|Jack Garton and the Demon Squadron
|Deep Grooves and Mad Ideas
Howling Blues-Dub Sorcerers
Led by former Maria in the Shower′s writer, accordionist, trumpeter and vocalist
|Jack Garton is an entertainer. Best known for his work as a singer, songwriter, accordionist and trumpet player with Vancouver’s Maria in the Shower, Jack has also performed as a dancer with Kesseke Yeo, is a founding member of the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret (theatre) and has shared the stage with Geoff Berner, Buffy St. Marie, Amanda Palmer, Imogen Heap, Jason Webley, Wax Mannequin, Chris Hadfield and many others.
Coming from Galiano Island in the Salish sea, Jack Garton’s pursuit of foot-stomping beautiful songs has taken him as far as Europe, Canada’s arctic, and the Southern USA, playing his unique combination of trumpet and accordion. Parts writer, composer, player and showman, Jack’s show is a roller-coaster tour through roots music in the folk and blues traditions. Songs full of passion, curiosity and life are set to rhythm and let loose in the hands of his dynamic touring band the Demon Squadron.
Jack Garton’s Demon Squadron is Jack at the helm of deep grooves and mad ideas in the style he pioneered with Maria in the Shower between 2004-2014. The Demon Squadron is a band of howling blues-dub sorcerers. It’s backbone is a trio of Amrit Basi on drum set (Blackberry Wood, Something About Reptiles, Inject), Michael Alleyne on bass (B. Wood, Reptiles) and Jack on accordion, trumpet and voice, welcoming frequent collaborators on saxophone, trombone, organ and backup vocals.
Mixing ocean rain and city smoke into a sound spell, the turbo touring trio pins you to the air and rocks you there. Irreverently mixing musical styles and approaches, they fling the door wide open, welcoming all to the squeezebox dance party!
Since releasing their first full-length album together in summer 2016, the band has been busy steadily playing Western Canadian festivals, clubs, halls and house concerts. Set to release another album in Spring 2018, Jack Garton is gaining fans as a young songwriter and performer to watch.