HOLD FAST is here!
At long last, it is time for us to share HOLD FAST with you. We are so thankful for all your support, and are thrilled to share this album with you. This album is about examining how you started, the doubts and trials and that ultimately deepen understanding and enrich bonds, acknowledging losses that made room for what you have now, and celebrating persistence.
We could not have created this album without the support of some very special humans. Dan Ledwell, our extraordinary producer; Alan Doyle, Tim Baker and Meg Warren, our writing collaborators; the players on this record — Dan Ledwell, Mike Belyea, Jim Bryson, Kinley Dowling, David Christensen, Alexa Dirks, The Good Lovelies (Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough & Susan Passmore); and Rose Cousins, our steadfast supporter and head of Old Farm Pony Records. We are so thankful for each of these individuals and their dedication to bringing this album to life with us.
And we are thankful for YOU. For each of you who come to our shows, who share our music with your friends, who give us encouragement on the road when we need it most. Thank you for giving us the great privilege of making music for a living. HOLD FAST is for you.
Head over to the music page to pick up your copy today. xo,
Steady As She Goes Available Now!
Steady as She Goes, the second track off our new album HOLD FAST, is available now! Pre-order the album to receive both Steady As She Goes and Northern Star as immediate downloads. fortunateones.ca/preorder.
Steady As She Goes was written with Alan Doyle and another good friend of ours, Tim Baker from Hey Rosetta!. It is a personal one for us that was written during and about the wildfires that ripped through Fort McMurray, Alberta in 2016. We had family that were directly affected by the fires, forced to leave their homes and belongings without the guarantee of returning to all that they had to leave behind. It was a frightening time for a lot of people and we felt a kind of helplessness as we watched the events unfold.
We wanted to write a song that could be a light in those dark days for our friends, family and the people of Fort McMurray. A beacon of hope to hold on to. We watched from what seemed like a world away, as first responders, EMTs, firefighters, police officers and civilians from all over the country ran fearlessly into the flames to try and salvage anything they could, the lives that had been built, trying to save a town that was being engulfed on all sides by wildfire. Steady as She Goes is a testament to those courageous helpers, the human spirit, resilience and hope.
Take what you can she said / Let the rest go up in flames
We’ll be alright I bet / it’s the faces in the frames that kept the house up anyway
It has filled our hearts to see the response to this song since we’ve started playing it live, to hear from people that experienced those terrifying times and to see that they are carrying on, making peace with what happened and rebuilding. Our hope is to, in our own small way, show solidarity and community with our friends in Fort Mac and to remind them that they are not alone.
We hope you enjoy Steady as She Goes, that you find something in it for yourself, be it hope, courage, strength, solace. It is our gift to you.
–Catherine & Andrew
Touring with Alan Doyle
I remember the first time meeting Alan Doyle, through mutual friends of ours at the Duke of Duckworth in St. John’s. He was such a celebrity to me that I LITERALLY couldn’t look him in the face. I couldn’t believe I was meeting him. We’d listen to Great Big Sea albums on family trips growing up, so his voice is firmly planted in so many amazing memories of mine. But what is really special to me is that as a person, Alan has been so giving to Andrew and I – from advice and support to writing and recording with us. It’s true that it’s called the music industry but it’s clear as day that it’s so much more to him than just business. And he’s given us so much strength to keep pursuing what we’re doing.
Alan has been such an important part of Newfoundland’s cultural landscape for so long that it feels as though he’s always been here. His music, and the music of Great Big Sea, has been our soundtrack growing up in this province.
It’s a surreal feeling to go from fan to peer to friend with someone who has unknowingly played such a role in shaping your creative taste and cultural awareness. Great Big Sea were instrumental in paving the way for the musicians that followed them. They gave us the courage to bring the diverse music of Newfoundland and Labrador to a national and international stage with confidence and conviction. They turned the nation’s attention to the east coast and showed that world class music and art was being made in the coves and harbours of Newfoundland. Bands like Hey Rosetta!, The Once, Amelia Curran and so many more have followed in GBS’s footsteps, proudly sharing their own spin on the heritage of our province.
We were very lucky indeed to co-write with Alan for our new album. It has been a fantastic learning experience, and made it clear to us how important mentorship is. Alan’s generosity of time and energy spent with us has really been a driving force behind our recent efforts. The boisterous, affable and giving person you see on stage at his shows is the same person who willingly gives so much to other artists coming up behind him. Alan looms large in the Fortunate Ones narrative – co-writing, recording our demos, lending advice, sharing knowledge and experience freely without any expectation of return. He is an example of kindness and selflessness that we try to emulate in our own lives.
To be able to share stages across Canada and the US with such a great friend and mentor feels like a dream. We’re playing some stunning venues and watch sidestage, with joy, night after night, the all-or-nothing performances that have become Alan’ calling card – a true honour.
FIRST SINGLE ‘NORTHERN STAR’ AVAILABLE NOW
Today’s the day: HOLD FAST starts making its way into the world! We are thrilled to share the first single from the new album, called Northern Star. It’s a bigger and bolder sound for us – dynamic peaks and valleys, and a story of forward momentum, the journey, and one’s sense of home, highlighted by a driving rhythm.
Catherine was moved to write the chorus of Northern Star after hearing stories of refugees moving to Canada, and imagining what that journey must be like…The loss of one’s home, and having to uproot after trauma. The song reflects the need for some kind of compass, guidance and purpose on an uncertain path. When Andrew wrote the verses separately, not knowing the point of her inspiration, the chorus and verses aligned in a way that was surprising and exciting.
There’s a quickening of the blood / Inside the hammer of your heart
To know where you are going / You’ve got to find out where you are
And if you’re looking for something extra special, check out our pre-order packages that include everything from our favourite local coffee and handmade mugs to our favorite game night essentials to personalized lyrics made just for you.
HOLD FAST! We can’t wait to share this year’s journey with you.
-Catherine and Andrew
HOLD FAST ALBUM COVER REVEAL
We are so excited to share the cover of HOLD FAST with you! Vanessa Heins has shot some of the world’s biggest and brightest artists including Bill Murray, Blue Rodeo, Lights, Hannah Georgas and so many more — and we could not be more thrilled about our collaboration with her for our 2018 release.
The shoot took place at Neighbourhood Studio in Toronto. There’s nothing like a great photo to give your confidence a little boost and we’re sending high fives to Vanessa for knocking the album cover photo out of the park!
US DATES ADDED TO 2018 TOUR
Cat & Andrew