Kingston’s super folk duo are Kris Abbott (of indie-hall-of-famers The Pursuit of Happiness) and Dee McNeil (of all-girl rockers The Strap-Ons). Currently in support of their June 2018 single Wind Rose, the DIY couple are touring Ontario and recording a fall release.
Their prior release, A Great Long Game, was their third album in less than five years. It was the much-anticipated follow-up to Bloom (2013), which was selected by CBC Music’s Mark Rheaume in his Top Pick List for the year, and to their 2011 debut, Still Here Inside, chosen by Starbucks for its Worldwide Playlist. A Great Long Game features guests Colin Cripps, Ron Hawkins and Tim Welch and was played enthusiastically by CBC and numerous college radio stations including #1 and #3 rankings in Ontario and the Maritimes. ‘Cold Chisel’ was chosen by the City of Kingston for the video to launch their 10-year plan to eradicate homelessness.
The duo have been making music since 2003 when Kris joined The Strap-Ons. The connection was instant and progressed from a musical relationship to a personal one, married in 2005.
What People Are Saying…
“One of Canada’s most compelling folk duos of the last decade” – Ken Kelley The MusicNerd Chronicles
“Kris and Dee are like the next Indigo Girls. They are talented, outrageous. They played our launch to howls I’ve never heard at this event.” – Elaina Martin, Westfest Producer
“It’s folk with attitude.” – Amanda Putz, former CBC Host, Bandwidth
”The soundscape Kris paints under Dee’s intimate vocalizations evokes time spent out of the machine. The lyrics speak to reality and the harshness of existence while the music is defiantly dignified in the face of it.” – Paul Myers, Music Journalist