Thanks to everyone who came out to Hugh’s Room on September 22 for our EP launch! We had a great time playing to a packed house, performing classic Roofhoppers songs and debuting new material.
Well folks, here she is, The Roofhoppers’ debut EP. Freshly printed, looking beautiful, and sounding even better, we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.
We had a great time recording with engineer Reuben Ghose. Our shared vision for this record made it really easy to obtain the sound we wanted: recorded live, almost no edits or overdubs, with an emphasis on capturing the raw, acoustic quality of our instruments as you would hear them in your living room.
For our first recording, we wanted to present The Roofhoppers’ live sound without sacrificing the quality of a studio album. What results is a document of our trio, with the immediacy and raucous energy of a live performance and the attention to detail our brand of chamber music demands. And of course, it features, as all fine records must, a Randy Newman cover. Enjoy!
– The Roofhoppers
It brings us great pleasure to announce The Roofhoppers EP Release; a loving sound 3 years in the making, heartfelt-ly performed live for your ears and available for you to take home!
Thursday, September 22nd at Hugh’s Room, 8:00 PM.
We’re very excited to be playing this great venue and sharing the bill with The Boxcar Boys, fronted by our very own John David Williams.
Tickets are $17 at the door, $15 in advance and $12 for students. To reserve a spot, please contact Hugh’s Room (416-531-6604). As well, we will be selling our EP for the special price of $8 at the show, available after for $10. Hope to see you there!
We’re very excited to unveil this EP, which represents the first professionally recorded document of The Roofhoppers doing what we do best: playing original music and arrangements written by all members of the group, and using our unique trio instrumentation to make as much noise as possible. We recorded it live, with almost no edits or overdubs, in an effort to capture the spontaneous nature of the trio, and our engineer Reuben Ghose did a great job of capturing our acoustic sound.
Please enjoy the first track “Church St. Khosidl.”
Greetings. We are pleased to present to you an acoustic chamber trio.
Based in Toronto, The Roofhoppers are a collective of three musicians who have been making names for themselves on the local music scene and came together to form a creative, dynamic group to showcase their original compositions and flights of improvisation. They are Sam McLellan on acoustic bass and vocals, John David Williams on clarinet and Adrian Gross on acoustic archtop guitar and mandolin.
Stylistically, we like to think that The Roofhoppers explore the common ground shared by the distinct musical traditions of klezmer, dixieland, gypsy jazz, and folk.