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On the program for Saturday May 14, 2011

On this weekends' edition of Atlantic Airwaves - Two features - Ian Foster and his recent release 'We Begin Here - and - Breagh MacKinnon and her debut release 'Breagh MacKinnon'
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When an artist makes enormous progress in the quality of their work from one recording to the next, one is likely to take notice and pay attention. Certainly one ought to and Ian Foster is a prime example of such an accomplishment. Already a proven talent, Foster's route as an emerging artist has seen him pass thought the labyrinth and onto a clear trail propelled by his narrative skills. Musically Foster also continues to expand his compositions, his sensibilities and dexterity evident by the use of viola, cello, violin and piano. The simple and lovely third release, "We Begin Here" is a fine example: mostly guitar/piano driven rounded out superbly with delightful cello on four songs, harmonica and a smattering of strings. Ian Foster regularly tours in Canada and abroad. His music is played on radio internationally, from Newfoundland to The Netherlands. He has been a finalist for the International Songwriting Competition and is a multiple MusicNL and ECMA (East Coast Music Award) nominee.
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Although Breagh Mackinnon began taking piano lessons at the age of six, no one knew she could sing until a Grade 12 music teacher asked her to pick up a guitar, write a song and perform it in class. Within months, MacKinnons' first composition, "Pretty Lies" helped her win The Next Big Thing High School Talent Search. During the competition one of the judges' commented, "You're blowing me away with your writing. That's deep stuff. Not only the song writing but the chord structures, they're not coming from a teenager. You're an old soul to be able to write and arrange like that. If you recorded a CD, I would definitely buy it!" Once she turned 19, MacKinnon began to perform regularly at local pubs, festivals and musical events. Her song writing styling has been influenced by many genres ranging from her parents' vinyl collection, Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Iron and Wine, Ella Fitzgerald, Imogen Heap, and numerous musicians across the east coast of Canada. MacKinnon is now studying jazz at St. Francis Xavier University and has just released her first recording.

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