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Greg Graffin – Tickets – The Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON – March 6th, 2017

Greg Graffin

The Horseshoe Tavern Presents

Greg Graffin

Emily Davis

Mon, March 6, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm

The Horseshoe Tavern

Toronto, ON


Tickets at the Door

This event is 19 and over

Greg Graffin - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Greg Graffin
My musical roots go back decades. It’s interesting when I take a long view of them. Like a huge tree with broad limbs, you can never predict what the crown will look like from the time that the roots are embedded in the soil. Music takes unpredictable paths -- like the many directions that Southern California punk has taken over the years -- but the roots are always there, providing nourishment and foundation to the ever spreading branches.
This album represents three distinct historical trends that came together in the span of only 10 days during recording at Studios 606 and Big Bad Sound in April of 2016. The most obvious one is the musicians themselves. The rhythm section is composed of players from Social Distortion. 36 years ago, Bad Religion and Social Distortion shared a stage in Santa Ana, California. Well, it wasn’t really a stage, it was an abandoned warehouse made into a punk concert/party place. That was my first concert, as the singer/songwriter in Bad Religion. Our styles over the years diverged, but one consistent element remained – our love of American Folk Rock and Old-Time music continued to grow.
The second root apparent on this album is that of the sound and musicianship itself. No mere hacks, these musicians are masters. Vintage wood, having been crafted into musical instruments, produces the sound of history when played by virtuosos such as those collected here. An old guitar, a vintage fiddle, drums and bass, clawhammer banjo, and a combo of electric guitar and tubed amplifier, create a sound that can only be described as classic. When you add the beautiful harmonies of these most excellent background singers, there is no doubt that this music comes from a deep-rooted expression of American experience.
The final historical root is a personal one. The people who introduced me to Old-Time music are now old-timers themselves. My family roots go back to Indiana and Wisconsin. The Indiana folks sang a-Capella in the old country chapel at my Grandma’s funeral. Her children taught me to sing and the songs they chose came from the 30s, 40s, 50s, and of course the folk revival tunes of the 1960s. This was the sound I brought forth to my own band starting in the 1980s. It’s the only kind of lyrical style I know. And hopefully this album will add another strong branch to my music. Thank you all for continuing to water the tree.
Emily Davis - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
A petite frame hardly limits the energy detonating from Emily Davis, a folk singer/songwriter whose lyrics strive to provoke thought and whose stage presence could be captured in two words: firework pixie. Wearing punk on her chest and her lyrical heart on her sleeve, Emily turns the act of singing into soulful storytelling.

Two back-to-back albums between 2010 and 2011 introduce the first few chapters of Emily's professional musical folktale. The first, entitled No Real Destination was released in 2010 followed by a self-planned multi-state tour. Her cross-country travels and Youtube videos have jump-started a fan base that's evolved into thousands of avid followers. Within a year came her sophomore album, Dark Matter, a compilation of macabre verses weaved into upbeat tempos and harmonies.

Her Dark Matter tour across the country further proved the demand for more of Emily Davis' music. This sophomore release touches on social issues, paternal perspectives, and taboo mentalities that are gripping and abrasive, making any listener curious and anxious to learn more about the voice behind the mic. Emily released her third LP "The Worst Kind of Curse" on September 25, 2015 - a musical venture that has set itself up to be a more raw, visceral collection of songs containing the lyrical insight followers have come to appreciate in her music.
Venue Information:
The Horseshoe Tavern
370 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON, M5V 2A2