"upbeat, and pop-infused, with folky gang vocals and hand clapping/foot stomping cues, the songs on Alive and Well feel big. The layers of harmonies call to mind bigger folk acts such as The Lumineers, or The Head and the Heart" - Penguin Eggs
"...heavenly harmonies... emotional power... with layers of sonic texture." - Glide Magazine
"This is perhaps their best release to date. One thing is sure: many of the proposed melodies will remain in you for a long time." - Musicomania
"sparse and dreamy Americana vibe" - The Boot
"...beautifully melodic... haunting vocals fill the audio to the brim, inviting listeners into a cozy, quaint, and powerful world... Think The Lumineers or Mumford and Sons if either band was made up of your very best friends: that’s the sound and warmth that Austin and Otten are in full control of." - Atwood Magazine
"“Alive and Well” is a wonderfully optimistic and uplifting set of songs, one of those rare albums that can lift a listener’s mood within just a few bars of the opening track." - Great Dark Wonder
"Embellished with their classically-warm pop veneer, which often borrows from the Peter, Paul & Mary textbook, the 13 tracks wield a genius juxtaposition of acute songwriting and jaunty, chewy arrangements." - b-sides & badlands
TORONTO, ON - MARCH 22, 2018 - TODAY, Big Little Lions release a brand new video for their song, Big Mistake, off their latest album, Alive and Well, out February 23, 2018 (Far Flung). Yesterday the new video premiered exclusively with Exclaim.ca. "Although this is one of our jolliest songs," shares the band, "the lyrics are a wistful longing for waking up one day to find the level of divisiveness we now have has disappeared and we all understand each other." They'll begin the Eastern leg TONIGHT in Kingston followed by stops in Ottawa, Toronto, and Guelph. Full details can be found at https://biglittlelions.com/tour. Alive and Well is out digitally worldwide via The Orchard, and physically on www.biglittlelions.com.
Their most cohesive project to date, Alive and Well dances from songs that acknowledge human frailty and modern preoccupations to anthems of hope and resistance. It turns the Lions’ illuminating songwriting to the tasks of buoying spirits, inspiring sing-a-longs, and lighting candles of optimism in difficult times. The new album has been featured on b-sides & badlands, Canadian Beats, Canadian Musician, CBC Radio One, Great Dark Wonder, Live in Limbo, Spill Magazine, Stingray Music Channels, Vue Weekly. The title track is currently on the CBC Music Top 20 chart. Watching Big Little Lions on the stage, audiences will understand what the closing lyrics of Alive and Well proclaim so clearly, when people gather to share music, ‘love is all there is’.
Upcoming Canadian Tour Dates
Thursday, March 22 - Kingston, ON - Musikkii Cafe
Friday, March 23 - Ottawa, ON - Public House Concert
Saturday, March 24 - Almonte, ON - Folkus Concert Series 3 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 25 - Russell, ON - Public House Concert
Tuesday, March 27 - Peterborough, ON - The Garnet
Wednesday, March 28 - Toronto, ON – Burdock
Thursday, March 29 - Owen Sound, ON - Heartwood Concert Hall
Friday, March 30 - Guelph, ON - DSTRCT
What's The Story About Big Little Lions?
Big Little Lions are Helen Austin and Paul Otten, two successful solo songwriters and musicians who rose to greater heights after joining forces in 2013. Since roaring on to the music scene, Big Little Lions has won an armful of awards for their work including first place in the International Songwriting Competition, Song of the Year in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, and Ensemble of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Big Little Lions are expert connectors. With Austin based on Vancouver Island, BC and Otten based in Cincinnati, OH the duo have been bridging geographic and cultural distances since their first collaboration when Otten produced Austin’s 2014 Juno-winning album ‘Colour It’. The thousands of fans they’ve gathered since agree, Austin and Otten have stumbled on a powerful musical chemistry. Big Little Lions have played renowned festivals including Shelter Valley, Islands Folk Fest, Mariposa, Summerfolk, the Alianait Arts Festival, the Paper City Music Festival, and the Vancouver Island Music Fest. Their songs have also been featured across Canada on CBC and in the United States.