Open Mic Session with Darren Eedens
Sunday 28th April – Free Entry
A very special host for you this Sunday… All the way from Toronto, Canada it’s Darren Eedens…
Darren Eedens is a full time banjo/ guitar picker… in the bluegrass folk, roots, rockabilly styles … both on the road and in the studio
Currently playing solo as well as for MIKEY CHUCK RIVERS, THE OLD SALTS, MIDWAY AFTER DARK, LILY FROST and more.
An old soul with the imagination of a child, darren eedens tells stories, bends truths, and creates upbeat rhythmic tracks with hauntingly morbid lyrics. With his many influences ranging from the folk and bluegrass pickers of the past, he uses his unique and powerful voice to captivate anyone within earshot. With an unmatched live energy, he shares his views on life and more often death, shedding a beautiful light on the tragic tale. Standing on tables belting out words beyond his years, audiences are silent, only adding the necessary stomp clamps to many of the entirely acoustic pieces. You can catch darren eedens playing hard and fast, with his banjo, guitar and mandolin as his weapons of choice, sometimes using his voice as his only instrument. It is not uncommon to find darren belting lyrics out at the top of his lungs, standing on top of bars, tables and chairs. He breaks any barriers that one would expect to find when attending a show to see a solo act. His energy is unmatched and from the first note picked literally has the entire audience silent and yet ready for a party.
He brings his music everywhere he can, and has every intention of bringing it to a venue near you. Touring many parts of Canada, United States, UK and Europe, he travels with nothing but his instruments and the clothes on his back; he puts every penny earned into travel, food, and making more music. darren has toured with acts such as Juno nominated Emm Gryner, and has shared the stage with the likes of Royal Wood, Melissa McClelland, and Luke Doucet.
In September 2009, darren was offered the chance to go on the first tour of his career. At this time he also released his debut album Owls; and Other Birds of Prey. With this release not only did he put out nine of his first songs, he released a brand and an image that people recognized. At every show porcelain owls were placed around the venue it became apparent that this was more than a song or an album; this was darren eedens. As he moved forward, darren worked to better portray the stories that were so vivid in his mind. This brings us to present day: a new view on life and the opening of the floodgate for new songs to emerge. darren released a new series of songs in September 2011, titled Cardboard Caribous; and Artificial Trees. This triple uses each CD to represent a different side of his songwriting, still using his upbeat energy but also proving he can get in touch with his gospel to bluegrass roots, doing acapella tracks, as well as slow ballads. This album is sure to leave a mark and with it a new and even more memorable image.
Upon releasing his latest album darren has proved that being the hardest working musician he can is truly what pays off. Writing and performing more than ever. He finds himself playing live shows 4-7 nights a week around the greater Toronto area sharing the stage with some of Canada’s finest. In a short 2 month span darren performed opening for (comedian) LOUIS CK at a sold out SONY CENTRE in Toronto he played an intimate performance with singer songwriter JULIE DOIRON at Ryerson University and opened a sold out show for RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE at THE PHEONIX all the while finding time to create new material, bring the live performance to a whole new level.
darren’s career is on the upward slope and his music is sure to reach you; whether it makes you simply tap your toes, drink a few to many beers, dance away, or reflect on the lesser evils of the world, you will not forget him.