Transcending the barriers of traditional folk music, multi award-winning Canadian band, The East Pointers are hooking the next generation of folk fans with third album Yours To Break, out October 25, with a national Australian tour announced for 2020.
Featuring Billboard-worthy pop hooks, deep acoustic grooves, trance-like celtic trad and rich, three-part harmonies, The East Pointers are a hit with Australian audiences and their Antipodean connections run deep.
“Before we came to Australia we were a sit-down band. From our very first show, these Aussie audiences just stood up, ran to the front of the room and started dancing. We haven’t sat down since!
“When writing the new album, we would say ‘Will the Aussies dance to this one?’ If the answer wasn’t an instant ‘yes’ we fixed it,” said banjo player, Koady Chaisson, who married an Australian and lives between here and the band’s home, Prince Edward Island.
Produced by multi Grammy Award-winning songwriter and renowned producer, Gordie Sampson, Yours To Break is musically complex, technically brilliant and continues to smash genre boundaries with a rich, global kaleidoscope of sounds.
“We’re passionate about tradition, but believe it doesn’t belong in a box in the attic, getting dusted off for special occasions and boring the pants off kids! Traditions belong to the people who shepherd them into the next generation,” said Koady.
“The core of our music is definitely traditional Celtic, but on this new album, fiddle tunes are grounded in complex rumbling bass lines; dirty Americana explorations spin on a dime into acoustic flamenco accents; indie electric guitar licks and modern keyboard tones turn traditional solos into urgent dance-party vibes.
“Yours To Break is the best expression to date of our love for so many different types of music. You can really hear the influences of the band living across Australia, Canada and Costa Rica at the time.
“The fact that we are comfortable enough in our own musical voice to start expressing that is really exciting for us!”
Wintergreen (official video) featuring Emma Watkins
Internationally recognised trail-blazers, The East Pointers bring new album, Yours To Break, to Australia for 15 roof-raising live shows, including Woodford, Port Fairy and Fairbridge Folk Festivals as well as headline shows at The Tivoli, Factory Theatre, Northcote Social and more.
With the first single, Wintergreen, amassing more than 250,000 Spotify streams and 100,000 Youtube views for the official video featuring The Wiggles’ Emma Watkins, Yours To Break is set to be the band’s most important and successful body of work to date.
‘Yours To Break’ by The East Pointers is available 25 October on all digital platforms, with a national tour kicking off at Woodford Folk Festival 27 December, through to 19 April. Tickets on sale now at eastpointers.ca
THE EAST POINTERS YOURS TO BREAK TOUR AUSTRALIA 2020
27 Dec - 01 Jan - Woodford Folk Festival, QLD
03 Jan - The Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD
04 Jan - The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley, QLD
05 Jan - Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD
09 Jan - The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
10 Jan - Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
11 Jan – Live n Cookin’ @ Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
12 Jan - Factory Theatre, Marrickville, NSW
28 Feb - 01 Mar - Nannup Music Festival, WA
06 Mar - 09 Mar – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
10 Mar – Fortuna Spiegeltent, Adelaide, SA
11 Mar - Spiegeltent, Hobart, TAS
14 Mar - 16 Mar - Blue Mountains Music Festival, NSW
21 Mar - Tanks Arts Centre, Edge Hill, QLD
17 Apr - 19 Apr - Fairbridge Folk Festival, WA