The next coffee house hosted by the Mount Pleasant Women’s Institute takes place on December 2nd, beginning with an open stage at 7:30 with the main act starting at 8 pm.
Featured this month is the Mayhemingways, a duo featuring Benj Rowland as lead singer and playing the accordion, banjo, guitar and tenor guitar while holding down the bass with foot pedals. Benj grew up in Cedar Valley and has been known to appear at the Millbrook Farmers’ Market. He is accompanied by Peterborough native Josh Fewings on the drums, percussion and contributing back-up vocals.
Mayhemingways are an eclectic and full-sounding duo from the musical hotbed of Peterborough, Ontario. They describe their sound as fuzz-folk with bluegrass, Cajun, and Celtic influences. In 2017 they completed a cross-Canada tour with Joel Plaskett and his father Bill as their opening act and backing band. Among their stops were The National Arts Centre in Ottawa and Massey Hall in Toronto. Mayhemingways tour Canada as much as they can. Like bands of old, they enjoy rolling down highways and back roads, building an old school fan base across the nation. They’ve just arrived back home after completing a European tour where they shared their original style with a whole new audience.
Their first full-length album “Hunter St Blues” was released in the spring of 2016 and was produced and engineered in Alberta by Steve Loree (Ian Tyson, Corb Lund, Petunia). The album was a follow-up to their first EP released in 2013 engineered by James McKenty (Blue Rodeo, Cuff the Duke, The Weber Brothers) that was recorded at an old school house outside Peterborough.
For a sneak preview of what you’ll hear in Mount Pleasant, use the link below.