Dust Poets

Dust Poets

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The Dust Poets are a five-piece acoustic folk-pop band with roots deep in the Canadian prairie. Their music runs from the darkly humorous to the achingly tender and they poke affectionate fun at themselves and the world around them while spreading their own irreverent brand of small town angst.

Biography

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The Dust Poets are a five-piece acoustic folk-pop group with roots deep in the Canadian prairie. The band pokes affectionate fun at themselves and the world around them while spreading their own irreverent brand of small town angst. The Dust Poets have performed extensively across Canada and in the United States, and are well known for their infectious spirit, powerful stage presence, genre-bending originals, and juicy harmony singing. Their 2006 CD, Lovesick Town, was proclaimed a "little masterpiece" by the Toronto Star. The band is currently putting the finishing touches on a brand new record which is due for release in early 2009.

The Dust Poets perform the original music of veteran singer/songwriter Murray D. Evans, whose wry writer's eye explores themes of home-town losers, travel in foreign lands, and the absurdity of war. Ranging in tone from the darkly humourous to the achingly tender, Evans finds a fertile muse in the joys and disappointments of modern living.

The musically restless Dust Poets create arrangements that wander easily among different styles, including folk, bluegrass, swing, pop, and circus freak ragtime. The band's all-acoustic line-up features guitar, upright bass, accordion, mandolin, clarinet, and percussion, plus extraordinary four part vocal harmonies.

Since forming in Brandon, Manitoba back in 2001, they have released three albums and toured throughout Canada and parts of the United States. Their first record, “One Night in Berlin", earned a nomination for Outstanding Roots Recording for the 2002 Prairie Music Awards. Their second professionally recorded release, entitled "Four Legs Good," was released in 2003 and contains all the edgy excitement of their live show. In 2006 the band released, "Lovesick Town” which finds songwriter Evans reveling in the quirky caricatures of small town life and showcases the band’s versatility with an infusion of horns, drums and electric guitars.

The group is currently working on a fourth album of original material that is due for release in early 2009.

The Dust Poets continue to earn fans and attract international attention with great music, a great sense of humour, and great performances, every time they take the stage.

Lyrics

Big World

Written By: Murray D. Evans

he could be me or you but he was somebody else
he can be tame or rude he’s busy being himself
he doesn’t have a job he doesn’t have a home
but he’s got a place where he can be alone

in the big world it’s a world at large
it’s a big world now give it back a heart
it’s a big world don’t tear yourself apart
it’s a big world let’s make a big new start

he doesn’t need the facts if he’s not in the mood
he’s always making tracks on the search for soul food
and the businessmen are stepping over him
trying to keep himself warm he’s sleeping in the wind

of the big world it’s a world at large
it’s a big world now give it back a heart
it’s a big world don’t tear yourself apart
it’s a big world let’s make a big new start

in a world so large in a world so small
both good and evil want to rule it all
it’s got everything worth fighting for
it’s a world at peace with a world at war

he lives in the shade of the tallest tree
at night I can’t see him but his eyes are on me
and I can feel his pulse we’ve got the same blood type
we’re not different neither sleeps well at night

in the big world it’s a world at large
it’s a big world now give it back a heart
it’s a big world don’t tear yourself apart
it’s a big world let’s make a big new start

Discography

Full Length CD: Lovesick Town, 2006
Full Length CD: Four Legs Good, 2003
Full Length CD: One night in Berlin, 2001

Compilation CD: Manitoba Roots v.4, 2006
Compilation CD: Head In The Sands Records, 2004
Compilation CD: Made In Manitoba, 2004
Compilation CD: Manitoba Roots v.3, 2003

Set List

The band plays original songs written by lead singer Murray D. Evans, but will occasionally indulge in obscure covers from the art pop and country vaults - including songs by artists such as Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Dan Hicks and Merle Travis.

Murray D. Evans original songs:
All In Your Mind
Always Want More
Big World
Borrowing Faith
Change It All
Charlie Territory
Cyber Guy
Dance with Ourselves
Don't Become a Man
Elevator Music
Four Legs Good
Four More Meals
Gone Gone Gone
Good Enough For Me
Hillbilly Love
Holidays In Space
Hotel Paradiso
I Married a Magician
Lips Like Secrets
Lonesome
Lovesick Town
Marching Over the Bones
Mariachi Song
Modern Living
Money
Music Box
Skeletons In Your Inbox
Someone Else
Walk Away