February 2011 Archives

On the program for Saturday February 26, 2011

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A very special featuring Erin Costelo, Meaghan Smith and Symphony Nova Scotia
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This concert is another in the Symphony Nova Scotia pops series and it will feature two of the regions finest female singer songwriters - Erin Costelo and Meaghan Smith.

Meaghan is riding high after three recent East Coast Music Award and one Juno nomination, and Erin celebrated this concert with the first performance of a brand new CBC commission written, arranged and performed by Erin with Symphony Nova Scotia - From Erin's smoky, soulful ballads to Meaghan's playful takes on serious matters of the heart, the two of them completely enchanted the audience at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax - They were backed up by the rich sounds of Symphony Nova Scotia conducted by Bernhard Gueller.

On the program for Saturday February 19, 2011

Posted by Glenn Meisner

A concert from Stephen Fearing from The Studio H Sessions

Stephen Fearing is known for mixing powerful lyrics, creative arrangements, and displaying brilliant guitar playing. As is customary on Fearing's records, the supporting musical cast on his latest release Yellowjacket is of the highest order, including Dan Whiteley (Heartbreak Hill), Jeff Bird (Cowboy Junkies), backing vocalist Suzie Vinnick, Josh Finlayson, and Stephen's B&RK bandmates Colin Linden, Gary Craig, John Dymond and Richard Bell. The consistent quality of work produced over Stephen Fearing's two decades plus career has earned him a West Coast Music Award for Best Folk Music Recording and five Juno Award nominations as a solo artist and a faithful international fan base.

Here's a bit of a sample of what you will hear - Stephen Fearing - 'BLACK SHEEP'

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On the program for Saturday February 12, 2011

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A Feature on The Transatlantic Zodiac Ensemble and their EP release 'It's A Mean Season For Silver Linings'
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The Transatlantic Ensemble is all about celebration of life and music. They were born in the intense heat of a midsummer's night in 2009 when Michael Dalton assembled the ranks for a one-off at a local pub. But what started off as a one-night stand would quickly reveal itself to be a mysterious love affair. The following year saw the septet mature and develop into an eclectic musical family, finding fodder for their music in faraway places. Their debut offering, 'It's a Mean Season for Silver Linings', takes inspiration from Eastern European folk music, Middle Eastern melodies, Indian ragas, American jazz, klezmer music, grunge rock, and much more, all set against the backbone of driving rhythms and street folk music.

Studio H Sessions - Kim Dunn

Posted by Glenn Meisner

Over a thirty-year career, Kim Dunn has become known as a musician's musician. With an ECMA to his credit, the first MUSICIAN SPECIAL ACHEIVEMENT AWARD, Kim is a consummate keyboard sideman who has recorded and toured with a who's who of East coast artists including, Rita MacNeil, Bruce Guthro, Matt Minglewood, Jimmy Rankin, Lennie Gallant, David Myles, Jill Barber, Dave Gunning, and George Canyon.
But there's another side to Kim Dunn; that of a songwriter and vocalist. After playing on countless recordings of other artists, Kim finally brought his songwriting and singing to the foreground with the release of his first solo project, 'Take This Hammer'.

Kim Dunn, along with bassist Tom Easly and percussionist Geoff Arsenault dropped by our CBC Radio Studio H in Halifax for a rare intimate sampling of some his own material.

'Shine'

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'Life's Looking Back'

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'I Wish My Heart Could Speak'

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'Inspiration'

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'Back Roads Of Heaven'

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'Running'

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Studio H Sessions - Stephen Fearing

Posted by Glenn Meisner

Multiple Juno Award winning Stephen Fearing is one of the foremost performing singer-songwriters in Canada and is now based out of Halifax Nova Scotia.

The consistent quality of work produced over Stephen Fearing's two decades plus career has earned him a West Coast Music Award for Best Folk Music Recording and five Juno Award nominations as a solo artist and a faithful international fan base.

Born in 1963 in Vancouver, he spent most of his boyhood and teenage years in Dublin. There, he picked up the guitar and traces of the Irish and English musical traditions that have informed his music ever since. After a short stint in the U.S. Midwest, he returned to Canada, and is now long-established as a regular and popular fixture on the folk club and festival circuit in North America and the U.K. Successful appearances at the prestigious WOMAD and Reading Festivals in the U.K. confirmed Fearing's ability to engage large audiences with his onstage charm.

Like most contemporary songwriter/performers, Stephen is not bound by any particular musical genre or category and the release of Yellowjacket continues this exploration of various musical forms, as does his continued participation in the highly successful Canadian roots rock super trio, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings. Over the past decade, B&RK have released three highly praised and award-winning albums including a Juno Award for their most recent release "BARK". "It's wonderful to be able to work as a solo artist and to be active in such a powerful ensemble as The Rodeo Kings. These guys are my friends and there is no doubt in my mind that my continuing work with them influences my solo playing very deeply". With two more Blackie records on the near-horizon plus an ongoing collaboration with Irish singer/songwriter Andy White, Stephen has never been more prolific.

'Big East West'

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'One Flat Tire'

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'The Man Who Married Music'

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'Black Sheep'

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'Like The Way You Said'

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'No Dress Rehearsal'

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Studio H Sessions - video feature - Max Keenlyside

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A video feature on PEI based pianist and composer Max Keenlyside - He is one of the Artists invited to take part in Our Studio H Sessions concert series.

Max Keenlyside is an 19-year-old pianist and composer from Canada. He first got involved in music at the age of 9, and since then has ammassed a formidable roster of over 60 original compositions. Max is also known for his stride and "Jelly Roll" Morton chops, as well as a firm grounding in the ragtime piano tradition. A favorite at jazz and ragtime festivals across North America, and a PEI representative in the Canadian National Artist's Program held in conjunction with the 2010 Olympics, pianist and composer Max Keenlyside is a "musician's musician" in the very best sense. Keenlyside plays with plenty of pep and energy (but never too fast!) and his performances are laced with humor, all the while remaining faithful to the spirit and intent of the original composers. He is known especially for his renditions of pieces by Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, Eubie Blake, and other stride and early jazz composers. Max's first album, "KeenlyStride," was released in May of 2010. He currently lives in Charlottetown, pursuing various musical projects.

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On the program for Saturday February 5, 2011

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A concert from our STUDIO H SERIES featuring KIM DUNN

Over a thirty-year career, Kim Dunn has become known as a musician's musician. A consummate keyboard sideman who has recorded and toured with a who's who of East coast artists including, Rita MacNeil, Bruce Guthro, Matt Minglewood, Jimmy Rankin, Lennie Gallant, David Myles, Jill Barber, Dave Gunning, and George Canyon. But there's another side to Kim Dunn; that of a songwriter and vocalist. After playing on countless recordings of other artists, Kim finally brought his songwriting and singing to the foreground with the release of his first solo project, 'Take This Hammer'.

Kim Dunn, along with bassist Tom Easly and percussionist Geoff Arsenault dropped by our CBC Radio Studio H in Halifax for a rare intimate sampling of some his own material.

New 'Studio H Sessions' Videos

Posted by Glenn Meisner

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The first videos from the recent 'Studio H Sessions' featuring Laura Merrimen, Max Keenlyside and Stephen Fearing