Hymn,” which quickly turned into a four-song EP with the same name.
Villages Upcoming Tour Dates:
February 18 – Edmonton, AB – Station on Jasper
February 20 – Calgary, AB – Block Heater
February 21 – Calgary, AB – Block Heater
February 23 – Winnipeg, MB – Festival du Voyageur
February 24 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
March 04 – Pictou, NS – deCoste Performing Arts Centre w. Matthew Good
March 05 – Moncton, NB – Casino NB w. Matthew Good
March 06 – Halifax, NS – Marquee Club w. Matthew Good
March 07 – Halifax, NS – Marquee Club w. Matthew Good
March 11 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall w. Dave Mason
March 12 – Hamilton, ON – Mills Hardware
March 13 – Burnstown, ON – Neat
Music has touched my soul since day one. Whether it is performing or sitting down with some of the biggest names in music, I can always be found sharing my profoundly tender affection of music with anyone who will listen. Being a music journalist has allowed me to expand my knowledge of music and interact with some of my biggest childhood heroes. From days of radio broadcasting to sitting back, kicking off my cowboy boots and sharing my adventures with likeminded music fans online has been nothing short of amazing. Canada is full of true musical talent and I look forward to continuing to share my adventures in music with you.