A Canadian duo much loved by Americana-UK return to the UK for a tour starting on Wednesday of this week. Cam Penner and his trusted full time collaborator, Jon Wood, return for just over two weeks of touring in support of their brand new album ‘At War With Reason.’ Penner is a true artisan of the roots-americana genre, crafting songs in his homemade recording studio tucked away in the woods behind his remote British Columbia home.
The latest release follows on from the fearless approach demonstrated on previous album ‘Sex and Politics’ (readers – caution is advised when undertaking any sort of internet search using the words ‘Sex and Cam’), and ‘At War With Reason’ demonstrates a similarly no nonsense approach and willingness to engage with the state of the world in uncompromising fashion. Talking about the new album, Penner said: “It was the longest winter in decades. I spent my days working down at the homeless shelter and the nights in my studio in the woods carving away at songs, sounds, structures. Watching it collapse. Rebuilding. I threw everything at the wall. Ideas. Words. Frustration. Anger. The temperature fell. I fed the fire. I kicked. I strummed. I struggled…with myself and humanity.”
Cam Penner and Jon Wood have previously won major TV exposure when tracks from their ‘To Build A Fire’ album were chosen as the backdrop to the BBC 2 TV drama based on Iain Banks’ Stonemouth novel.
Looking forward to the upcoming tour, Penner said: “We’re making our way across the Atlantic once again with a suitcase full of rhymes and sounds from my new album. I haven’t said much about it but that’s gonna start happening right away. All I gotta say is, it’s going to wrap its arms around you, pull you in close and stay by your side all winter long. Jon and I are ecstatic about heading back to Scotland, England & Wales. Bring your sweetheart, your mates, your neighbours, your angst-ridden teenage kids.
“The songs were born from the winter; from the darkness. But there is a light in every one of them. A hope. The search for the better.”
Tour dates as follows:
Wed Nov 14: Green Note, Camden
Thurs 15: No 8, Launceston
Fri 16: Bridge Inn, Topsham
Sat 17: Canolfan Clydau, Tegryn, Pembs
Sun 18: The Canteen, Bristol
Tues 20: Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
Wed 21: Fallen Angels Club @ The Admiral, Glasgow
Thurs 22: Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy
Fri 23: Glenbuchat Hall, Strathdon
Sat 24: Private function, Banchory
Sun 25: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine
Mon 26: Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Wed 28: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Thurs 29: The Pump House, Louth
Fri 30: Square & Compass, Worth Matravers