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The traditional band tour will undergo a transformation as TWIN takes its shows literally down the river.
Brandon native David Fort's hypno/alt/folk trio and a few friends will be giving concerts along the Assiniboine River, using canoes to transport themselves and their instruments from venue to venue.
"This idea has been harassing me for about five years now. It stems from my revolutionary approaches to life and is based on the camp counsellor in me, (who) wants to bring people together. And I love canoeing," said Fort from Winnipeg where he now resides. "I was thinking of something we can all gather under a banner and the first thing that came to me was water."
On previous canoe trips, the avid paddler had brought instruments.
"This tour is just a glorified canoe trip," he said.
Though this is an eco-friendly, gas-saving means of transportation, Fort places more emphasis on this venture being a spiritual call to the water.
Fort believes there is great chemistry between himself and his musical colleagues — violinist/saw player Lesley Brown and guitarist David Enns — who are on board for this adventure.
"Everyone is singing and we're working on harmonies. Our music is pretty intense, with heartfelt lyrics," said Fort, who is also known for his other musical collaborative effort, The Absent Sound, an experimental/electro/trance outfit.
"It's not happy-go-lucky folk, but it's meant to go on a journey and come out on the other side, the inspiring end."
The Assiniboine River Music Armada, featuring TWIN, along with Martin Finnie, Ingrid Gatin and Zoppa, will kick off its unusual tour at 7:30 p.m., on Aug. 7 at the Brandon Folk Festival Society's studio at 126 10th St., followed by an appearance at the Spruce Woods Provincial Park amphitheatre on Aug. 10.
Other stops along the route include at Long Plain First Nation, Portage la Prairie and Winnipeg.