Jake and the Leprechauns
"(Jake and the Leprechauns is) Quebec's answer to Wilco"-VOIR magazine
"These guys have bundles of talent."
"This mix of folk, indie rock, bluegrass and soul is layered and delicious."-See Magazine.com
Jake and the Leprechauns is a six-piece band with an unlikely trajectory. The band hails from the Eastern Townships of Québec, and has released three records to much international fanfare. These feature guest appearances by the cream of Canada’s musical royalty, members of Blue Rodeo, The Barenaked Ladies, The Tragically Hip and of Patrick Watson.
From the outset, the band has strived to reconcile the immediacy and rawness of their favourite records from the 1970s with the depth and urgency of contemporary songwriting, to make poetry accessible by dressing it up in folk and country clothes, to make modern pop palatable by injecting it with a healthy dose of self-awareness.
Their latest offering, At Midnight the Birdsong, a lush, “swooning saga with larger-than-life crescendos” was recorded by Grammy Award, Brit Award and Juno Award winner Mark Lawson (of Arcade Fire fame). The album charted in the top 20 of university stations across the country and peaked at 1 in BC shortly after its release. It was selected as one of the 10 best records of 2010 by Americana UK, and the single Busy Bee won top honors at the international Independent Music Awards.