Eugene Ripper (punk rock survivor, fast folk pioneer)
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Eugene Ripper is a punk rock survivor; fast folk pioneer and rock n roll songwriter. From his roots as guitarist for Canada’s first wave punk rockers Stark Naked and the Fleshtones and throughout an enduring solo career featuring a mash up of punk, folk, blues and rock n roll, Ripper nails it down with his unique musical vibe and crafty songwriting skills. It’s all well represented on his latest offering - a single featuring an A side original number “Ride The Northern Train” backed with B side “Dark as a Dungeon” - a cover of the Merle Travis classic in homage to the memory of Ripper’s father who was a mining man. Limited edition vinyl will be on sale at the show.
AUDIO/VIDEO CLIPS (Ballad of the Hangman) www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1_WU5mo5qY
PRESS CLIPS " Ripper puts spikes back in folk music. " VANCOUVER PROVINCE. "Toronto's underexposed gem Eugene Ripper has been honing his unique brand of fast-folk with a punk rock ethos since the early '90s. Don't miss a chance to be transported to his noir universe." POP MONTREAL “A one man folk punk explosion, a fabulous story teller and entertainer ” HALIFAX DAILY NEWS “ Roots rock rebel summons up visions of film noir and spaghetti westerns not to mention Johnny Cash.” HALIFAX HERALD “ Volleying between punk, folk and rock, Ripper jumps all over each style, stealing from one and reshaping another until he comes up with a unique sound and vibe all his own.” NOW MAGAZINE “ Few can turn a couple of chords into something majestic, anEugene Ripper has the gift ” OTTAWA CITIZEN
" One of the first acts I saw at the Sidewalk Cafe was Canadian Eugene Ripper playing with the inestimable Billy Ficca (Television) and seeming to be the very epitome of AntiFolk - Johnny Cash meets the Ramones " ANTIMATTERS NYC " Ex guitar slinger for Stark Naked & The Fleshtones, now playing barbed, fast n furious folk, with a punk stance and a lyrical nod to Johnny Cash and film noir. Great stuff." SMASH UK NEW SINGLE " Ride The Northern Train (Ripper Mix)" check it out here www.eugeneripper.com www.youtube.com/eugeneripper www.facebook.com/eugenerippermusic www.eugeneripper.bandcamp.com www.soundcloud.com/eugeneripper