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"One of the most exciting and engaging acts to come out of the Toronto scene today- a throwback to The Band in their heyday. " Caroline Brooks, Juno-award winner, The Good Lovelies
Fireside Folk to warm your bones, the music of North Americana singer/songwriter Darrin Davis wraps itself around you like a favourite sweater, slowly drawing you in to a world of rich, earthy storytelling complemented by impeccable musicianship.
Paired with his classically trained, honey-voiced wife and bandmate Amy Jefferies, the couple harmonizes with an intimacy that whispers of many winter nights cozied up in a cabin, singing old folk tunes by the fire. BD Hughes of the Toronto Independent Music Awards describes their sound as "a unique mix of folk, rock, roots, experimental, alt-country and jazz, all infused with brilliant songwriting and beautiful harmonies."
With echoes of Guy Clark, Jason Isbell, The Low Anthem, Bob Dylan and Gillian Welch combined with vanguard jazz instrumentalists such as Coltrane and Lester Young, their music is described by CBC radio's Mark Rheume as "Astoundingly beautiful."
The couple is putting the finishing touches on their debut album together, “Almost Home." This ambitious, full-length concept album is an achingly lovely tribute to Darrin's late grandfather Fred Puckrin, who was a Southern Ontario farmer, musician and baseball player. Starting with the laid back, front-porch feel of opening track "1917" (the year Puckrin was born) all the way to the last track, tear-jerker 'Almost Home' (set in the final hours of Fred's life) the album is sure to win the hearts of a wide, appreciative audience.
An accomplished photographer, painter and multi-instrumentalist who is just as at home weaving a sultry, serpentine melody on his century old saxophone as he is drawing untold tales from his trusty vintage guitar and banjo, Davis lets each new song decide how it wants to be expressed.
He made a name for himself honing his craft underground, as a full-time busker in Toronto's TTC Subway system. Those years of constantly writing songs and getting instant feedback from Versace-suited, grey-haired Bay-Street financier's, enraptured tots in strollers and most everyone in-between taught Davis a lot about connection.
"For me, art has always been fundamentally about connection", Davis says. "Connection to the past, a silver thread to your roots. Connection to your own personal story. And connection to the person on the other end, the one listening. For a song to succeed, it needs to touch someone deeply. Otherwise, what's the point?"
As frontman and songwriter for Toronto gypsy folk outfit 'The Strip', Davis released two critically acclaimed albums during his tenure in Toronto. A national tour followed, which saw Darrin's music reach the #1 spot on Canada's largest campus/community radio station, 89.5 CIUT. Their album 'Stick To Your Guns' also broke through the national Top 10 Earshot charts in the Roots category.
Darrin has performed on the stages of Hugh’s Room, The Horseshoe, The National Gallery in Ottawa, The Dakota Tavern, The El Mocambo, The Rivoli, C'est What, The Mariposa Folk Festival and countless others across Canada. Most recently, Darrin and Amy were featured at Ottawa's Rideau Centre, performed on 2 separate SOCAN supported songwriting journeys to Nashville Tennessee, and were honoured as Saturday night headliners at New York City's legendary Lower East Village venue, The Living Room. Their haunting harmonies and commanding presence have earned them several Toronto residencies, including the weekly sunday spot at the Gladstone Hotel and a 2-year long weekly residency at Annex hot spot ‘The Labyrinth Lounge.’
Darrin and Amy have performed with members of Bahamas, The Good Lovelies, Colin Cripps (Blue Rodeo, Kathleen Edwards), Cindy Doire, Scarlet Jane, The Strumbellas, Elizabeth Shepherd, Ron Sexsmith, The Foggy Hogtown Boys, MC Hansen (Denmark) and Zoobombs (Japan.)
With the recent addition of guitarist extraordinaire Jeff Haynes and percussion guru Peter Bradley, the Darrin Davis Band is ready to tell their story.