F&M’s signature sound — from the powerfully melodic folk-rock inaugural release of Let Every Light Shine (2007, Shameless Records), the complex and introspective Every Light Must Fade (2008, Shameless Records), Earshot #1 folk chart-topper, Sincerely, F&M (2010, Shameless Records) and the heart warming Wish You Were Here (2011, Shameless Records) — is a musical choice for the more refined. F&M’s emotive observations incorporate an international view that’s finely aged through an urban-Canadian perspective. This unique sound has been critically acknowledged by way of music placements, songwriting merits and special invitations to perform in nontraditional or cross-genre spaces. After a period of silence brought upon F&M by way of a broken hand, a broken leg, and falling victim to fraud (no really!), the trio mark their triumphant return with a release built from another blend — that of broken bones, broken promises, and broken hearts. At Sunset We Sing (November 2014, Independent), is a joyful melancholy celebration of life.
“Their boxing gloves may be made of velvet (thick, crushed velvet at that), but this trio will punch you.” Montreal Mirror
“In person,F&M lack no reservations, physically and emotionally letting themselves escape into their very meaningful songs about love, sadness, and traveling the Canadian landscape.”Lithium Magazine
“F&M combined great musicianship with haunting, beautiful melodies, and a unique stage presence, making for a show that was soothing yet captivating. Following a talented band such as F&M is not easy task” Merge Magazine
Sharing the reins with Shuyler Jansen, Mark Davis has guided the band Old Reliable through fifteen years and four recordings. He has appeared on no less than twenty different releases. /// Mark will release his third solo record – “Eliminate the Toxins” – early in 2010. His most recent 2 cd release – “Don’t You Think We Should Be Closer?” and “Mistakes I Meant To Make” (2007) was praised as “a two album tour de force” (Exclaim, Penguin Eggs) and “the roots release of the year” (Eye); and was lauded internationally by an abundance of four- and five-star reviews. UNCUT magazine (London, UK) called the dual release “stunning” and Le Cri Du Coyote (France) called the song “By the Time” “one of the most beautiful songs of the century.”
Hailing from Edmonton Alberta, hollow-bodied electric guitar in hand, Ariane Mahrÿke’s shows pack a punch. With humour, candor, vulnerability and strength, she flirts with folk, jazz, blues, and electroacoustics while effortlessly moving from French to English. She takes her listeners through expansive musical journeys sewn together by witty banter. Through her participation in remarkable exeriences like the Festival en chanson de Petite Vallée in Gaspésie, the Coup de coeur francophone in Montreal, the Rencontres d’Astaffort in France, and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, she has become a seasoned musician. Her first album, Double Entendre, was crowned Outstanding Francophone Recording at the 2008 WCMAs, her second album, Décousue, was nominated in the same category in 2010, and her third album, Wrecked Tangles and Love Knots, has been garnering fantastic reviews since it’s October 11th 2012 release.