Canadian singer, songwriter and social activist Piper Hayes celebrates the launch of her new full-length recording titled ‘Piper & Carson’ in #Hamilton.
** Our Hamilton audience will be the first people to be able to purchase the new album before it officially goes on sale!
The opener is Guelph-based folk group The Lifers at 9:00 pm., Piper Hayes at 9:30 p.m. (with band Carson Ritcey-Thorpe on vocal and lead guitar, Bill Simms on upright bass and Sam DeRosa on harmonica).
Doors at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are $10.00 in advance, available at bruha.com/event/2462
, or at the door for $12.00.
CDs will be $15.00.
‘Piper & Carson’ will be available at shows, via Hayes’ website, Bandcamp and iTunes. The official album release date is December 8, 2017. The album was recorded live off the floor at Thorpe’s Organic Produce farm in Millgrove, ON (near Hamilton) in the summer of 2017. It was captured in the living room of the century-old Ritcey-Thorpe family farmhouse, with Toronto multi-instrumentalist Chris Bartos as producer (Kaia Kater, The Barr Brothers, Jonathan Byrd). It features Piper Hayes (lead vocal, rhythm guitar), Carson Ritcey-Thorpe (vocal, lead guitar), Kevin Neal (pedal steel), Leah Ritcey-Thorpe (back-up vocals) and Chris Bartos (upright bass, piano, electric and acoustic violin, electric guitar, Moog, vocals).
Nowadays, Hayes performs and writes closely with her partner Carson Ritcey-Thorpe and, after a 2017 western Canada tour, many showcases at Folk Music Ontario, Folk Alliance International and South East Regional Folk Alliance (SERFA), they have become beloved darlings of Canada’s folk music scene.
The album reflects the couple’s last few years together, and it is an album that they encourage people to listen to start to finish. It comes complete with lyrics and a detailed booklet insert, which includes stunning images taken at the farm by renowned Toronto photographer Lisa MacIntosh. “Carson’s sister Leah did a drawing of us as two lil’ manatee merpeople. I liked the drawing so much, we used the caricatures for the album cover. I love when albums are a complete experience and include lyrics and messages by the artists. I want ‘Piper & Carson’ to grab people with not only the music, but also with the total artistic package,” says Hayes.
Fashioned like a flowing tide, these tracks weave a seamless story of life and death, compassion, kindness, standing up for what one believes, action and honouring ancestors. ‘Piper & Carson’ is dedicated in loving memory to Piper’s mother Maggie Thompson Hayes, who passed away suddenly almost one year ago on November 25, 2016.
ARTIST STATEMENT: Hayes states, “I am more excited than ever to release this piece of work to the world. I feel incredibly proud of what we've made and overjoyed to be sharing it. Three years ago, I met Carson Ritcey-Thorpe and we began performing, dating and eventually writing together. We love making music together and this album reflects the life we've built. ‘Piper & Carson’ is a collection of intentioned songs; songs to heal and remember. I titled the album ‘Piper & Carson’ because that's just what it is. It’s me and ‘Big Red,’ and it’s how we live, it’s how we love.”
Born in New York City, raised in Toronto and now residing in Hamilton since 2015, Hayes got her start in legendary venues including The Horseshoe Tavern, The Rivoli and The Cameron House (playing with artists including Angela Saini, Julian Taylor and Kevin Hearn). She has toured all over Canada and the USA, headlined three international tours (visiting Nepal, India, Holland, Scotland, Ireland, England, Iceland, Denmark, Italy, France, Spain and Greece) and VIA Rail’s national ‘Artists on board’ program, and played many folk conferences. Previously, she has released her Danny Garcia produced ‘Live in NYC’ in 2013, her Mike Schlosser produced debut EP ‘Ain’t Nothin’ Like...’ in 2014 and her acclaimed EP ‘Goodbye Mister Nice Guy’ in 2016.
Piper also teams up with the Canadian Mental Health Association (going into schools, conferences and outreach programs to dispel stigma around mental illness), she established a music therapy-based class for Hamilton Adult Community Support Program and gives workshops on mental health and songwriting.
“When she's not touring the world performing songs off her latest EP, she's spreading awareness for the Canadian Mental Health Association.” – CTV’s Etalk (November 2016).
“Heartache can spawn incredible art...” – Jamie Gutfreund, CP24 Breakfast (October 2016).
“Young, talented!” – Christine Bentley, What She Said Radio, Jewel 88.5 (October 2016) youtu.be/lmZqKJMVdYY.
“While it's catchy pop music, there are definite deeper connotations to the music Piper Hayes is fashioning.” – Ric Taylor, Hamilton Music Notes, View & CFMU FM (October 2016).
“The harmonies in tandem with Carson Ritcey-Thorpe were spot on and Hayes went in search of the vulnerability and the hope in the songs, burnishing them to a shine via her forceful vocals and from the gut lyrics.” – Lenny Stoute, BTW Column, Cashbox Canada (October 2016).
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