Country-folk singer/songwriter Fred J. Eaglesmith was one of nine children born to a farming family in rural southern Ontario. While still in his teens, he hopped a freight train to Western Canada and began his life as a performing songwriter. Often employing his difficult upbringing as raw material for his heartland narratives, he issued his self-titled debut LP in 1980.
Eaglesmith gradually became an underground favorite in his native Canada, thanks largely to a relentless touring schedule with his longtime band — bassist Ralph Schipper and mandolinist Willie P. Bennett. The band was alternately called the Flying Squirrels or the Flathead Noodlers, depending upon the style of music they were playing. Beginning in the early ’90s, Eaglesmith’s recorded output increased dramatically, and over the next two decades, he would firmly establish himself with more than a dozen albums and countless live performances.
(Saturday) 8:00 pm
The Locks at Sona
4417 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127