The five-piece art-folk band Ptarmigan will holding an album fundraising concert at The Spill Café, 414 George St. N. on Friday, May 22, with doors opening at 8 p.m. Made up of Peterborough natives who are now based in Toronto, the group’s members are Peter McMurtry on banjo and guitar, Aaron Hoffman on accordion, keyboards and mandolin, Sam Gleason on electric guitar, Sam Whillans on upright bass, and Brandon Munro on drums. Admission is $10, or $20 with a pre-order of their album, to be released in the fall.
Ptarmigan will be performing highly melodic songs from their upcoming album, drawing on diverse musical and folk traditions while developing progressive arrangements. The group has performed in a variety of venues including Toronto’s Lee’s Palace and the Cameron House.
“In our new album we are exploring a greater range of music territory while maintaining a strong footing in captivating melodies,” says McMurtry.
Peterborough singer/songwriter Jos. Fortin will be opening for the band, performing his beautifully crafted folk songs with warm melodies and gentle vocals.
McMurtry and Hoffman have been featured as part of the Songwriter's Showcase at the Shelter Valley Folk Festival in Grafton, Ontario.
Ptarmigan’s debut album "Eliak and the Dream" will be available for purchase at the concert for $10.