The Riverthieves are back to release their new album "Soldier", all original tracks featuring fiddle, guitar, whistle and bagpipes. Several band members are serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces with tours in Adghanistan, Bosnia and Haiti, and this music celebrates the personal side of soldiering, including victory, loss and hockey.
“The core members of Eastern Ontario’s Riverthieves have been playing music together since the early 2000s, first as the house band at the Royal Oak on the Canal and then in scores of other bars and pubs from Renfrew to Trenton. Eventually, as the band started playing more festivals and small halls, the Riverthieves began presenting their own original songs. In 2009, the band recorded a very memorable show at the Almonte Old Town Hall before a sold-out audience. This recording was released as their first album, Bandit Queen, the following year.
After that release, the Riverthieves went into hibernation for half a decade as the two serving military members of the band, Finley Mullally and Devon Matsalla, completed back-to-back Afghanistan tours and Devon also deployed to Haiti before being posted to Valcartier, QC. The band was not reunited until the fall of 2015 when Devon was posted back to Ottawa. The boys dedicated themselves to a second album, composing and arranging through 2016, and recording between January and March 2017. The result is the Riverthieves’ first studio album, Soldier, which consists entirely of original tracks exploring the Canadian military experience, past and present. It soberly considers the cost of service, celebrates the joie de vivre of the soldiering culture, and pays special tribute to family, home, loss and (of course) hockey.” — Rob Riendeau, Pub Crawling, TheHumm, Mar 2018.
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