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Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer
Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer.jpgHarpoonist & The Axe Murderer in Vancouver, 2014.
Background information
OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenresBlues, rock
InstrumentsHarmonica, electric guitar, foot percussion
Years active2006 (2006)–present
MembersShawn Hall
Matthew Rogers

Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer are the Vancouver based blues duo,[1] consisting of Shawn Hall and Matthew Rogers.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8]


  • 1 History
  • 2 Live
  • 3 Awards
  • 4 Discography
    • 4.1 Albums
  • 5 References


Shawn Hall and Matthew Rogers first met by chance at a jingle recording session in 2006.[5][9] Prior to the band, Hall worked for CityTV and Rogers worked (and continues to work) as film composer.[6] They discovered they had a mutual affinity for a multitude of musical genres, but mainly folk and blues. The band began as a folk duo and their sound continued to evolve into a bigger, more electric sound.[10] Their working relationship was built from their similarities but also their dissimilarities. Both agree that the friction resulting from their different musical tastes is both a frustrating but fruitful part of their creative process.


Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer are widely known for their amazing live shows and commanding stage presence.[10] Having only two members, they sing, play guitar, foot percussion and harmonica. In the summer of 2013, they played 16 major festival dates across Canada and the US including Salmon Arm Roots & Blues, Vancouver Jazz Festival and SXSW, Montreal Jazz Festival, TD Kitchener Blues Festival[11] and Ottawa Blues Festival.


Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer received a Sirius XM Indie award in 2013 for Blues Artist of the Year.[12] Their third album, Checkered Past (released on October 27, 2011)[13] was nominated at the Maple Blues Awards for 'Album of the Year' in 2013.[14] Shawn Hall was also nominated for a Maple Blues Award for Harmonica Player of the Year[15] They were nominated for a Juno for their album A Real Fine Mess.[16]


  • The Blues Can Kill (Independent) 2007
  • The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer (Independent) June 25, 2008
  • Checkered Past (Independent) Jan 24, 2012
  • A Real Fine Mess (Tonic Records) June 17, 2014 [17]


  1. ^ "A New Brand of Blues with The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer - Vancouver WeeklyA New Brand of Blues with The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer". Vancouver Weekly. Retrieved 2015-03-10. 
  2. ^ Schneider, Jason (2012-12-13). "Folk and Country 2012: Blues Explosion". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2015-03-10. 
  3. ^ "Five can't-miss events in Metro Vancouver this weekend - British Columbia - CBC News". Cbc.ca. 2014-02-28. Retrieved 2015-03-10. 
  4. ^ Brodeur, Jessica. "Review: Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer at The Biltmore Cabaret | The Province". Blogs.theprovince.com. Retrieved 2015-03-10. 
  5. ^ a b "HARPOONIST & THE AXE MURDERER | BeatRoute Magazine". Beatroute.ca. Retrieved 2015-03-10. 
  6. ^ a b "The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer make killer blues music | Toronto Star". Thestar.com. 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2015-03-10. 
  7. ^ "The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer take the traditional route on Checkered Past | Georgia Straight Vancouver's News & Entertainment Weekly". Straight.com. 2012-07-25. Retrieved 2015-03-10. 
  8. ^ "Homegrown blues: Chatting with The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer | CTV Vancouver News". Bc.ctvnews.ca. 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2015-03-10. 
  9. ^ "Folk Festival faves return; PTE has a winner in its first show of the season - Canstar". Winnipegfreepress.com. 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2015-03-10. 
  10. ^ a b "Homegrown blues: Chatting with The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer | CTV Vancouver News". Bc.ctvnews.ca. 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2015-03-10. 
  11. ^ "TD Kitchener Blues Festival". The Scene, Allanah Pinhorn August 12, 2013
  12. ^ "Nominees/Winners | INDIES". Indies.ca. 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2015-03-10. 
  13. ^ "Checkered Past: The Harpoonist and The Axe Murder - Album Review - Vancouver WeeklyCheckered Past: The Harpoonist and The Axe Murder – Album Review". Vancouver Weekly. Retrieved 2015-03-10. 
  14. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20140329004156/http://music.cbc.ca/. Archived from the original on March 29, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ Mike Devlin (2015-03-03). "Shawn Hall and Matthew Rogers are a perfect musical fit". Timescolonist.com. Retrieved 2015-03-10. 
  16. ^ "Nominees | The JUNO Awards". Junoawards.ca. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
  17. ^ Adams, Gregory (2014-05-08). "The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer Prep 'A Real Fine Mess'". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2015-03-10. 

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