The Fredericton Playhouse is gearing up for a fantastic evening of swinging gypsy-jazz style music Saturday, February 26 at 8pm, courtesy of The Lost Fingers, Canada’s Juno Award nominated sensation. This acoustic trio from Québec City plays the pop hits of the ‘80s in a style inspired by their musical hero Django Reinhardt. Named after the two fingers on Reinhardt’s left hand that were left paralyzed after a devastating caravan fire, the band reworks popular songs in their charming gypsy-jazz style.
But The Lost Fingers is no novelty act. Mikaloff and singer/guitarist Christian Roberge are classically trained musicians, who met at the Québec Conservatory of Music, while double bass player Alex Morrissette has a bachelor of music degree in jazz studies. In 2008, the group created an ingenious tribute to the music they grew up on in the ‘80s, mixed with the music of Reinhardt, with the album Lost in The ‘80s. Their debut album has sold close to 400,000 copies around the world and was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2009 Juno Awards.
The band has been fairly prolific, releasing three albums in three years. Their 2009 sophomore CD focused on French pop classics, while their latest release, Gypsy Kameleon, once again features ’80s tunes. This time, however, The Lost Fingers have put their spin on a few more CanCon favourites, including “Patio Lanterns” by Kim Mitchell, “Criminal Mind” by Gowan, “Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats, and “Tom Sawyer” by Rush.
The Lost Fingers bring a breath of fresh air to the 1980s and beyond, providing renditions of classic songs so full of energy and life you can’t help but be hooked by the experience. Last year, the band thrilled audiences across the country with their witty and jazzed-up renditions of hits by the likes of AC/DC, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Bon Jovi, and more. The Lost Fingers are hugely talented artists who have fashioned a performance that’s hilarious, offbeat, and incredibly fun to listen too. Take a walk down a hairspray-filled memory lane and find yourself singing along to the classics of the ‘80s in a way you never thought you would!
Tickets for The Lost Fingers are available at the Fredericton Playhouse box office 1-866-884-5800, or online at www.theplayhouse.ca.
Visit artist website: www.thelostfingers.com