Interview: Craig Campbell, Glenn Wool and Stewart Francis, aka The Lumberjacks
The Canadian comedy trio present a 'greatest hits package with some new bits mixed in'
Since their re-formation in 2012, The Lumberjacks’ tour finally comes to a halt next spring. It’s easy to picture headlines about punch-ups and trashed hotel rooms, except that kind of rock’n’roll behaviour has more chance of happening as Canada has of invading its larger neighbour. Craig Campbell, Glenn Wool and Stewart Francis all originally hail from the land of the moose, and have been round too many blocks together to let anything untoward occur on or off the tour bus. Plus, they just really enjoy each other’s company.
‘There’s just no stress in it,’ says Campbell. ‘I know them intimately, they know me intimately, I’ll go pick up sandwiches and I know what they’ll want on them. You know their emotional state the second you look at them. There’s no social stress regarding it and it’s quite warming to know you’ll have a nice time no matter what.’
Francis concurs: ‘We’ve known each other for the better part of 20 years and we’re at the age where we’ve been through all that crap. Hanging out with a couple of chums and telling some gags: nothing bad can come out of it. That’s my story anyway.’
The way Wool tells it, the format of their touring show appears fixed, but could alter at any given moment. ‘Campbell likes MCing so he does 15, then me for 30, then him again for 15 and Stewart for 30. But we could witter on for longer if we want to. We all have a pretty big canon of material to go back to, but it will spur us all on to write new stuff. This tour will essentially be the greatest hits package with some new bits mixed in.’
The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, Thu 31 Oct; Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Sat 2 Nov.