Back in Humboldt – Kayla Howran & Dylan Ireland in Concert

Date: May 12, 2017
Time: 8:00 pm  to  10:30 pm

– LIVE MUSIC! Kayla and Dylan are back, in concert!
– WING NIGHT! $5.99 for 10 wings (other menu items available)
– BAR IS OPEN, including great ambience and atmosphere!
You’ll also be supporting Arts Humboldt, the Humboldt Golf Club, and the growing live music scene in Humboldt! Jump to the Facebook Event page here and invite your friends.

This Friday night (May 12) why not save your appetite and thirst for another great night of music, food, and drink at the Humboldt Golf Club! The concert features Ontarios’s Kayla Howran & Dylan Ireland making their third visit to Humboldt. Anyone who caught their first two visits will highly recommend you catch them! The concert starts at 8:00 p.m., but feel free to get there any time over the supper hour for great food and beverages (also served during the concert).

Tickets for the concert are $20 and are available at Shoppers Drug Mart, by contacting Brian Grest (text 306-231-8284), at the Humboldt Golf Club, or at the door. Rush seating. All ages may attend (contact Brian Grest for student pricing).

Both Kayla Howran and Dylan Ireland are touring in support of their new albums – Kayla Howran’s “Spare Parts” and Dylan Ireland’s “Every Other Night“. Together, their styles encompass a mix of country, rock, roots, folk, and more. Copies of their new CDs will be available for sale at the concert.

Make it a date night – ambience, live music, food service, glass of wine – or come as you are. No need to drive to Saskatoon!

Check out more on Kayla Howran and Dylan Ireland on Facebook, or by Googling their names (links to reviews, videos, etc.).

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. Kayla leaned away from the classic honky tonk country sound of her first album, Pistol, and headed in a more alt-country direction with Spare Parts. .

Kayla was born and raised in Peterborough, ON in a very musical family. Her earliest memories consist of campfires and her uncles singing 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 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.

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.

Dylan Ireland Bio:

Propelled by raw lyricism and earthy production, Dylan Ireland’s debut solo album Every Other Night is a powerful statement from an artist ready to carve out new folk-rock terrain.

The Peterborough, Ontario-based singer/songwriter has already made his mark on the Canadian music scene through his former band Express And Company. Their 2013 album, Ontario, contained the single “Carry Me Along,” which received heavy airplay on CBC Radio 2 and 3, and helped land showcases at the Mariposa Folk Festival and the Peterborough Folk Festival—he earned the Emerging Artist Award at both—as well as South By Southwest.

With Every Other Night, Ireland has entered a new phase, building upon his past work with a fresh and fearless songwriting approach now all his own. Co-produced by Ireland and James McKenty (Blue Rodeo, Michelle McAdorey, Matthew Barber), Every Other Night’s stellar cast of contributors includes guitarists Jim Bryson and Gord Tough (Kathleen Edwards), drummer Loel Campbell (Wintersleep) and bassist Anna Ruddick (Daniel Romano, Bry Webb, Randy Bachman).

Overall, the album is not so much a transition from leading a band to being a solo artist, as it is merely another step in Ireland’s musical evolution. As Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor told him, why have a band when you’ve got a rock star name?

What the 11 songs on Every Other Night display more than anything is the confidence that only comes from taking complete control of your creative identity. And in many ways, the album is also a testament to how Ireland has dealt with personal challenges over the past couple of years.

“That’s certainly a theme on the album,” he admits. “A lot of it is quite personal, referring to my battles with anxiety, depression and addiction. But there were other things I had in mind for this album. I knew during the writing process that I wanted to explore more mature, bigger, alt-rock sounds. I’m very proud of the Express And Company album and what it achieved, but this time I was looking to try a different, less folky approach.”