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Red Moon Road finds way to Empress Theatre

Red Moon Road performs Friday, Feb. 22 at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod. From left: Sheena Rattai, Daniel Jordan and Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner. Photo by Emily Christie.

Red Moon Road will treat its Fort Macleod audience to a mix of established hits and some brand-new songs.
The Winnipeg folk trio performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 as part of the Center Stage Series at the Empress Theatre.
“For this show the first half will be all our ‘classics’ — a collection of the songs that people have loved the most from our first three albums,” explained Daniel Jordan, who plays guitar and mandolin and sings. “All of these songs are inspired by stories and experiences. A big part of our show is that we weave the stories in. Audiences really seem to connect with this.”
“For the second set, we are going to debut some brand new material. We’re really excited about this new stuff for the new direction and audiences seem to dig it. We usually — and will — throw in a cover or two, stuff that people know, but very much our own spin on it. Ever heard Prince on the banjo?”
Sheena Rattai handles vocals, percussion and keyboards for Red Moon Road and Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner sings and plays mandolin, banjo, guitar and keyboards.
The three musicians met while Jordan and Rattai were enrolled in the jazz program at the University of Winnipeg and have three recordings to their credit.
Red Moon Road had a self-titled debut album in 2012, which they followed in 2013 with Tales from the Whiteshell and in 2016 with Sorrows and Glories.
Sorrows and Glories was recorded by Juno Award-winning producer and engineer David Travers-Smith, who is known for his work with Wailin’ Jennys and Ruth Moody and award-winning producer-player Murray Pulver, who has worked with Doc Walker and Steve Bell.
The band toured seven countries in support of Sorrows and Glories, which was long-listed for a Polaris Prize and spent six weeks on national charts.
Jordan said in an interview Thursday the band is moving in a new direction with more modern themes to their songs.
The band is still telling stories but more of their own now, rather than those of their grandparents, Jordan explained.
“Sheena is doing some more of the writing and that’s been exciting too,” Jordan added.
The performance at the Empress Theatre kicks off a busy tour that will see Red Moon Road play 22 shows in about a month in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Jordan had praise for groups such as the Empress Theatre Society and their volunteers who will organize and host the concerts.
“It means everything,” Jordan said. “We’ve had the most incredible experiences in places that are a little off the beaten track and that is 100 per cent because of the work of a few people who do it as a labour of love for the music and the community.”
“Alberta in particular seems to me a province where folks are very invested in the live arts. We are grateful.”
This is Red Moon Road’s first stop in Fort Macleod and they are looking forward to taking the stage at the historic Empress Theatre.
Singer-songwriter John Wort Hannam, who is program director for the Empress and who put together the Center Stage Series, sang the praises of the Empress Theatre.
“We heard it’s a great venue with a lot of historic charm,” Jordan said. “We’re a big fan of John Wort Hannam and he says great things about the theatre too.”
“We’re looking forward to meeting new friends and getting to know a bit about Fort Macleod,” Jordan said. “We’re bringing our A game.”

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