March 2011 Archives

On the program for Saturday April 2, 2011

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back to the roots with features on New Brunswick's A G Olmstead and the Halifax based Modern Grass Quartet
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New Brunswick's A. G. Olmstead may only be 36 years of age, but the music he writes and performs harkens back to an earlier era, to the days of the troubadours like Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Jimmy Rogers and A. P. Carter. A. G Olmstead recently released his second album which he recorded in Nashville with his good friends The Nashville Bluegrass Band.

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The Halifax based "Modern Grass Quartet" is acoustically inspired jazz, bluegrass, gypsy, blues, classical and folk music. The Quartet pays tribute to a number of musical traditions, but leaves plenty of room for innovation and improvisation. Complex arrangements translate seamlessly, and Terrell's down home songs and lyrics are a sharp and comforting contrast to the tasteful, yet avant- garde musicianship. The Modern Grass Quartet is a breath of fresh air.

New videos from Catherine MacLellan - Studio H Sessions

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Studio H Sessions - Catherine MacLellan

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It's been quite a journey for Catherine MacLellan over the past few years. The daughter of the late Canadian songwriting icon Gene MacLellan, Catherine is following her own path toward success. With a voice like honey dusted in gold, MacLellan shares the gentle darkness of her lyrics, which are sometimes countrified, sometimes lamentful, and sometimes tinged with joy. She's already been recognized with East Coast Music Awards, PEI Music Awards and Canadian Folk Music Awards. After hearing Catherine there will be no doubt as to why she has become one of the most celebrated new singer-songwriters in Canada, and around the world, by her contemporaries and media alike.

Catherine dropped by our CBC Radio Studio H in Halifax for an intimate sampling of some new material. In the band, Reg Ballagh on drums; Remi Arsenault on bass; Chris Gauthier electric guitar, and Meaghan Blanchard backing vocals.

Trickle Down Rain

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Stealin'

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True Love

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Sparrows

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Black Crow

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Chop That Wood

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On the program for Saturday March 26, 2011

Posted by Glenn Meisner

Two features this week - Andy Brown and his recording 'False Alarm' - and - Kristina Trites and her self titles debut recording.

After working the circuit as a solo acoustic act, New Brunswick's Andy Brown has emerged a must-see (and hear) performer on the Canadian music scene. The 2010 Harvest Galaxie Rising Star winner is touted as a performer that 'gets into your head and heart'. Andy has a contemporary folk rock s...tyle all his own, taking you on a lyrical journey that transcends a realm torn between love, happiness, and sorrow. Now with a solid band behind him Andy Brown is making headway with his sophomore album, "False Alarm" a wonderful blend of belt-out ballads, folk-rock, and pop-infused hits, False Alarm will surely see Brown make a deep dent on the national stage. Recently the band won the North-American wide "Test Drive 2010" competition sponsored by Taylor Guitars and Elixir Strings, and three 2010 Music New Brunswick Awards ("Male Recording Artist", "Emerging Artist", and "Pop Recording" for False Alarm).

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Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Kristina Trites is a singer-songwriter who grew up on the outskirts of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She began her career by picking up the guitar when she was 12 years old, and within a week after learning her first few chords, wrote her first song. At age 13, Kristina began playing many bars and music venues around the region. Since then, Kristina has travelled back and forth from her hometown to Toronto, working with some of Canada's finest producers and songwriters, garnering interest both locally and across North America, showcasing at Canadian Music Week, the ECMAs, Juno Fest, as well for record labels and music publishers, and attending countless of song writing workshops and seminars. Recently Kristina released her debut album, a collection of self penned songs about her tumutulous past consisting of coming to terms with single motherhood stemming from an ex relationship at a young age, abandonment, and bouncing back to from the abyss to achieve a life that she is truly proud of.

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On the program for Saturday March 19, 2011

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We'll take you back to last fall's Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival for a concert of swampy blues from Halifax's Joe Murphy and Louisiana's Johnny Sansone.

Joe Murphy and the Water Street Blues Band are a "blues institution" in the city of Halifax. They've been playing every Saturday afternoon for over 20 years! Led by singer, blues harpist, slide guitarist and accordion player Joe Murphy, the band has released a number of album...s, including 2002's Some Rough Stuff with famed New Orleans bluesman (and Murphy's personal friend) Johnny Sansone.

And Johnny Sansone himself holds a unique and special place in Harvest Jazz & Blues history. He is the only American musician to play at Harvest in the days following 9-11. He was already in Halifax to hang-out and rehearse with old friend Joe Murphy when the North American air space was shut down. Johnny and Joe drove to Fredericton as planned and their's were some of the most inspirational and uplifting performances of the 2001 event, though certainly touched with an air of melancholy as most shows were that year. Johnny says he was looking for the opportunity to come back to Harvest ever since - a second chance to do what he does best - throw down some sweet Louisiana blues! And that's just what they did.

Here's a sample of what you'll hear - Joe Murphy and Johnny Sansone with 'Going Back To Louisiana.

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On the program for Saturday March 12, 2011

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On this weekends' edition of Atlantic Airwaves - a couple of features on the front runners for this year's East Coast Music Awards - David Myles and Dave Gunning - Each with 5 nominations.

David Myles has had a great year, but he's seen more than his fare share of the road. He's played the Olympics, The Paralympics, criss·crossed Canada, and The UK. He's been to Memphis, toured with The Vinyl Cafe and Joel Plaskett, and released his fourth album 'Turn Time Off'

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Dave Gunning has had a lot of success over the years as a songwriter, performer and producer. But those who know him know that all the accolades and awards he has received have not gone to his head. He is as humble today as he was when he first walked on to a stage. When the Toronto Star wrote this of him, "The next big thing in the True North of Song, an artist as compelling, as assured and attentive to every nuance of the writing and performing process as Lightfoot, Cockburn and Stan Rogers before him.", his reaction was pure Dave Gunning.

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For the best in Atlantic Canadian music join host Stephanie Domet Saturday afternoons at 5 past 5 on CBC Radio One and on the internet at www.cbc.ca/atlanticairwaves

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Studio H Sessions - Feature - Kim Dunn

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A video feature on pianist, songwriter and singer, 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.

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On the program for Saturday March 5, 2011

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A concert from The Studio H Sessions featuring Laura Merrimen
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Laura Merrimen is an old soul who wears her Americana drenched heart on her sleeve. Keeping true to her roots she infuses a blend of rock and roll know how with an old-timey country and pairs it with catchy melodies and smoky sometimes haunting bluesy vocals. Some have compared Merrimen to a female Bob Dylan or Neil Young, others to Lucinda Williams and Neko Case, but you can't put your finger on it, the sound is uniquely her own. She is a prolific writer who delivers soulful thought provoking lyrics that are steeped in honesty and raw emotion. Laura's debut album 'Love Letters For Lonely Hunters', earned her the 2010 Music Nova Scotia award for Country / Bluegrass Artist Of The Year.

For this Studio Session, Laura was joined in studio H by Andrew Sneddon on Dobro, Adam Pye on acoustic bass and Tom Terrell on percussion.

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