Since its inception The Wilderness Of Manitoba has continued to grow and evolve with every new release. Throughout it all founding member Will Whitwham has left his imprint on each and every sound the band has produced – from the chamber folk debut, Hymns of Love and Spirits, to the cinematic indie pop of Between Colours.
Now the sole songwriter of the outfit, Whitwham has written and produced a collection of songs which represent yet another chapter in the ever evolving story of The Wilderness Of Manitoba. Due out May 5 via Pheromone Recordings, The Tin Shop EP strips back the layers of anthemic folk rock to reveal the heart of Whitwham’s songwriting. Whitwham together with vocalist/guitarist Raven Shields will support the release with a string of tour dates throughout Spring with Jenny Berkel and Eamon McGrath. Full tour dates can be found below.
Today, The Wilderness Of Manitoba are sharing “Brigden Fair” from the EP, a track which Whitwham wrote to feel “like Donovan wrote the lyrics but it was sung and recorded by Simon and Garfunkel. We stopped into the Brigden Fair on tour a few years ago and had a really nice ride on this giant maiden sea woman. Over time, I fictionalized and personified this fall afternoon and amusement ride into song.”
Four of the record’s tracks were recorded at a now closed down Toronto studio called The Tin Shop, an intimate space just down the street from Whitwham’s house. The EP’s title pays homage to a place and time which reflects the vibe of the tracks captured there. Whitwham was joined by Shields to record the half dozen songs that comprise The Tin Shop EP, one of which, “Nothing’s Ever Said,” was already featured in the US television series No Tomorrow.
Later this year, The Wilderness Of Manitoba will prepare to release their fifth studio album. The release features a full band and will be sure to further cement Whitwham as one of Canada’s most diverse and compelling songwriters.
May 4 – Toronto, ON – The Burdock Music Hall ^ Tickets / Facebook
May 5 – St. Catharines, ON – Niagara Artists Centre ^ Tickets
May 6 – Hamilton, ON – Mills Hardware ^ Tickets
May 13 – Harrow, The Legion Hall ^
May 18 – Guelph, ON – Silence %
May 19 – London,ON – The London Music Club % Tickets
May 20 – Ottawa, ON – Zaphod Beeblebrox ^ & % Tickets / Facebook
^ with Jenny Berkel
% with Eamon McGrath