Mayhemingways are an eclectic and full-sounding duo from the musical hotbed of Peterborough, Ontario. They describe their sound as fuzz-folk with bluegrass, Cajun, and Celtic influences. Lead singer Benj Rowland plays accordion, banjo, guitar and tenor guitar while holding down the bass with foot pedals. Josh Fewings plays drums, percussion and adds back-up vocals.

In 2017 they completed a cross-Canada tour with Joel Plaskett and his father Bill, as their opening act and backing band. Including stops at The National Arts Centre in Ottawa and the famed Massey Hall in Toronto. Later this year they will once again tour their country and will also head to Europe for the first time in October and November.

 “Mind-bending and original music with deep roots in the tradition of dark North American folk.” -Tom Wilson of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings & Lee Harvey Osmond.

Mayhemingways tour Canada as much as they can. Like bands of old, rolling down highways and back roads, building an old school fan base across the nation.

Their first full-length album “Hunter St Blues” was released Spring 2016 and was produced and engineered in Nanton, AB by Steve Loree (Ian Tyson, Corb Lund, Petunia). The album followed up to their first EP from 2013 engineered by James McKenty (Blue Rodeo, Cuff the Duke, The Weber Brothers) at old school house near Peterborough.


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  1. I heard you play last night here i Hamilton with Joel Placket and his dad. You guys were great and Benj, I am very impressed with your voice and your instrumental skills. Your banjo playing reminded me of hearing Pete Seeger next door in Hamilton Place in ’77. My son is a drummer so I also appreciated the subtlety of the drums and percussion, Josh.

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