Greg "Harpfool" Shields is the principal songwriter for Late Fakirs (pronounced "fakers"), a fluid musical project bringing together a range of talented musicians to deliver his song perspectives.
Greg founded Late Fakirs in 2016 and released the EP "Love's a Dying Rose" in August 2017. A full-length CD, "Dancing to His Touch", containing tracks recorded in 2017 and 2018, was released in August 2019. Late Fakirs' second CD "When the Hit Man Arrives" - seven brand new tracks written or co-written by Greg - was released in November 2019.
Parked somewhere in the intersection of alt-country singer-songwriter, classic bluegrass and old school folk, Greg shares relatable stories, cinematic images and edgy philosophy, grounded in metaphorical truth. In Late Fakirs' music you may detect sonic reminders of Dylan or Steve Earle, as well as classic bluegrass, folk and country, with occasional roots rock forays a la Wallflowers or Blue Rodeo. Lyrically the songs attempt to hang on to something of youthful optimism while coming to terms with change and regret - a little Paul Simon world-weariness and Prine-like mock-cynicism mixed into lyric perspectives that are uniquely his own.
Emerging from roots and rock acts in Ottawa and Toronto, Greg was a long time member of Toronto hellbilly alt-country band Luckyfool, co-writing and co-producing two full-length CDs, "Luckyfool" (2007) and "Dark Hotel" (2015).