• Irene's Pub (map)
  • 885 Bank Street
  • Ottawa, ON

The Lucas Haneman Express is a soulful, fun filled and electrifying musical ride. The group's frontman, Lucas Haneman, has long been widely regarded for his distinctive guitar work. Along with Jeff Asselin (drums), Martin Newman (bass/backing vocals) and Megan Laurence (backing vocals), he has found his true means of self-expression. The LH Express is a fresh and funky band with a sound drenched in poignant lyrics and blistering band interplay. On their new album ""Tearing Up The Rails"" (slated for release in late October 2016), the band shows a deep connection to the roots of the blues tradition, with gritty, passionate high energy material, some of which was recorded at legendary Sun Studios in Memphis TN. The band's debut release ""Welcome Aboard"" (released April 2015), is a journey through memorable melodic hooks, gripping guitar solos, and pure soul! The Express's music is a combination of blues, funk, reggae and rock, tied together by musical interaction. Though not your grandparents', or even your parents' version of a Blues band, the Lucas Haneman Express has created an addictive new sound, that when given the chance will certainly win you over. The Lucas Haneman Express has played the RBC's Ottawa Bluesfest for 2 years (back to back), Calabogie Blues and Rib Fest, Kingston Limestone Blues Festival in September 2015, and have performed all over Ontario, Quebec, and even multiple times on world famous Beal Street in Memphis TN. In September 2015 the band won first place in the Ottawa Blues Society's Road To Memphis competition and travelled down to Memphis in January 2016 where they competed and were semifinalists in the ""International Blues Challenge"" alongside bands from all over the globe. They have opened for or performed with artists such as The Downchild Blues Band, bassist extraordinaire Tal Wilkenfeld, Canadian bluesman Jerome Godboo, blues legend Harrison Kennedy, and the John Butler Trio from Australia.

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