ABOUT SAME LATITUDE AS ROME
Same Latitude As Rome came to life in Essex County in early 2007, as a band concept to support the award winning songwriting craft of Peter Boyer. Named after the location of the most southerly point in Canada, inside Point Pelee National Park, Same Latitude As Rome performed throughout Essex County at bars, festivals, charitable events, and Windsor Folk open mikes, and later throughout southern Ontario as audiences grew. The members were drawn from friends and family, and later included professional players drawn from rock, jazz and symphonic backgrounds.
Fast forward to today, and many song writing awards, and six Cds later, Same Latitude As Rome is staying the course! Songs that tell true stories fascinate group songwriter Peter Boyer, as they are the essence of the great oral tradition of folk music. For Peter, Canada’s stories are hidden gems, too often eclipsed by American narratives, and waiting to be told in song. “I am a songwriter, not an historian” says Boyer, “but sometimes when I research a subject, I can almost channel the energy from the central characters, such as during the writing of the song “Lost Patrol” on our new CD. It’s a spooky feeling! If a song can ignite a further interest in, or better awareness of Canadian culture and history, I feel that I have done my job as a songwriter.”
Same Latitude As Rome charted at #34 nationally in 2015 with their last release “Early Days”, and appeared on several folk DJ best of 2015 lists, including Album of the Year on Blues and Roots Radio. After a three year hiatus, they’re back! The musicians playing on Stay the Course are among the best in Canada, regularly tour with bigger national artists as back up musicians, and are performers in their own right. They include producer/multi instrumentalist/songwriter JK Gulley, Matt Lima/Tomas Bouda - acoustic bass, Gary Kreller- accordion, Mark Mariash –percussion, and Dale Rivard – dobro. Peter Boyer plays acoustic guitar and harmonica with extra special guest Sean McCann co singing with Peter and playing bodhran on the title song, Stay the Course. Harmonica virtuoso Roly Platt sat in with a bluesy harmonica part on Blue Shelby Mustang.
Peter has opened for/performed with/collaborated with many national artists over his music career including: Colleen Peterson, Bruce Cockburn, Dan Aykroyd, Tom Paxton, Sneezy Waters, Ricky Skaggs and Sean McCann.
Same Latitude As Rome has released 6 CDs since being formed in 2007: Northern Saloons and Community Halls – 2007; Which Side of the Line Are You On? – 2008; The Faerie Queen and Other Stories – 2009; 1812 – 2012; Early Days – 2015; and, Stay the Course – 2019
1. 2007 Great Lakes Songwriting Contest – Honourable Mention – “Easy Street” - Northern Saloons and Community Halls
2. 2008 Ontario Independent Music Award Nomination – Best Folk Album - Which Side of the Line Are You On?
3. 2009 UK Songwriting Contest– Semi Finalist – “The Faerie Queen” – The Faerie Queen and Other Stories
4. 2010 Great Lakes Songwriting Contest – Honourable Mention – “Song for Louis Riel” – single release, later released on Early Days
5. 2011 Great Lakes Songwriting Contest – Semi Finalist – “Nous Sommes Canadiens” –1812
6. 2013 UK Songwriting Contest – Semi Finalist – “The Ghost of Bullock’s Tavern” –Early Days
7. 2013 UK Songwriting Contest – Semi Finalist – “Union Man” – Early Days
8. 2014 Folk Music Ontario Songs from the Heart, Political Category Winner – “Song for Louis Riel” – Early Days
Early Days was SLAR’s first CD to chart nationally at #34 in 2015. It appeared on several folk DJ’s best of 2015 lists, and was named the album of the year by Blues and Roots Radio.