Contact: greyhalo at dot com
The Bonfire Merchants are a tribute to a time when music was your everything, and CFNY was the only place you could find it. No streaming. No MP3s or digital downloads. No YouTube. No internet. No music on demand. Just you, your radio, and that faint signal from 102.1 FM in Toronto. The Spirit of Radio. It was like nothing else, anywhere. The cutting edge music that defined the 1980s: The Smiths, New Order, The Police, The Jam, Simple Minds and Depeche Mode. Now the Bonfire Merchants channel you back to the golden age of CFNY. Dial in the sounds you once heard from Live Earl Jive, David Marsden, Martin Streek and Alan Cross. Remix the memories. Dance like you are back at the Big Bop, Nuts & Bolts, RPM or Whiskey Saigon. Reload the Spirit of Radio. Relive the CFNY sound with The Bonfire Merchants.
ALL COVERS PLEASE. We are a tight band that gets paid to cover melodic dance hits that are not your typical top 40 (see sample set list below). Not a note-for-note tribute band, but a very solid and playful group who play to please.
We rehearse together once per week, and our goal is 1-2 gigs per month.
Re: Demos (attached):
All are my own voice (no autotune or other fixing). They are provided to demonstrate vocal range and/or power. I AM NOT PERFORMING MOST OF THEM ANYMORE because of band focus on '80.
- Screen name:
- Member since:
- Oct 31 2016
- Active over 1 month ago
- Level of commitment:
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- 10 to 50
- Tend to practice:
- 2-3 times per week
- Available to gig:
- 2-3 nights a week
- Most available:
80s uptempo dance music.
Sample Set List (Dance dance dance!)
1. Dancing with myself - Billy Idol
2. Just Like Heaven - The Cure
3. Don't You Forget About Me - Simple Minds
4. White Wedding - Billy Idol
5. Burning down the house - Talking Heads
6. No Mercy - The Stranglers
7. This Charming Man - The Smiths
8. I Melt with you - Modern English
9. Born to Run - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
10. Heartbeat - The Psychedelic Furs
11. Modern Love - David Bowie
12. Friday I'm in Love - The Cure
13. My Type - Saint Motel
14. Original Sin - INXS
15. Alive and Kicking - Simple Minds
16. Let's Dance - David Bowie
17. Don't you want me - The Human League
18. A Town Called Malice -The Jam
19. Life's What You Make It - Talk Talk
20. Rio - Duran Duran
21. In a Big Country - Big Country
22. Enjoy the Silence - Depeche Mode
23. Message in a Bottle - The Police
24. Monkey Man - The Specials
25. Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears
- Background Singer:
- Acoustic Guitar:
Gretsch 5420T Hollowbody electric
Electric Classical Guitar (Yamaha)
Fishman Loudbox Artist
***By the way, totally kidding about the bagpipes. Is there such a thing as an expert bagpipe player in any case? I mean, I have offered people money to stop playing the bagpipes.....
Morning Glory-DemoThanks to Rob Cayer and Desperate Executives for the demo.
Crazy Train-DemoThanks to Rob Cayer and Desperate Executives for the demo.
Message In a Bottle-Demo
Message In a Bottle-DemoThanks to Rob Cayer and Desperate Executives for the demo.
Dani California-DemoThanks to Rob Cayer and Desperate Executives for the demo.
Echo Beach-DemoThanks to Rob Cayer and Desperate Executives for the demo.