A fresh acoustic sound, striking three-part harmonies and strong original material have made Montreal-based trio Steel Rail a fan and critical favourite across Canada and the U.S. northeast.

Lead singer Tod Gorr, bassist Ellen Shizgal and guitarist Dave Clarke deliver an infectious blend of folk, bluegrass and country music that one critic has called “state of the art folkgrass.” All three members contribute original songs that have evoked comparisons with classic Canadian singer-songwriters like Gordon Lightfoot and Ian Tyson.

Steel Rail will perform at the Wheel Club in N.D.G. on June 15 as part of the Matt Large Presents concert series. The audience can expect two sets of what multiple Juno-winning singer-songwriter David Francey described as “the brilliant writing, masterful playing and glorious harmonies that have always distinguished this band.”

The band has performed at the Festival de la voix and folk festivals and series in Central Canada in recent years. Guitarist Dave Clarke is a Juno-winning producer and nominee for the Canadian Folk Music Awards in the solo instrumental category.

In a way, the concert at the Wheel Club is a return to Steel Rail’s roots. The club is the home of Hillbilly Night, a weekly celebration of old-time country music that marked its 58th anniversary this year. Tod, Ellen and Dave first performed together at Hillbilly Night a couple of decades ago, and their musical chemistry there led to the formation of Steel Rail.

Steel Rail performs at the Wheel Club, 3373 Cavendish Blvd., on Saturday, June 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door, available from https://thepointofsale.com/tickets/mlpsteelrail

For more information, please call 514-531-6592.

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