Saskatchewan's new trio Semko Fontaine Taylor release their first full-length album "Heartaches and Numbers" (Busted Flat Records/Universal) on November 16th, 2010.
Semko Fontaine Taylor (SFT) is a new trio from Saskatchewan consisting of core members-veteran singer/songwriters Jay Semko, Kim Fontaine and David j Taylor, alongside live touring drummer Charles Dumont (Emm Gryner, Brad Johner, Cody Prevost).
The group, who are longtime musical friends, made it official at the annual University of Saskatchewan Emma Lake Songwriting Retreat, where they are also songwriting instructors/mentors. Saskatoon-based singer/songwriter Lyn McGinnis threw down a challenge when she said, "You 3 Amigos should really make an album together". SFT took up the challenge; each bringing 3 songs to the table. Heartaches & Numbers is the byproduct of that recording project.
The album was recorded old school, mostly live-off-the-floor using 2 microphones placed in Jay's open concept living room in Saskatoon. Canadian recording legend Peter j Moore (producer of Cowboy Junkies "The Trinity Sessions") mastered the album in Toronto. SFT have played across the prairies and look forward to their upcoming tours/music conference/festival appearances for 2011 in support of their new album release.
Who are these people anyway?
Jay Semko is one of Canada’s most significant songwriters. As a founding member and vocalist/bassist of The Northern Pikes, Jay and the band scored numerous top-10 radio hits and sold over 750,000 units of their 7 studio albums, recording with such legends as Garth Hudson and John Sebastian, and touring with David Bowie, Robert Palmer, Peter Frampton and many others. A number of Jay's hit songs are now, and forever shall be, a part of Canada's musical landscape (Things I do for Money, Girl with a Problem, Teenland). As a solo artist, Jay has released six critically acclaimed studio albums (his most recent in 2010), and as a twice Gemini-nominated film/TV composer (Due South), Jay has had his music featured in countless TV programs and films. Jay currently resides in Saskatoon - Saskatchewan's "Bridge City".
Kim Fontaine is a Canadian songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who began touring Canada in the early '80s as a bassist. In the early 2000s Kim, who kept herself busy as a sideman throughout the 90s, got the itch to finally step up to the microphone and record her debut solo album. She enlisted Shaun Verrault (Wide Mouth Mason) and David j Taylor to co-produce her first album, the critically acclaimed Morning Pages. Kim released her 2nd album Life Happens in 2006 and her 3rd album Blue Sky Girl (co-produced by Semko and Taylor) in 2010. Kim has also developed songwriting programs for the University of Saskatchewan.
David j Taylor is an award winning (WCMA Producer of the Year Winner ‘07) Record Producer (Geoff Berner, Despistado), Re-Recording Mixer/Engineer/Sound Designer (Corner Gas and 2010 Gemini Award Nominee for The Saskatchewan River Delta), Music Supervisor (renegadepress.com) and a Singer-Songwriter (15 album releases from 92-10) who lives off the beaten path on a 20 acre farm at Milestone, SK. David cut his teeth in the music business in Vancouver BC, working for Greenhouse Studios (K.D. Lang, Nickelback) in the 90s. He fronted the Vancouver band Big Cookie, (releasing 4 albums, 3 music videos from 94-00). In 2000 he and his partner moved to Regina where David began working in audio post for TV and film. In the 2000s, David released albums with the groups Dollar Store Mary and Generals and Majors. During that time, he also released 7 solo albums. David writes a lot of songs and currently works as an in-house producer/engineer for Twisted Pair Productions in Regina, Saskatchewan's "Queen City".
SFT are the "Crosby, Stills and Nash" of the new Millennium
Jay Semko - Vocals, Bass, guitars
Kim Fontaine - Vocals, Bass, guitars, Piano, mandolin, cajon/percussion
David j Taylor - Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Charles Dumont - drums and percussion
Warren Rutherford - Banjo, Pedal Steel
Heartaches & Numbers - released on Busted Flat Records/Sonic Unyon/Universal on November 16th, 2010.
My Country Home
Puzzles & Pieces
Never Too Late
Before You Leave Canada
Postcard From Pincher Creek
Heartaches & Numbers
Semko Fontaine Taylor
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"The musical partnership of Semko, Fontaine and Taylor (SFT) brings us back to the days-past and ro..."The musical partnership of Semko, Fontaine and Taylor (SFT) brings us back to the days-past and romanticism of Laurel Canyon.
SFT are three distinct voices and characters that's chemistry
is natural and organic, accompanied by a musical connection that can not be contrived.
Their are shades here of The Mamas & Papas, The Byrds with some soon to be classic material and melody's sure to please the most jaded music critiques and fans alike. After only a few listens it will feel like a dear old friend..."
KV Style - Lifestyle Magazine Canada
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"When I heard the 'Semko Fontaine Taylor' album for the first time, what struck me immediately was i..."When I heard the 'Semko Fontaine Taylor' album for the first time, what struck me immediately was its cohesiveness. It sounds like an established band at the peak of its
powers. SFT have crafted a wonderful album, with each member bringing great material to the table while also providing stellar musical accompaniment on the others' songs."
Mark Logan - Busted Flat News
My Country Home (Semko)
Puzzles and Pieces (Fontaine)
Anne Marie (Taylor)
Heartaches and Numbers (Semko)
Things I Do For Money (Semko - The Northern Pikes)
Never Too Late (Taylor)
Postcard From Pincher Creek (Fontaine)
True Colors (Cyndi Lauper)
Before You Leave Canada (Semko)
PS F* You (Taylor)
Goodbye Hazel (Taylor)
Girl With A Problem (Semko - the Northern Pikes)
Life Happens (Fontaine)
Hello Mister (Fontaine)
Sad Love Song (Fontaine)
Blue Sky Girl (Fontaine)
Yes I Do (Fontaine)
Worlds Away (Semko - The Northern Pikes)
It's Over Now (Taylor)
So What (Taylor)
There are no upcoming dates at this time.