What is it with Canada and collectives? With a core membership of eight, Woodpigeon centre around the folksy tendencies of the Calgary-born but well-traveled Mark Hamilton - initially known as the none-too-catchy Woodpigeon Divided By Antelope Equals Squirrel in Edinburgh, the band's first incarnation was in Edinburgh. From debut Songbook - released on home soil in 2006 before crossing the Atlantic two years later - through to 2009's Treasury Library Canada, their not-a-million-miles-away-from-Sufjan lusciously orchestrated folk is destined for slow-burning, long-lingering success.
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I’ll admit that I’m not the biggest fan of lists of this type — the act of chronicling the “best” of anything from a particular year or decade makes it seem as though that year has nothing left to offer, that the vaults are closed. I know without question that my...
Dragging an Albertan collective around Europe and losing his voice in the process, Woodpigeon's Mark Hamilton tells Ragged Words what he has learned.