On August 16, we’ll be back at Conor Byrne, greeting our old friend Peter Colclasure. Pete has been at the heart of our band since 2009, when he took up the accordion with us. Even after he moved to California, he returns to record with us, and he is the featured pianist and accordion player on almost every recorded Foghorns song.
Here’s the poster for the August show. Pete will be playing with his San Jose band Cola.
It’s 2017, and we’re still here. Right now, you probably know us the band that plays monthly at Conor Byrne Pub very very late into the night. We are an eight-piece band, consisting of a four-part choir made up of local songwriters, a bass clarinetist, a Taiko drummer turned blues drummer, a bassist, and whatever Bart Cameron is.
In 2017, we released On a Dog’s Ass Sometime, first in Seattle, and then in Reykajvik, Iceland.
This live video from our Seattle CD release made at 1:20 AM is a sample of our behavior the last few years:
Here’s our history
Anti-folkers The Foghorns began in 2001 with Bart Cameron bringing songs written in Wisconsin to Brooklyn New York for various strange performances, mainly with the help of Brooklyn bluegrass band The Cobble Hillbillies. The band released two albums in New York.
When Bart moved to Iceland in 2003 as a Fulbright Fellow, he revamped the band and toured Iceland using the moniker. In Iceland, Bart released a bucket and guitar folk album, So Sober. The band, still with bucket percussion, performed across Iceland
including performing twice at Iceland Airwaves, at Innipukinn, and more than a 100 other performances across the island.
In 2006, Bart moved to Seattle, Washington. The Foghorns were eventually reformed. With Katie and Rich Quigley, they recorded A Diamond as Big as the Motel Six in 2009. The tour that supported that CD took the band to Iceland, England, Scotland, Denmark and Sweden, along with a 42-stop cross country US tour. During their Glasgow performance, they were compared favorable to Liz Fuller’s bosoms, which seems positive.
In 2011, The Foghorns released their seventh full length CD, To the Stars on the Wingsof a Pig, their first full-length LP on vinyl (thanks to Knick Knack Records). Seattle music magazine Reverb Monthly’s Chris Kornelis said, “Pig is one of the most substantially listenable local albums of the year; easy to access, and hard to put down. It’s soothing and comforting in the right ways, without being excessive or cheap. Its subtleties – hints of organ and accordion — are smooth, but smart. Easy listening doesn’t have to mean easily forgotten.”
“[The Foghorns] takes on the ‘look at me’ America where our most precious, intimate moments are rendered irrelevant, unless photos are posted on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Thankfully, [their] music has the humility to make it seem like everything’s going to be okay. Listen to The Foghorns and momentarily believe that a decent job is at hand, sexual intimacy lingers just around the corner and movies starring a brooding, indifferent teenager portraying a vampire will cease to exist.”