(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Fred Eaglesmith’s Traveling Steam Show rolls back into Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, October 17, at 9pm. A longtime favorite of Helsinki audiences, rootsy singer-songwriter Eaglesmith headlines this old-fashioned roadshow, which includes an opening set by singer-songwriter Tiffani “Tif” Ginn, who is also a member of Eaglesmith’s band.
Acclaimed singer, songwriter and bandleader Eaglesmith is a genuine iconoclast and true original. As he has doggedly gone his own way as an independent musical artist, Eaglesmith has also enjoyed such high profile rewards in recent years as having his songs covered by country superstars Toby Keith, Alan Jackson and Miranda Lambert, among many other accomplishments.
But it is the relationship he has established with his loyal and dedicated fans, called “Fredheads,” that have earned him comparisons such as “Canada’s answer to Jimmy Buffett.” Eaglesmith has usefully managed both to transcend and blend such genres and categories as rock’n’roll, country, folk, singer-songwriter, Americana, blues and bluegrass to fashion his own distinctive brand of literate, melodic and rhythmic rocking electro-acoustic North American music.
The closely observed details of rural life, including dogs, guns, trains, tractors, trucks, cars, engines, drinking and farming, often populate Fred Eaglesmith’s songs. Many of his songs portray the vicissitudes and struggles of family farms and small businesses. Down and out characters dealing with loss of love or livelihood, and quirky rural folk also populate his songs. His songwriting uses many of the techniques of short story writing, including unreliable narrators, surprise endings, and plot twists.
He’s also hysterically funny, and a Fred Eaglesmith concert is nearly as much a stand-up comedy show as it is a musical performance.
For reservations in The Restaurant or in the club call 518.828.4800.