The Tom Fun Orchestra, a Canadian indie rock ensemble from Cape Breton, will be tearing up the Rockwater Grill and Bar on Tuesday Nov. 27.
The unusual orchestra features a unique combination of electric and acoustic instruments, including violin, banjo, accordion, trumpet, double bass, electric guitars and drums.
Since the band’s conception in 2005, having been brought together by founding member, singer-songwriter Ian MacDougall, they have racked up an impressive amount of accomplishments.
They have toured around Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia, and their widely popular debut release, You Will Land with a Thud, helped them win two East Coast Music Awards and two Music Nova Scotia Awards.
Having been compared to mega acts like The Clash, Tom Waits, The Pogues, Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene, The Tom Fun Orchestra just released their follow-up album, Earthworm Heart, last month.
The release features 14 new tracks recorded at Soundpark Studios, and was produced and mixed by Jamie Foulds and Albert Lionais. The album is a departure from the Celtic sound heard in You Will Land with a Thud, and sees the band take a much more stripped down, rock-oriented approach.
Although still featured, the banjos and fiddles stepped back and made room for more guitars.
Currently on a cross-Canada tour that began in Fredericton on Oct. 18, and will play 30 dates will they move towards British Columbia and back again.
For more information, go to www.tomfun.ca.