April 2012 Archives

Rose Cousins live from The Ironwood - Atlantic Airwaves Saturday April 28, 2012

Posted by Glenn Meisner

On this weekends' edition a concert from Rose Cousins recorded at the Ironwood Stage and Grill in Calgary Alberta.
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Halifax based singer-songwriter Rose Cousins finds insight in solitude and strength in numbers - Supported by a thriving Halifax music scene and welcomed by an equally vibrant Boston community, her new album,'We Have Made A Spark', was made in Boston with that spirit of community and collaboration.

Rose regularly performs and records with artists in the US and Canada - her Canadian collaborations have included recording and touring with Joel Plaskett on his multi-Juno-winning album 'Three' and recording 'A New Kind Of Light', a Christmas CD, with label-mate Jill Barber and 2011 Juno New Artist of the Year, Meaghan Smith.

'We Have made A Spark' follows on the heels of her two multi-award-winning albums, 'The Send Off' produced by Luke Doucet and 'If You Were For Me' produced by the CBC here in Halifax. Rose Cousins is currently on tour in support of that new album and our colleagues in Alberta recently caught up with her in concert at the Ironwood Stage and Grill in Calgary.

Geoff Arsenault and 'Voodoo Baby Rattle' - Atlantic Airwaves, April 21, 2012

Posted by Glenn Meisner

On this weekends' edition of Atlantic Airwaves, we'll have a feature on Geoff Arsenault and his new recording 'Voodoo Baby Rattle'
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If you've ever attended a live concert from Ray Bonneville , Morgan Davis , Carlo del Junco, Mary Jane Lamond , Thom Swift , Rita MacNeil , David Myles or Bill Stevenson, then you've probably seen and heard Geoff Arsenault. He's the unassuming guy tucked in behind the drum kit laying down the solid rhythmic foundation. For most of his life, Geoff has done just that, quietly making other people sound better.

But there's another side to Geoff, that of a songwriter, a singer with an incredible voice, and a more than adequate guitarist. Up until he released his first solo recording, 'This Ain't No Fiction', back in 2006, most of his closest friends and band mates knew nothing of this other side. Well, now Geoff Arsenault is back with his second solo recording 'Voodoo Baby Rattle'. It was recorded at the legendary Echo Chamber in Halifax with Charles Austin and released back in February, and ike his first recording, the songs on this one are based on very subtle grooves with a Tony Joe White vocal style and guitar work reminiscent of JJ Cale.

Live from the ECMA Breakout Stage - on Atlantic Airwaves Saturday April 14, 2012

Posted by Glenn Meisner

On this Saturday's edition of the program - A special 2 hour live to air broadcast from the Breakout Stage at the 2012 ECMAs being held in Moncton.
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This will be a two hour broadcast on CBC Radio One in Atlantic Canada beginning at 5 past 5pm - We will be live streaming a full three hours beginning at the same time at http://www.cbc.ca/ecma/
Our special musical guests will be:
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Banded Stilts' are a alternative-folk band that play unique singer-songwriter tunes backed by a folk ensemble. The sometimes odd lyrics, beautiful melodies, folk styling and storytelling narratives of lead singer/songwriter Steve Haley appeal to young and old alike.
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The fact that Dylan Guthro was brought up in a musical household is quite evident. He picked up his first guitar at the age of four and has since toured with his dad, the internationally renowned Bruce Guthro, as far afield as the prestigious Tonder Festival in Denmark and as close to home as the Stan Rogers Folk Festival.
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Mo Kenney is 21 years old and resides in Waverley, Nova Scotia. Mo writes songs on a Hensel parlour guitar and enjoys singing them for people when the opportunities arise. A few of the songs are happy. Most are not. Mo has performed at ECMA, Stan Rogers Festival, Evolve, Nova Scotia Music Week, The Company House and the Carleton. Mo's song "Eden" won the 10 x 10 video contest during the Atlantic Film Festival. Mo is currently working on a debut album at the Scotland Yard with Joel Plaskett producing. It will be released on New Scotland Records in 2012.
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The BackYard Devils honour country and bluegrass tradition, making for a familiar yet gratifying listen. With the ghosts of bluegrass and country greats past and present looking approvingly upon them, the boys show they're capable of writing catchy tunes including the hilarious Mean Moonshine Blues, while tracks like For My Lord and House On The Coast seem instantly recognizable. That seems to be a big part of the Devils' charm; their ability to honour a time-tested genre like bluegrass while injecting a modern take on it. Frankly, their ability to walk that line so well will help them appeal to the traditional fan while also most likely winning over non-typical bluegrass.
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For the past two years, The Long Distance Runners have built a reputation as one of Newfoundland's hardest working and dynamic up-and-coming bands. Their debut self-titled EP (2010) solidified their place in the east coast music scene with a recent handful of ECMA (East Coast Music Association) and MusicNL (Music Newfoundland and Labrador) award nominations. Now, the St. John's based four-piece are getting ready to enter the next chapter of their career as they prepare to release their first full length album 'Tracks' this April which will be available on CD, vinyl and iTunes.
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The last two years have been busy for The Meds with multiple sell-out shows in each Maratime province. The Meds have shared the stage with such notable acts as Meatloaf, Matt Mays and Down with Webster, as well as PEI artists like Tim Chaisson, Two Hours Traffic, and Paper Lions.

The Barra MacNeils and Symphony Nova Scotia - on Atlantic Airwaves Saturday April 7, 2012

Posted by Glenn Meisner

On this week's edition of the program a concert from The Barra MacNeils and Symphony Nova Scotia
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The founding members of the Barra MacNeils are siblings Sheumas, Kyle, Stewart, and Lucy MacNeil and in 2005 two additional brothers, Ryan and Boyd, joined the band.
The core group began performing together in 1980 while still teenagers. In 1986, they released their first album on their own independent label, winning their first East Coast Music Award in 1991. They've won four more since, including an Album of the Year award for TimeFrame in 1992, and a Group of the Year award in 2001. Along their journey they signed with Polygram for a few years and their 1993 album Closer To Paradise earned them a gold record. Fast forward to the spring of 2011 and we find the Barra MacNeils teamed up with Symphony Nova Scotia for a concert at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax which could possibly be the best concert they have ever given. A dream come true for the group.