NEWS: Beams releases Just Rivers on May 14...announces Eastern Canadian tour dates

Press release provided by Pigeon Row
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Toronto-based indie folk septuplet Beams releases their new album, Just Rivers, on Tuesday, May 14. They have also announced a series of Eastern Canadian tour dates in its support (listed below). 
Produced by Peter J. Moore (creator of the Cowboy Junkies' infamous "Trinity Sessions" recording), Just Rivers overflows with the youthful abandon of its principal songwriter and lead singer, Anna Mérnieks. The band's lush vocal harmonies and layers of melody often belie the disquieting and sinister aspects of Anna's lyrics. Born of her personal life experiences, Anna uses her lyrics to explore concepts of community and familial relationships--taking the listener's hand and leading them down a rabbit hole that continues to prove that you don't need to scream to yell nor have the amps turned up to eleven to rattle your core.



Love and friendship are prevalent and poignant themes throughout Just Rivers. No wonder, then, that the band also includes Anna's long-time partner Mike Duffield on drums; or that the roster is rounded out by long-time friends Heather Mazhar (vocals), Keith Hamilton (musical saw), Dave Hamilton (mandolin), Craig Moffatt (bass), and Martin Crawford (lap steel), some of whom were members of Torontonians acts such as the Hamilton Trading Co. and The Diableros.
The unconventional instrumentation lends itself to the subject matter well, which means that Just Rivers is both old and new; comfortable and unspoiled.

For more information on Beams, visit: 
http://www.banjobeams.com
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Upcoming tour dates:

May 3 - Oshawa, ON - Robert McLaughlin Gallery 
May 9 - Hamilton, ON - The Casbah
May 17 - Peterborough, ON - The Spill
May 18 - Orillia, ON - The Brownstone Cafe
May 23 - Windsor, ON - FM Lounge* 
May 24 - London, ON - Call The Office*
May 25 - Stratford, ON - Harmony Shed*
May 26 - Montreal, QC - Le Divan Orange
May 30 - Moncton, NB - Plan B
May 31 - Yarmouth, NS - Th'Yarc Playhouse and Arts Center**
June 1 - Halifax, NS - Michael's Bar & Grill**
June 8 - Toronto, ON - The Silver Dollar (CD Release)
* - with The Unquiet Dead
** - with Rain Over St. Ambrose

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