"Husband and wife team John and Lisa McLaggan combine their talents and their voices to create a sound that's part Old Crow Medicine Show and part Some Velvet Evening."
- Brian Rock, Americana Magazine, Turnstyled Junkpiled
“...there is a sense of old-time joy permeating virtually each note played and every lyric sung...”
Ken Kelley, Author of The Musicnerd Chronicles
Don't let the name fool you, Tomato/Tomato is not your garden variety duo. John and Lisa write clever and quirky songs that draw on traditional Folk, Bluegrass, Blues and Swing with their own interesting twist. Lisa performs on an old washboard rigged up with tin cans and a cymbal while simultaneously playing bass and snare drums with her feet. She truly takes multitasking to a new level! Tight harmonies, old-timey guitar and Lisa'a up-cycled percussion create an unmistakeable sound that is unique, refreshing and fun. Really, really fun!
Their music combines years of study with the everyday ebb and flow of life on the East Coast of Canada. Their daughter Lucy (Cherry Tomato) is not on stage yet but you can hear her inspiration in every strum, whack and lyric. Folk from folks just being folky. It’s love, laughter and lemon pie.
Tomato/Tomato has proudly entertained prestigious audiences in 2016 with performances at The Winnipeg Folk Festival, The Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival and many more. Awards and honours include: Regional Winners for CBCs Searchlight Competition in 2014, nominations for 6 MNB awards including 3 wins in 2015, ECMA nominations for Roots/Traditional album of the year in 2015, Fan Choice video of the year in 2016 and Songwriter of the Year in 2017.
With two acclaimed albums (So it Goes / I Go Where You Go) Tomato/Tomato are dancing around the kitchen daily and carving out a place for their rootsy washboard infused folk on a stage near you.
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