Banned From Heaven

Banned From Heaven

BandRockFolk

We are a light rock band with folk background and emphasis on vocals and lyrics. Lots of comedic audience rapport and interaction. Unusual instrumentation and dynamics. Chameleon-like, we can do quieter folky venues or rockier dance halls, depending on audience. References available on request!

Biography

Banned From Heaven? Here’s the skinny: we're mostly from Ancaster, but now banned from there as well. We've been playing together since the Sixties (in various incarnations). Our style of music (or lack thereof) is somewhere between Punk Zydeco or Jug Rock.

The song subjects & lyrics are created by Mike McCurlie and Ron Cole, and have been unjustly compared to Dan Hicks and Tom Waits. Over the last 30 years or so, we’ve recorded and played with guys like Johnny Cash, Brian Eno, and Dan Lanois. We’ve worked just about every bar and coffee house in Eastern Canada, including legendary venues like the El Mocambo and Festival of Friends.

We recently met Wayne Krawchuk doing hard time, and he brings another wealth of wonderful songs to The Banned. He chews gum while playing. It bugs us, but the women seem to love it.

We feature mentally-effected electric mandolin and whacked-out accordian, as well as Wurlitzer electric piano and Hammond B. The weird long-horn bass and little drums are definitely not normal either (courtesy of Mike Northcott & Joe Gravina respectively).

We met Wayne Krawchuk doing hard time, and he brings another wealth of wonderful songs to The Banned. He chews gum while playing. It bugs us, but the women seem to love it.

We definitely don't do weddings… but we’ll consider divorces. We jump around on stage like idiots, so be warned, you may witness a real-life cardiac arrest, since we're not spring chickens anymore. It's lots of fun and a wild ride. And we really are so Banned From Heaven. Just ask God.

Check out some music clips on bannedfromheaven.com.

Discography

Our self-titled CD can be heard on our website, bannedfromheaven.com. Our smash follow-up CD is due out summer 08.

Set List

She’s an Amusement Park Banned From Heaven
Drinkin My Way to Florida Banned From Heaven
Hockey Boys Banned From Heaven
Let’s Dance Banned From Heaven
The Delta Queen Banned From Heaven
Sounds Like Trouble Banned From Heaven
You're Such A Tease Banned From Heaven
Hell in a Handbasket Banned From Heaven
Shopping List Banned From Heaven
The Diesel Buggy Boogie Banned From Heaven
Where'd You Get That Girl Wayne Krawchuk
Charlotte's Blue Eyed Daughter Wayne Krawchuk
The Only Atheist in Heaven Banned From Heaven
Big Water Banned From Heaven
Don't Put the Hammer Down Banned From Heaven
Black Crow Banned From Heaven
Atlantic City Bruce Springsteen
Jambalaya