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Allan Cooper - Ashley Condon - Atlantic Airwaves Saturday January 28, 2012

On this weekend's edition of the program we'll have a feature on Allan Cooper and his latest release Rose Dale - Also, a feature on Music PEI Award winner Ashley Condon and album Come In From The Cold

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It's been nine years since Allan Cooper released his last album, but now he's back with a new project he calls 'Rose Dale'. You might remember the New Brunswick poet and songwriter as part of the award winning roots blues group Isaac Blewett and Cooper from the late 90's. Since that time Allan has been concentrating primarily on his poetry, the lure of music could not be ignored. This time around Allan teamed up with his daughter Kate and some of New Brunswick's finest musicians to create a project who's musical landscape is larger and lusher that any of his previous works. Through this process Allan, who always tried to separate his poetic and lyrical writing, finally realized they both share many commonalities. Melody and rhythm being the most important.

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Raised between two potato fields on Prince Edward Island, Ashley Condon is the grandchild of Bill Leblanc, a Canadian country pioneer who once spent the night in jail with Hank Snow. Like pecan pie - sweet and nutty - Ashley has won audiences over with her larger-than-life stage presence and down-to-earth charm. As a performing artist, Ashley has more than eighteen years of stage experience and a degree in Theatre Studies from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College; a testament to her strength as both a songwriter and entertainer. Last week, during the 2012 Music PEI Awards, Ashley was presented two trophies including New Artist Of The Year.

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