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The Honeymans are an ambitious, hardworking band whose eclectic, manic mix of Celtic rock and Chili Pepper funk defies description…

THE MUSIC

The lyrics project wry, colorful images that are good natured and sincere; the golden poetic scope of Gordon Lightfoot filtered through the streetwise tongue-in-cheek viewpoint of Tom Waits. Rhythmically, at one moment projecting the joyous Hibernian traditions of good-time jigs, at other moments coloring the backbeat and rhythms with the proud, mournful Eastern European minor-scale melodies of the Gypsies. All founded upon the concussive whack of John Bonham one minute and the tasty flash of Buddy Rich the next.

THE HISTORY

Originally (1996) it was Mike and Kevin playing local coffee houses and smaller shows in Kimberley. Ben Dunn saw them at a show in 1997 and knew instantly that he was going to play with them even though he hadn't even met them yet. They then started playing smaller bars. The first one was a place called "The Hosmer Inn" in Hosmer, BC, producing Hosmer's first traffic jam (population 42). Neil played a set with them at this show, as well as recorded two songs on the first CD in the summer of 1998, then joined the band full time in November 1998. Since then, the band has been a full time touring act and has performed over 300 shows in 7 countries.

THE BOYS

Mike Honeyman picked up the electric bass during junior high. Inspiration from such diverse groups as Nomeansno and Metallica moved him into serious musical exploration from the age of 18. As one-half of the Honeymans' rhythm section, Mike's rolling bass lines switch moods - from following Kevin's bright guitar rhythms to looping, individual melodic counter lines.

Kevin Honeyman, draws as much influence from the emotional post-hardcore frenzy of Fugazi, as from the up tempo skanking groove of the Specials. Armed with his homemade half-brown, half-orange amplifier, Kevin is as at home with choppy ska rhythms as he is with crushing power chords.

Ben Dunn's first encounter with percussion began at age four with a kitchen-floor experiment involving pots, pans, and chopsticks. After a smoke-damaged Baxter drum kit was presented to the Dunn household as a Christmas gift, young Ben was suitably motivated to bigger and better instrumentation. Seminally influenced by the orchestrative percussion of Primus' Tim "Herb" Alexander.

Neil MacDonald is the last pillar of support underneath the Honeymans' sonic platform. He began playing violin at age twelve, influenced by a cousin of his father's who was a fiddler and a luthier. The self taught fiddler brought a new dimension to the band with his folk and Celtic influences.

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Upcoming Tours & Events

USA

Friday February 28th

I.O.O.F. Temple

Oak Harbor, WA

Saturday March 1st

Coog's Budget CDs

Port Angeles, WA

Friday March 28th

Tonic Lounge

Portland, Oregon

w/ MDC

Saturday March 29th

Lucky's Tavern

Eugene, Oregon

w/ MDC and The Soothsayers

Friday April 4th

The Hop!

Spokane, WA

Saturday April 5th

Ray's Golden Lion

Richland, WA

AUSTRALIA

Wednesday April 23rd

Hobart Hotel

Hobart, (Tasmania), Australia

Thursday April 24th

The Evelyn

Fitzroy (Melbourne) (VIC) Australia

Friday April 25th

The Basement

Belconnen (Canberra) (ACT) Australia

Saturday April 26th

Hermann's Bar

Sydney University (NSW) Australia

Sunday April 27th

Prince of Wales

Nundah (Brisbane) (QLD) Australia

Monday April 28th

TBC

Joe Keithley Solo Show

(Brisbane) (QLD) Australia

CHINA

Wednesday April 30th

Macau, China TBC

Thursday May 1st

XXX Gallery

Hong Kong, China

Friday May 2nd

Midi Festival

Beijing, China

Saturday May 3rd

Zebra Festival

Chengdu, China

Sunday May 4th

The Vox

Wuhan, China

Monday May 5th

Yuyintang

Shanghai, China

USA

Wednesday June 4th

Jessie's Lounge

Winter Haven, FL

Thursday June 5th

Terra Fermata

Stuart, FL

Friday June 6th

Sports Page

Satellite Beach, FL

Saturday June 7th

West End Trading Company

Sanford, FL

Sunday June 8th

Beachside Tavern

New Smyrna, FL

Wednesday April 30th

Dirty Jersey

Kamloops, BC

Thursday May 1st

Railway Club

Vancouver, BC

Friday May 2nd

Funky Winkerbeans

Vancouver, BC

Saturday May 3rd

Fernando's

Kelowna, BC

D.O.A.

&

Jenny

TBA

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