News and Blog

Euro-Tour Kickoff Party on Boxing Day 

Before boarding in January, we will be hosting a Boxing Day Tour Kickoff party at The Townehouse Tavern, with friends from across the atypical folk scene in Canada.

Montreal's Street Meat will be making the harrowing drive from Quebec for the night, and always offer up a delicious concoction of Rockabilly, Gypsy Jazz, Bluegrass and Prog Rock.

Peterborough-based fuzz-folk duo The Mayhemingways will also be coming up to open the show, and they have been described by Tom Wilson of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings as "mind-bending and original music with deep roots in the tradition of dark North American folk". 

A heavy lineup for Boxing Day, and be sure to come early as tickets will only be available at the doors for $10. It's also going to be a late one, so pace yourself with the egg-nog, as doors open at 9pm but the bands will play from 11pm until 2am. 

Winter European Tour 2017 

We are very excited to be embarking on a European tour in just over a month! 

We fly out from Toronto on Jan 11, and then from Jan 13 - Feb 4 we will be performing 19 shows across 9 countries. We'll be traveling in a rented 9-seater van

with the 6 members of the band and our resident sound wizard Matthew Wiewel. The highlight of the trip will be our showcase opportunity at the 2017 Americana Music Association UK's Conference and Awards, where we are one of only 18 international acts showcasing. 



Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/413526589036134/

Thanks to Haley Cassio for the beautiful poster. 
Thanks to Darren Eedens of Broken Banjo Bookings for booking. 

January 2017 
13th Steinbruch– Duisburg DE 
14th Cowboy Up -Waardamme BE 
15th Café Verinshoes – Vaals NL 
16th Café De Dingen – Kortrijk BE 
17th Konrad Cafe & Bar – Lucembourg 
18th MusicStar Norderstedt - Norderstedt  
19th BeLaMi Bergedorf –Hamburg Bergedorf DE 
20th Volksbad – Flensburg DE 
21st Last Orders Pub Neubrandenburg – Rostock DE 
23rd Blues Bar – Dresden DE 
24th BOSS BAR official – Poděbrady CZ 
27th Carty Bar – Gaildorf DE 
28th Rümpeltum – Sankt Gallen CH 
29th Tankstelle Bregenz – Bregenz AU 
30th Tom Bombadil – Solingen DE 

February 2017 
1st LONDON – Showcase for The Americana Music Association UK 
2nd The Magic Garden, London UK 
3rd Bar 236 - Prestatyn UK 
4th Telford's Warehouse - Chester UK

FMO Conference Showcasing! 

At the 30th Annual FMO Conference, we are excited to announce that we will be playing 8 showcase slots.
We are coming in full force, and hoping to fill up the summer of 2017 with festival dates. 

Check it, and come on out. 

Fall 2016 East Coast Tour  

We are headed back East this fall, this time all the way to St. John's NFLD. Looking forward to catching up with old friends, and playing some of our favourite places along the way. Darryl, we been missing you. 

Our Music Video won Runner Up!  

Our video with Shawn Kosmerly and Here Kitty Kitty Productions for "Movin' On" was voted Runner Up in the CTV Best in Shorts Competition at Cinefest Sudbury 2016!

Check it out if you haven't already! 

Eastman Endorsement 

We are very excited to announce our new endorsement by Eastman Guitars! We just took our new Eastman mandolin out for a rip at Fred Eaglesmith's 22nd Annual Charity Picnic this past weekend, and it's a beauty of an instrument. Glad to have something great to take on the road with us. 
#Eastman #eastmanguitars #iplayeastman

From the Stillhouse UK & Ireland Tour 




We've been hard at work over the past few months, and are finally ready to announce our first-ever trip across the Atlantic to tour Ireland and the United Kingdom. Big thanks to Ontario ex-pat Darren Eedens for booking this tour for us: 20 shows lined up in just 1 month of touring. We'll be heading across Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales, England, and Scotland - with shows in Dublin, London, Glasgow, Cardiff, and more. Check the full list below, and let your friends know if we're headed their way. 

12/5 Colfer’s Pub, Wexford 
13/5 Whelan’s, Dublin 
14/5 JJ Harlow's, Roscommon 
15/5 Bronte Music Club, Rathfriland 
17/5 Bar 236, Prestatyn 
18/5 Late Lounge, Rhyl 
19/5 The Caledonia, Liverpool 
20/5 Bar 236, Prestatyn 
21/5 Private Party, Bristol 
24/5 Golden Lion, Bristol 
25/5 The Bell Inn, Bath 
26/5 Undertone, Cardiff 
27/5 The Grapevine, Exmouth 
28/5 Stramash, Edinburgh 
29/5 McChuills, Glasgow 
30/5 Vintage Fair, Cardiff 
1/6 Magic Garden, London 
2/6 Doctor's Orders, Sheffield 
3/6 Telford's Warehouse, Chester 
4/6 Fire in the Mountain Festival

Official Release this Saturday: CBC Searchlight Mixtape 2015 

Live on Elgin! March 12th - 220 Elgin St. 2nd Floor, Ottawa ON 
Doors at 9:00pm | Show at 10:00pm 
$12 Advanced | $15 Door 

Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1055340814487301/


Anyone who has been listening to CBC radio lately has heard that they are gearing up for this year’s CBC Searchlight Competition. This Saturday night, in the nation’s capital, we are excited to release a collaborative compilation album from ten Finalists of last year’s competition. The “CBC Searchlight Mixtape 2015” is a grab-bag of the best up-and-coming Canadian artists, and represents a wide variety of music from coast-to-coast. Order your copy from “Bloodgrass" enthusiasts and Northern Ontario Finalists, Murder Murder, at murdermurder.net, or get one from your local finalist!  

Huge thanks to Duplium (duplium.com) for sponsoring the Mixtape. 
Artwork: Matt Maranger 
Mastering: Andy Magoffin’s House of Miracles 

Track / Searchlight Finalist / Region:  

1. ”Fault Lines" / Scary Bear Soundtrack / Iqaluit NU 

2. ”I Won’t" / Ivory Hours / Windsor ON 

3. ”Jon & Mary" / Murder Murder / Sudbury ON 

4. ”Original Sin" / The Fall Line / Montreal QC 

5. ”All We Have" / The Royal Foundry / Edmonton AB 

6. “July” / The Dearhearts / Calgary AB 

7. ”The Ballad of Salty Hair" / The Bennett Sun / Whitehorse YT 

8. ”Sparkles" / Shy Sharity / Vancouver BC 

9. ”On the Inside" / The Burn Ins / Kelowna BC 

10. ”Drift" / Lost Cousins / Ottawa ON

Sudbury Support, and the road to Kansas.  

After an overwhelmingly successful crowd-funding campaign, we have a lot to be thankful for. 
(If you want, check the links at the bottom for a couple of media outlets in Sudbury that had us over to talk about the past few months and getting back on the road.)

Hopefully Dorothy will be hosting a welcome party.


Sudbury is famous for supporting their own. As well as our friends and family organizing a crowd-funding campaign and fundraising events, we want to acknowledge the help of a few key people/businesses:

Midas Sudbury
The Autoboss Sudbury
NAPA Autoparts Sudbury

Gerry at Midas
has been helping us out since July, keeping our late van on the road. When we crashed in Saskatchewan he saw the news and called while we were out there, saying not to worry! He would find a vehicle and get us back on the road.
 

Jon and Gerry over at Midas on Long Lake Road.


Well he was true to his word, and after a few weeks of back-and-forth with the Autoboss Sudbury, they were able to hook us up with a 2005 Yukon Denali XL at an unreal price. Gerry also got us a great price on brand new studded winter tires, and we will shortly be hitting the road in that tank of an SUV, hopeful that it will keep us safe on Canada's wintry roads.
 

Just about to get all studded up.


Gerry also talked to his colleagues at NAPA Sudbury, and they have agreed to come on board as our parts sponsor, helping to keep the costs of repairs low and keep us on the road. 

Well, we have about 5000km to drive in the next three weeks - with the grand maiden voyage of our new ride the road to Kansas City Missouri for the 2016 Folk Alliance International Conference. We'll be performing four showcases there for Folk Music Canada, MusicOntario, and the Folk Alliance International First Timer's Room. 

We probably wouldn't be going if it weren't for everyone's help, and we honestly don't know if we would have been able to recover from November's massive loss on our own.

Thank you for allowing us to pursue our passion, and getting us on the road again.  

MM



Northern Life: 

http://www.northernlife.ca/mobile/displayarticle.aspx?id=103477

CBC Morning North: 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/programs/morningnorth/sudbury-band-murder-murder-rebuilding-after-vehicle-accident-in-saskatchewan-1.3431488

Matin du Nord, Radio-Canada:

http://ici.radio-canada.ca/emissions/le_matin_du_nord/2012-2013/index.asp

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