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What Time is it Mr Fox?, Hemway

What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?

Named after a Victorian children’s game, What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? can time-travel from 1960s New Orleans soul,  back to the minstrels of Medieval France before landing in the Tin Pan Alley era of NYC.  Led by the gender-defying voice of 3rian King, the ensemble delivers their own brand smoky cabaret, neo-soul and acoustic noir, sounding something like Tom Waits and Amy Winehouse performing in a French cafe. What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? is known for its original songs which marry rich lyrical imagery with a cinematic sensibility, exploring themes of love, spirituality, sexuality, and identity.  Whether stripped down for acoustic coffeehouses and living room concerts or immersive multimedia shows in clubs and theaters, Mr. Fox brings honesty, energy, and emotional authenticity to every performance. 

What Time Is It, Mr Fox? began as a duo when singer-songwriter 3rian King and violinist and trumpeter Nathan Cohen performed in a New Year’s Eve concert in 2004. The band quickly became a staple in Boston’s underground cabaret scene, blending music with elements of circus, dance, and performance art. The band’s debut full-length album “And Other Stories” was released in 2008 at a sold-out release party with circus performers and animation at the Gloucester Stage Company, followed by an enormous fairytale-themed extravaganza at Galapagos in Brooklyn. Following the album release their original song "Cold Rain" was covered by New Orleans Soul Queen, Irma Thomas, on her Grammy-nominated CD "Simply Grand," with the track earning high praise in Rolling Stone, USA Today & The Village Voice.  Establishing a strong following in NYC with regular shows at The Duplex in Greenwich Village, the group expanded to include five backup singers, guest string and accordion players and dancers.  Their second album, “A Little Of Blue” followed in 2013 with CD release parties at theatrical spaces Oberon (ART) in Cambridge MA and Dixon Place in NYC.  The track “The Ladies’ Tree” was turned into an animated short by acclaimed filmmaker and Harvard Professor, Ruth Lingford, and selected for numerous international film festivals including 2014 Anima Mundi, Brazil. This was followed by videos for “Helium” (director, Emile Doucette) and the haunting “Deep Waters” (directed by 3rian). 

In 2014, the band reformulated into a 5-piece ensemble incorporating Dennis Monagle on drums, Renée Dupuis on voice, keys, and melodica, and Joe Cardoza on upright bass along with founders 3rian King and Nathan Cohen. In April 2015 the band toured through the American South, performing to enthusiastic crowds in living rooms, theatres, and art spaces.  In 2014 and 2015 What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? was featured in the Afterglow Festival in Provincetown MA, a performing arts non-profit founded by Quinn Cox and Tony-winner John Cameron Mitchell.  The festival gave birth to the band's theatrical show "Gravitational Fool" which was then produced by Afterglow with the American Repertory Theater (ART) in July 2017, and will soon be presented throughout New England.  In 2017 What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? released a 5-song EP “Live On The Radio” from a studio appearance on WMFO Tufts Radio, Medford MA, showcasing the band’s current live sound. In addition to performing regularly, What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? is currently writing a musical.


Hemway is a melodic song-oriented alternative band from Boston. Their songs feature rich lyrics, unique instrument voicing, and collaborative songwriting. Band members Chloe Green, Anna Rae, Erik Streight, and Shaun Utter draw on years of performing experience to bring audiences an energetic and eclectic mix of songs, which reference multiple genres including rock, pop, folk, and funk.
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