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Dust Poets


Toronto, Ontario, Canada
member since: Apr 26, 2003


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Formerly called das macht Show!, the Dust Poets are a five-piece acoustic folk group with roots deep in the Canadian prairie. The Dust Poets poke affectionate fun at themselves and the world around them while spreading their own irreverent brand of small town angst. The group has performed extensively across Canada and is well known for its powerful stage presence and genre-bending originals that frame hot solo chops and juicy harmony singing. The band members are:
Murray D. Evans - guitar, vocals
Karla Ferguson - accordion, vocals
Corey Ticknor - mandolin, vocals
Gord Mowat - bass
Sean McManus - clarinet, perc, vocals

The Dust Poets perform the original music of veteran singer-songwriter Murray D. Evans, whose wry writer’s eye explores themes of home town losers, travel in foreign lands, and the absurdity of war. With their upbeat and unmistakable original sound, the band also performs an eclectic collection of country swing standards and underground pop covers. The Dust Poets’ all-acoustic line-up features guitar, upright bass, accordion, mandolin, clarinet, and percussion, plus extraordinary four part vocal harmonies.

Since the band’s formation in 2001 in Brandon, Manitoba, they have released two albums and toured much of the prairies, BC and Ontario. Their first record, “…one night in Berlin”, earned a nomination for Outstanding Roots Recording for the 2002 Prairie Music Awards - quite an achievement for a basement recording done live off the floor in a single evening. Their latest professionally recorded release, entitled “Four Legs Good”, contains all the edgy excitement of their live show in a diverse and engaging collection. The Dust Poets are currently working on their third highly anticipated recording.

The Dust Poets continue to earn their fans the old-fashioned way - with great music, a great sense of humour, and great performances - every time they take the stage.