UK SPRING TOUR WITH GOOD LOVELIES
We hope that 2019 has been great for you all so far. We have taken the first month and a half of the new year to rest at home after a hefty amount of touring in 2018. You have given us a lot to be grateful for and the love you’ve shown for our new record HOLD FAST has us looking forward to the road and what we do best – playing this music for you.
UK SPRING TOUR WITH GOOD LOVELIES
We are absolutely over the moon to announce that in April we will be taking HOLD FAST to the United Kingdom where we will be supporting our amazing friends, Good Lovelies! We have been huge fans and admirers of GLs for many years and have been (not so quietly) dreaming of this partnership for a long time. We were very fortunate to have had them sing on a few of the songs on our new album, which was very special indeed.
Caroline, Sue and Kerri are incredible songwriters, musicians and salt of the earth amazing humans and we are so honoured to be sharing the stage with them throughout England and Scotland this spring. We’ve made a Spotify playlist to get pumped, check it out!
We hope to see you out there along the way! Here’s where we’re headed:
FORTUNATE ONES MERCH
As always we have sweet Fortunate Ones swag available for all you FOFOs (Friends of Fotunate Ones) out there. Pop by our ONLINE STORE to find t-shirts, bandanas, tea towels, vinyl, cds, digital downloads and more! For our pals in the UK – fear not! We’ll have lots of merch on hand for all the shows with Good Lovelies!
EAST COAST MUSIC AWARDS
In January we were honoured to receive 4 East Coast Music Nominations for Album of the Year, Group Recording of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Fan Choice Entertainer of the Year. We should let you know that the winner of the Fan Choice Entertainer of the Year award is voted on by the people that matter most – YOU! If you feel like we entertained you this year, you can vote for your old pals Fortunate Ones HERE. Voting closes on March 20
We are in the company of some incredible artists and can’t wait for East Coast Music Week in one of our favourite Canadian cities – Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island! ECMA week happens to coincide with Andrew’s birthday so, regardless of whether we win an award, there will be many celebratory oysters and lobster rolls consumed.
Catherine & Andrew
Happy Holidays from Fortunate Ones!
The end of the year is fast approaching and we’re taking stock of what a wild year this has been for us. We started 2018 touring with one of our heroes, Alan Doyle, followed by a sweaty summer full of festivals and fun, and went straight into our Hold Fast album release tour with our wonderful friends Mo Kenney and Joey Landreth.
When we began working on the album, we wanted to create a record that reflected the importance of community and collaboration. After travelling far and wide and sharing these new tunes, we are so filled with gratitude and we want to sincerely thank you for supporting us and coming out to our shows! There’s truly nothing like the magic that is created through live music – again, THANK YOU!
FORTUNATE ONES HOLIDAY GIFTS
If you’re looking for a gift idea, we’ve got all our merch available in our online store, including special holiday bundles with various combinations of T-shirts, bandanas, tea towels, vinyl and CD’s. Have a look and tick another item off your holiday to do list. We’ll check our list twice and make sure you get something nice!
Get your order in by Monday, December 10th to ensure it arrives by Christmas!
You have helped to make 2018 a wonderful year for us and we look forward to seeing you out there on the road in 2019! All the best!
Catherine & Andrew
HOME SWEET HOME
Hello friends! We’ve just returned from traveling across Canada & it was so special sharing our new record with so many wonderful people. Thanks to all of you who made it out to a show, we really felt the love and had such a blast!
We’re thrilled to be back on home turf and to bring the Hold Fast tour to our beautiful home province! It’s where we got our start so it only seems right to finish off the tour here at home. We can’t wait to see you out there in Lab City, Grand Falls Windsor, Gander, Stephenville, Corner Brook and St. John’s. We’ll see you all VERY SOON and are so grateful for your love and support!
HOLD FAST ALBUM RELEASE TOUR
Happy summer, friends!
We’ve started out on our summer run of festivals and we’re loving playing for all of you! As you may have heard we’ve announced our Album Release Tour for this fall and – great news – we’ve added additional dates! We’d love to see you, so please check out our shows page and see if we’ll be hitting up your town! Tickets are on sale now.
We’re so happy to have the support of CBC Music for this new album, and the title track Hold Fast is sitting at #4 right now on their Top 20 countdown! You can VOTE once a day to help us keep the momentum going!
And as if that wasn’t exciting enough…we’re going to be on q! This is a huge milestone for us and something we’ve been hoping to do for a long time. We love the CBC and to be featured on q is a true honour for us. We’ll be chatting with super-host Talia Schlanger and performing songs from Hold Fast. The show airs this Thursday, July 19 so make sure you tune in for a listen!
Our friend Shehab Illyas was kind enough to capture some behind the scenes fun on our tour with Alan Doyle, and put together this gorgeous mini documentary on our new album, touring together, and lots more. Have a watch!
Looking forward to seeing you all this summer or fall! And keep your eyes peeled at our shows because we have brand new T-SHIRTS available for you FOFO’s*
-Catherine and Andrew
*friends of Fortunate Ones
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