Fred Eaglesmith Tour “Legions Of Legions”

Fred Eaglesmith Tour “Legions Of Legions”

Fred Eaglesmith Tour “Legions Of Legions”

📅07 June 2013, 00:26

June 7, 2013


Jamboree Feel, Self-Contained Operation, Mojo & Pies (That’s Right)

(ONTARIO, And Beyond) As most artists aspire to get higher up, closer in or just plain in the music business, rocker Fred Eaglesmith continues to look for ways to do just the opposite. And his ongoing “Legions Of Legions” mini-tours are just the ticket.

“This is something I wanted to do many years ago,” the singer-songwriter says of his shows in dozens of Legion Halls around his native Canada. “I’d played a few in my life and, getting tired of the music biz scene, we worked our way into making it a part of what we do.

“How it works … my agent will call and say, ‘March looks a little slow.’ No problem. I have a plan. I’ve got a few people who work for me part-time who I call and they get it rolling. There’s a Legion Hall in every little town, but you have to go find them and you have to convince them to let us have a show.”

Most of his Legions of Legions stops have been within a 10-hour radius of his Ontario home base. Over the last few years, he’s done upwards of 100 of the shows. “Most of the veterans sit in the other room … there aren’t that many left and they look at us with a bit of trepidation,” Eaglesmith grins. “My fans come and we’ll get a lot of people from the town, who basically can’t believe there’s an actual music show in their area. Some people even drive in from the cities.

“A lot of the halls are really nice, wood buildings on the inside. They’ve got real mojo in those rooms and it just has that feel of the jamborees when artists like Patsy Cline and Elvis would go around to little halls in the late ’50s.”

Adding to the old-school feel are his nightly pie auctions. “I’m the auctioneer,” he says. “We stop the show and auction two pies per night. Fans make them and we use the first two to arrive.” The effort has raised more than $11,000 for Operation Smile, which offers facial reconstruction – primarily for cleft palates – to children in third-world countries. “It costs about $250 for each kid,” Fred explains. “So we may be changing the lives of a couple of kids per show.

“It’s the old-school community thing that’s helping us get away from the music business. We’ve eliminated all those people, so everybody works for me – the advance man, the guy putting wood signs up on the side of the road, the guy who books the show, the band, lights, sound, the ticket-taker, the merch counter. Well, the bartender works for the Legion. They get the bar. But everything else is our deal.”

Meanwhile, Eaglesmith and, in particular, his biggest fans, are looking forward to the 19th annual Fred Eaglesmith Charity Picnic Aug. 16-18 in Aylmer, ON. More than music, the event typically includes wagon rides, water sports, craft activities and a parade. “It’s 20 bands, a beautiful park, camping and it’s all for charity,” Fred says. “We run it with three people. There are no walkie-talkie headsets or golf carts. It’s a picnic, not a festival.”

Conventional Fred Eaglesmith tour dates below:

June 6              Time to Laugh, Kingston ON

June 7              The Haunt, Ithaca, NY

June 8 – 10      Roots on the River, Bellows Falls, VT

June 12            Caffee Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY

June 13            Bridge Street Live, Collinsville, CT

June 14            The Tin Angel, Philadelphia, PA

June 15            Ashland Coffee & Tea, Ashland, VA

June 19            Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH

June 21            Lukenbachs, Altamont, IL

June 22            Sunshine Ranch, Philo IL

June 23            High Saloon, Madison, WI

June 26            Russell’s Bar & Grille, Annadale, MN

June 27            Marketplace on 8th, Grafton, ND

June 28            Sensations, Grand Forks, ND

June 30            The Gem, Wibaux, MT

July 4              Moose Jaw Cultural Centre, Moose Jaw SK

July 5              Bruno Senior Friendship Centre, Bruno, SK

July 6              Shann and Ray’s Farm, Swift Current, SK

July 7              The Palomino Smokehouse, Calgary, AB

July 8              Blackbird Coffee House, Coleman, AB (SOLO)

July 10                        Auditorium Hotel, Nanton, AB

July 11                        Tracks Pub, Olds, AB

July 12            The Hideout, Red Deer, AB

July 13                        Pembina River Nights, Evansburg, AB

July 16                        Rockyview Hotel, Cochrane, AB

July 17                        The Slice, Lethbridge, AB

July 18                        The Canmore Legion, Canmore AB

July 19                        The Golden Taps, Golden, BC

July 21                        Wild Mountain Music Fest, Hinton, AB

July 23                        Books & Co., Prince George, BC

July 26                        The Dirty Jersey, Kamloops, BC

July  31           SHOREfest @ Celeb. of Light-Sunset Bch, English Bay, Vancouver, BC

Aug 1              Hermanns Jazz Club, Victoria, BC

Aug 2-3           Filberg Festival, Comox, BC

Aug 5              Buds Bar, Invermere, BC

Aug 7              The Church, Brook, SK

Aug 9              Park Theatre, Winnipeg, MB

Aug 10                        Trout Forest Music Festival, Ear Falls, ON

Aug 15                        Canada Southern Railway Station, St. Thomas, ON

Aug 16 – 18     Annual Fred Eaglesmith Charity Picnic, Aylmer, ON



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