October 2011 Archives

On the program for Saturday October 29, 2011 - John Campbelljohn - Crowdis Bridge

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On this weekends' edition - two features - John Campbelljohn and his new release 'Celtic Blues Live In Hamburg' - Crowdis Bridge and their debut full length recording 'The Seasons And The Rhymes'

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Nova Scotia's Campbelljohn has been touring Germany for several years, and in fact is so popular there, he has a record deal in the country, and has discs come out there unique to that land, or before they are issued in Canada. This time, he's showing us why he's loved in Deutschland. Recorded with a loving club audience, Campbelljohn is in solo mode for this disc, proving his mastery at slide, mandolin, and fun. Mixing originals with classics, he slips back and forth between John the Maritimer on the road to John the veteran German traveller. His closing number in fact is called Autobahn John, a funny take on his speedy ways up and down the highways of his second home. But it's not like he's denying his heritage; lead track No Philosopher tackles a common problem here in the East Coast scene, which has often been dominated by Celtic music, or the "fiddle music" as you'll hear some complain. Campbelljohn sings "would it hurt your Celtic colours if I paint them blue sometime?" He, no doubt, has felt this more than others, coming from Cape Breton, and often being looked over in favour of the Scots-Irish tradition.

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Cape Breton's Crowdis Bridge are a folk-bluegrass band who have succeeded in riding their cool cadence to recent national radio airplay on CBC Radio 2's Drive...like local culture bearers, however, the band keeps with the qualities that make all traditional music timeless: familiar lyrical themes, a focus on musicianship, and a joyous swing capable of filling dance floors despite the absence of drum samples and amplified bass lines. Crowdis Bridge just released their first full length recording 'The Seasons and The Rhymes'

On the program for Saturday October 15, 2011 - Ian Foster - Rebekah Higgs

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On this weekends' edition of Atlantic Airwaves - Two features - Ian Foster and his new release 'Evening Light' - and - Rebekah Higgs and her new release 'Odd Fellowship'

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Ian Foster is familiar with the cycle of a song. Since 2006, the Newfoundland-based songwriter has been writing, recording and touring his work around Canada and Europe. His latest release, The Evening Light, showcases songs inspired by the road, and by an examination of home that can only be made from the distance of travel. His music combines many of the classic elements of folk songwriting and storytelling with newer approaches to the genre. His albums contain a mix of traditional instruments (banjo, upright bass, accordion, violin and cello all appear on his newest release) and modern instruments and effects. He regularly plays both electric and acoustic live, making tasteful use of looping and delay effects to create a bigger sound than one would expect from a solo player. A road warrior, Ian spends about half of every year playing shows, festivals, and conferences abroad, and regular shows all year long in his home province. His music has been played on radio internationally, from Newfoundland to the Netherlands. He has been nominated for multiple MusicNL (Newfoundland) and ECMA (East Coast Music Awards) over the last few years (including SOCAN Songwriter of the Year), and has been a finalist in the ISC (International Songwriting Competition), based out of Nashville, TN. He also has numerous co-writing credits, including one with the legendary folk songwriter Ron Hynes.

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It's been four years since Rebekah Higgs made a follow-up to her self-titled debut album. Since then Rebekah was busy with her alter-ego of Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees. Now she is back as her own with the second album Odd Fellowship. The ten-track effort was produced by Brian Deck, the hard-working vet who has worked on major releases from the likes of Modest Mouse, Iron and Wine, and Califone. While Rebekah's sweet, playful voice, looped on her Kaoss pad, drives this album, Odd Fellowship is underwritten by a subtle maturity and songwriting confidence - an admirable journey for a former theatre student who taught herself to play guitar. An album designed to take the party from late night to lazy brunch, Rebekah experiments with musical styles, shifting gracefully from melodic folk to psych-pop, with big guitar licks and tight laptop beats.

On the program for Saturday October 15, 2011 - Barra MacNeils

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On this week's edition - The Barra MacNeils in concert from the 2011 Bluenose Marathon Weekend
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When it comes to getting an audience off their seats and to the dance floor - there are few bands better than The Barra MacNeils.

This family based band from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, has been touring the world for over twenty years with their unique brand of Celtic music. So, they were the perfect choice to headline the closing party at the 2011 Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon race weekend in Halifax. Thousands of people participated in the event, running from five Ks. to a full marathon, and by Sunday night - they were exhilarated and exhausted. But, the minute the Barra MacNeil's hit the stage - they found new energy and danced the night away.

On the program for Saturday October 8, 2011 - Women In Tune

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On this weekends' edition of the program - WOMEN IN TUNE - We'll bring you a concert from the 2010 Celtic Colours International Festival held on Cape Breton Island.Women In Tune web.jpg
The annual Celtic Colours International Festival is nine days of music performed in towns and villages all over Cape Breton Island. These concerts bring together performers from all over the Celtic world. This concert, 'Women In Tune', was recorded at the Whycocomagh Education Center in the village of Whycocomagh.

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The Celtic world has always been blessed with strong female artists and for this concert we have more than our share. Natalie MacMaster returns home to where she played many a fundraiser or square dance earlier in her career. This was a special reunion with her long-time pal and former band-mate Tracey Dares MacNeil. Motherhood and miles have only added to the richness of their music together. Liz Doherty combines her trio, Louise Hunter - fiddle, Jim Woods - accordion & bodhran, and Ian Carr on guitar, with gal pal Andrea Beaton (who is Natalie's first cousin). Irish harpist Laoise Kelly was so fabulously received last year that she just had to come back. Niamh NĂ­ Charra is known from her Riverdance days as a fiddler, but in this concert we get to hear her first love, the concertina. And Mollie O'Brien shares the soulful and heartfelt songs that make the evening complete. Most of these amazing women are already friends or colleagues and have performed together before.