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Lessons from The Schomberg Fair 

The Ontario power-roots group is taking new material on the road, citing real life and gospel music as their influences.

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By the time The Schomberg Fair's next album is released this fall it'll truly be tried and tested. The band is taking a break from recording the Touch By Fire to take the new material on the road, kicking off with a North by Northeast gig and wrapping up at St. Catharine's SCENE Music Festival. Not a shabby way to work out kinks. "It's going to be a hybrid of fast, high-energy songs and heavier gospel influenced numbers," says the band's banjo-wielding frontman Matt Bahen of the record. Garnering much of his songwriting inspiration from his street outreach work with the homeless, he says this record will be more "meta" using more poetry and metaphor as opposed to his usual country, storytelling style. "I like the strength of the language that's used in gospel music," says Bahen, referring to The Schomberg Fair's latest effort as more of non-denominational morality tale. "That's really what our music is about, overcoming adversity."

Wednesday June 22, The Seahorse Tavern, 1665 Argyle Street, 10pm, $6

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