ZWERG

ZWERG

 Miramichi, New Brunswick, CAN
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

East-Coast Canadian, Piano-Based, Indie-Pop; Singer-Songwriter ZWERG.

Biography

Eleven-time Music New Brunswick Award nominee Eldon Thiele (ZWERG) began singing onstage at the age of 3, and began studying piano at age 5 under the watchful guidance of his music teacher father John Betts.  He later attended the prestigious Notre Dame D’Acadie music school, going on to win numerous 1st place awards at The Greater Moncton Music Festival.  Much of Thiele’s childhood was spent touring with his family’s singing group The Betts Family. 

At age 18, Thiele conceived his one-man band ZWERG, which has released 9 CDs to-date, as well as a DVD music video/single which aired on several times on MuchMoreMusic.  His first two releases, Sepsis & To Myopic Mutts, were featured extensively on national radio shows Radiosonic & Brave New Waves, and were well-received by college radio. His more recent releases continue to receive airplay on CBC radio, among other stations in Canada and the U.S.

ZWERG has shared the stage with such musical luminaries as Jessica Rhaye, Matt Mays and El Torpedo, Wintersleep, Paper Beat Scissors, Coyote, Dennis Ellsworth, Jon Mullane, Mike Biggar, and April Wine's Jim Henman.  He has played numerous acclaimed music festivals such as Pop Montreal, The East Coast Music Awards, and Music New Brunswick Week. ZWERG performs as a solo act, and also showcases with his live band consisting of Dan and Mike Bourgeois (The Melanie Morgan Band/Chris Cummings/George Belliveau), Danny Roy (The Melanie Morgan Band), and Robin Anne Ettles (Roch Voisine/Sol/Shaun LeBlanc).

Contact: eldonthiele@yahoo.com

Lyrics

Sunny Brae Babe

Written By: Eldon Thiele

In the heart of NB
Under spruce and pine
Came a lioness bride
Down the loyalist line
To cast sanctuary spells
With her dear scriptures
When a word was worth
A thousand pictures

Don’t leave us hangin’ on too long
This time
Sunny Brae Babe, they still sing your song
Brae-side

The children like shrimp
Said the Pizza Pimp
Does God live in my hair?
Or in plates of tinfoil?
Gotta crack a few omelettes
To make a good egg
But let’s be real
We all know that
You were hard-boiled

Sunny Brae Babe
We love you anyway
Sunny Brae Babe
We love you anyway

Package Up My Soul

Written By: Eldon Thiele

I compromise to please you
Lately it’s all I seem to do
Airbrush the pimple
Keep it simple
So they can sing along

Tie the loose ends up in pretty bows
So that the ugly never shows
Whore the honesty
From deep inside of me

So come on change me
Rearrange me
Package up my soul
Free you and me financially
Isn’t that your goal?

So come on pimp me
Quell the imp within me
Package up my soul
Cut off my wood
Redefine what’s good
I’m giving up control
‘Cause you say I don’t rock n’ roll

And vocal pitch
We all know that bitch
A tried tenacity
Aware of being unaware
An unreal reality

We’re all bringing our best game
Never content, we’re all the same
Well if they don’t like it
They can lick it
I’m still gonna stake my claim

Jeddie

Written By: Eldon Thiele

Embarked together, separately
I West, you East
Painting and renaming our ways
To chapters 21 and 23

The hip-check chick who dropped her gloves
Made with fleece from an angel’s feather coat
This downward life’s on an upward slope
Your name became my hope

Getting cooked was cooler
Where you go back to your roots
And shine like you should
In Mountie mayhem
Couldn’t stomach you cooking
A self-righteous Penty hair bun
In the oven, barefoot at 6am

Held your heart higher than that
Mother of a Mary saintress’ saintness
And her virgin bed
Now sleep sweet Alberta Sholes
Dear sunny, summer songstress
And rest your helpful head

Discography

-WHIMS 'N' WORDS (2012)
-PACKAGE UP MY SOUL ep (2010)
-INTO THE 4TH DIMENSION (2007)
-TO STAND, KNEEL dvd single (2005)
-PLAYED WITS (2000)
-TO MYOPIC MUTTS (1998)
-SEPSIS ep (1997)

Set List

ZWERG's present repertoire (in alphabetical order):

COVERS

1. A THOUSAND YEARS
2. ALL-TIME LOW
3. ALWAYS ON MY MIND
4. AWAY IN A MANGER
5. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES
6. BRIDAL MARCH
7. BROWN-EYED GIRL
8. BUTTERFLY
9. COOLING
10. CRAZY FOR YOU
11. EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE
12. FIELDS OF GREY
13. FIRE AND RAIN
14. FIRE TO THE RAIN
15. GIRL GONE WILD
16. GOOD RIDDANCE (TIME OF YOUR LIFE)
17. GOOD TO YOU
18. HALLELUJAH
19. HANDS TO HEAVEN
20. HAPPENS ALL THE TIME
21. HAPPY BIRTHDAY
22. HERES COMES THE BRIDE
23. HEY JUPITER
24. HUMAN
25. HUMAN NATURE
26. I REMEMBER YOU
27. I'S THE B'Y
28. JINGLE BELLS
29. JUST BETWEEN YOU AND ME
30. JUST AS I AM
31. LEAN ON ME
32. LESTER THE LOBSTER
33. LINGER
34. LITTLE DRUMMER BOY
35. LONESTAR
36. MEMORY
37. MISSIN' YOU
38. NOTHING ELSE MATTERS
39. O CANADA
40. ONE
41. PIANO MAN
42. PLEASE COME TO BOSTON
43. RENT
44. REVEILLE
45. ROCKIN' IN THE FREE WORLD
46. SILE