June 2010 Archives

Feature Web Recording of The Week - June 28/10

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Ryan MacGrath and his up coming release 'Cooper Hatch Paris'

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Ryan MacGrath conjures up old world aesthetic with a contemporary twist, fusing indie rock and cabaret crooning. His debut full-length Cooper Hatch Paris is a romantic, whimsical wander through the orchard of imagination. MacGrath questions the meaning of love, art, history and purpose. With a full-bodied, robust voice unlike no other, MacGrath explores both the light and the shadows it leaves behind. With the voice of an acrobat and the musicianship of lion trainer, MacGrath is a ringmaster who was born to sing. Cooper Hatch Paris sets the bar for his unforgettable live performance.

On the program for Saturday July 3, 2010

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On the program this week - A concert from Matt Anderson recorded at The Capitol Theater in Moncton, NB
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In many respects, Matt Andersen is 'larger than life' - His voice is large, his talent is large and to say the big man has a commanding presence on stage is an understatement at best. In the past few years, Matt has released an introductory EP along with two critically-acclaimed live fans' favorites, full length studio releases "Second time around", "Something In-between" "Piggyback" with harmonica virtuoso Mike Stevens and "Live at the Phoenix Theater". Along with a very busy touring schedule as a headliner at major festivals, clubs and theaters throughout North America and the UK, Matt has also shared the stage and toured with David "Honeyboy" Edwards, America, Randy Bachman, the late Bo Diddley, Little Feat and a host of others. He played over 200 live performances last year,including his fourth UK tour. The two time East Coast Music Award winner also won the 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn.; the first Canadian to do so. The audience at the Capitol Theater in Moncton, N.B. was psyched, to say the least, for the return of their native son and blues-man, and he 'delivered the goods'.

Feature Web Recording of The Week - June 21/10

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Dwayne Cote and Duane Andrews and their self titled recording.
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Steeped in the rich musical traditions of Cape Breton and Newfoundland Dwayne Côté and Duane Andrews twist their inimitable blend of East Coast Celtic and Roots music with strands of Gypsy and Jazz sounds.

Heavily influenced by the brilliance of Gypsy Jazz legend Django Reinhardt, multi ECMA award winning guitarist Duane Andrews has literally brought his music around the world from his home in Newfoundland to Tasmania, Australia with stops in between at the Newport Folk and Montreal Jazz festivals to name a few and the late great John Allan Cameron simply said it all about fiddler Dwayne Côté whom he called "the best kept secret in Celtic music".

On the program for Saturday June 26, 2010

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Two features this week - Chrissy Crowley and her CD 'Departures' - Ross Neilsen and The Sufferin Bastards and their new release 'Redemption'.
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Chrissy Crowley is the latest young celtic musician to emerge from Cape Breton, and is quickly captivating audiences with a talent that belies her youth
- Chrissy's passion for the music of her Gaelic ancestors should come as no supprise - She is the granddaughter of fiddlers Bill Crowley and Archie Neil Chisholm, and her great uncle was Angus Chisholm, one of Cape Bretons most legendary musicians.

Chrissy Crowley comes from the beautiful Margaree area of Nova Scotia, a place known for it's cherished musical culture. The music of the ceilidh resonates in the majestic mountains and peaceful valleys incorporating not only the tunes of the Scottish Gaels but also those of the area's Irish and French-Acadians. But Chrissy has taken taken the marriage of musical and cultural styles a step further. she is one of the founding members of the Canadian-Cuban Celtic Society, a group set up to promote musical contacts between young musicians from the Celtic parts of Canada, especially Cape Breton Island, and fellow Celtic musicians in Cuba.

The Blues never worked so hard or looked and sounded so good, until it met Ross Neilsen. To say that he is a dedicated, chronic over achiever would be an understatement. Recently, he has been honoured with a nomination for Best New Artist at The Maple Blues Awards, two Rising Star nominations from CBC and back to back Blues Album of the Year nominations from the East Coast Music Association. A true road warrior in every sense, Ross Neilsen spent much of the last two years living out of his van, on friend's couches and fan's floors so he could dedicate himself to his craft. He is out there doing it and he is not going to stop. Two albums in six months, 200 plus four hour shows a year and a log book of over 80 000 kilometers covering three national tours, Neilsen has shared the stage with the likes of Buddy Guy, The Black Crowes, Grady and Joel Plaskett. Ross Neilsen is a real, old school kind of artist. Write. Tour. Record. Tour. Repeat.

On the program for Saturday June 19, 2010

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Old Man Luedecke in concert from The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax

Old Man Luedecke has become one of Canada's best loved and most intriguing roots singer-songwriters. "An original, he is a musical singularity to be savoured and shared", says the Vancouver Folk Festival. His memorable melodies, poetic sense and easy charisma appeal to anyone searching for new growth from old roots. He is a young man with an old soul who doesn't sugar coat his fears and this lets his songs breathe with a fresh breeze of bittersweet hopefulness. He channels a refreshing energy from folk giants like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger with maybe a hint of Loudon Wainwright III. But it's his contemporary lyrics coupled with the irresistible rhythm of the old time banjo that connect and make him so loved with his audiences.

While normally accompanied solely by his trusty banjo, this concert features Luedecke in full flight backed by mandolin, fiddle, guitars and acoustic bass. Instrumentation he used on his most recent recording 'My Hands Are On Fire and Other Love Songs'. Many of the songs from that release are featured in this concert sprinkled with some of his greatest hits.

Feature Web Recording of The Week - June 14/10

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Ashley Condon's new CD 'Come In From The Cold' will be released on Tuesday, June 15th.
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Raised between two potato fields on Prince Edward Island, Ashley Condon is the grandchild of Bill Leblanc, a Canadian country pioneer who once spent the night in jail with Hank Snow. Like pecan pie - sweet and nutty - Ashley has won audiences over with her larger-than-life stage presence and down-to-earth charm. As a performing artist, Ashley has more than eighteen years of stage experience and a degree in Theatre Studies from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College; a testament to her strength as both a songwriter and entertainer.

On the program for Saturday June 12, 2010

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Two features this week - Laura Merrimen and her recording 'Love Letters For Lonely Hunters' - Ashley Condon and her recording 'Come In From The Cold'
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With her smoky voice and heartworn songs, Laura Merrimen delivers Americana-infused country music that combines vintage arrangements with undertones of folky roots-rock. Merrimen's debut album, Love Letters for Lonely Hunters, highlights the singer's old soul. With influences that range from Townes Van Zandt to Lucinda Williams, the album is steeped with a lingering darkness.

Raised between two potato fields on Prince Edward Island, Ashley Condon is the grandchild of Bill Leblanc, a Canadian country pioneer who once spent the night in jail with Hank Snow. Like pecan pie - sweet and nutty - Ashley has won audiences over with her larger-than-life stage presence and down-to-earth charm. As a performing artist, Ashley has more than eighteen years of stage experience and a degree in Theatre Studies from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College; a testament to her strength as both a songwriter and entertainer.

Feature Web Recording of The Week - June 7/10

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The Stanfields new CD 'Vanguard Of The Young And Reckless' will be released next Tuesday, June 15th

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Meet The Stanfields, a maelstrom of rock 'n' roll, Celtic and bluegrass. Hailing from the gritty post-industrial towns of Nova Scotia, The Stanfields play every show like it's their collective last night on earth. Their kitchen party harmonies, thunderous rhythm section, high-octane stage show and genuine chemistry have won over audiences clear across the nation.

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Feature Web Recording of The Week - May 31/10

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Cape Breton fiddler Chrissy Crowley and her latest release 'The Departure'

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Chrissy Crowley is the latest young celtic musician to emerge from Cape Breton, Canada and she is captivating audiences with a talent that belies her youth. Chrissy is a traditional fiddler and recording artist who has recently released her debut album. Chrissy, born in 1990, lives in the beautiful Margaree area of Nova Scotia, Canada, a place known for it's cherished musical culture. The music of the ceilidh resonates in the majestic mountains and peaceful valleys, incorporating not only the tunes of the Scottish Gaels but also those of the area's Irish and French-Acadians. Christine Crowley is one of the new generation of fiddlers. She is inspired by the traditions of artists who have gone before. Chrissy has embraced the music of her celtic roots and has made it her own.