Born in the Norwood Flats area of St Boniface, Manitoba, twin brothers, Calan & Lucas Hamilton started writing songs and performing in 2005. Having been raised in an environment of music from folk to pop to blues to old time, “the brothers” attended music festivals all over the central continent. With their first original song “The Crucible” , based on the novel, they received great fanfare from local musicians and friends. After a period of playing unique interpretations of “old school” covers, the flood gates opened with a proliferation of original songs and The Sturgeons began to get traction.
They have performed at many Canadian Music Festivals : at Trout Forest Music Festival with performers like Ray Bonneville and Romi Mayes, shared the stage at a Northwest Ontario concert with Fred Eaglesmith, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Harvest Sun Music Festival, Festival du Voyageur, and Fire n' Water. The Sturgeons have toured out West several times and are just off their recent tour this July.
Songwriter Calan Hamilton on guitar, banjo, mandolin and lead vocals and Lucas Hamilton on percussion and harmonies worked with many talented musicians like Chis Dunn to create their first record called “The Wood Shop” released on November 19, 2011 at the Park Theatre in Winnipeg. An eclectic mixture of fifties/sixties pop & seventies angst folk rock with a hint of contemporary new grass, this record feels old, new, strange & familiar. Influences include The Band, Everly Brothers, Avett Brothers, David Francey, Neil Young, Lucinda Williams and Tom Waits.
Their newly released second record “This Is” is a collection of thoughtful tunes, beautifully crafted and arranged with a spontaneous edge. What really stands out about this record is the refined songwriting, strong harmonies and tasteful arrangements.
What a great weekend. Thanks to Strong pines Fest and the Grand Opening of the South Falcon Trail. had a blast
tomorrow night shall be a gooder. join us at 555 osborne
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