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    Folk Roots Radio presents… Double CD Release: The Young Novelists & Shawn William Clarke

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    June 26, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 1:00 am

    Folk Roots Radio presents… Double CD Release: The Young Novelists & Shawn William Clarke

    Folk Roots Radio is pleased to host a double CD release featuring… The Young Novelists and Shawn William Clarke at Silence Guelph on June 26.

    Show: 8 p.m. (Doors 7:30 p.m.)

    Tickets $20 ($25 at the door)

    Advance tickets are available on Ticketscene.

    Through their rich but rustic sound, Toronto roots-rock outfit The Young Novelists deliver a dose of honesty in audible form.

    What first began as a stack of songs that frontman Graydon James had amassed behind the drum kit in various bands during his university years eventually became a collection of recordings performed by the six-piece band, Graydon James & The Young Novelists. But over time, as James’ wife Laura Spink became integral to the creative process, the more succinct banner of The Young Novelists was born.

    “made us strangers”, their sophomore effort, showcases a significant sonic progression for the band. Ripe with raw but elegant instrumentation and stacked multi-layered harmonies, their pure take on folk-tinged rock translates equally well from the stereo or stage.

    From major festivals like Mariposa and CMW to iconic theatres like the Neptune in Halifax to trendsetting hotbeds like Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern, The Young Novelists’ show is as engaging as it is endearing and has earned them slots alongside the likes of Cuff the Duke and The Strumbellas.

    “For fans of Blue Rodeo, The Band, and pre-weirdness Wilco, here are three last words: Step right up.” – John Sakomoto, Toronto Star

    Shawn William Clarke has long been a sideman with acts like the gypsy-folk collective Olenka and the Autumn Lovers and Arts & Crafts recording artist Timber Timbre. But a few years ago, the Toronto musician branched out to pursue a solo career, putting himself squarely in the spotlight.

    Clarke’s sophomore album, “William”. “William” features the autobiographical storytelling found on “Like Birds Too Tired To Fly” and has a number of songs inspired by the tales of both cities and small towns, from Clarke’s travels across Canada. “Some Nerve” is a solemn tribute to unconditional love in a slowly progressing landscape, while “I Blame the Loyalist Ghost” is a tongue-in-cheek lament on being sick during an East Coast tour. “William” also contains the song “Tranzac Club”, which tells the tale of a new love blossoming in his current city of Toronto, Ontario.

    “Shawn’s music contains two things that I love: space and simplicity. Nothing is overplayed, it’s wonderfully subtle and understated. And the simplicity reveals itself in immediately identifiable themes and accessible songs. It is really a great record!” – Craig Norris, CBC Radio – See more at:


    June 26, 2015
    8:00 pm - 1:00 am


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