PLUMES


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Plumes is a hybrid pop/classical group originating from Montréal, whose recent "homes away from homes" have included New York City and Paris. Singer/guitarist and songwriter Veronica Charnley, former frontperson for Canadian indie rock group Flotilla, is joined by musicians from diverse backgrounds, including composer and multi-instrumentalist Geof Holbrook, harpist Éveline Grégoire-Rousseau, drummer Karl Jannuska and an expanding cast of orchestral players.

On the group's eponymous full-length, released in July 2012, Charnley's inventive songwriting is supported by arrangements for string quartets, brass quintets, clarinets and violas, and even a full orchestra in a central eight-minute track inspired by the Greek myth of Hero and Leander. The record received glowing reviews from publications such as Exclaim! and NYC Deli Magazine, and it's been broadcast extensively on CBC Radio.

The band has toured across Canada, Germany, France and the U.S. They've appeared in festivals such as Wolfe Island Festival, Evolve, Ritornello Chamber Music Festival, NXNE, Brain Cave, and Hans Dampf Festival.

They are currently mixing two albums, an indie-pop album that was recorded at Castle Rohrsdorf, near Dresden, Germany, in February 2014. The other, for chamber orchestra and voice, was recorded in Montréal at Mechanicland Studios in January 2014 and will be released under the name Plumes Ensemble. They're excited to share these two sides of themselves in concerts across Europe and North America in the coming year.



FUTURE SHOWS PAST SHOWS
Nov 29 2014 Ottawa, ON Raw Sugar
Dec 01 2014 Montréal, QC Sala Rossa
Apr 08 2015 Berlin, DE Schokoladen
Apr 11 2015 Aachen, DE Raststätte
Apr 16 2015 Darmstadt, DE Oetinger Villa
Apr 17 2015 Offenbach, DE Parkside Studios
Apr 18 2015 Karlsruhe, DE NUN
Apr 19 2015 Ravensburg, DE Figurentheater
May 10 2015 Erfurt, DE Franz Mehlhose
Apr 05 2014 Magdeburg, DE Volksbad Courage
Apr 04 2014 Hamburg, DE Dying Lizard
Apr 03 2014 Hamburg, DE Astrastube
Apr 02 2014 Berlin, DE Schokoladen
Mar 29 2014 Köln, DE Kulturcafé Lichtung
Mar 28 2014 Aachen, DE Raststätte
Mar 27 2014 Offenbach, DE Parkside Studios
Mar 25 2014 Tübingen, DE Wilhelma
Mar 24 2014 Winterthur, CH Portier
Mar 23 2014 Karlsruhe, DE Thäter House
Mar 22 2014 Karlsruhe, DE NUN
Mar 21 2014 Ravensburg, DE Figurentheater
Mar 19 2014 Stuttgart, DE Café Galao
Mar 18 2014 Düsseldorf, DE BiBaBuZe Buchhandlung
Mar 17 2014 Münster, DE Pension Schmidt
Mar 16 2014 Darmstadt, DE Zucker
Mar 15 2014 Bad Hersfeld, DE Buchcafé
Mar 12 2014 Lübeck, DE Tonfink
Mar 08 2014 Erfurt, DE Franz Mehlhose
Feb 21 2014 Dresden, DE Castle Rohrsdorf
Jun 23 2013 Hamilton, ON Baltimore House
Jun 22 2013 Guelph, ON Cornerstone
Jun 21 2013 Toronto, ON Tranzac
Jun 20 2013 Montreal, QC Cagibi
Jun 19 2013 Ottawa, ON Zaphod Beeblebrox
Jun 08 2013 Edmonton, AB Wunderbar
Jun 06 2013 Vancouver, BC Raw Canvas
Jun 05 2013 Victoria, BC Lucky Bar
Jun 03 2013 Duncan, BC Duncan Garage Showroom
Jun 02 2013 Armstrong, BC The Armstrong
Jun 01 2013 Kelowna, BC The Streaming Café
May 31 2013 Banff, AB Wildflour Bakery
May 30 2013 Calgary, AB Campbell House
May 29 2013 Regina, SK The Artful Dodger
May 28 2013 Winnipeg, MB The CYRK
May 25 2013 Saskatoon, SK Ritornello Festival
May 24 2013 Saskatoon, SK Ritornello Festival
Apr 27 2013 Muenster, DE Hans Dampf Festival
Apr 26 2013 Mainz, DE Haus Mainusch
Apr 24 2013 Kiel, DE Prinz Willy
Apr 21 2013 Hamburg, DE Das Nord
Apr 20 2013 Erfurt, DE Franz Mehlhose
Apr 19 2013 Berlin, DE Café Myxa
Apr 18 2013 Berlin, DE Intersoup
Apr 17 2013 Berlin, DE Schokoladen
Apr 12 2013 Paris, FR Le Pavé D'Orsay
Mar 18 2013 Paris, FR Point Ephémère
"The ambitious musical partnership has reached sublime new heights on their debut as Plumes. With an eight-minute, Debussy-inspired, fully-orchestrated centrepiece based upon the Greek myth of Hero and Leander, composer Holbrook and singer/songwriter Charnley are operating near Sufjan Stevens territory, but have also retained a sense of raw rock energy...."
"Think Franz Schubert meets Sufjan Stevens...."
"... Distinguishing herself particularly was the young singer Veronica Charnley, singing easily in the highest registers. Her delicate and very feminine voice dominated each of the trio's songs, while harmonizing perfectly with the choral singing and countermelodies of her keyboardist and stage partner, Geof Holbrook. Cover versions were also to be found in Plumes' program; with Joni Mitchell's hippie anthem “We Are Stardust” [sic] even a bit of a “Woodstock” vibe fell upon the Buchcafé concert hall...."
"Plumes’ self-titled LP is a carefully constructed Baroque masterpiece, filled with orchestrated meditations on the peaks and valleys of love. This duo have written life's epic soundtrack, and their vision can’t be overstated. I suggest you park yourself immediately and pop this magic in your ears. Plumes ... I don’t know where you came from, but thank you...."
"This musical duo have created an ambitious, textured, and at times epic record. With its assortment of strings, various brass arrangements, guitars, and so much more, Plumes is a glorious crossover of classical music grace and indie-pop catchiness. Hero and Leander treads on Sufjan Stevens’ Age of Adz epic territory. As you allow the completeness and vitality of Plumes’ record to wash over you, you too will realize you could be listening to the next big band to come out of Montreal...."
"...[Plumes] make a kind of chamber pop that’s leaner and lighter than most similar efforts, with an airy melodic delicacy that’s supported by taut instrumental underpinnings. Louise Campbell’s bass clarinet sometimes handles the bottom end when Holbrook’s on keys; together with Éveline Grégoire-Rousseau’s harp and new member Preston Beebe’s minimal percussion, this makes for a sound that, for once, fully lives up to the description “unique”...."
"Freilich lässt sich das begeisterte Publikum nicht ohne Zugabe wegschicken. Auch hier gibt es eine Geschichte zum Lied. Unversehens war Veronica in die Situation geraten, dass nur Armlängen entfernt ein Polizist jemanden mit Pistole am Kopf befahl, die Hände hoch zu nehmen. Bei ihr wird aus der emotionalen Erschütterung ein Liebeslied. Eine rechte Hymne, die mich beschwingt in die Nacht gehen lässt. Der Fußweg ins Hotel ist mir danach egal, obwohl es immer noch dolle regnet...."