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Wed. August 10th 2016
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Circus In Flames
Sun. July 31st 2016
Leigh Square Community Arts Village Port Coquitlam BC (All Ages)
Music In The Park Circus In Flames
Sat. February 20th 2016
@  The Heritage Grill New Westminster BC (All Ages)
Circus In Flames
Fri. February 19th 2016
@  Skinny Fat Jack's (All Ages)
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Circus In Flames

Circus In Flames

Confirmed: Jul. 27, 2016
other sites: cdbaby

Label: CIFD
Garage string band music of the Canadian south from Vancouver BC
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In a career that began in the Vancouver independent music scene in the early 1980’s, over the years Doug Andrew has performed all over the US and Canada, sharing the stage with everyone from the Ramones, to Raffi, to Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. He is recognized as an accomplished singer-songwriter and respected by critics, peers and music fans alike. His current band, The Circus In Flames has produced two critically acclaimed CDs:

• The Circus In Flames - “Four-stars” (All Music Guide) - “A strong argument for indie release of the year” (Dirty Linen)

• A Little Bit Of Gasoline - “Brilliant. 9 out of 10” (Americana UK)

As well, The Circus In Flames were honoured to join such artists as Blue Rodeo, Gordon Lightfoot, Chris Hillman, and Corb Lund on the Stony Plain Records release of The Gift: A Tribute to Ian Tyson, and further honoured to have The Toronto Star choose their interpretation of “Someday Soon” as the Top Track on that album. All three CDs have received significant airplay on college radio and the CBC.

Andrew formed The Circus In Flames in the mid-90’s when asked to play at a friend’s St. Patrick’s Day bash. It has since grown to include various musicians, frequently touring Western Canada, appearing at several folk and music festivals and garnering critical acclaim. The band currently includes Brian Barr on mandolin & electric guitar, Phil Addington on bass, Brian Thalken on banjitar, and Ed Goodine on drums.

The group’s “unique but rooted musical vision” (Vue Weekly) has inspired the description “garage string band,” but its sound can be difficult to pin down. Although there is a certain familiarity about the music, stemming from its roots in traditional country, folk, and blues, at its heart are Andrew’s songs. The “slightly twisted, always interesting storyline lyrics” are delivered “with an energetic thrust that falls just shy of reckless abandon” says Peter North of The Edmonton Journal. He is “an untapped talent for wryly observant story-like essays,” writes The Vancouver Province’s Tom Harrison while Warren Footz of See Magazine says Andrew’s songs “should shuffle him off into the Canadian musical songwriting hierarchy.” The songs stand on their own, performed solo on guitar, or can work within the context of a band.

“Sheet metal country,” Doug Andrew describes the music. “It bangs and rattles and booms, generally making a fair amount of noise, but it can also be light and quiet. It can go from sounding like a runaway locomotive thundering down the mountain without any brakes, to a wind slipping through the forest at midnight.”

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The Circus In Flames: Down On The Fraser
In this Video Artist(s) Circus In Flames
Posted: Jan. 27, 2016

Current Lineup

Doug Andrewvox / guitar
Brian Barrguitar / mandolin
Ed Goodinedrums
Phil Addingtonbass
Brian Thalkenbanjitar
Status: Available for Shows/Gigs
- Last confirmed Jul. 27, 2016

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