April 2011 Archives

On the program for Saturday May 7, 2011

Posted by Glenn Meisner

On this weekends' edition of 'Atlantic Airwaves' - An East Coast Blues Summit part 2 featuring performances by Morgan Davis, Linda Carvery, Matt Andersen, Carson Downey, Theresa Malenfant and Garrett Mason
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The east coast has been a hotbed of blues music for, at least, the past fifty years. Many styles and influences...country blues, swing, urban and jump, to name a few, have contributed to what is now an east coast sound and approach. CBC in the Maritimes decided the time was right to showcase this wealth of blues and to produce a musical special for radio, television and online. The East Coast Blues Summit brings together those influences, styles, and an incredible group of Maritime singers and musicians on one stage performing some of the music that inspired them as well as originals. Matt Andersen, Morgan Davis, Linda Carvery, Garrett Mason, Theresa Malenfant and Carson Downey are all award winning artists with deep blues roots and emotional delivery. The band is a special group of players, all being recording artists in their own right. From the very first notes of rehearsals right through to showtime there was an atmosphere of excitement and joy to be playing together.

On the program for Saturday April 23, 2011

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On this weekends' edition of Atlantic Airwaves - A feature on Catahoula Brown and his new recording, 'Lonely Lives Here'
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In 2005, Catahoula Brown released his debut CD, Cur Dog Blues, recorded at Redfish Audio in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. It was a collection of gritty songs about trains, frustration and love. 2007, brought the release of the much anticipated follow up CD, Let That Boy Boogie, which was nominated by both Music Nova Scotia... and the East Coast Music Association, for Best Blues Recording. Along the way, Brown has played such prestigious events as the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival and The Dutch Mason Blues Festival. He has shared the stage with such respected artists as, Charlie A'Court, Matt Andersen, John Campbelljohn and Morgan Davis, to name a few.

With his third full-length recording, Lonely Live Here, Catahoula Brown has established himself amongst the players who cannot only cook a great lick but can also serve up meaty tunes that have simmered to perfection. Drawing from the Country and Western traditions known in his childhood and merging them with emotions bred in experience, this album of roots-blues tunes is the finest and most honest work of his career.

Catahoula Brown will be releasing 'Lonely Live Here' at The Pearl Theater in Lunenburg Nova Scotia on Saturday May 7th, in association with the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society. Show guests will feature many of the fine musicians who contributed to the album including Anna Ludlow, Irish Mythen, Jordi Comstock, Heather Ann Cameron, Mason MacLeod, Robert Clark and others.

ATLANTIC AIRWAVES live at the 2011 ECMAs

Posted by Glenn Meisner

On Saturday April 16, 2011 Atlantic Airwaves will be broadcasting a special two hour live show from The Georgian Room of The Rodd Charlottetown Hotel beginning at 4:00pm.

The program will feature performances from the following Artists:

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The name Andy Brown may not be all that familar to Atlantic Canadian music lovers, but we predict that will change. Andy is a young songwriter and performer from the Fredericton area who, now with a solid band behind him, is slowly but surely getting some notice both at home and further afield. After working the circuit as a solo acoustic act Andy has emerged as 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'. His style may be contemporary folk rock, but he's made it's all his own - He takes you on a lyrical journey that transcends a realm torn between love, happiness, and sorrow. Recently Andy and the band won the North-American wide "Test Drive 2010" competition sponsored by Taylor Guitars and Elixir Strings - They also picked up three 2010 Music New Brunswick Awards ("Male Recording Artist", "Emerging Artist", and "Pop Recording")

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Drawing on influences from traditions of folk, bluegrass, pop and Appalachian music, the highly anticipated full-length release by Halifax, Prince Edward Island's Rose Cousins promises to earn her the widespread acclaim that she deserves. With a keen eye for observation, and a genuine sense of wonder, Rose weaves together imagery borrowed from her upbringing on a farm in PEI, with a strong wealth of wisdom. At times joyful, at times sorrowful, If You Were For Me expressly captures the plight of the lonely heart, on a profound journey. Delivered with a pure and unaffected voice, the listener can't help but be drawn in to her expertly crafted songs, emotionally intelligent lyrics and simple and infectious melodies.

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The island of Newfoundland is a living entity. It was born from an apathetic sea and nurtured by a dauntless people; reared strong and stalwart; sculpted in equal part from ancestral traditions, fate and chance. In the summer of 2004, Geraldine Hollett, Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale found themselves at a summer repertory theatre company in the tiny, centuries old fishing community of Trinity, Newfoundland. Charged with the task of providing little more than an evening's worth of music and song for tourists and countrymen, the three wove their voices and instruments together to create what is now the critically acclaimed folk trio known as The Once. From unaccompanied ballads layered with "vocal harmonies thick enough to stand on" to exquisitely arranged shanties featuring bouzouki, banjo, bodhrán and more, The Once has quickly become the pride of Newfoundland and Labrador's folk music scene. Their subtle yet haunting folk sound has sold over 4,000 copies of their release in less than a year.

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Recognized by his peers as one of Canada's best performing songwriters, Lennie Gallant is a native of Prince Edward Island now living in Nova Scotia. This prolific songwriter has recorded nine albums (seven in English and two in French), which have won him a host of awards and nominations from both the JUNOs and East Coast Music Awards. His album, "When We Get There" was nominated for a JUNO Award and went into space aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour in July 2009. Canadian astronaut Julie Payette chose the album for the astronaut crew to enjoy. He was inducted into the Order of Canada where it was said, "Gallant has garnered much respect for his hard hitting songs chronicling the lives of people dealing with tremendous adversity and serious issues. Songs like "Peter's Dream," "Island Clay," "Man of Steel" and "The Hope for Next Year," articulate the feelings of many caught up in desperate situations beyond their control, and at the same time celebrate the beauty of lifestyle and landscape with their strong poetry and stirring narratives."

On the program for Saturday April 9, 2011

Posted by Glenn Meisner

On this weekend's edition - a feature on Racoon Bandit and their new release 'Into The Hills'
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Racoon Bandit are quickly gaining steam in the non-steam era. The Charlottetown folk-rock quartet formed in 2009 in a well-lit porch. Started from story-driven folk songs between songwriters Fraser McCallum, Adam Gallant and Roger Carter, the full band maintains poetic lyrics with a driving rhythm section, three-part harmonies, and gripping guitar flashes. Equal parts folk-rock and alt-country, the Bandits' sound has drawn comparisons to early Neil Young, Wilco, and Frightened Rabbit.

Nominees for the 2011 ECMAs and winners of the 2011 Music PEI Video of the Year, Racoon Bandit has shared the stage with many greats including Hannah Georgas, Two Hours Traffic, The Mountains and the Trees, In-Flight Safety, The Grass Mountain Hobos and Erin Costelo. Following the release of their album, Campcraft, they have showcased at the ECMA's, the Halifax Pop Explosion and Canadian Music Week.

Currently the gents have a new release, a full-length collection of folk and folk rock songs that features Carter, Gallant and McCallum sharing writing and singing duties. Entitled Into the hills, the album was released on March 26, 2011.