The Arrogant Worms
Chris Patterson|Trevor Strong|Mike McCormick
New CD: Beige. Release Date Mon, 22 May. Tour starts
"You can certainly tell people I recommend the Worms ; I've worked with them many times and it's always been wonderful." Les Barker (www.mrsackroyd.com)
The Arrogant Worms began their journey to musical comedy success in 1991 in Kingston, Ontario via college radio. Those nine listeners were very impressed and The Worms could have retired at the top of their game but they kept going into the frightening world of live shows. They were quickly abandoned by the nine radio listeners who preferred not to leave their homes. A new audience was cultivated and the meagre income from those early shows was enough to record their self titled debut album in 1992. The Arrogant Worms received airplay on national radio in Canada and were soon touring across their vast homeland.
The Worms have since released nine more independent albums - Russell’s Shorts, C’est Cheese, Live Bait, Christmas Turkey, Dirt, Idiot Road, Toast and now, Beige. They have consistently topped the sales charts for their distributors selling thousands of albums in the process. Recognizing this valuable Canadian resource, American label Oglio Records released Gift Wrapped, a ‘best of’ collection in 2002. The Arrogant Worms released a DVD of their concert with the renowned Edmonton Symphony Orchestra which was broadcast as a national television special. It’s quite the show, don’t you know?
The Arrogant Worms have provided tuneful and silly escapism all over North America and Australia in venues of all shapes and sizes - from small clubs to theatres to arenas to Disney to Central Park to The Grand Canyon. In May 2006 they will embark on their first ever tour of the United Kingdom. They have shared the stage over the years with the brightest lights and dimmest bulbs of the music industry and no one got hurt. The Worms have entertained at corporate events, sung anthems at sporting events and compered at major festivals. No matter where they are, they are having fun and the audience is too and that’s what keeps them coming back for more.
The Arrogant Worms have become part of Canadiana. Their songs are used in school lesson plans across Canada and one has even made it into an English textbook.
The Worm’s song ‘Dangerous’ was played aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour for astronaut and fan Chris Hadfield. The youth of Canada have voted them the most popular band on a national radio show. The band that came in second was AC/DC.
The Arrogant Worms were recognized in 2003 as the ‘Touring Act of the Year’ by the Canadian Arts Presenters Association. However, their biggest honour came in 2005 though when they read in the New York Times that Carrie Fisher and Meg Ryan were singing along with the Worms on a driving trip in Newfoundland. Princess Leia!! And Sally!! That’s just crazy.
The Arrogant Worms have shamelessly decided that the world needs The Arrogant Worms. And so they will continue to travel the world extolling the virtues of the noble cow, taking Celine Dion down a notch and singing twisted lullabies to children. Maybe they can even win back those nine original radio listeners. Big dreams.
Arrogant Worms Tour
Sat 20. Buzz Comedy Club, Waterside Arts Centre, 1 Waterside Plaza, Sale Waterside, Sale, Cheshire, M33 7ZF
Box Office: 0161 912 5616 Ticket: £10 Door 7:30 p.m.
Mon 22. The New Roscoe, Bristol Street, Leeds, LS7 1DH
Box Office 0113 246 0778 Ticket £7 Door 8:00 p.m.
Wed 24. Edinburgh Folk Club, Pleasance Cabaret Bar, 60 The Pleasance, Edinburgh,
Scotland, EH8 9TJ. Box Office Door Only Ticket Prices: £6.00/£5.00 Door Times: 7:30 p.m.
Fri 26. The Fishpond, South Parade, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, England DE4 3NR
Phone: 01629 581000 Tickets at the Door Ticket £6.50 Door 7:30 p.m.
Sat 27. Talking Heads, 320 Portswood Road, Southampton, Hampshire, England, SO17 2TD
Box Office 023 80678446 Ticket £5/£4 Door 7:00 p.m.
Sun 28. Bournemouth Folk Club, Centre Stage, Pig and Whistle, Queens Road, Bournemouth BH2 6BE
Box Office 01202 707498 Ticket £7/£8 Door 8:00 p.m.
Tue 30. Brown Cow Folk Club, The Brown Cow, 35 Radcliffe Gate, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 2JA
Box Office Door Only Ticket £2 Door 8:00 p.m.
Thur 1. Club Acoustic, The Palace Hotel, Palace Road, Buxton, Derbyshire. SK17 6AG
Box Office 01298 72934. Ticket £6.00 & £8.00 Door 7.30 p.m.
Fri 2. Carlisle Folk & Blues Club, The Sunset Suite, Carlisle United Football Ground, Brunton Park, Warwick Road, Carlisle, CA1 1LL
Box Office 016974 73777 Ticket £7 Door 7.45 p.m.
AW 4004 Beige
AW 3003 Toast
AW 2002 Semi Conducted
AW 1001 Idiot Road
AW 0999 Dirt
AW 1225 Christmas Turkey
AW 8882 Live Bait
AW 7772 C'est Cheese
AW 5552 Russell’s Shorts
AW 4442 Arrogant Worms
Three Worms and an Orchestra, The Arrogant Worms with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
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