Morgan MacDonald - Modern Grass - Atlantic Airwaves, Saturday June 16, 2012
On this Saturday's edition of the program - a feature on Nova Scotia singer songwriter Morgan MacDonald and his debut release Back To The Wilderness - and a feature on the Modern Grassand their new release High On A Mountain
With his sincere and creative music Morgan MacDonald gains fans each day. The Chronicle Herald says "...heartbreakingly beautiful ... incredible talent as a lyricist."
Morgan MacDonald makes his home in Chester Basin on Nova Scotia's south shore. As a teacher who has traveled and taught in Europe, Asia and Canada, he is a deep thinking young man who has a profound understanding of his place in the world as well as a keen observer of the life around him as is evidenced in his music. He also has a good understanding of why he makes this music and what he expects to get out of it. Morgan's debut EP recording 'Back To The Wilderness' was recorded in Riverport NS and Toronto with production by JUNO nominated producer Paul Aucion.
The Modern Grass was born in early 2011 and is already kicking up dust in the Canadian music scene with a successful Canadian tour and a debut album nominated for Music Nova Scotias' Best Country/Bluegrass album of the year. The MG is acoustically inspired jazz, bluegrass, gypsy, blues, classical and folk music. The Quintet pays tribute to a number of musical traditions, but leaves plenty of room for innovation and improvisation. Complex arrangements translate seamlessly, and Terrell's down home songs and lyrics are a sharp and comforting contrast to the tasteful, yet avante garde musicianship. The Modern Grass is a breath of fresh air. The Modern Grass features violinist extraordinaire Donald Maclennan, (TZE, Mishras Dream, Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers) hard driving Double bass player Adam Pye (Laura Merrimen, The moonshine Ramblers, The Bluejam Grass Band), Halifax premier resonator guitar player, Andrew Sneddon (Laura Merrimen, The moonshine Ramblers, The Bluejam Grass Band), the fastest banjo picker this side of the Mississippi, Dan MacCormack, and Tom Terrell. Terrell has released 4 full length Albums and 1 Ep, all of which were released through his own label. With his trademark harmonica and guitar sounds and incorporation of blues, jazz, country and soul, Tom Terrell has built a distinctive musical persona.
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