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The Honeymans

The Honeymans


The Honeymans are an ambitious, hardworking band whose eclectic, manic mix of Celtic rock and Chili Pepper funk defies description…


The lyrics project wry, colorful images that are good natured and sincere; the golden poetic scope of Gordon Lightfoot filtered through the streetwise tongue-in-cheek viewpoint of Tom Waits. Rhythmically, at one moment projecting the joyous Hibernian traditions of good-time jigs, at other moments coloring the backbeat and rhythms with the proud, mournful Eastern European minor-scale melodies of the Gypsies. All founded upon the concussive whack of John Bonham one minute and the tasty flash of Buddy Rich the next.


Originally (1996) it was Mike and Kevin playing local coffee houses and smaller shows in Kimberley. Ben Dunn saw them at a show in 1997 and knew instantly that he was going to play with them even though he hadn't even met them yet. They then started playing smaller bars. The first one was a place called "The Hosmer Inn" in Hosmer, BC, producing Hosmer's first traffic jam (population 42). Neil played a set with them at this show, as well as recorded two songs on the first CD in the summer of 1998, then joined the band full time in November 1998. Since then, the band has been a full time touring act and has performed over 300 shows in 7 countries.


Mike Honeyman picked up the electric bass during junior high. Inspiration from such diverse groups as Nomeansno and Metallica moved him into serious musical exploration from the age of 18. As one-half of the Honeymans' rhythm section, Mike's rolling bass lines switch moods - from following Kevin's bright guitar rhythms to looping, individual melodic counter lines.

Kevin Honeyman, draws as much influence from the emotional post-hardcore frenzy of Fugazi, as from the up tempo skanking groove of the Specials. Armed with his homemade half-brown, half-orange amplifier, Kevin is as at home with choppy ska rhythms as he is with crushing power chords.

Ben Dunn's first encounter with percussion began at age four with a kitchen-floor experiment involving pots, pans, and chopsticks. After a smoke-damaged Baxter drum kit was presented to the Dunn household as a Christmas gift, young Ben was suitably motivated to bigger and better instrumentation. Seminally influenced by the orchestrative percussion of Primus' Tim "Herb" Alexander.

Neil MacDonald is the last pillar of support underneath the Honeymans' sonic platform. He began playing violin at age twelve, influenced by a cousin of his father's who was a fiddler and a luthier. The self taught fiddler brought a new dimension to the band with his folk and Celtic influences.

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D.O.A. Canadian Dates

Wednesday September 16th

Jimmy Jazz

Guelph, ON

Thursday September 17th

MANA Steel Plant

Hamilton, ON

Rally for United Steelworkers Local #1005

Thursday September 17th

This Ain’t Hollywood

Hamilton, ON

Friday September 18th

Roxy Theatre Side Room

Barrie, ON

Saturday September 19th

Main Stage Riot Fest

Downsview Park

Toronto, ON

2 PM set time

Saturday September 19th

Bovine Sex Club

Toronto, ON

Sunday September 20th

The Mustache

Oshawa, ON

Monday September 21st

Windsor Tavern

Van Kleek Hill, ON

Tuesday September 22nd


Montreal, QC

USA East Coast Dates

Wednesday September 23rd


Salem, MA

Thursday September 24th

Firehouse 13

Providence, RI

Friday September 25th

Kung Fu Necktie

Philadelphia, PA

Saturday September 26th

Bowery Electric

New York City, NY

Sunday September 27th

Amityville Music Hall

Amityville, NY

MATINEE: Doors 1:30 PM DOA on at 4 PM sharp

Canadian Dates

Tuesday September 29th

Joe Keithley Solo Acoustic Show

Cherry Cola's

Rock 'n' Rolla

Cabaret & Lounge

Toronto, ON

Tuesday October 6th

Spirit Bar

Nelson, BC

Wednesday October 7th

Byng Roadhouse

Cranbrook, BC

Thursday October 8th

The Vat

Red Deer, AB

Friday October 9th


Edmonton, AB

Saturday October 10th

Joe Keithley solo show 3 PM

Cask & Barrel

Edmonton, AB

Saturday October 10th

Nite Owl

Calgary, AB

Saturday November 7th

Rickshaw Theatre

Vancouver, BC

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