For more than 17 years now, Captain Tractor has been taking their bold and irresistible brand of Celtic/folk/rock to the masses.
Armed with an incredibly catchy, attractive style, the band plays The Hideout Restaurant & Bar March 17. There is a range of entertainment, kicking off with Dunvegan at 5 p.m. followed by the Red Deer Legion Pipe Band at 8 p.m. and Captain Tractor at around 9 p.m.
Rounding out the group are Chris Wynters (guitars/vocals), Scott Peters (guitars/mandolin/vocals), Jason Kodie (keyboards/accordion/vocals), Shannon Johnson (violin/vocals), Jon Nordstrom (bass/vocals) and Jules Mounteer (drums).
Over the years, they’ve recorded seven CDs, two collections and appearances on a number of collections. Their latest disc, Famous Last Words, was released this year.
Memorable tunes run the gamut from the plucky Famous Last Words to the older and edgier A Tale They Won’t Believe (which reveals a particular prowess for storytelling finesse). All along the way, Captain Tractor has been committed to crafting distinctively homespun, grounded music that brims with energy and remains true to their unique creative vision.
A charming, traditional richness shines through with the old-fashioned grandeur of Johnny’s Ghost. Big American Headliner rolls along with a contemporary freshness – the type of tune that could slide rather easily onto pop radio.
Recorded in Edmonton, mixed in Los Angeles and mastered in Toronto, Famous Last Words is a collection of new and traditional tunes.
Another plus for the group was the addition of friend and collaborator, not to mention Juno-award winning violinist Johnson (The McDades). Although she has appeared on many of the band’s past releases, this is the first time that she has been a part of the band.
Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. For more information about the show, check out www.the-hideout.com.