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Welcome to the website of the Montreal folkgrass trio Steel Rail. Strong original material, superb three-part harmonies and hot picking have helped Tod Gorr, Ellen Shizgal and Dave Clarke win a loyal fan base in Central Canada. After almost a decade of living on opposite ends of the continent, the threesome are back together in Quebec, making new acoustic music that reflects the best of the folk, bluegrass and country traditions.

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June 17, 2024 

 

A great summer night at the Wheel Club

Thanks to everyone who came out for our Montreal concert at the Wheel Club on June 15. We had a great time seeing some dear familiar faces and some new friends in our first full-length show in some time in our home city.

The show, part of the Matt Large Presents series, featured some old favourites along with a passel of new material – almost a third of the songs in the show have not yet been recorded. For those of you who asked, a set list appears below. The songs that are not yet recorded appear with an asterisk. N.N

Thank you to soundman Steve, Henry and Lily at the door and the owners of the Wheel Club, who have made this venerable N.D.G. institution into a new centre for roots and acoustic music in Montreal. A very special thanks to Matt Large, who has done so much to foster the roots/Americana scene in the city. His next show promises to be a smoker: brilliant mandolinist and fiddler Ray Legere plays the Wheel Club with guitarist Alan Jeffries. The show is at the club, 3373 Cavendish Blvd. just south of Sherbrooke, on Thursday, June 20. You can get tickets here. 

See you soon! 

June 15 concert at the Wheel Club. All songs original unless otherwise indicated. 

Set 1
1. Waiting for a Train 
2. When Are You Coming Home 
3. *The Comet
4. Rain 
5. Cool, Cool Walls 
6. Old Forgotten Road    
7. *The Bells of Buckingham 
8. Winter Wren      
9. *Simple Prayer 
10. Argyle Street          
11. Late Autumn Days 
12. Kate's Song    

Set 2
1. *The Legion on Saturday Night   
2. *On this Train               
3. Midnight Road                
4. Willow Creek 
5. *The Last Thing I Forget   
6. Big Sky Blues 
7. *Nebraska in My Dreams
8. My Bucket's Got a Hole in It (Clarence Williams) 
9. Once in a While 
10. *Home 
11. Like a Ship  
12. I'll Fly Away  
 
Encore
Sorrowful Angels (Tommy Conners / Leslie Winn Satcher)
Annabelle  (Gillian Welch)

June 12, 2024 

CJAD interview about June 15 concert

Mike Cohen of the Suburban interviewed guitarist Dave Clarke about Steel Rail's upcoming Montreal concert at the Wheel Club in N.D.G. You can hear what Dave had to say about the long connection he has with his bandmates and what it's like to write songs with your wife here. 

The Steel Rail concert takes place on Saturday, June 15, at the Wheel Club, 3373 Cavendish Blvd, just south of Sherbrooke St. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door, available here. 

Hope to see you at the show!

May 6, 2024 

 

 

Montreal show on June 15

We're so pleased to announce our upcoming concert at the Wheel Club in N.D.G. on June 15. 

The show, part of the Matt Large Presents series, will feature Tod, Ellen and Dave with some brand-new songs, along with some old favourites. 

The Wheel Club is at 3373 Cavendish Blvd, just south of Sherbrooke; tickets cost $30, available here.

Stay tuned for more details!  
 

 

April 7, 2024 

Les belles voix

Thanks to everyone who came out to our show at the Festival de la voix in Dorval this afternoon. It was great to see everyone and share the bill with the amazing Karen Young and her band.

Particular thanks to festival artistic director Kerry-Anne Kutz, Duke at the soundboard, who made everyone sound great, and all the volunteers who make the festival happen every year. 

There's still great music to come at the festival this month. You can find the details here; don't miss the chance to hear the eclectic and brilliant artists at this remarkable festival.

In the meantime, thanks again to those who joined us this afternoon. It was particularly sweet to see our friend Richard, to whom we dedicated the new song Bells of Buckingham. The song, written by Dave Clarke and Lucinda Chodan, is inspired by Richard's own life story growing up in the Outaouais region. It was the first chance we had to play it for him live – a special moment for us.

For those of you who asked, here are the songs we played this afternoon. Thanks again for coming out. Please stay tuned for upcoming concert news.

Waiting for a Train (Clarke)
Rain (Chodan/Shizgal)
The Comet (Chodan/Gorr)
When Are You Coming Home (Clarke/Shizgal) 
Winter Wren (Shizgal)
Bells of Buckingham (Chodan/Clarke)
My Bucket (Got a Hole in It) (Clarence Williams)
Simple Prayer (Shizgal)
Home (Chodan/Shizgal)
Kate’s Song (Shizgal)
Big Sky Blues (Chodan/Clarke)

 

 

January 18, 2024 

April 7 concert at Festival de la Voix

 

We are delighted to announce that we are playing a double bill with
Karen Young, one of Canada's finest jazz singers, at this year's Festival de la Voix.

The concert is at 2 p.m. at the Serge Nolet Auditorium, 1301 Av. Dawson #2E5 in Dorval and tickets cost $35.

So nice to return to the festival, a vibrant and tasteful celebration of singers and song. For more information about the rest of the festival please click here. 

 

 

January 7, 2024 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy new year!

 

Best wishes from Tod, Ellen, Dave and the rest of the Steel Rail team. And thanks to photographer Judith Cezar for this shot, one of the band's favourites.

Stay tune for concert news coming soon…. 

July 24, 2023 

Haliburton show cancelled 

Due to circumstances beyond our control, our July 27 concert at the Music Room in Haliburton has been cancelled.

Look for a rescheduled date in the future.  In the meantime, if you have tickets, please contact the Music Room for refunds.

July 17 

 

Chatting about our upcoming Haliburton concert

You can join guitarist Dave Clarke and radio host Penny Mowbray-Randall in conversation tonight about our upcoming concert at the Music Room in Haliburton, Ont., on July 27.
They'll discuss some Steel Rail history in the area (thanks to those of you who joined us at the Hair Hut in Carnarvon a decade or so ago) and talk about some of the songs we'll be playing at our Music Room show. Penny is choosing a couple of those songs to play along with the conversation, so we hope you can tune in!
If you are in cottage country north of Toronto, you can listen at 100.9 FM around 7:15 p.m. Eastern today, July 17. You can also listen live online at canoefm.com.
Penny is one of the people fostering community radio in Canada, so vital to our towns and cities, not to mention independent artists and musicians. So thanks to her and to Canoe for the fine work. 
For more information about our show at the Music Room, please click here. Tickets are $32, and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. on July 27. 

July 12, 2023 

Ticket update for July 27 Haliburton ON show

Tickets are now on sale via Eventbrite for our July 27 concert at the Music Room in Haliburton, ON.

Here's the link. 

Tickets are $32, and the Music Room is in Castle Antiques and Café, 23 Highland St. in Haliburton. You can also get tickets by emailing themusicroomhaliburton@gmail.com or calling 705-457-1155.

Hope to see you in beautiful Cottage Country Ontario!