October 2012 Archives

Garrett Mason and Keith Hallett - on Atlantic Airwaves, Saturday November 3, 2012

Posted by Glenn Meisner

On this weekend's edition of Atlantic Airwaves we'll bring you a concert from two of Maritime Canada's finest young blues men, Garrett Mason and Keith Hallett in concert from the 2012 Halifax TD Jazz Festival.
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What do you get when you combine two of the East Coast's most talented young bluesmen? You get the brilliant double bill featuring JUNO-winner Garrett Mason and next generation guitar slinger Keith Hallett.

Mason has received much acclaim for his solo albums. His debut I'm Just A Man won a JUNO for Best Blues Album, and the follow up, 2008's Love and Sound, earned him another Juno nomination and a Music Nova Scotia Award for blues recording of the year. He has also been nominated for Maple Blues Awards every year since 2004, most recently winning Guitar Player of the Year.

New Brunswick blues wonder Keith Hallett's natural prowess in the genre shines through with his howlin', growlin' and soulful vocals, and the impressive guitar licks and slides that have made Keith a household name in the East Coast blues community. Keith won the 2007 Harvest CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, and was nominated for Maple Blues Award for new artist of the year at only 17 years old. His 2008 debut album Bear With Me was heralded as "head and shoulders above at least half the blues discs that have come out this year by older veterans," and he has begun work on his sophomore album, produced by and featuring Garrett Mason.

The two phenomenal guitar players have now joined forces for a fresh take on the blues they both know so well, with a few unexpected twists.

Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac - Brian Bourne - Atlantic Airwaves Saturday October 27, 2012

Posted by Glenn Meisner

On this saturday's edition of Atlantic Airwaves, we'll have a feature on Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac and their new release 'Seinn', also a feature on Brian Bourne and his solo release 'Stick With Me'.

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Both renowned solo artists -- MacIsaac, a fiddler, piano player and stepdancer from Creignish, and Lamond, a Gaelic singer and resident of Glendale -- the two have come together on a new album, their first collaborative recording effort.
For many years, MacIsaac was Lamond's faithful accompanist when she was touring her music and eventually that led to more of a musical partnership.
"I think it was maybe four years ago that Mary Jane started asking me to do more in her show and then that was going well and then she decided we should just split the shows," said MacIsaac.
A CD was the obvious next step for the two and "Seinn" is the result. Officially released last month, the two women behind the project have had a number of opportunities to showcase their new work at various festivals, including at home at the Celtic Colours International Festival.
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A full-time member of the multi award-winning Celtic rock group Rawlins Cross, Brian Bourne is an highly accomplished bass and Chapman stick player. He has worked with countless other artists and groups, including Ray Bonneville, Daniel Lanois, Colin Linden, Matt Andersen, Thom Swift, Morgan Davis, Nathan Wiley, Lennie Gallant, Ron Hynes, Junior Watson, Joint Effort, Red Rock Hotel, Redeye, Terry Hatty Band, The Press, Charlie A'Court, Rasta Gumbo, John Campbell John, Mary Jane Lamond, DRUM! Squid, Kim Wempe, Tutu Jones, James Harman, Super Chikan, Cheryl Gaudet, Paul Reddick,, Terry Gillespie, Sue Foley, Sonja Wood, Wayne Nicholson, Carlo Spinazzola, L'il Brian and the Zydeco Travelers, Max Weinberg, and The Hupman Brothers. In addition to performing on over fifty album projects, Bourne has multiple East Coast Music Award wins and nominations along with a JUNO nomination for his playing with aforementioned artists and groups.
Offering a blend of roots, blues, cajun, folk and rock, 'Stick With Me' features nine original tracks written, performed and produced by Bourne. The album was co-produced by James Logan and mastered by Donnie Chapman in Halifax.

Breagh MacKinnon - Tim Chaisson - on Atlantic Airwaves Saturday October 20, 2012

Posted by Glenn Meisner

On this Saturday's edition of Atlantic Airwaves - we'll have a feature on Cape Breton singer songwriter Breagh MacKinnon, and a feature on PEI's Tim Chaisson and his latest release 'The Other Side'.
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Breagh Mackinnon, a native of Sydney, has released her first full-length album 'Where The Days Went'. "I thought 'where the days went' really speaks to the recording process as well as the songwriting process and just the last two years that I've been writing and working towards this album, it just flew by," said Mackinnon.
Recorded at Lakewind Sound Studios this past spring, Mackinnon co-produced the CD alongside sound engineer Mike Shepherd. Featured musicians on the album include Colin Grant on fiddle, the late Dave McKeough on electric guitar, Jennie MacDougall on cello, as well as some fellow music students at St. FX University where she is studying jazz.
The album is a reflection of Mackinnon's unique pop-folk, jazz-influenced sound.
"I've been writing and doing lots of co-writing so I had lots of songs to choose from that I've written over the past two years," she said. "I had a vague idea of the instrumentation that I wanted for the album but it was more kind of picking what I thought were my best songs and making sure the instrumentation and arrangements fit the song."
And over the coming months, she'll continue juggling her full-time university studies, with shows across the Maritimes in support of 'Where The Days Went.'
"Time management is key for sure but I'd rather be performing and doing industry stuff and working hard at that than doing anything else. It's what I want to do.
"I'm learning so much, constantly. From the recording process I learned so much and I'm still learning so much about performing and writing."
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With his newest album, 'The Other Side', Tim Chaisson, the pride of PEI is quite literally going back to his roots. A humble and soft-spoken musician, Chaisson began performing publically during primary school in a family Celtic ensemble before embracing his inner songwriter as a teenager and self-releasing four albums.
'The Other Side', recorded at Woodshed Studio with producer Colin Linden (Bruce Cockburn, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings), offers a stripped-down and intimate taste of Chaisson's honest and heartfelt writing. The album takes on a tinge of Maritime roots and folk, incorporating an array of acoustic instruments and a warm, transparent production style. The arrangements are lush but subdued, keeping Chaisson's vocals and guitar at the heart of the 11 tracks.
"Having all of these talented musicians in the same room and letting the tape roll was pretty magical," Chaisson says. "This record is a result of us capturing the raw energy that is very hard to describe."
Lyrically, 'The Other Side' explores Chaisson's expanding breadth of life experience, both from an intimate and personal perspective through to a more universal take on subjects including love and loss, friendship and loneliness, isolation and fulfillment. "These lyrics are very close to me," he notes, and that's more than apparent in his delivery throughout the album.
Tim Chaisson's profile has already expanded well beyond the Maritimes and into new international markets thanks to the Cinderella-like success of his last recording 'Broken Hearted Beat' and a steady streak of touring. Now, with 'The Other Side', Chaisson is poised to reach a new plateau in his burgeoning career and it won't be long before one of the country's most promising young talents is far more than Atlantic Canada's best-kept secret.

Steven MacDougall - Dave Gunning - Atlantic Airwaves October 13, 2012

Posted by Glenn Meisner

On this Saturday's edition of Atlantic Airwaves - a feature on Steven MacDougall and his new solo release 'Cruel and Unusual' - and a feature on Dave Gunning and his new release 'No More Pennies'.
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'Cruel & Unusual' is the work of a world class songwriter. For his second solo release, Steven MacDougall draws from his vast and diverse musical vocabulary; folk, country, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll -- all influenced by his Cape Breton musical roots and world-wide travels with his band, Slowcoaster. But the songs are not the only strength of this record, it also showcases the warmth and depth of MacDougall's distinctive vocals in the most sincere of ways.
Steven MacDougall is the frontman and principal writer for the multi-award winning Cape Breton rock band, Slowcoaster. While MacDougall keeps busy recording and touring with Slowcoaster's high-energy, danceable tunes, it is by no means his only creative outlet. In 2005, MacDougall began writing with Gordie Sampson for Sampson's album, "Sunburn," netting two co-writing credits. In 2007, he began making writing trips to Nashville, co-writing for Gordie Sampson's record, "For the Few and Far Between" -- netting four co-writing credits and the start of a love affair with Music City resulting in more than 75 songs written there in the last year alone.
MacDougall has been Musical Director for the ECMA Awards Show and was a member of the three man writing team that composed the music for the 2010 Paralympic Games. MacDougall also shares his experience and talent every summer, teaching and mentoring young writers at The Gordie Sampson Songcamp. MacDougall has shared the stage with Gordie Sampson, Bruce Guthro, J.P. Cormier, Lennie Gallant, Rita MacNeil, Matt Mays, Ron Hynes and many other luminaries.
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Dave Gunning is celebrating another milestone with the release of his new recording project, 'No More Pennies' marking another chapter for one of Canada's finest songwriters. 'No More Pennies', features 12 original songs penned by Gunning and includes co-writes with George Canyon, Dave Francey, Bruce Guthro, Lennie Gallant, Jamie Robinson, Jim Dorie and Scottish songstress Karine Polwart.
A seasoned performer and entertainer, Gunning has toured extensively both solo and with his band, performing to sold-out venues, festivals, house concerts and theatres throughout Canada, the U.S., the U.K. , Ireland, Denmark and recently in Afghanistan, entertaining the troops. Engaging and charismatic, Dave's magnetic gift of captivating audiences by creating a bond through down-to-earth details, homespun humour and seasoned musicianship will be in full display as he continues to tour in support of the latest chapter of a career heading for international recognition.

Jenn Grant - Amelia Curran - on Atlantic Airwaves, Saturday October 6, 2012

Posted by Glenn Meisner

On this Saturday's edition of Atlantic Airwaves - two features on brand new albums - Jenn Grant and her new recording 'The Beautiful Wild' - and, Amelia Curran with her new one 'Spectators'
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The honeymoon continues for East Coast nightingale Jenn Grant, who released her third album on Six Shooter Records on September 25, 2012. With 'The Beautiful Wild', Jenn follows love's twisted, tangled path deep into the heart's jungle. The new record is about finding the courage to lose oneself in the wilderness, in all of its savage and sublime experiences.
The dense, exotic sounds of 'The Beautiful Wild 'depart from the giddy blush of 'Honeymoon Punch', Jenn Grant's Juno Nominated and Polaris Long Listed previous album. There is a mature solemnity to be found that creates a new intimacy and immediacy with the listener. Jenn Grant's intuitive ability to express emotion has helped to define her as one of Canada's premiere vocalists; even in the darkest corners of the wilderness, her prismatic, iridescent voice continues to sparkle, dancing over adventurous new layers that include harp, flute and sitar.
Jenn Grant is a lively member of a thriving East Coast artist community. 'The Beautiful Wild' features many notable locals, including Old Man Luedecke, Rose Cousins, Erin Costello, Kinley Dowling, David Christiansen and the Halifax Boys' Honour Choir.
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From the fathoms, the dark solitary deeps, comes Amelia Curran's 'Spectators', a new album released on October 2, 2012 on Six Shooter Records. A meditation on frailty, restlessness, time and its finitudes, 'Spectators' is both storm and harbour.
The Juno winning artist has charted a course through longing and loss with lyrics that face life's beauties and terrors with disconsolate urgency. With 'Spectators', Curran returns to the scene with ten tracks that yet raise the bar on her signature lyricism, but push beyond the folk boundaries that have defined her previous releases.
Guest musicians and arrangers are a collection of Toronto and St. John's notables, including The Once, Todor Kobakov, Bryden Baird, Selina Martin, Oh Susanna, and Martin Tielli.