On the program for Saturday June 26, 2010
Two features this week - Chrissy Crowley and her CD 'Departures' - Ross Neilsen and The Sufferin Bastards and their new release 'Redemption'.
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.
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