Kris and Dee are Kingston’s superfolk duo Kris Abbott (of indie-hall-of-famers The Pursuit of Happiness) and Dee McNeil (of all-girl rockers The Strap-Ons).
A Great Long Game is the duo’s third full-length album in less than five years. It’s the much-anticipated follow-up to their 2013 release, Bloom, which was selected by CBC Music’s Mark Rheaume as a Top Pick for the year, and to their 2011 debut, Still Here Inside, chosen by Starbucks for its Worldwide Playlist. A Great Long Game is currently played on CBC, CKCU, CHRW, CFRC (held #1 on Earshot! for 6 weeks), CJAI (held #1 for 6 MONTHS), CHSR (entered at #3) and the single Cold Chisel was chosen by the City of Kingston as the soundtrack to the I Am… homelessness video campaign.
Drawing upon their folk, pop and rock roots as well as digital influences, Kris and Dee’s production concept for A Great Long Game is a pure extension of their creative process. The result is a dynamic, textured collection of songs that range from introspective and intimate to playful and rocking—each one was written, produced and performed solely by Kris and Dee. The duo started their recording process at The Bathouse studio and engineered the remainder of the album in their home studio. Going all the way with the concept, Kris also stepped up to mix the album with good friend Trevor Henderson.
Kris and Dee toured across Ontario in the summer of 2015 including mainstage performances at Ottawa’s Westfest and London’s Home County Music and Art Festival and currently play shows in Ontario as both an acoustic duo and 5 piece band.
The duo met in 2003 when Kris joined The Strap-Ons. The connection was instant and progressed from a musical relationship to a personal one. They were married in 2005 and have been writing and performing as a duo since 2007.
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