Dylan Ireland ~ Guitar/Vocals
Melissa Payne ~ Fiddle/Vocals
Benj Rowland ~ Accordian/Banjo
Liam Wilson ~ Bass
Joe Hay ~ Drums
Right off the bat the debut full length 'Ontario' from ON based singer/songwriter Dylan Ireland and fiddle player Melissa Payne Express & Company hits you in your giddy yup bone. Fast paced, knee bouncing and delightfully danceable with joyful vocal harmonies and rambunctious fiddle playing and the good timey rhythm section of Joe Hay (drums) and Liam Wilson (bass), as well the brilliant multi-instrumentalist in Benj Rowland, this is an album that keeps your attention from start to finish.
Released March '13 and available at Seventh Fire Records and on iTunes.
1) Carry Me Along
2) The List
4) Gold in Your Pockets
5) The Last Stand
6) Tall, Tall Pines
8) Out By the Trees
9) Where Will You Bury Me
As a touring band with Melissa Payne on Fiddle, Joe Hay on Drums, Liam Wilson on Bass and multi-instrumentalist Benj Rowland, they have played over 200 shows including the Mariposa Folk Festival and South by Southwest. Enchanting audiences with electric, energetic concerts and playing alongside bands such as The Sadies, Whitehorse, Jenn Grant and Greg Keelor have allowed a true, organic sound to develop. As well, performances as a duo have allowed Dylan and Melissa to present their songs in a more intimate and theatrical manner. Dylan keeps the beat with his bass drum while also delivering on his vocal and guitar duties, while Melissa completes the experience with fiddle, rhythm guitar and harmonies.
Sat. May 25th @ The Red Dog w/ Kirty & Melissa Payne, Peterborough, Ontario (10pm)
Wed. June 12th @ C’est What (NXNE), Toronto, Ontario (9pm)
Sat. June 15th @The Central (NXNE), Toronto, Ontario (Midnight)
Fri. June 21st @ The Stinking Rose, Campbellford, Onatrio (9pm)
Sat. June 22nd @ Sessions on the River, Fort Erie, Ontario (7pm)
Fri. June 28th @ The Red Dog, Peterborough, Ontario (10pm)