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cd cover Three Metre Day
Coasting Notes (artist release)
cdRoots Code: henrys-3m

Three Metre Day is an original, Canadian roots music trio whose members are violinist Hugh Marsh, guitarist Don Rooke and pump organist and vocalist Michelle Willis. This debut for the Canadian trio is warm, intense and complex, offering songs both beautiful and edgy.


"I'm Like an Oak"
"Reputation Girl"
"Abescon Bay"
"Stay that way"

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Three Metre Day is an original, Canadian roots music trio whose members are violinist Hugh Marsh, Don Rooke and Michelle Willis. Hugh, violinist, has recorded and toured extensively with Bruce Cockburn, Loreena McKennitt, Jon Hassell, Don Byron and Mercan Dede as well as playing on the soundtracks to countless Hollywood films. Don Rooke is a lap-style slide guitarist who also leads cult Toronto band The Henrys. He has recorded with Mary Margaret O’Hara, Cowboy Junkies, Sylvia Tyson and Gordie Sampson, as well as for movies and TV. Finally there's Michelle Willis, whose singing and portable pump organ playing are the cornerstone of this original band.

Michelle, leader of her own band and a current member of The Measure, sang with The Henrys (Don's band), at Luminato in Toronto in 2009, on the same bill as Derek Trucks Band, Daniel Lanois and Debashish Battacharya, among others. The event was called The World of Slide Guitar. Don and Hugh, who met much earlier, recorded and toured together in Mary Margaret O'Hara's band in support of the CD Miss America. They have worked together live and in studios many times since.

The trio started working on new material in late 2009. The sound of the band and Coasting Notes, the new recording, features these original songs performed on old instruments, which combine to form a strong, identifiable texture. At times the sounds are so interwoven it's hard to distinguish one instrument from another. It is rare to see three musicians in one group who demonstrate a real command of their instruments devoted to making such uncommonly organic, consolidated music.

In support of the CD's release in the USA, the band will be in California in early November 2011, playing a series of dates that were arranged, for the most part, through the generosity and dedicated hard work of James Williamson.

Yes, that JW, of Iggy and The Stooges.

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