Taking to stage a lost social brotherhood

An intensely personal portrait of the artist as a conscientious consenter, Coup d'état reveals Gheran's sympathy and cynicism in equal allotments, tenderly balancing perceptions of duty and personal accountability on the head of inbound missile—an unusual choice for a fan of the Beatles and Dylan. Tapped to perform at this year's Calgary Folk Festival, Gheran's earnest but fun-loving style breathes new life into historical subject matter, making it accessible to even the rawest folk music cadet.

Christine Leonard for BeatRoute

Fresh Take on Old-timey Folk

Chris Gheran is a name you'll hear often as you begin to plunder the depths of Calgary's folk music scene. He's a child of two worlds who brings a fresh take on old-timey folk sensibilities. He manages to bridge the gap between popular culture and music from the days of yore, and it's a beautiful synthesis. He's written tracks about our fair city of Calgary, encapsulating the culture beyond the logo-adorned skyscrapers of downtown. As part of the Calgary Folk Music Festival's Musicians in Motion, he collaborated with Ian Tyson while performing live on the Calgary public transit. There's really no telling what he's got up his sleeve for us next, and that's just the way he likes it.- CJSW