Greg "Harpfool" Shields emcees Late Fakirs, a fluid musical project bringing together a range of talented musicians to deliver his song perspectives.
Parked somewhere in the intersection of alt-country singer-songwriter, classic bluegrass and old school folk, Late Fakirs share relatable stories, cinematic images and edgy philosophy, grounded in metaphorical truth. In Late Fakirs' music you may detect sonic reminders of Dylan or Steve Earle, as well as classic bluegrass, folk and country, with occasional roots rock forays a la Wallflowers or Blue Rodeo. Lyrically the songs attempt to hang on to something of youthful optimism while coming to terms with change and regret - a little Paul Simon world-weariness and Prine-like mock-cynicism mixed into lyric perspectives that are uniquely their own.
After a youth misspent in the UK with working stiffs and freedom fighters from across the Middle East North Africa, Greg returned to Canada for a low-profile gig in fatherhood and technology. All experience is grist for the mill, and throughout his 20 year musical career Greg has recorded the moves people make, watching from the dark end of the bar or behind the dumpster in the back alley. The perspective has been likened to George Carlin as gutter poet.
Emerging from roots and rock acts in Ottawa and Toronto, Greg was a long time member of Toronto hellbilly alt-country band Luckyfool. Late Fakirs released their first EP "Love's a Dying Rose" in August 2017. Extreme weather events and ecological decline were just a few of the immediate effects. New music is in the pipelines for 2019, so hold onto your hats, your horses and any other loose objects.