Puppetry, mythology from Flying Foxes

Original rock operas, old-style crooning and a killer brass section — the Flying Foxes deliver flamboyant pop epics and gritty gypsy folk.

FLYING FOX and the Hunter Gatherers bring their theatricality and musicality to the Waverley Hotel on April 2.




Original rock operas, old-style crooning and a killer brass section — the Flying Foxes deliver flamboyant pop epics and gritty gypsy folk.

Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers, coming to the Waverley Hotel  on April 2, is a band fascinated by folk tales, puppet shows, and homemade mythologies. Drawing from gypsy jazz, classical and pop, the Flying Foxes perform music about the sexual misadventures of heavy machinery, the night time journeys of little boys and lions born of a human womb.

Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers are a sextet of classically trained musicians showcasing complex songwriting and “Winnipeg’s strongest horn section” (The Manitoban).

Since receiving a five-star review for their self-titled EP (The Uniter) and a description as one of Winnipeg’s “most acclaimed bands” (Winnipeg Sun), Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers has performed at numerous festivals, embarked on four major tours, and recorded a live performance for CBC Radio’s Canada Live.

In late December 2010, the Flying Foxes emerged from Private Ear Studio smelling of whiskey and cheap Chinese noodles — and brandishing their premier full-length album: Hans my Lion.

It’s a mosaic of orchestral interludes, flamboyant pop songs and gypsy folk songs that was released March 15 and is being promoted with a five-week tour across Canada. Check out a sneak preview of two singles from the upcoming album: Hammer in the Night and Vanity. Have a listen on the Flying Fox homepage.

In 2010, the Flying Fox obsession with dark tales and puppetry was taken to full fruition with the debut of an original rock opera titled The Wild Things. Inspired by the iconic children’s story, Where the Wild Things Are, the rock opera featured elaborate costume and set design by local artists (check out the visuals section).

Performed at the 2010 Winnipeg Fringe Festival, the show received the prestigious Best of Fest award and sold over 1,200 tickets. Soundtrack music from The Wild Things was recorded and released as a concept album.

For more about the band, visit www.headinthesand.ca/flyingfoxandthehuntergatherers/index.php.

“This is an amazing performance coming to the Waverley and highly recommended for those discerning music lovers who want to see the new creative offerings from one of Canada’s finest touring ensembles,” comments local promoter Vig Schulman. “Don’t miss.”

Tickets cost $12 in advance at Bop City, the Waverley and by phoning 250-336-8322. Doors open at 9:30 p.m.

— Cumberland Village Works


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