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On the program for Saturday September 17, 2011

On this week's edition of the program - two features - Babette Hayward with her new recording 'You Might Be Somebody' - and - Andrew Hunter & The Gatherers and their new recording 'War Horses'

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Babette Hayward has been named one of 10 finalists in the Mountain Stage Newsong songwriting competition. She is the only person from New Brunswick among the finalists and one of only two from Atlantic Canada. Now, Hayward and her lyrics are competing on an international scale. Babette Hayward finished her debut album You Might Be Somebody earlier this year. Some advance copies have already been released. She has signed on with Indica Records and the album will be released in October under the label. She'll also be able to tour the country with Indica and tour Australia with its partner label, Code One. Babette's inspired by her natural environment and says most artists often absorb inspiration from the world around them. The Maritime environment has influenced her music."My lyrics are inspired by landscape and I spent a lot of time growing up out in Belleisle Bay and I think spending summers there (has influenced me)," she said. "It's important for me to be in a kind of place of solitude when I'm writing and I draw from landscapes a lot." Lately, the artist has been playing mostly in the region. She's a frequent face at Bourbon Quarter in Saint John, the Red Herring in St. Andrews and the Capital in Fredericton. She recently played the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso, N.S., and the Dooryard Arts Festival in Woodstock.

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East Coast Music Award & Music Nova Scotia Award Nominees Andrew Hunter & The Gatherers are back with their highly anticipated new album "Warhorses".
Produced by Darren Van Niekerk (Matt Mays, K-OS) and recorded at Halifax's famed Sonic Temple, this is the first offering since their 2009 debut, which featured the award winning hit, "Feel Good Song". They have toured across Canada and since shared stages with The Trews, Hey Ocean!, Joel Plaskett, Jimmy Rankin, Matt Mays and many more.... Here's what the early critics are saying about the bands new sound: "One listen to the first single "One Good Reason" (which cracked top 30 in Canada) from upcoming record Warhorses reveals a band with energetic, power-pop sensibilities and arguably endless potential for success." - Ken Kelley, Times & Transcript Review
The new album Warhorses drops on September 20th and the band heads out on tour shortly after..

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