The Gertrudes - Dawn Time Riot


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The 2010 debut full-lenght release from Kingston, Ontario's The Gertrudes.

Banjo picker, Annie Clifford, had a dream about The Gertrudes. She told guitar picker, Greg Tilson, about the dream and he picked up the phone and called up all The Gertrudes in her dream. The Gertrudes then assembled themselves in a practice room at the Kingston School of Music, and made beautiful music together. The rest, as they say, is history.

The Gertrudes sound like an ol' time saloon party in deep space… experimental noise beds with down home folk passengers, frolicking through original material, played by a veritable orchestra of instruments. Nerdgrass? Maybe…

Dawn Time Riot was conceived as a love letter to Kingston, featuring over 100 Kingston guest musicians including the Queen's Symphony Orchestra, The Skeleton Park Children's Choir and lead singer Annie Clifford's grandmother, Joan.

"The most exciting thing about Hard Water is how The Gertrudes contrast the old time feel of banjos, ukes and accordions with electronics, horns and theremin (sweet) to create modern, spooky tracks that are as thick and ominous, but also as breathtaking as a dense fog over the harbour …" - Hero Hill

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Previews - Dawn Time Riot

01. Cliff Jumping -
02. Wind From The South -
03. Black Bird And The Cedar -
04. Slot Machines -
05. Freight Train -
06. Sailor -
07. You Don't Mind -
08. Concession Street (Charge Across Cedar) -
09. Ronnie Hawkins -
11. Catfish John -

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Bonus - Album package comes with complete artwork including a high res Album cover and a PDF booklet

Album File Size - MP3 Format - 123.13 MB
Album File Size - CD-Quality Lossless Flac Format - 339.10 MB

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