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

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.
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.

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