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Nov 7

Falling Fences to play 2 nights at Jazz St. Louis

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May 27

Falling Fences releases "II" on Aug 18th at Delmar Hall

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Mar 11

Logboat debuts Falling Fences Irish Ale for St. Patrick’s Day!

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Jan 3

Falling Fences to headline Missouri Folk Fest!

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Oct 10

Falling Fences performs Tom Petty Memorial this Weds!

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Mar 31

Fences at the Farm IV Announced!

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Mar 20

6 Night Stand at McGurk's begins Tuesday!

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Jan 27

Be a part of Falling Fences History!

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Dec 29

Winter Concerts On Sale Now!

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Nov 29

Falling Fences to perform rare 'Electric Fences' set for Charity this Saturday

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Aug 14

Falling Fences celebrates with "8 Year Anniversary Hup" on September 25th at McGurk's!

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Mar 22

Chewy's Last Stand - March 22-26

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Dec 23

Electric Fences returns for 2 shows this Jan!

Electric Fences returns!

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Oct 26

Falling Fences KDHX Video surfaces!

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Sep 29

Falling Fences join longtime friends in St. Louis on 10/22!

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Jul 27

FALLING FENCES to play SCHWAGSTOCK 46!

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Jun 21

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day from Falling Fences!  Visit our online Store and receive Free Shipping for a limited time or visit us in person tonight at McGurk's or an upcoming show!

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Nov 23

Video from Album Release Show!

Irish Old Ladies, courtesy of our good friend Ed.  Thanks Ed!  Hup Hup!

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Oct 25

Kickstarter Funded!

THANK YOU friends and family for funding our Kickstarter Campaign! We are thrilled to announce that the project was a success and we are looking forward to performing it for you with special guests on Friday November 21st at OFF BROADWAY MUSIC VENUE.

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Oct 21

Kickstarter Campaign Under Way!

Joe, Sean, and Ryan are seeking backers to release the debut, self-titled Falling Fences LP. More info on pre-ordering here!

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Tours/Shows


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Dec 21
Holiday Concerts at McGurk's
St. Louis, MO, 63104
Dec 22
Holiday Concerts at McGurk's
St. Louis, MO, 63104
Dec 23
Holiday Concerts at McGurk's
St. Louis, MO, 63110
Jan 11
Jazz St. Louis
St. Louis, MO, 63103
Jan 12
Jazz St. Louis
St. Louis, MO, 63103
Feb 21
Joe's Cafe
Mar 15
New Haven Cultural Society
New Haven, MO
Mar 16
St. Patrick's Day at the Abbey
Belleville, IL
Oct 20
Falling Fences as "Voodoo Petty" at Rose Music Hall
Columbia, MO
Sep 30
Sunday Show at McGurk's
St. Louis, MO
Sep 27
Kirkwood Station Plaza
Kirkwood, MO
Sep 16
Sunday Show at McGurk's
St. Louis, MO
Sep 16
Sunday Show at McGurk's
St. Louis, MO, 63104
Sep 15
Green Tree Music Festival
Aug 31
Falling Fences 10 Years at McGurk's
Aug 26
The Sunday Show at McGurk's
Aug 19
The Sunday Show at McGurk's
St. Louis, MO, 63104
Aug 18
Album Release at Delmar Hall
St. Louis, MO, 63112
Aug 11
The Pageant - Opening for Little Feat!
St. Louis, MO, 63112
Jul 21
Soulard Concert Series
Jul 20
Arts in the Park - Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL, 62025
Jul 15
The Sunday Show at McGurk's
St. Louis, MO, 63104
Jun 23
Old Farm Winery
Catawissa, MO, 63015
Jun 17
Sunday Show at McGurk's
St. Louis, MO, 63104
Jun 16
Bearcat Getaway - Voodoo on the River
Annapolis, MO, 63620
Jun 10
Sunday Show at McGurk's
Jun 8
Voodoo Petty at Brew Skies Music Festival
Hannibal, MO, 63401
Jun 3
Sunday Show at McGurk's
St. Louis, MO, 63104
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RECORDS AND CDS

Falling Fences II Vinyl LP
25.00

Track Listing

  1. The Dove’s Lament

  2. Parlor Room

  3. No One Loves You

  4. Break It UP

  5. Dream Lightning

  6. Anna Lee (End of Side A)

  7. This Side of Brightness

  8. Mind the Dark

  9. Bleeding Heart/The Hawk and the Dove

  10. Crooks Like Us

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Falling Fences II CD
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Falling Fences I Vinyl LP
25.00

Track Listing

  1. Shot to the Devil
  2. The Great Harpoon at Dawn
  3. The Ghost of 1824  (End of Disc 1 Side A)
  4. Sittin' by the Fire
  5. Dear Illinois
  6. Peola Road  (End of Disc 1 Side B)
  7. Little Cersei
  8. Going Home (In a Streetcar Named Desire)
  9. The By and By  (End of Disc 2 Side C)
  10. Charmaine
  11. Aideen
  12. Take Me Back to My Mississippi River Home  (End of Disc 2 Side D)
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Falling Fences I CD
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FF Hawk Tee
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Next Level Premium Fitted CVC Crew in Stone Grey

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FF Dove Tee (Women's)
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Next Level Women’s CVC Crew Dove Tee in Ice Blue

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About the Band


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Falling Fences II

“Bands that have grown up together have a really good dynamic, no ego involved,” says Sean Canan, lead guitarist and chief arranger for the St. Louis based-band Falling Fences. “I think that really helps.”

Joe Stickley, singer and songwriter for the band, met Canan while both were students at the University of Missouri-Columbia back in 1999. Along with keyboardist Andrew Weir and producer Wil Reeves, they’ve been making music together pretty much ever since then. Under the name Joe Stickley’s Blue Print, the band released three albums and toured widely in the U.S. before slowing things down about ten years ago.

That’s when Stickley and Canan picked up a weekly gig at McGurk’s, an Irish pub in St. Louis where they found a way to mix their original material in between Irish folk songs. Eventually, enough originals accumulated and the urge to play louder led to getting the band back together, this time under the name Falling Fences. With the additions of new bass player John Hussung and drummer Joe Winze, they are now releasing their second full-length album, Falling Fences II.

“It starts in my living room,” says Stickley, “then we workshop it in Sean’s living room, then Johnny comes in to the living room, then we take it to the pub. Then we have a rehearsal with drums and keyboards.”

“I usually come and twist the feel of the song,” Canan adds. “I like to turn it into something iconic. Especially with choruses, I want to know what kind of melodies the crowd wants to sing over this. I try to speed the process up, get closer to the finished product as if we’d played it a hundred times live.”

Canan has studied the mechanics of music making at a masters level over the years. He grew up with a father who taught him the history of rock’n’roll, and eventually found himself making a living playing guitar. A few years spent in the constantly touring Grateful Dead tribute band the Schwag gave him plenty of grounding in improvisational skills. But, another regular gig, this time at the Broadway Oyster Bar leading Sean Canan’s Voodoo Players which pays tribute to different classic rock artists every week, has forced him to learn the secrets behind his favorite records.

“I’ve dissected the studio recordings of Tom Petty, or Fleetwood Mac,” Canan says. “We’ve used some of those techniques on the new Falling Fences record. Like bringing the acoustic guitar in on the chorus, like they do on “Dreams.” Or percussion, congas, mixed very low.”

Whatever the process, the proof is in the pudding, and Falling Fences II is one tasty custard. After a delightful melodic fragment sets the table, the album contains nine songs made richer with all the production details gleaned from the greats. Stickley’s vocals are front and center, as befits a collection of songs so literate. He has a wonderful vulnerability in his delivery, which blends beautifully with the backing vocals of Canan, Hussung and Winze, and instrumentation, leading to a greater focus on the images in the lyrics.

“I think I see the imagery of a movie I saw a long time ago but can’t really remember, and I’m trying to describe that,” Stickley says. “One of the songs, “The Hawk and the Dove,” is a song about two outlaws. That idea of these outlaws from the 1860s leaving their respective camps to go off together makes its way into the 20th Century in the last track of this album, with two outlaws in Durango, Colorado. I think it’s a love story, like many records.”

“The hawk and the dove are two characters, Native American rivals, they rob riverboats,” Canan adds. “That song in particular is more of a historical setting. We sing about the characters in the other songs, so it’s woven through. It’s fairly conceptual, more so than the other records we’ve done.”

With all this thematic connection going on, not to mention clever little tricks such as opening side two of the LP with the lines, “It’s good to see you again / I thought you were gone forever,” it’s nice to note that Falling Fences II is musically enchanting, too. Every song has a wonderful melody and highly singable hook in the chorus. The band supports the lyrics, with short, snappy guitar and keyboard solos which tell stories themselves. Instruments, including horns on a few cuts, and voices are all put together to maximize the affect of each song.

With two Falling Fences albums and a backlog of Joe Stickley songs, not to mention a love of working up cover material, plans are in the making for more and more live shows for this band. Falling Fences looks to be around for a long time. After all, they’ve already been making music together for almost twenty years.

- Steve Pick, host of Sound Salvation on KDHX

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Video


"Irish Old Ladies"

"The Ghost of 1824"

"The Great Harpoon at Dawn"

"Songwriter's Hell w/ Allie Kral"

"Wasn't It Pretty" 

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Sundays at McGurks


"St. Louis is known for its hearty Irish and Americana music scenes, but no group in town bridges the gap like Falling Fences.  The veteran musicians have been holding down a weekly residency at the legendary McGurk's Irish Pub for over six years, honing their highly original take on chanteys, ballads, rousing sing-alongs and daring instrumental flights. This isn't quaint acoustic music; this is acoustic music with guts and chops to burn."  - Roy Kasten, host of Feel Like Going Home on 88.1, KDHX 

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