The Fugitives, established in 2007, have released four records, which have been nominated for multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards and a Western Canadian Music Award. Their previous album, Everything Will Happen, spent ten weeks on the top ten Canadian folk charts, and earned them a support slot across Western Canada with Buffy Sainte-Marie and an appearance at UK’s Glastonbury Festival. Their follow-up, “The Promise of Strangers”, is set for release on January 26th on Borealis Records.
A folk collective headed by songwriters Adrian Glynn and Brendan McLeod, the band has toured extensively through Canada, Western Europe, and the UK, often joined by renowned multi-instrumentalist Steve Charles, violinist Carly Frey (Echo Nebraska), and banjo player Rob McLaren (Union Duke). Over the past ten years, they’ve earned a reputation for unforgettable live shows, brimming with complex harmonies, infectious storytelling and top-notch musicianship. As the CBC has it: “This show is simply brilliant”. Performance highlights include major folk festivals across Canada, headlining slots in overseas americana festivals, and a recently sold out run across the UK on its rural touring circuit. In 2018, the band tourec across both Canada and the EU, and ventured into the United States via an official showcase at Folk Alliance.
When not touring as musicians, current frontmen and songwriters Brendan McLeod and Adrian Glynn are active in other artistic pursuits. McLeod is an award winning novelist and former Canadian SLAM poetry champion, while Glynn is a working actor who received rave reviews for his role in Chelsea Hotel, a play based on the songs and poems of Leonard Cohen.
Their band is similarly eclectic, boasting prominent former members like Mark Berube and CR Avery, and current violinist/vocalist Ali Romanow, a singer-songwriter in her own right, and multi-instrumentalist Steve Charles.
This diversity has carried over to their records and live performances. Their first full-length received a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for "Pushing the Boundaries" of contemporary roots music, and their follow-up was praised for being "eclectic and exciting" (See) , "poignant" (Uptown), and "infectious" (CBC).
They’ve gone on to sell out shows at venues as diverse as the Vienna Literary Festival, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, and the Vancouver Jazz Festival, while maintaining a frequent spot on the Canadian folk festival circuit. As McLeod puts it, "We’re like Broken Social Scene. But acoustic, and way less famous."
Bigger than Luck, the EP precursor to Everything Will Happen, spent ten weeks on the top ten Canadian folk charts. Everything Will Happen was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for best roots album (duo or group). Their upcoming release is entitled The Promise of Strangers.
"Despite their all-acoustic lineup, the Fugitives bring enough energy to the stage to light up a small city… The East Van quartet conjures up a sound that’s like the missing link between Leonard Cohen, the Pogues, and the immortal Shorty Shitstain."
"The Fugitives are capable of achieving dizzying, Arcade Fire-ish crescendos, replete with parallel melodies, complex harmonies and brimming torrents of emotion."
"This, show is simply brilliant."
"The four part vocals are sensational…each of these Fugitives has the talent, voice and charisma to front their own band."
"A sold-out crowd was fed harmonious chants and folksy carols…the music had us glued to our seats"
"No one word really captures everything the members can do"
Brendan McLeod is also available for solo performances.