The Fugitives at Music in the Park

fugitivesThe Fugitives, a band that originated in Vancouver, but now has members in both BC and Ontario, have become a mainstay on the Music in the Park stage. Last year saw the band playing under the smoke filled skies of forest fire season. Monday, July 21st had them performing under a beautiful blue sky. Originally a duo, the band has expanded to a quartet, adding a banjo and fiddle to the original duo of Adrian Glynn and Brendan McLeod, playing bass, guitars, balalaika and a kick drum. The band played high energy acoustic folk and pop, with Glynn and McLeod often changing instruments between songs. They also used some fun four-part vocal harmonies, and did several songs like an old-time folk band, all crowded around a single microphone with various members taking solos in turn. They also let Carly Frey on fiddle and Rob McLaren on banjo take a couple of songs as a duo, and a song each playing solo. The Fugitives are one of the best folk bands in Western Canada right now, and their latest album, The Promise of Strangers, is their first on the prestigious Borealis record label.