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John-Angus MacDonald : The Trews

Brian Tremblay 26 April 2024 1185 3 3

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The Trews have graced a few stages here in the Sault with their full electric sound and also their acoustic trio. Each performance is a demonstration in why they are among the 150 best-selling Canadian artists and the Top 40 selling bands in Canada. Joining me on the show is John-Angus MacDonald, brother to Colin, the lead singer in the band. John-Angus and I discuss the influence of Nova Scotia trad music on their sound and their most recent album, The Wanderer.

The Trews — singer/guitarist Colin MacDonald, guitarist John-Angus MacDonald, bassist Jack Syperek, drummer Chris Gormley, and keyboardist Jeff Heisholt — have shared stages with everyone from the Rolling Stones to Weezer, Bruce Springsteen to Rich Robinson, the latter collaboration culminating in three blazing tracks on the band’s latest, The Wanderer, cut in Nashville with the onetime Black Crowes guitarist. Amid the global pandemic, which halted both the Nashville sessions and tour plans for 2018’s epic Civilianaires album, The Trews completed The Wanderer at home in Canada with producers Derek Hoffman and Eric Ratz, emerging with their fiercest and most accomplished set of songs to date, and a heck of backstory to boot.

Hollis and Morris
The Wanderer
Not Ready to Go
Tired of Waiting/Hey Jude
Highway of Heroes
Can’t Control Myself
I Wanna Play
The Enemy


John-Angus MacDonald of The Trews

“I grew up in Nova Scotia, so there weren’t a whole lot of rules.”

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