Wed, Jul 13, 2016   Freedom Train News & Happenings

Hello, Freedom Train friends. Welcome to our web site! If you’d like to view photos of Freedom Train, please check out the link to our public facebook page. We have photo albums in the photos section. If you have any pics from any shows – feel free to add them!

Freedom Train is performing at many special events in 2016. Here are some upcoming highlights:

We are playing many private functions this summer – including lots of birthday bashes, weddings, company bashes, casinos, and house parties!

Come out and rock with the Train every Thursday @ Roc’n'Docs in Port Credit!! FT will be performing from 9pm – 1am

FT is performing select club dates this summer, including Timothy’s Pub, Jersey’s, Stonewalls, The American House, The Purple Heather & Gator Teds. Check out SHOWS for more dates & info.

Upcoming special events highlights include:

Holy RIB FESTIVALS this year!!

FT is proud to be performing at Oh Canada Day Rib Fest on Sunday July 3rd in Waterdown! Family fun!

FT is also playing the Brantford RibFest at Brantford Kinsmen Ribfest! on Saturday Aug 6th 8pm!

Earlier in the day, on Saturday Aug 6th FT is playing Hamilton’s Bayfront at Hell in the Harbour Mud Race 3pm – 5pm

Don’t forget to catch FT at Spencer Smith Park in Burlington on Sunday Sept 4th at Canada’s Largest Ribfest 9:30pm

Come out and party with the Train! More info coming soon!

Check out SHOWS for more dates & info.

In 2014 – Freedom Train is celebrated 25 years as a full-time band , same members. We can’t believe it!

Note from Carl:

People ask us how we met Big Ed – here’s the story:

Throughout 1989, Tim and I were performing 6 nights a week across the country in Speck Jennings. For a host of reasons we wanted to replace the guitarist that we had – but we didn’t want to break our full tour schedule with long auditions and weeks of rehearsals.

Then I met Big Ed. A mutual friend said he knew a great guitarist, and he set up a casual meeting at my apartment. No audition – no jamming – Ed just strummed my acoustic in the corner. Within minutes I asked him to join the band. I somehow just knew this guy was perfect for what Tim and I were doing and what we wanted to do.

And so it began. We played our last show with the other guy on the Saturday, rehearsed with Ed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and played our first show together on Thursday November 9th 1989. 

That first show we opened for Rick “Rock n Roll Hoochie Koo” Derringer at a concert in Toronto. And off we went in our van and crew in truck and hit the road for a two month tour. 

Tim and I’s nervousness of “did we make the right decision?” quickly disappeared when Big Ed not only mastered all of our material in a matter of days, but we discovered how much we all got along so well considering we were thrown into living together on the road.

Who would have guessed that we’re still together, we still get along great, and we’ve managed to maintain working and surviving as full time musicians to this day! 

Tim, Big Ed and I have performed over five thousand shows in the past 25 years!

So on behalf of my brother Tim and Big Ed, thank you to all of the people that come out and watch Freedom Train perform, and share our passion for live music and great songs!

Carl