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

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.

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