The Stanfields are on a roll. Starting this week they will join American celtic rock heavy weights Flogging Molly on a run of tour dates in the US and Canada. From a win at this year’s East Coast Music Awards for Rising Star of the Year, to a recent nomination for Video of the Year from the upcoming Nova Scotia Music Awards, the Halifax-based outfit is showing no signs of slowing down.
The boisterous outfit was named both "Best Band" and "Band Most Likely to Make it Big" by The Coast Magazine in 2011, and were also selected to perform at the Olympic Games in Vancouver this past February.
Bringing folk-infused and power-driven allegiance to traditional east coast rock and roll to stages in America, these dates alongside Flogging Molly with mark The Stanfields’ first US appearances. The band will be opening for Flogging Molly on seven dates total, including Sayerville, NJ and Richmond, VA. Tour dates and info below.
Sept. 16 @ Starland Ballroom, SAYERVILLE, NJ (w/ Flogging Molly)
Sept. 18 @ The National, RICHMOND, VA (w/ Flogging Molly)
Sept. 23 @ The Majestic Theatre ST. JOHN’S, NL (w/ Flogging Molly)
Sept. 24 @ The Majestic Theatre, ST. JOHN’S, NL (w/ Flogging Molly)
Sept. 26 @ The New Palace, HALIFAX, NS (w/ Flogging Molly)
Sept. 27 @ Oxygen Club, MONCTON, NB (w/ Flogging Molly)
Sept. 29 @ The Sound Academy, TORONTO, ON (w/ Flogging Molly)
Sept. 30 @ Norma Jean’s, LONDON, ON
Oct. 1 @ Jimmy Jazz, GUELPH, ON
Oct. 7 @ The Red Knight, YARMOUTH, NS
Oct. 15 @ Hunter’s Alehouse, CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI
Meet The Stanfields, a maelstrom of rock ‘n’ roll, Celtic and bluegrass. Hailing from the gritty post-industrial towns of Nova Scotia, Canada, The Stanfields play every show like it’s their collective last night on earth. Their kitchen party harmonies, thunderous rhythm section, high-octane stage show and genuine chemistry have won over audiences from coast to coast.
Since forming in the summer of 2008, The Stanfields wasted no time making their mark on the venerable Atlantic Canadian music scene. Hailed as "The Clash meets Steve Earle" by Great Big Sea’s Sean McCann and "The Bastard Children of AC/DC and Stan Rogers" by Halifax’s Q104 FM, further accolades began rolling in, including a double win for "Best New Artist" and "New Artist/Group Recording" at the 2009 Nova Scotia Music Awards. In November 2010 The Stanfields picked up a third Nova Scotia Music Award for Best Alternative Band In November 2010 The Stanfields picked up a third Nova Scotia Music Award for Best Alternative Band before being voted Halifax’s "Best Band" and "Band Most Likely to Make it Big" by readers of The Coast magazine. The Coast recognized the band again in 2011 for "Best Local Video", "Best Single", and for the third consecutive year, "Best Band to get trashed to".
The Stanfields continued their winning streak with an 2011 East Coast Music Award for Rising Star of the Year along with three other nominations including Entertainer of the Year, making them the most-nominated band of the event. It’s no surprise they’ve been hailed as Halifax’s next big musical export with Halifax Magazine recently declaring, "These guys are going to be big." The band has been heavily embraced by the local media and their community, earning the #1 spot on Q104’s Top 104 songs of 2010 and securing cover features in local weekly papers The Coast and Here Magazine.
The Stanfields’ folk-influenced rock sound is not only turning heads on the east coast but across the country as well. ChartAttack wrote, "The Stanfields make you proud to be a Maritimer, and jealous if you aren’t." Most recently, the band hit Toronto for a jam-packed showcase at this year’s Canadian Music Week opening for Big Sugar and Wide Mouth Mason at Sound Academy. Lithium Magazine proclaimed that the band was "a tough act to follow, even for Wide Mouth Mason." The Stanfields’ groundbreaking live performances have earned them much-lauded opportunities to shine on stages at the Vancouver Olympics, 2010 Nova Scotia Music Awards and 2011 Canada Games Opening Ceremonies, and CTV’s New Year’s Special in Halifax. They have shared the stage with the likes of The Arkells, Big Sugar, Great Big Sea, Matt Mays, and many more.
The Stanfields debut recording has turned a lot of heads. Vanguard of the Young and Reckless was released on GroundSwell/Warner in June 2010 and mirrors the intensity of the band’s live performance. A thematic departure from traditional Canadian East Coast fare where good times and family values are emphasized and celebrated, Vanguard explores the darker, unspoken side of Maritime living and how it relates to an increasingly globalized world. Read more here!
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