Kayla Howran & Dylan Ireland in Concert

DATE NIGHT or simply live music night! It’s happened again – amazing performers from Ontario wanting to do a show in Humboldt! So BOLT FM and ARTS HUMBOLDT said “let’s do it!”

Kayla Howran is touring Western Canada in support of her recent sophomore alt-country/roots album and will be joined for the Humboldt show by Dylan Ireland (of Express & Company). Together, they will put on a show that mixes country, rock, roots, and more in a beautiful setting at the Humboldt Golf Club clubhouse. Make it a date night – ambience, live music, food service, glass of wine, no need to drive to Saskatoon!

$15.00/person. Licensed event (minors may attend) at the Golf Club House. Advance tickets available at Shoppers Drug Mart (Humboldt) or by calling/texting Brian Grest at 231-8284. Tickets available at the door as well. RUSH SEATING. Advance ticket holders will be able to enter a draw on arrival.

Check out Kayla Howran, Dylan Ireland, and Express and Company on Facebook.

Read further for bio and links.

Kayla’s subtle side (with Dylan accompanying)

Kayla’s edgy side

Dylan doing a solo version of an Express and Company song

Kayla and Dylan (check out that drummer – he’s performed in Humboldt three times with the Chris Culgin Band)

Kayla Howran Bio:

Kayla Howran just finished her sophomore album, Spare Parts, with producer Colin Cripps of Blue Rodeo fame. They recorded at The Tragically Hip’s Studio, The Bathouse, in Kingston, ON in June of this year. Kayla leaned away from the classic honky tonk country sound her first album, Pistol, had and headed in a more alt-country direction with Spare Parts. The album will be available to purchase in physical copies September 9th, 2016 with an official release to follow before the end of 2016.

Kayla was born and raised in Peterborough, ON in a very musical family. Her earliest memories consist of campfires and her uncles singing around them the Eagles, or the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, or something of the sort. Her uncle Ray gave her her very first guitar when she was in the 8th grade. He said if she didn’t learn an entire song from start to finish within a certain amount of time, then he would take the guitar back. So she did. Then she learned one after another after another until she started writing her own songs. When she was 18 her and her best friend drove across the country looking for adventure with the guitar in the back seat. After much moving around over the course of the next three years, Kayla finally landed herself in Toronto.

After moving to Toronto, Kayla found a foothold in the country and rockabilly roots of the Queen Street music scene. She and her band, The Fellas, began playing at The Cameron House in September 2010, and quickly established one of the hottest weekly residences on Queen Street. Every Friday night Kayla’s powerful vocals would fill the bar as she and The Fellas spurred on a dance floor full of patrons with bourbon-soaked two-steps, meandering tales of love lost, and everything in between. The Kayla Howran Band now plays the first Friday of every month on that same stage and tends to perform in a more roots/alt country genre.

Kayla recently moved back to Peterborough where she wrote the majority of Spare Parts. She says there’s something about a small town that helps her focus and that the big city had far too many distractions to ever get any work done. And the calm of her hometown mixed with the talent and creativity amongst the other local musicians has been priceless and inspiring.

Kayla has shared the stage with Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo and Andy Maize of the Slydiggers. She was backed at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto by Daniel Romano and his band opening for Jim Cuddy and Danny Michel. She performed with NQ Arbuckle and Justin Rutledge at Mel Lastman Square in Toronto, and her band has opened for JD McPherson and Pokey LaFarge among others.

In 2013 Kayla lent her vocals to a track on Canadian progressive rock band, Protest The Hero’s record, Volition. In 2014 that record won a Juno.

Kayla has a rare ability to lean on her influences without imitating them, which lends a genuine quality to her music that is often absent from many of her contemporaries.

She sings with the conviction of someone who has lived every bit of joy, agony, and heartbreak contained within her songs. However, it is Kayla’s voice that truly sets her apart. Powerful enough to rise above the din of a packed hall, yet with a softness that evokes the tender emotions of transfixed onlookers, Kayla controls the mood of the room with the skill of a baton-wielding maestro.

Express and Company (Dylan Ireland) Bio:

Released spring 2013, their debut full length album ‘Ontario’, which embraces sounds of traditional Canadian roots rock, has been in rotation on over 125 stations across North America. In summer 2013 their debut single ”Carry Me Along’ spent 14 weeks on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 alongside names like Mumford & Sons, David Bowie and Blue Rodeo, reaching as high as #5. While also reaching #1 on CBC Radio 3 R3-30 and Rock Charts.

Express & Company have toured across Canada from P.E.I to Dawson City, and south to Austin Texas for SXSW 2012.
As a touring band, or Dylan solo, they have graced stages across Canada including Mariposa Folk Festival, NXNE, SXSW, Halifax Pop Explosion, and a Home Routes concert series throughout the Yukon Territory. Sharing stages with the likes of The Sadies, Whitehorse, Tom Wilson, Joel Plaskett and Greg Keelor, has allowed a true, organic sound to develop.

Their debut full length album was released March 26th 2013 and is available on iTunes, in select HMV stores across Canada, and on the 7th Fire Records website.

Dylan just recently finished in the studio with producer James McKenty of The Spades, and his sophomore album, Silver Screen is duo to be released before Christmas 2016.

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