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

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.

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