The Fugitives Artist Biography

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Published/Updated: 12 Mar 2008, 20:40

Biography: There are multiple artists named The Fugitives:

1. Garage band who released their sole LP The Fugitives at Dave's Hideout in the summer of 1964.

2. The Fugitives, a combination of multi-talented Vancouver artists Mark Berube, Barbara Adler, and Brendan McLeod, have been classified under many guises: slam folk, folk hop, spoken word cabaret. Yet a common throughline is always their remarkable storytelling abilities. That, and the fact that audiences all over the world have never seen anything like this blend of skilful musicianship and passionate performance poetry. Since their formation three years ago, The Fugitives have been everywhere, touring Europe four times and Canada twice. In that time they have gone from performing in old bank vaults in London to university classes in Germany to recent main stage appearances on the Canadian folk festival circuit. In the past year alone, they have sold out headlining shows at festivals as diverse as the Vienna Literary Festival, the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, the Vancouver Jazz Festival, and the Chutzpah Dance Festival. Their live shows, where they are accompanied by versatile instrumentalist Steven Charles, have been critically acclaimed for their passion and poignancy. As the CBC puts it, “whether you go for the poetry, the music, or both, this show is simply brilliant.” There is no place The Fugitives haven’t played, and the maturity shows on their newest release, In Streetlight Communion. Distributed by Festival and featuring collaborations with members of The Be Good Tanyas, Po’ Girl, TOFU, and The Breakmen, the album carefully straddles musical and poetic worlds, delivering insightful lyrics and passionate harmonies over home hitting riffs. It is a new kind of music, one the Vancouver Province praises by saying, “fences are being broken down here.” The Fugitives are not a political band, per say. They don’t offer up trite slogans or ubiquitous aphorisms or overtly rail against the government. What they do offer us, in a time when meaningless abounds, when billboards scream absurdities and our radio stammers out the same old cliches, is a change. They confront us with a land where lyrics and instruments co-exist on the same plain, where content and form are equally important to an aesthetic message. Music like this forces us to listen with both our head and our heart, and in times such as these, it is a cause for celebration


3. The Fugitives

AC / Pop/Rock / Alternative

The Fugitives are the brain-child of musician/composer/producer, Matthew Woolf. Within 21st century production values, he blends a unique mix of traditional songwriting, prominent harmonies, infectious hooks and quality musicianship.

Formed in 2002, the project has recorded and gigged in and around their home town of London, as well as enjoying international radio exposure. To date they have released 2 EP’s on Woolfgang Records, along with several accompanying videos. Matthew is currently in the process of producing further Fugitives videos before he begins work in 2014 on a full length album of all new material.

Their debut EP ‘Promo’ was released in 2003 to rave reviews. Written in collaboration with musical partner James Hender, it was described as “An intelligent, sophisto pop/rock fusion with Wurlitzer, Harrison-esque guitars and prominent harmonies.”

The band members then pursued various individual projects before reuniting in 2009 to record ‘Sanskara’ (released in 2010): “A trilogy of Matthew’s songs based on the spiritual concept of Sanskara. Delivered with modern production values and drawn from his prime influences of classic British and American recordings of the 1960s through to 1990s, from the likes of The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder, Supertramp, The Eagles, Electric Light Orchestra, Genesis, Alan Parsons Project, Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers, Andrew Gold, Steve Winwood, Gerry Rafferty, The Police, Joe Jackson, World Party, Roachford."

Line-up to date:
Matthew Woolf - Keyboards/Vocals
James Hender - Guitars/Vocals
Andrew Booker - Drums
Michael Captain - Bass

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