Enter The Haggis
Toronto, ON, CA
Venue Address (Get Directions)Southland Ballroom
Date and Time
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 at 7:00pm
For Fans Of: Carbon Leaf, Gaelic Storm, Scythian
Enter The Haggis formed in 1996 but the lineup wasn’t solidified until 2000, with the addition of Buchanan, Lewington and Abraham. Drummer Bruce McCarthy joined the fold in 2010, bringing a more rootsy approach to the rhythm section. At first the band played mostly pub shows through Ontario, where they became known for their musicianship, energy and inspired performances. As an opening act, they shared stages with Ashley MacIsaac and Spirit of the West, and played the national anthem at the Roger’s Centre for the Vanier Cup.
In 2001, ETH was invited to the US for the first time to perform at a festival in Pennsylvania. The demand for the band in the US rose quickly and it wasn’t long until the US became the focus of touring. As the group’s fan base expanded and the music evolved, pubs gave way to rock clubs and performing arts centres. In 2004 ETH signed to a US-based management and record label, releasing Casualties of Retail (2004), Soapbox Heroes (2006), and Gutter Anthems(2009). In 2007 the band garnered national attention on ABC’s Live with Regis and Kelly and A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts.
For 2011’s Whitelake the band decided to leave its label and management company, an opportunity that was made possible thanks to its first crowd funding approach. Texturally, the album is more electrified and ramped-up than ETH’s 2011 offering, Whitelake. For the first time, Buchanan plays substantial electric guitar, making the songs edgier overall. True to form, the musical influences abound: from Carl Perkins rockabilly on Down the Line, to lush and spacey Radiohead in Hindsight. Instrumentally, Downie and Buchanan paint different sonic strokes on each song, sharing over fifteen instruments between them – fiddle, trumpet, banjo, bells, and bagpipes to name a few. 2013′s The Modest Revolution’s own saga extends beyond its unique inspiration.