November 2011 Archives

Eric Angus Whyte - Darren McMullen - on Atlantic Airwaves - December 3, 2011

Posted by Glenn Meisner

On this edition of Atlantic Airwaves we'll have two features for you - Eric Angus Whyte and his recent release 'Luddite Sons' - and - Darren McMullen his latest release 'Shoes For Molly'.
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In 2003, Eric Angus Whyte abandoned a short-lived dream of moving to Israel to work on a kibbutz - Instead, he recorded a collection of original folk songs called 'Always Home' - He wasn't sure it was the best idea but it certainly got him broke - Eric says the musical road doesn't pay much, but it does provide him with a never-ending supply of amusement - Since 2003 that musical road has taken him across Canada, south of the border and across the sea to Ireland, into prisons and resorts, churches and pubs, hockey rinks and Walt Disney movie sets - This past week, Eric released his most recent recording, Luddite Sons, which was recorded and produced earlier this year in Halifax by Canadian folk/rock legend, Stephen Fearing.

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Darren McMullen has been behind one instrument or another since the age of four - first a piano then a guitar then anything he could lay his hands on - His list of on-stage weapons now includes mandolin, bouzouki, tenor banjo, whistles, guitar and bass. His first regular gig was with the Halifax band "The Cornerboys" - He chorded his way through the audition, told the band he was a traditional music fanatic, got the gig, and swiftly went home to start teaching himself some traditional music - But, once he found the genre, there was no going back - One job rolled into the next as Darren learned new instruments along the way. Since then, Darren has been busy touring and performing with a wide range of bands including the Colin Grant Band, J.P. Cormier, Pogey, Dave Gunning, Matt Andersen, Bruce Guthro, Matt Minglewood, David Francey and The Rankins. Last spring Darren hit the studio to record a new album. - Armed with his truckload of instruments and friends including Matt Andersen, Colin Grant, Jason MacDonald, Rachel Davis, Jason Roach, and Dave Gunning, Darren emerged with the recording 'Shoes For Molly' which he released at Celtic Colours back in October.

Al Tuck - The Once - On Atlantic Airwaves - Saturday November 26, 2011

Posted by Glenn Meisner

On this Saturday's edition of the program we have two features - Al Tuck and his new release 'Under Your Shadow' - and - The Once with their new release 'Row Upon Row And The People They Know'.
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"Living legend Al Tuck is on a prolific tear and there's a superb quality to the quantity of his output, as evident on this gorgeous, unexpected record. After going years without easily accessible new albums, Tuck's affairs have been in particularly great shape since 2010′s Food for the Moon, his most cohesive and brilliant release until now. His focus remains sharp on Under Your Shadow, another gorgeous collection from one of the keenest minds in all of songwriting. The musical accompaniment is sparse and tasteful, performed with the deepest sense of craft and innovation, yet steeped in folk and blues traditions, where its sophistication might easily be underestimated. The focus though is on Tuck's cool, alluring voice and playfully dark, endearing lyrics, which help songs like "Slappin' the Make on You" (produced by Joel Plaskett), "Every Day Winning," and "Ducktown" charmingly cut a rug through your mind. One of a kind, Al Tuck's genius is brightly exhibited on Under Your Shadow." - Vish Khanna, Exclaim! Magazine

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Since their first album was released in August 2009, The Once have seen exploding success. They've got four Music NL awards, two East Coast Music Awards and two Canadian Folk Music Awards on their mantelpieces; have played on national radio programs and at Atlantic Canada House during the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and have shared the bill on an Irish tour with Juno-winning singer/songwriter Amelia Curran. It was a labour of love, of growth and of adventure, Andrew Dale, Geraldine Hollett and Phil Churchill said, that saw them taking more risks than on their first, self-titled album, and a huge step forward in their career. "The first record -- and we love it, we're not writing it off as a lesser work -- was, in a lot of ways, a much safer record in terms of material," Dale explained. "It was songs that we were comfortable with and we stuck with that, whereas with this album we really pushed ourselves to create something new." It comes down to being more comfortable and trusting in their own abilities, each other and the managing team and record label behind them, the trio says.

On the program for Saturday November 19, 2011 - The Boys & Their Ballads

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On this weekends' edition of the program we'll bring you a concert from the 2011 Celtic Colours International Festival titled 'The Boys & Their Ballads' featuring Buddy MacDonald, Dougie MacLean, Archie Fisher and James Keelaghan.
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Dougie MacLean has been at the forefront of the Celtic music revival since the early 1970s. He was a member of such respected bands as the Tannahill Weavers and Silly Wizard. Since 1983 he has performed extensively as a solo artist and with his own backing band. At the same time he has established his own record label, Dunkeld Records, and a wonderful festival called Perthshire Amber. Dougie was presented the OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to music and charity in Scotland by Queen Elizabeth.

An avid horseman and master guitarist, singer and songwriter Archie Fisher is Scotland's foremost troubadour and was inducted into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame and in 2006 was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire), a prestigious honor nominated by his peers and bestowed by Queen Elizabeth.

James Keelaghan is one of the finest songwriters of this or any other age and is both a national treasure and one of the most popular male folksingers on the planet. His masterful story telling has, over the course of nine recordings, been part of the bedrock of his success, earning Keelaghan nominations and awards - including a Juno and acclaim from Australia to Scandinavia.

And Cape Breton's own man of song, Buddy MacDonald, completes this truly rare lineup of modern day balladeers. Born and brought up on the Northern Shores of Cape Breton Island, Buddy was exposed at an early age, to the singing and storytelling of some of the great Celtic singers of his native Island. Much of his song-writing is still influenced by this style he was so familiar with as a young boy.

On the program for Saturday November 12, 2011 - David Myles feature 'Into The Sun'

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On this weekends' edition of the program we'll bring you a feature on David Myles and his latest recording 'Into The Sun'
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With his new album, Into the Sun, David Myles whisks us away on an exhilarating musical adventure that explores his long-time love of Brazilian and African music. Already known for his versatility and ability to fuse styles, David takes us further afield with this record by introducing rhythms and instrumentation most often reserved for world music audiences. The result is a sound that is uniquely David Myles. With influences as obvious to pop audiences as Paul Simon and as obscure as Brazilian icon Jorge Ben, David is the ideal tour guide. The surprising and intricate songwriting is framed by carefully constructed arrangements, soaring harmonies and flawless musicianship. At the heart of it all, is the songwriting that has made David a favourite with audiences and critics alike. A gifted and spirited writer, David often co-writes and collaborates with artists from across many genres. "Simple Pleasures" is his second collaboration with Canadian hip hop star, Classified. The Myles penned, Classified produced "Simple Pleasures" is a follow-up to a collaboration that started with Classified's own single "The Day Doesn't Die" - a co-write that features David's vocals. Into the Sun is David's fifth studio recording and his sixth album. Co-produced with Charles Austin and Graeme Campbell in Halifax, Into the Sun is an exuberant follow-up to the award-winning Turn Time Off, and takes us a little deeper in to the wonderful world of David Myles.

On the program for Saturday November 5, 2011 - BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet - Phil Flowers

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On this Saturday's edition of the program - A feature on Moncton New Brunswick's Phil Flowers and his award winning recording 'People People' - and a concert from Louisiana's BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet recorded at the 2011 Celtic Colours International Festival
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Phil Flowers is five nights a week in a hotel room. Phil Flowers is a typewriter and a guitar. Phil Flowers is cigarettes and whiskey. Following the untimely dissolution of Moncton, New Brunswick's The Courage of Being, Phil Flowers, armed with resolution and an acoustic guitar, went off on his own with the intention of making music that reflects the anxieties of existence and the integrity of true art thru traditional forms. Under the heavy influence of American folk music, blues, and jazz, Flowers creates the perfect atmosphere for his fiercely imagist lyrics about social heartache, deception, and candour. Not long after Phil Flowers set out on this new endeavour, a handful of early recordings were made public, a handful of demos including one "Sonny Resident", and the masses were hooked, afflicted with a new aural addiction. Though often performing alone with nothing more than an acoustic guitar and a harmonica, Phil Flowers is often accompanied onstage by the Empty Seats a group consisting of Marc-Andre Belliveau(drums), Marc Landry (bass) and Mathieu Leblanc and If you may chance to bear witness to this collaboration, you will know that there is something unusual in the atmosphere. With passion and soul, you'll be brought to the summits of mountains and so far down into the chasms below. You'll be marked for many days and nights thereafter. .

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Since forming in 1975, Grammy winners BeauSoleil have claimed their undisputed role as the most esteemed Cajun group in music. BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet take the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana and artfully blend elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country, blues and more into a satisfying musical recipe. From The Grand Ole Opry to Newport Folk, from concert hall to dance floor, the music of BeauSoleil continues to captivate audiences the world over. This was the first visit for Beausoleil to Cape Breton Island. Nova Scotia was the place where their ancestors were deported from in the 1750's - A long road home.