Five Minutes With: Vancouver Acoustic Folk-Roots Band The Fugitives

The Fugitives are an acoustic folk-roots group headed by songwriters Adrian Glynn and Brendan McLeod. They’re joined by banjo player Chris Suen (Viper Central) and violinist Carly Frey (The Coal Porters). Over their first five albums, they’ve amassed a JUNO nomination, 6 CFMA nominations, and toured extensively through Canada, Europe, and the UK. Across many European, UK and Canadian tours and festivals, the band has earned a reputation for unforgettable live shows, brimming with complex harmonies, infectious storytelling, and top-notch musicianship.

The Fugitives


The Fugitives


Modern Folk



# of Albums:


Latest Album:

No Help Coming

Latest Single:

Wing and a Prayer

Latest Video:

Favourite musician growing up:

Fred Penner

Favourite musician now:

The band agrees on Springsteen and Metallica

Guilty pleasure song:

Whenever our spirits get low in the van, someone inevitably puts on Lady In Red by Chris DeBurgh

Live show ritual:

We literally slap each other in the face before we walk onstage. But we are trying to develop this more into a series of complicated hand slaps like cool athletes do.

Favourite local musician:

If Canadians can be considered local, then we have gotten to know the great roots/rock band The Hello Darlins at several festivals and conferences, and they are as lovely as they are talented.

EP or LP?

Individually we’re mostly album people, but on the road it’s more likely that someone in the front seat is playing DJ one song at a time.

Early bird or night owl?

Now that half the band are parents, we’d have to say reluctant early birds.

Road or studio?

Alternate em.

Any shows or albums coming up? 

Our new album No Help Coming is out in the world. And the world premiere of our new theatre show (a collaboration with Ballet BC) takes place at the amazing Massey Theatre in New Westminster, BC, on April 13th. Tickets here.

Where can we follow you?

Youtube | Instagram | Facebook | Bandcamp


Rapid Fire Local Questions:

What is your favourite local restaurant?

Kwan Luck Restaurant– unbelievable Chinese seafood that our banjo player Christopher has taken us to a couple of times.

What is your favourite street in your city and why?

Commercial Drive, of course, as it is where The Fugitives were born and bred (RIP Cafe Deux Soleils).

What is your favourite park in your city and why?

Stanley Park because it is big and ancient

What is your favourite music venue in your city?

That awesome little jazz club above the Penthouse, Tyrant Studios

What is your favourite music store in your city?

This is not an exciting answer, but Long & McQuade, because every Canadian musician should get down on their knees daily and thank the gods for L&M rental rates, return policies and multi-city gear drops.


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Demian is an Argentinian retired musician, avid gamer and editor for the Montréal Guardian, Toronto Guardian, Calgary Guardian and Vancouver Guardian websites.