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|Dust Poets kick off tour at Princess Theatre|
The Dust Poets, a five-piece acoustic chamber folk ensemble from the midwestern Canadian province of Manitoba, will be kicking off a 12-day tour of northeastern Louisiana at the Princess Theatre in Winnsboro on Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m.
The busy tour marks the band's first ever visit to Louisiana, and will include over 20 performances at schools, churches, and theatres throughout the region. The group will also share a concert with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra on May 2, where the MSO will play accompaniments to the Dust Poets' own songs. Complete tour details are available at www.dustpoets.com.
The Dust Poets formed eight years ago in Brandon, Manitoba and since then have toured all across Canada and parts of the US earning a reputation for dazzling vocals and a genre-hopping acoustic sound that wanders easily between gritty folk-rock, alt country, vintage swing, and soaring piano-pop. The band consists of Murray 0 Evans (guitar, vocals), Karla Ferguson (accordion, vocals), Sean McManus (percussions, clarinet, vocals), Corey Ticknor (mandolin, vocals), and Gord Mowat (bass).
The band is about to launch a brand new CD of original material. Entitled "World At Large", the album is their fourth full-length recording and features the songwriting of globe trotting beat Murray 0 Evans. His writing has become well known in Canada for a sardonic and self-deprecating sense of humor that create twisted caricatures of small town life and big city delusions.
Their third album "Lovesick Town," was called "a little masterpiece" by the Toronto Star, while Winnipeg's Uptown Magazine praised its "impeccable songwriting and tremendous musicianship." Chicago webzine PopMatters names it "one of the year's best surprises."
Tickets are by series membership or can be purchased at the Princess Theatre box office at $15 for ages 13 and up and $10 ages 12 and under.
Programs of the Princess Theatre are supported in part by grants from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and through the Decentralized Arts Funding Program as administered by the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council. Also, this program was made possible through a "block booking" with the Louisiana Presenters Network (LPN)