Winnipeg’s gypsy-folk-orchestral outfit, Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers was a band fascinated by folk tales, puppet shows, and homemade mythologies. They were a dynamic sextet with unique blend of jazz, folk, and musical theatre to create a truly sound that has been described as ‘Hawksley Workman meets Calexico’ and ‘a gypsy version of Queen’ and appealed to music fans of all ages. Featuring a killer brass section, Flying Fox’s energetic live show built them a reputation as one of Canada’s must see musical acts, as documented by the CBC’s Canada Live in 2010.
By 2010, the Flying Fox obsession with dark tales and puppetry was at full fruition with the debut of their original rock opera, The Wild Things, at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. Inspired by the iconic children’s story, Where the Wild Things Are, the show was lovingly embraced by children and adults alike, received the prestigious “Best of Fest” award and sold over 1,200 tickets. Soundtrack music from The Wild Things was recorded and released as an “artful and ambitious” concept album (Uptown).
In 2011 Flying Fox released their debut full length album ‘Hans My Lion’. A mosaic of flamboyant pop songs, orchestral interludes and gritty gypsy folk, It was received with critical acclaim, embraced as “a roaring success” (Uptown) and “an album with no shortage of imaginative material that is bound to become a classic” (The Uniter). Since the album’s release, the band had been busy winning over fans from Montreal to Vancouver Island, with multiple cross-Canadian tours in both 2011 & 2012.
With over 200 shows played in the bands life time performing at events like The Big Timeout, North Country Fair, South Country Fair, Canada Day at Calgary’s Prince’s Island Park, The Komasket Music Festival, the Brandon Folk Festival, and the Winnipeg Jazz Festival. By maintaining this busy tour schedule hey were able to share stages with acts as diverse as Elliot Brood, Black Mountain, Bahamas, Dan Mangan, Buffy Ste. Marie, Arrested Development, Five Alarm Funk, Fred Penner, Dave Bidini and The Waking Eyes.