Fraid Knot

Fraid Knot

 Calgary, Alberta, CAN
BandFolkCeltic

The hardest working band in celtic music! Fraid Knot is a technically driving, high energy group of musicians who embrace elements from the Canadian East Coast and Celtic genres, as well as Irish, Scottish, and North American traditional/folk in its cover tunes and original music.

Biography

Meet Fraid Knot – western Canada’s hardest working ambassadors of contemporary Celtic music. Influenced by the sounds of the musical pioneers who’ve journeyed down this path before, the band’s distinctive east coast flavoured sound is largely defined by lead singer/front-man Newfoundland born, Byron Eddy (formerly of the band Muldow). Calmer than the Drop Kick Murphy’s, edgier than Great Big Sea, happier than the Pogues and still traditional enough to please the ear of many a purist, Fraid Knot truly bridges the gap between Celtic and Rock!

Since the band’s inception in 2001, the group has steadily grown and evolved to included Glenn Webster (guitar & mandolin), Norm rooke (bass guitar and vocals), Danny O'Malley (accordion) and Lael Johnston (drums and percussion). An unwavering commitment to making every show a memorable experience for the audience, coupled with a high level of musical integrity has rewarded Fraid Knot with an extensive fan base both locally and across Canada. Currently the band is averaging close to 150 performances a year, the majority of which generate significant interest among Fraid Knot's following, celtic music fans, East Coasters/Maritimers. Every performance turns into a great time and a party!

The debut CD “Hoist the Sails” successfully captures the massive energy this ensemble exudes during its live performances while showcasing the musician's musical abilities.

Upbeat and energetic, the pending release, "Pint O' Trad", has a traditional flare, as Fraid Knot gets back to its roots and presents its favourite Irish and Scottish tunes as part of this toe tapping homegrown release.

Lyrics

Captain Morgan

Written By: Byron Eddy

Captain Morgan

Chorus:
Come sail away, away with Captain Morgan,
He gonna’ take you to PARADISE.
Come sail away, away with Captain Morgan
Heavy on the spiced Rum easy on the Ice

We HOIST THE SAIL in PARROT BAY
Were gonna’ sail through a HURRICAN
he a HAPPY SKIPPER when he's UP ON DECK,
he like to challenge the WIND & RAIN.

Were Sail around SANDY BEACHES
the sails are singing a BARCARDI BREEZE,
for the next three days well all be BEACH BUMS
in the CARIBEAN NIGTHS we'll be like ZOMBIES.

Chorus:

We party till the TEQUILA SUNRISE
With SHADY LADIES who like to dance
There’s LITTLE RITA sipping BLUE MARGARITAS
Waving MEXICAN FLAGS and wearing HOT PANTS

We wallop round OLD CAPE COTTER
PAMELA’s Kissing that WHITE RUSSIAN guy
Drinking SCREW DRIVERS in the warm SEA BREEZES
As we all sing along to AMERICAN PIE

Chorus:

Here comes GINNY with that ANGLE FACE
Watch the BLUE MOON in the SUMMER SKY
Walkin’ SALTY DOG as he chases a BLUE BIRD
It’s a wild as BROOKLYN ZOO in those EMERALD EYES

The trick with this song is that all the word in capital letters and bold are drink names. In the first two verses the drinks are made out of Rum. The Third verse drinks are made out of Tequila, forth verse Vodka, and the fifth verse is Gin. All drinks can be found at the website Webbartender.com

Sea Gull's Cry

Written By: Byron Eddy

Sea Gull’s Cry

From dew covered mornings looking out on the Cove.
These old ragged fences along side the road.
The sounds of the Harbor as boats head to sea,
And the Sea Gulls sing with a voice strong and free.

Chorus:

And it’s Fly high into the sky,
You take me back home when I hear you cry
From Mountain to cities wherever I thrown,
You Sea Gulls sing me back home.

Those Warm summer’s evenings out on the Pier
Catching big stories from the old timer there.
Just passing down time without a care
And the Sea gulls are floating in the warm salty air.

Chorus:

As time passed on I became a man
I’m force to find work wherever I can
And though I’m surviving far far away
Still those Sea Gull songs
Take me back there each day

Chorus:

Now I’m much older with a son of my own
I’ll take him back with me when I go home
When were on the water I’ll see the joy in his eyes
And the song in his heart will be the lone Sea Gull cry

Chorus:

You Sea Gulls Sing me back Home.

Hoist the Sails

Written By: Byron Eddy

Hoist The Sails.

I spend 6 years on seven seas
Call the boys up from below
Keep the lines both taunt and free
Call the boys up from below
Turn your face into the wind
Call the boys up from below
We’ll never see this place again.
Hoist the sails were going home.

Were sailing around the Southern Shore
Call the boys up from below
The waves they crash and the wind does roar.
Call the boys up from below
Turn your face into the wind
Call the boys up from below
We’ll never see this place again.
Hoist the sails were going home.

The ship she leaks just like a siv.
Call the boys up from below
We don’t know if we’ll drown or live.
Call the boys up from below
Turn your face into the wind
Call the boys up from below
We’ll never see this place again.
Hoist the sails were going home.

There’s time to share a pint or two.
Call the boys up from below
Raise your glass and toast the crew.
Call the boys up from below
Turn your face into the wind
Call the boys up from below
We’ll never see this place again.
Hoist the sails were going home.

Now that we’ve reached our native town,
Call the boys up from below.
All the lads will buy a round
Call the boys up from below
Turn your face into the wind
Call the boys up from below
We’ll never see this place again.
Hoist the sails were going home.

Beautiful

Written By: Byron Eddy

Beautiful

I see you there
I walk towards you baby
Could this be love or am I going crazy
Cause when I steering at the sun,
It’s like the warmness of your embrace
I know that you’re the one
Who’ll keep this smile upon my face.
You’re every thing that’s beautiful to me.

You’re Eyes they shine,
Just like the morning dew
Are you for real? Cause I know I’ve dreamed of you.
Cause when I steering at the sun,
It’s like the warmness of your embrace
I know that you’re the one
Who’ll keep this smile upon my face.
You’re every thing that’s beautiful to me.

We walked along life’s pathways together
We’ve braved the storms,
And now I want you more then ever.
Cause when I steering at the sun,
It’s like the warmness of your embrace
I know that you’re the one
Who keep this smile upon my face.
You’re every thing that’s beautiful to me.

Bridge.
Cause when the mid-night and the darkness
Hide the sun, and this cold world tries to freeze my soul.
It’s to you I run.
Cause when I steering at the sun,
It’s like the warmness of your embrace
I know that you’re the one
Who’ll keep this smile upon my face.
You’re every thing that’s beautiful to me

Discography

Debut CD: Hoist the Sails, Indie, Released: Jan/07
Pending Release: Pint O' Trad, Indie, Release Date: Mar/11
Continued Radio Play in Canada, U.S., Ireland, Australia, Wales

Quotes:

"An Album packed with addictive energy and loads of feeling. It's a pleasure to be involved with a project that is so much fun!" Terry Manning - renowned producer/engineer. Compass Point Studios - Nassau, Bahamas

"Fraid Knot has great sound and loads of energy. Every track from their CD "Hoist the Sails" holds one's interest from the soft traditional Celtic ballads to the cutting edge rock songs." Janet Stubbert - host of Scottish Voice Radio Show (CINQ) - Montreal

"Fraid Knot can musically kick down your door and make you feel all the better for it...there should never have been a door there anyway." Tommy Sands - legendary singer/songwriter/social activist (Downtown Radio) - Belfast, Ireland

Folk Festival & Performance Reference:

InterPLAY Visual & Performing Arts Festival
August 8-10, 2008
In Praise of Fraid Knot: "I've been hiring music talent for over ten years. They have come from places across the globe and with levels of ability and effort ranging from acceptable to exceptional. Fraid Knot lands solidly on the exceptional end of the range. Their musicianship and chemistry is infectious and greatly entertaining. Fraid Knot is comprised of guys who love what they do and it shines through in their music. If you need a band that is a slam dunk FANTASTIC, hire this band. Sincerely, Russell Thomas" InterPLAY Festival President (1997 - present) russell.thomas@keyano.ca

High River Highland Games Ceilidh
August 23, 2008
"We are a small venue, but believe in the importance of keeping the traditional ceilidh alive; we hope that family as well as friends will always be a part of our event. Your sensitivity and appreciation of the diversity of our crowd was evident and appreciated, as was your willingness to play on!"
Jackie Roe, President, High River, Highland Games Association

Calgary Police Service Pipe Band Robbie Burns Night
January 24, 2009
"We have run our Burns Night for years, always with a DJ. This was our first year with a live band - Fraid Knot had more people up dancing and for longer, than ever before. Great music, they're the perfect band for our mix of guests. We've already booked them for next year!!"
Alan Duguid - CPS Pipe Band - Calgary, Alberta, Canada

1 Combat Engineer Regiment Task Force Welcome Home
May 29 2010
"...The music was thoroughly appreciated by our soliders and guests and it was clear that you are proud supporters of our military. The party was an asolute success, in part thanks to your contribution. 1 Combat Engineer Regiment was able to host roughly three hundred members of the Engineer family for the evening, a number of whom had just returned from deployment in Afghanistan. We will be sure to keep you at the top of the list for our next event and have already started referring you to others here on base."
M.W. Flint - Lieutenant-Colonel - Commanding Officer - Canadian Forces Base Edmonton

Foothills Highland Games - Alberta, Canada
December, 2010
"I cannot imagine us using anyone else as everyone looks forward to having you guys out."
John Barlow - President, Foothills Highland Games Association
(formerly High River Highland Games).

Set List

Currently playing Canadian East Coast and Celtic genres, as well as Irish, Scottish, and North American traditional/folk/celtic rock via cover tunes and original music. The band plays popular covers artists such as: Great Big Sea, the Pogues, Spirirt of the West, Proclaimers, Shannyganock, Fables, The Dubliners, Bare Naked Ladies, Ramones, Beatles, Johnny Cash, Stan Rogers, Irish Descendants, Ron Hynes, Flogging Molly, Johnny Burke, and Dropkick Murphy's....all with a Fraid Knot personality.

From high energy celtic rock to beautiful soaring traditional ballads, Fraid Knot is an impressive, well-rounded, high energy celtic band that seems to draw in audiences of all ages.

Fraid Knot's original music & compositions as well as its traditional song arrangements are currently receiving radio play across Canada, the U.S., Ireland, and Australia. The band continues to receive numerous requests for our music by streaming audio websites and programs.

Sets: 45 mins. to 1 hour pe