Captain Tractor

Captain Tractor

 Edmonton, Alberta, CAN

After nearly 17 years of skirmishes near the borders of roots, pop, punk and rock, prairie revolutionaries CAPTAIN TRACTOR combines it all into an unmistakable, completely original, utterly infectious, and energetic pop sound (folk-pop-Celtic-punk-rock, if you must).


Captain Tractor has been playing their distinctive brand of Celtic Folk Rock in Alberta and abroad since 1993. If the band were a person, it would be graduating high school this year. Graduating with honours, that is.

With seven full-length albums, two retrospective compilations, appearances on several collections (Due South, Higher Ground, Michael Weston King, Songs From the Ave), and a handful of awards, Captain Tractor is forging ahead with a new member and studio album. The release date is Spring 2011.

Long time friend, collaborator and colleague, Juno-award winning violinist Shannon Johnson (The McDades) has joined Captain Tractor. Although Johnson appears on many of Captain Tractor’s past releases, this is the first time that she has been a part of the band, involved in every song and recording process from start to finish. With some strong new songs and a fantastic new member they are a powerhouse unit ready to storm through Canada and beyond with the release of their new album Famous Last Words.

Recorded in Edmonton, mixed in Los Angeles and mastered in Toronto, Famous Last Words is a collection of new songs, traditional songs, and two songs by their dear friend Joe Bird, whose untimely passing in 2009 left the Edmonton music scene reeling.

Over the years, The Tractor has never stopped rolling through western Canada, and last summer headlined several Alberta festivals. With six exceptional players and performers, Captain Tractor has never been stronger or more entertaining than it is today.


***Famous Last Words - Canadian release: Spring 2011
North Of The Yellowhead - Canadian release: March, 2005
Hoserista - Canadian release: September, 2000
Hoserista Box Set - Canadian release: September, 2000
Celebrity Traffic Jam - Canadian release: June, 1999
Hat Trick (A compilation of Captain Tractor favourites, recorded for foreign release) - Released in Europe: April 1998
- Released in New Zealand: February, 2000
Bought the Farm
- Canadian release: September, 1997
East of Edson - Canadian release: September, 1995
Land - Canadian release: September, 1994

Set List

Sets are 45 or 90 minutes long and include mostly the band's original music. The band does covers, but they are covers of other independent artists (Canadian, New Zealand, etc.).
Typical 45 minute set list would usually include:
1. Big American Headliner
2. A Tale They Won't Believe
3. The Southern Cross
4. Famous Last Words
5. Bumtown
6. The Bastard of Strathcona County
7. Four More For Da
8. The Last Saskatchewan Pirate
9. Up the Hill