NEWS: Katherine Maki and Frederick Squire embark on the Calling It Quits Tour in support of new albums

Kate Maki and Frederick Squire embark on their national Calling It Quits Tour this May and June in support of their new albums, Moonshine (Confusion Unlimited | May 24)and Frederick Squire Sings Shenandoah and Other Popular Hits (Blue Fog Recordings | May 24). On the tour, Maki and Squire perform as a duo drawing on material from both of their catalogues as well as their recent duet 7", Calling it Quits.

Dates are as follows:

Thursday, May 12 - Thunder Bay, ON - The Apollo
Friday, May 13 - Winnipeg, MB - The StuDome
Saturday, May 14 - Bruno, SK - Bruno Arts Bank
Wednesday, May 18 - Canmore, AB - Whyte Horse Cafe
Friday, May 20 - Calgary, AB - The Palomino
Saturday, May 21 - Edmonton, AB - Artery
Monday, May 23 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
Friday, May 27 - Twin Butte, AB - General Store
Saturday, May 28 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigo's
Friday, June 3 - Toronto, ON - Cameron House
Saturday, June 4 - Sudbury, ON - Townehouse Tavern
Friday, June 10 - Ottawa, ON - Raw Sugar Cafe
Saturday, June 11 - Montreal, PQ - Le Cagibi
Friday, June 17 - Sackville, NB - The Legion
Saturday, June 18 - Halifax, NS - The Company House

Moonshine is the fifth record from Kate Maki, grade school teacher by day, songwriter by night. It is the lively northern companion to Maki’s previous introverted desert album, Two Song Wedding.

With aspirations of recording in her basement around one microphone, Maki invited a group of veteran musician friends from Cuff The Duke, The Pinecones, Fembots, and The Minotaurs to Sudbury for a couple days of fun in the snow. On December 20 and 21, 2008, during one of the coldest weeks in history, underground and under a full moon, in between saunas and gourmet feasts, the band worked through the songs quickly and effortlessly. Drums, upright bass, guitars, pedal steel, piano, organ, accordion, and harmonized vocals forge the album’s full, live sound. More of a reunion than a recording session, Moonshine reflects the unexpected and endearing moments that can only come from great players playing great songs.

Kate Maki has been recording and touring since 2003. She has collaborated live and on record with a number of fellow songwriters including Ruth Minnikin, Howe Gelb, Dale Murray, Nathan Lawr, and most recently with Frederick Squire. When Kate is not on tour, she divides her time between substitute teaching and managing her independent record label.

Frederick Squire Sings Shenandoah and Other Popular Hits is the second record from Canada’s favourite elusive songwriter, and the latest from Blue Fog Recordings, a small Canadian label with great taste. The album was written and recorded quickly, and already aging to perfection well before the release of Squire’s 2010 publicly admired debut, March 12. If March 12 was the stranger who gave you the time, then Frederick Squire Sings Shenandoah and Other Popular Hits will explain the clock.

“Shenandoah” is a traditional folk ballad of obscure origins. Echoing this classic narrative form, Squire leads the listener through forgotten moral territory with a set of exceptionally written songs primarily about forgiveness. In order to properly convey the deceivingly complex nature of this basic emotional theme, Squire sat in one chair and using two microphones recorded three instruments – vocals, guitar, and pump organ.

Frederick Squire has been active in the Canadian music community for a number of years, initially as co-founder/songwriter of the beloved, now defunct, east coast rock bandShotgun & Jaybird (2003-08). Frederick has been found collaborating live and on record with Calm Down It’s Monday, Mount Eerie, Daniel Romano, Julie Doiron, and most recently with Kate Maki.

MP3: “Lose My Mind” from Moonshine


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