June 2011 Archives

On the program for Saturday July 2, 2011

Posted by Glenn Meisner

On this weekends' edition of Atlantic Airwaves we have a very special concert - It's 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.
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Meaghan is riding high after her recent JUNO Award and an ECMA, 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 June 25, 2011

Posted by Glenn Meisner

On this Weekends' edition of Atlantic Airwaves - A feature on the debut solo instrumental recording from Donna Rhodenizer, 'Musically Yours' - and a feature on 'The Wood Buffalo Youth Song Project' from Keith Mullins, Thom Swift, Steven Bowers and the kids from ten schools in Northern Alberta.

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Mulitlpe award winner Donna Rhodenizer is an accomplished songwriter and composer. Her song lyrics sparkle with imagination and humour and reflect a writer who has the ability to reach into the imaginations and hearts of children (and their parents!). She is a music education specialist who has been teaching elementary school music for over 25 years. She has written three song collections with companion CDs for elementary level students as well as co-writing a fourth book with fellow writer/performer Andy Duinker. Drawing on her experience as a classical violinist and her traditional folk roots, Donna is getting ready to release her first solo instrumental recording titled 'Musically Yours'. This collection is a delightfully eclectic mix of gentle waltzes, toe-tapping fiddle tunes and beautiful melodies. Donna created the musical arrangements for all the songs as well as contributing her playing skills on violin/fiddle, piano and accordion; and invited some of Nova Scotia's finest musicians to join her to create this recording.

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A few years back, as a way to expand his school shows that he's been doing for the past ten years, Keith Mullins wanted to create something that was more along the lines of what he was all about. He approached Steven Bowers about creating a "Music Creation Workshop" for schools. He envisioned a presentation that was musical, educational, highly participational and could break down the mysterious walls of songwriting for the students. After doing about a dozen workshops around the Maritimes, he was blown away at how natural students are at songwriting, with a certain amount guidance of course.

Fast forward to last winter, when Keith and Steven were hired by the Municipality of Wood Buffalo in Northern Alberta to put on this music creation workshop and they were even able to bring Thom Swift along! The project is entitled "The Wood Buffalo Youth Song Project". They wrote 10 songs in 10 days, with 10 students in each of the 10 schools. They would start off by writing a song in one hour with the students. Then they would record the students singing that very song. After a one hour performance for the entire student body ending in the song they wrote, the three of three of them would head back to the hotel and finish off recording the tracks with more instruments and voices. Thom jokingly nicknamed the project "Daytona Songwriting 500″. At the beginning of the 10 days they had nothing. Dave Gunning, back home in his studio in Pictou County, had the tracks mixed and mastered 12 days after the project started. There was no debt for the record whatsoever and the municipality has already purchased 5000 copies for the students to sell like chocolate bars. At $20 a piece (at no profit to the Artists), that will raise a total of $100,000 for school programming.

On the program for Saturday June 18, 2011

Posted by Glenn Meisner

On this Saturday's edition of 'Atlantic Airwaves' - A feature on Halifax based songwriter and guitarist Dan Doiron and his long overdue debut album 'Even My Guitar Is In Love With You' - Also a concert from Rose Cousins recorded at the 2011 ECMA weekend held in Charlottetown.

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Music has been Dan Doiron's life since his first band in Junior High school, in Port Hood on Cape Breton. He's been involved in the music industry in Atlantic Canada ever since as a musician, music educator, studio owner and recording engineer. After spending 20 years recording other people's music Dan thought it was about time to record an album of his own material. For many years he played in touring cover bands, performing mainly in Atlantic Canada. His first recording was on the Halifax Q104 Homegrown Album in 1990 with his band called "The Issue". After that experience he got the recording bug and built a recording studio in Truro Nova Scotia, where he had settled. Over the next several years he continued to perform, but mainly focused on engineering other artist's recording projects. Dan has been very influenced by great guitar players like Robben Ford and Larry Carlton, who perform with more emotion than flash and who are most interested in the Groove.

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Since her first steps into the world of becoming a professional touring musician in 2006, Rose Cousins has stolen more that a few hearts across Canada and The US, winning fans and a small room full of awards along the way. Her voice and lyrics seem to resonate with anyone and everyone who has an opportunity to hear her. They are honest ,emotional and full of conviction. Whether she's speaking to the loss of her grandmother who passed away at 91, dedicating a song to one of her dearest friends or commenting on some of the absurdities of life, it's hard not to love her.

On the program for Saturday June 11, 2011

Posted by Glenn Meisner

On this Weekends' edition of Atlantic Airwaves - a feature on 16 year old Molly Thomason and her new release 'Beauty Queen' - also a concert from the ECMA Group of the year, The Once from Newfoundland.
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Molly's Thomason's first album, 'Through The Static' got her a lot of attention, multiple award nominations, a placement on Degrassi and two #1's on the East Coast Countdown. Two of her songs even reached the semi-finalist status in the International Songwriting Contest in 2010 and 2011. But with all that come the demands of the music business, playing shows, doing interviews, recording, writing; not much time for school and friends. Did we mention, Molly is 16 and attends high school in Antigonish.

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The Newfoundland based, acoustic trio 'The Once' may have been happier but they can't remember when. Since the birth of their debut self-titled album in 2009, they have received four Music NL Awards, two Canadian Folk Music Awards and now a 2011 ECMA for Group Recording of the Year! With both Ireland and UK agents onside and some huge international touring announcements coming down the pipe, they are ready to live the Canadian Dream, emptying the bank account as they record their sophomore album and travel across the country to some major folk festivals including Winnipeg, Edmonton, Canmore and Calgary!


Studio H Sessions - video feature - Catherine MacLellan

Posted by Glenn Meisner

A video feature on Prince Edward Island singer songwriter Catherine MacLellan

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.

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On the program for Saturday June 4, 2011

Posted by Glenn Meisner

On this weekends' edition - WITHIN SIGHT OF SHORE
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Scored for a unique mix of traditional and orchestral instruments, Within Sight of Shore is one of Scott Macmillan's finest compositions, and certainly his most personal, describing the sinking of his father's minesweeper as it approached Halifax harbour in the last days of World War II. Programmatic in the best sense of the word, the composition cleverly and movingly draws the listener into its story through a remarkable integration of musical genres. The torpedo blast, the ASDIC ping, the calls of the survivors in the frigid Atlantic waters are all graphically realized without surrendering the musical integrity of the work. This is a mature, complex example of contemporary serious music, with an emotional staying power that leaves a profound and lasting impression.