September 2010 Archives

On the program for Saturday October 2, 2010

Posted by Glenn Meisner

A feature double bill on two new recordings - Ian Sherwood with 'And Now The Fun Begins' and - John Connolly with 'The Wind'

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Ian Sherwood has learned a thing or two about music and performance over the last few years. He's been honing his craft as a songwriter and entertainer and has become equally at home in front of a large festival audience or a quiet house concert. His energetic stage show and honest presentation have quickly gained him recognition as a solid performer, lyricist and player and garnered him Music Nova Scotia's 2008 Musician of the Year award. On October 2nd. Ian will be releasing his new recording 'And Now The Fun Begins' with a show at The Company House in Halifax.

On Monday, April 19th, 2010 John Connolly posted this on his blog. "I'm back on PEI after recording last week in Nashville with Brian Ahern. Brian's been in the studio since the late 60's and it and it was really something special to work with him. Together with his long-time engineer, the great Donivan Cowart, we had a real good time making this record. It's a pretty natural recording...acoustic and laid back and I'm really looking forward to putting it out there." Last weekend in Charlottetown John Connolly released that album titled 'The Wind' - On the show this week, John talks about the experience of working with Brian Ahern on that record.

On the program for Saturday September 25, 2010

Posted by Glenn Meisner

Two features this week - Jared Lutes and his recording 'Waiting On You' - and - Ria Mae and her recording 'Between The Bad'

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Over the last ten years Moncton's Jared Lutes and his Duo/Band 'inTandem' have cornered the party gig market in most of New Brunswick and northern Nova Scotia as the busiest and most versatile act around. As an annual fixture at major festivals, urban hotspots, rural shindigs, countless fundraisers, as well as being the most in-demand entertainers at private events, the group has refined their talents through a relentless commitment to performing and improving. Now, several band demos later, Jared is repackaging himself as a thoughtful and driven solo artist with a world-class EP - 'Waiting on You' - featuring the best of his mainstream power ballads and guitar-driven pop-rock anthems. Although each song has been impeccably produced with radio and film in mind, the intimate vocal performances and the common thread of Jared's artistic vision are still clearly evident throughout.

Halifax-based songwriter Ria Mae knows there is a flip side to every coin. She calls both heads and tails on her EP, Between the Bad. She prides herself on telling it like it is. Her narrative-driven songs explore love, loss, forgiveness and redemption. Between the Bad is a five-track EP recorded at Spaces Between Studios, produced by Mae and Don McKay. "I've always been really affected by other people's feelings," says Mae. "When I was young I could tell when people were feeling a certain way even without any outward expression. I would often take it on as my own feelings." When she's not sharing the stage with acclaimed performers such as Amelia Curran, The Cliks and Hidden Cameras, Mae lends her talents to the screen. She recently starred as Emily, a renegade homeless musician in Snow, a film written and directed by Rohan Fernando.

Web Feature Of The Week

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'Naming The Twins' and their recent recording 'Sweet Transitions'

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Take one seasoned singer songwriter and pair him up with an enthusiastic "fresh on the scene" vocalist, mix them together along with their love for harmonies, meaningful words and memorable melodies and what do you get? A keen new duo called "Naming the Twins". Robbie Smith who plays a variety of acoustic instruments, has appeared on stage with Roger Whitaker, Pete Seeger and John Allan Cameron, has been played on a good number of radio stations including CBC and WQXR The Radio Station of the New York Times and has made several recordings, including an elaborate solo CD titled "Retro Debut". An active member of the music scene, Robbie has welcomed Kathleen Glauser's fine sense of harmony, rhythm and natural singing ability to form "Naming The Twins". Performing original Robbie songs plus re-arranging and putting their stamp on favorite material by other artists, their energy tends to delight audiences wherever they perform.

Web Feature Of The Week

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"Ryan is a rare songwriter; his songs are sharp, sexy, self-deprecating, and melancholic. His songs are perfect little stories about what goes on inside."

On the program for Saturday September 18, 2010

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A feature double bill

Haunted Hearts and their new recording 'Howdy' - and - Glenn Simmons and his new release 'Swet vanilla and Other Flavours'

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Based in Charlottetown, Haunted Hearts is an independent alt-roots/country band comprised of Dennis Ellsworth, Johnny Ross, Mike MacDougall and Mark Geddes, who has recently taken over for Blu Gillis. Since forming in October of 2008, Haunted Hearts have won two Music PEI awards, as well as receiving a nomination for the Rising Star award at ECMA 2009. The band has been winning hearts with their explosive live performance and their diverse and brilliantly received debut album "Thank You, Goodnight". September 25, 2010, marks the release of "Howdy", Haunted Hearts second full length recording in as many years.

As a member of the Wonderful Grand Band, and co-founder of the Fables, Glenn Simmons could easily be pigeonholed as a Celtic/trad-only musician. Dispelling any possible misconceptions is his first solo album, "Sweet Vanilla ... and Assorted Flavours." He says that creating and producing a solo album has been a very positive experience. "You certainly have more control, and I like that. When you're in a group, it's a democracy." Listeners will also be glad he finally took the leap toward giving the world a taste of all the flavours his music has to offer.

Studio H Sessions - James Hill

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According to James Hill we're in the midst of a revolution, albeit a small one. The ukulele, embraced by mainstream media from Oprah to American Idol, has returned from pop culture exile to become a tonic for modern malaise the world over. It's a beautiful thing. And since the release of 'Playing Like It Isn't' in 2002, he's made it his mission to convince skeptics of the beauty, versatility and appeal of this chronically underestimated instrument. And has it worked? The Honolulu Star-Bulletin calls James a "rare peer" of Hawaii's premier ukulele players. Stuart MacLean (Vinyl Café) calls him "the Wayne Gretzky of the ukulele."

Wanting to find out what all the fuss was about we invited James Hill into our rooftop Studio H in Halifax for concert featuring his small but mighty collection of hand built ukuleles. We weren't disappointed.

'Travelin' On'

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'One More Lie To Love'

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'Chopsticks'

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'Alegro Con Brio'

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'Ode To A Frozen Boot'

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On the program for Saturday September 11, 2010

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A Feature double bill

'Ashelin' and their debut release 'The Road Not Taken' - and - 'The Repercussionists' and their latest release 'Thank You Good Noght, I Hope I Didn't Offend You'

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Kaliyan, Cassy, Joesie, Thea and Shaelin Palmer are the folk/pop band, Ashelin. Five sisters between the ages of 15 and 23 raised in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland. Influenced by their strong Irish background and Newfoundland culture they have developed an unusual and fascinating sound. Their new album "The Road Not Taken" was produced by the incomparable Grammy Award winner George Massenburg and by ECMA Award winner and one of the top sound engineers in Canada, Al Strickland.

The Repercussionists are a four-piece rock and roll outfit from Halifax, Nova Scotia. In the past two years they have released an EP, "Mistakes and All", and debuted their first full-length album, the self-titled, "The Repercussionists". 2009 saw a new incarnation of the band when percussionist Ian Macmillan and guitarist Christopher John joined founding members vocalist/lyricist Isaac Stowe and bassist Stephen Terry. The Repercussionists are currently touring in support of their new album, "Thank You, Goodnight.

On the program for Saturday September 4, 2010

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Erin Costelo and Blue Engine String Quartet in concert from The Sir James Dunn Theater in Halifax.

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