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Mae Moore - Dennie Ellsworth - on Atlantic Airwaves Saturday November 17, 2012

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On this Saturday's edition of Atlantic Airwaves we'll have a feature on Mae Moore and her recording 'Folklore'. As well, we'll have a feature on 'Dusk Dreams', the latest recording from Dennis Ellsworth.
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Mae Moore has many claims to fame. As a recording artist, she was a major label success story, scoring nine top forty hits, two Juno nominations and two SOCAN Awards for commercial radio airplay. As an indie artist, she has most recently garnered two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations for Solo Artist of the Year and English Songwriter of the Year. And as a personality, Mae is Canada's quintessential bohemian, a musician, painter, and long-time environmentalist who has lived all over Canada and who now makes her home on an organic farm and heritage orchard in British Columbia's Gulf Islands.


All of these facets of Mae come together like never before on her latest project, 'Folklore', a collection of songs inspired by Mae's varied experiences living in different parts of the country. It was released in conjunction with a companion book featuring 30 of Mae's acclaimed landscape paintings.


Mae is renowned for her mature and sophisticated mixture of pop, folk and jazz music, and her sound has been captured on this recording by Joby Baker (Cowboy Junkies), who produced Alex Cuba's Grammy-nominated and Latin Grammy-winning third album. The new mix is an atmospheric and slightly percussive blend of jazzy folk-roots with a subtle European feel to it. The core line-up sees Marc Atkinson (The Bills, The Mark Atkinson Trio) on guitar, Daniel Lapp on trumpet and flugelhorn, Rick May on bass, Scott Sheerin on soprano sax, Joby Baker on drums, bass, piano and strings and of course Mae with her signature guitar sound and dulcimer.
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Dennis Ellsworth has grown into one of Atlantic Canada's most potent songwriters, with beautifully poetic lyrics and a veteran's sense of melody, tune and arrangement.


His most recent release, Dusk Dreams, was recorded in Athens, Georgia, with acclaimed musician and producer, David Barbe (Drive By Truckers, Cracker, Bob Mould/Sugar). The album consists of ten songs that blend folk, pop, country, lounge, blues, soul, and whatever else. Barbe's production is subtle, yet gorgeous and steers clear of interfering with the loosely wonderful performances. Critics are calling Dusk Dreams, Dennis Ellsworth's most beautifully crafted release to date. He has two previous solo recordings, 2010′s Chesterfield Dweller of the Year, which Americana-UK.com called "heartfelt and heart-achingly beautiful, a timeless album", and Strange Boat, an EP released in September 2011 and nominated for 4 MPEI awards.


With his honky-tonkin' side project, Haunted Hearts, Dennis has written and released two definitive records (Thank You, Goodnight and Howdy), collectively winning the group seven different awards with Music PEI and garnered an ECMA nomination in 2010 for Rising Star.

Gabrielle Palillon - Dana Beeler - Atlantic Airwaves Saturday November 10, 2012

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On this saturday's edition of Atlantic Airwaves, we'll have a feature on Gabrielle Papillon and her recent release 'Little Bug', as well as a feature on Dana Beeler and her debut release 'The long Goodbye'.
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Gabrielle Papillon has been singing all her life. She began humming her own melodies as a toddler and, writing her first songs at fourteen as soon as she learned her basic chords on a guitar.

In 2001 she released her first album 'Songs for a Rainy Day' through independent producer, Concept Studios. Tabling her music career for nearly eight years she completed her B.A. and her Master's degree only to emerge with fresh tunes in her head and a more developed musical style the depth of which she attributes to her eight years of study and "growing up" in general.
She released her second solo album 'The Wanderer' independently in January 2010. Her third solo album The Currency of Poetry (released in October, 2011), found it's way into many 'Best of 2011' lists and landed in the Top 20 National !Earshot Chart for Folk/Roots/Blues in the month
of October 2011.

By way of cars, busses, planes, and trains Gabrielle began touring full time in June of 2010. She has since completed four Cross-Canada tours and has been touring almost non-stop playing well over 260 shows in that time. 
She has recently release her fourth and most ambitious album, recorded at Montreal's Treatment Room (Plants and Animals, The Acorn, Timber Timbre, Stars, Snailhouse) and produced by Halifax based producer Daniel Ledwell (Jenn Grant's Honeymoon Punch).
Influenced by guitar slinging troubadours such as Ani Difranco, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and the McGarrigle sisters her music is often about a feeling. Her muse is the amalgamation of people in her life, or an imaginary scenario. Above all she loves the journey of a song.
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When describing Dana Beeler its been said: "There is an old soul in that young body". Nothing could be more true. Dana has been performing and writing her own music for many years. Her young age hides a seasoned musician who knows how to please an audience, understands what makes a good song great, and is dedicated to leaving you loving her at the end of every show. Her song ideas are pulled from years of getting out and living life, enjoying all it has to offer, and sung with a voice that starts deep in her heart and resonates out with all the passion and feeling she can muster.
Dana comes from a musical background and has enjoyed playing and singing with her family her entire life. Whether it was performing with the family band or jamming it up at a kitchen party, music has always been a daily event.
Since moving to Halifax Dana has become a regular at many of the local performing centers, including, The Company House, The Carleton, The Casino, and the Seahorse Tavern. Dana has performed at NS Music Week, The Lunnenberg Folk Harbour Festival, and Gordie Sampson's Songwriting Camp. Dana has recently finished recording a brand new CD featuring 8 of her original songs. She will be releasing this new project in early November 2012 and she looks forward to touring the Maritimes in support of the album, titled "The Long Goodbye".

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Erin Costelo - Charlie A'Court - On Atlantic Airwaves, Saturday September 29, 2012

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On this saturday's edition of 'Atlantic Airwaves' - two features on two new albums - Erin Costelo will be along with her new recording 'We Can Get Over' - and Charlie A'Court will be by with his new release 'Triumph & Disaster'
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It's been three years since Erin Costelo delivered her Fire & Fuss collection, but the Halifax-based singer-songwriter returns later this fall with a new soul-geared album called 'We Can Get Over'. The 10-song set, which a press release explains is inspired by Costelo's love of "old soul, '60s vocal groups and classic arranging," will be released on October 9. "The album is inspired by records that I love and wanting to make an album, or aspire to make an album, that would move people as much as great records have moved me," says Costelo. The album's arrangements strive to stand shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Jerry Ragavoy, Bert Burns and Burt Bacharach, with its overall sound said to be similar to the Dells, the Impressions and the Exciters. Costelo produced the album herself, a first for the musician, and tracked the bulk of it at Halifax's Echo Chamber Studio with engineer Charles Austin. Additional recording was done at Phil Sedore's Living Room Studio. On top of Costelo's smoky singing voice, the record features Clive MacNutt on guitar and bass, Lukas Pearse on bass, some drumming from Benn Ross and Dave Marsh, and some assistance from Anne Simons of the Blue Engine String Quartet and the NSCC Choir. Background vocals are also offered up from Selah Koile, Samm Reid, and Kirsten Donawa.
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Charlie A'Court's first studio recording in six years, 'Triumph & Disaster' was recorded at Codapop Studios in Halifax with producer Chris Kirby of St. John's, NL at the helm. The album features 13 brand new original songs from Charlie A'Court and an impressive lineup of co-writers including Ron Hynes, Kim Wempe, Jamie Robinson, Chris Kirby, Dave Simpson and Jason Mingo, along with a cover of Sam Cooke's classic "A Change Is Gonna Come". The album title, 'Triumph & Disaster', is a tip of the hat to the late, British author, Rudyard Kipling and his acclaimed poem, 'IF' " says A'Court. "The excerpt reads, If you can meet with Triumph & Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same...the line refers to a balance between high and low emotions." A'Court plays with a delicate balance of emotion touching on feelings of jubilation, redemption, isolation and absolute love for another. Winner of the 2007 East Coast Music Award for Pop Recording of the Year and 2007 Music Nova Scotia Blues Recording of the Year for his album Bring On The Storm and 2003 Best Blues Artist for his debut album Color Me Gone, A'Court has walked the line between blues and adult contemporary.

Jennah Barry - Dance Movie - On Atlantic Airwaves, Saturday September 22, 2012

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On this Saturday's edition of 'Atlantic Airwaves' we'll have two features on two new recordings. Jennah Barry's 'Young Men', and Dance Movie's 'Interlopers'
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It takes you by surprise; within the first minute of her debut album Young Men, Jennah Barry's mellifluous voice swoops in unassumingly and sweeps you into awave of warm, swirling tones--a stark contrast to the circumstances in which they were borne.
Originally from coastal Clearland, Nova Scotia, Jennah Barry did what many gifted small-town musicians do and made the move to Toronto in 2006. Though engaged in music, a pianist first, she studied jazz there, while also lending her voice to orchestral poppers The O'Darling, Barry grew sad and reclusive from acombination of homesickness and heartache. So she wrote. She wrote songs of vulnerability, dovetailed with wistfulness. But to sing these songs, she'd need to tap into boldness lost, so she quit the big city the day after her graduation and returned to the South Shore. It took a while but, in her natural element, the moxie came back.
'Young Men' wavers between dreamily bucolic and quietly haunting. With vocals that glide triumphantly over a period of bleak times, Jennah Barry's debut is at times lush, at times minimal, but always captivating.
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Using Regina Spektor's four-producer Far approach and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Maps" as a thesis song, Dance Movie gathered three guides and a bunch more friends into spending a few mild winter days bowing guitars, squeezing accordions and singing doo-wop lines across 11 indie-pop songs. Inspired by the heartfelt-yet-sharp songwriting of Jenny Lewis, Brian Fallon, John K. Samson and Tori Amos, it begins quietly, at first blush, and just as quietly at failure, with the crush-to-rejection spectrum lying between. They called this recording 'Interlopers', for all the other people who don't end up where they thought they would. Produced in three parts by Matt Charlton (the experimenter), Amelia Curran (the folk diarist) and Jenn Grant (the pop maven), Interlopers is for sad sacks and hopeful dreamers, dancers and sleepers, lovers and haters--their rights, but mostly their wrongs.

Mo Kenney - The Stanfields - on Atlantic Airwaves, Saturday September 15, 2012

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On this Saturday's edition of Atlantic Airwaves we'll feature Mo Kenney's debut self-titled album as well as the new release from The Stanfields, 'Death & Taxes'
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The buzz around young Nova Scotia native Mo Kenney has been building over the last couple of years. Look for that to turn into a deafening (but tuneful) roar with the eagerly awaited September 25 release of her self-titled debut album. Mo Kenney comes out on the prestigious Toronto label Pheromone Recordings in partnership with Joel Plaskett's imprint, New Scotland Records. East Coast rock and roll hero Plaskett isn't just involved on the label side, he produced and played on the album, as well as contributing a couple of co-writes. The pair co-wrote two songs that are highlights of a record devoid of lowlights. Having influences and inspirations drawn from classic and alt-rock artists rather than the traditional singer/songwriter pantheon helps account for the bracing freshness of Mo Kenney's style. Fitting her sound into a neat box is an exercise in futility, though, if pressed, Mo can settle for "pop music with a folky twist. Mo Kenney has already garnered serious respect from her singer/songwriter peers. The list of those loudly singing her praises includes Ron Sexsmith, Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies), Gordie Sampson, and Steve Poltz. "To hear those comments from musicians you look up to is so nice," Mo says.
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Everyone has a story to tell about The Stanfields - if you don't, give it time. Inciting mosh pits and still making Mom proud, The Stanfields attract fans of all classes and creeds with their rhythm-fueled hard rock laced with traditional roots sounds. There are no glamorous motives - just five working class Canadians with an honest desire to entertain. With the help of iconic producer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica, Aerosmith) The Stanfields better capture the intensity of their riotous live show on Death & Taxes (coming September 18) with harder, faster and full-on thunderous waves of rhythm and roaring harmonies behind menacing leads. "We've grown to be louder, faster versions of ourselves. Many thousands of road and air miles, and all the trappings therein, tend to have that kind of effect on a band like ours," Jon explains. "Where Vanguard is all over the place stylistically, Death & Taxes is more focused on our rock and roll influences." And that's where The Stanfields' culture meets their simple desire to entertain - the stuff stories are made of.

Modern Grass - The Caravan - On Atlantic Airwaves Saturday September 8, 2012

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On this Saturday's edition of Atlantic Airwaves, two concerts from our East Coast Sessions -We'll hear from two Halifax based groups with totally different sounds, but who represent their respective genres in unique and refreshing ways - 'The Modern Grass Ensemble' and 'The Caravan'.
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The Modern Grass is a collective of musicians who all have some obsession with days gone by, contrasted with a vision for the future - The instrumentation is bluegrass, the music is newgrass - With influences ranging from jazz to bluegrass, gypsy to blues, classical and folk, this young group of musicians is melding styles and taking acoustic music into the future.
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At its core, 'The Caravan' is a refreshing East Coast hip hop trio whose roots run the gamut of rock, jazz, soul and even Appalachian music - Their preference for 'jamming it live' and for bring in other instrumentalists versus samples creates an energy and chemistry that is infections and catchy - The Caravan's music cleverly fuses rock all the different styles into a combination that is uniquely their own - The group's charm isn't just about its catchy and clever songs or decades of collected musical experience, but the strange comic interplay between members - In concert the band gives full rein to its eccentric personalities, and you can hear this unquantifiable chemistry in their recordings as well - Rowdy, fun and intelligent - They influence each other, always trying to improve their sound, while soaking in what Halifax is doing as a whole - They've never stopped exploring where they can take the music.

Backyard Devils - The Meds - on Atlantic Airwaves, Saturday August 11, 2012

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On this Saturday's edition of Atlantic Airwaves we'll return to the 2012 ECMA Breakout Stage with concert segments from Moncton's Backyard Devils and PEI rockers The Meds.
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Fancy isn't a word often heard in Eastern Canada and there is nothing fancy about The BackYard Devils. They're simply playing the music they love, a well blended mix of country, rockabilly and bluegrass. The musicianship runs deep in this band and although they're playing old styles they manage to put their own twist to it. Surely the ghosts of bluegrass and country greats past and present are looking approvingly upon them as the boys show they're more than capable of writing and performing catchy tunes that seem instantly recognizable.
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When Brendan Hansen of The Meds handed a demo CD to rocker Matt Mays in a coffee shop in downtown Charlottetown in 2009, he believed it could have a profound effect on the lives of himself and his band-mates. He was right. Mays, a multiple JUNO award nominee and ECMA winner, heard big potential in the punchy riffs and infectious melodies that are The Meds signature sound. He quickly signed on to produce the Charlottetown based post-punk group's debut album and has been a mentor and supporter of the band's artistic and professional development ever since.


Mo Kenney - Long Distance Runners - Atlantic Airwaves, Saturday August 4, 2012

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On this Saturday's edition of Atlantic Airwaves, we'll have more from the 2012 ECMA Breakout Stage with concerts from Nova Scotia's Mo Kenney and Newfoundland's Long Distance Runners
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A fresh new face on the Halifax music scene, Mo Kenney radiates a vulnerability and fearlessness that instantly captivates audiences. She has garnered admiration from Aartists for whom she's opened, and counts among her fans Ron Sexsmith, Crash Test Dummies and Gordie Sampson. A versatile songwriter with a distinctive voice and compelling lyrics, Mo has been described as an artist to watch. It was these qualities that brought her to the attention of Joel Plasket, who is working with her in his Scotland Yard Studio to produce her first full length record. Atlantic Airwaves caught up with Mo Kenney during a live to air CBC Broadcast from the 'Breakout Stage' at the 2012 East Coast Music Awards held in Moncton NB.
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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, released in 2010, solidified their place in the east coast music scene with a recent handful of ECMA and Music award nominations. Now, the St. John's based four-piece are entering the next chapter of their career with the release their first full length album Tracks this past April. We caught up with The Long Distance Runners during a live to air CBC Broadcast from the Breakout Stage at the 2012 East Coast Music Awards held in Moncton NB.


Banded Stilts - Dylan Guthro - Atlantic Airwaves Saturday July 28, 2012

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On this Saturday's edition of Atlantic Airwaves we'll have two concert segments from the 2012 ECMA Breakout Stage featuring Banded Stilts and Dylan Guthro.
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Banded Stilts' are a alternative-folk band that play unique singer-songwriter tunes backed by a folk ensemble of mandolin, banjo, violin, keys, guitars and drums. The sometimes odd lyrics, beautiful melodies, folk styling and storytelling narratives of lead singer/songwriter Steve Haley appeal to young and old alike. Banded Stilts made their live performance debut at Halifax's "In the Dead of Winter" Music Festival, followed shortly thereafter by an ECMA showcase, a 6 song EP release, a subsequent Canadian tour and showcases at Halifax POP Explosion, Stereophonic Music Festival and the 2012 ECMA's. The band is currently back in the studio recording their debut LP.
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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 in Canso Nova Scotia. The experience has obviously helped Dylan hone his skills as a musician and a songwriter; his electric guitar work is more than worthy of a David Gilmour comparison and his songwriting is solid for one so young.


The Boys and Their Ballads part 1 - Atlantic Airwaves July 14, 2012

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On this weekends' edition of the program we'll bring you a concert from the 2011 Celtic Colours International Festival titled 'The Boys & Their Ballads' featuring Buddy MacDonald, Dougie MacLean, Archie Fisher and James Keelaghan.
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Dougie MacLean has been at the forefront of the Celtic music revival since the early 1970s. He was a member of such respected bands as the Tannahill Weavers and Silly Wizard. Since 1983 he has performed extensively as a solo artist and with his own backing band. At the same time he has established his own record label, Dunkeld Records, and a wonderful festival called Perthshire Amber. Dougie was presented the OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to music and charity in Scotland by Queen Elizabeth.

An avid horseman and master guitarist, singer and songwriter Archie Fisher is Scotland's foremost troubadour and was inducted into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame and in 2006 was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire), a prestigious honor nominated by his peers and bestowed by Queen Elizabeth.

James Keelaghan is one of the finest songwriters of this or any other age and is both a national treasure and one of the most popular male folksingers on the planet. His masterful story telling has, over the course of nine recordings, been part of the bedrock of his success, earning Keelaghan nominations and awards - including a Juno and acclaim from Australia to Scandinavia.

And Cape Breton's own man of song, Buddy MacDonald, completes this truly rare lineup of modern day balladeers. Born and brought up on the Northern Shores of Cape Breton Island, Buddy was exposed at an early age, to the singing and storytelling of some of the great Celtic singers of his native Island. Much of his song-writing is still influenced by this style he was so familiar with as a young boy.

Christina Martin - The Rockabillys - on Atlantic Airwaves, Saturday July 7, 2012

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On this Saturday's edition of the program we'll have a feature on Christina Martin and her recent release 'Sleeping With A Stranger' - and, a feature on The Rockabillys and their debut full length recording 'Better Places'.
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Christina Martin is an East Coast Singer-Songwriter, musician and performer. Her music achieves an effortless union between alt-country and rock with pop-sensibility. This award-winning artist has been attracting Roots/Rock listeners across North America and Europe for nearly a decade. An eminent singer songwriter and storyteller, she has released five albums on her independent Canadian label Come Undone Records. Having opened for Wilco while living in Austin TX, she returned to the Canadian East Coast to dig her heels into the Music Business and formed an independent music label to manage her relentless touring and recording schedule. Now in 2012 she is releasing her fifth album Sleeping With A Stranger and will tour Canada, Europe and the US to support this endearing album. "For all of us trying to find the life we're meant to live, here's a soundtrack." Bob Mersereau CBC Maritimes


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'The Rockabillys' are Alex Surette (drums), Cameron Nickerson (guitar,lead vocals), Matt Wilkinson (lead guitar,vocals) and Spencer Muise (stand-up bass,vocals). They are all in Grade 12 at Yarmouth High School, except for Alex who is in grade 11. They all live in or around Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. They came together as a band in May of 2011 so they could enter a battle of the bands at their high school and try out some of their original material in front of a live audience. Things went well so they recorded a five song EP 'Hicks from the Sticks'. The song 'Hicks from the Sticks' is actually who they really are. Four guys that love the outdoors, driving their four wheel drive trucks, having a good time and writing and playing their own music. They like all types of music but country-rock is what they really like to write and perform.


In November of last year 'The Rockabillys' were chosen as the winners in CBC Nova Scotia Mainstreet's School Of Rock contest which was open to public voting. They were given the opportunity to record two songs in CBC Halifax's Studio H, and then went to Liverpool to record another eight tracks with Tim Feswick at Feswick Productions. The result is their excellent debut full length recording 'Better Places'.

'Just Biding My Time', A Tribute to Gene MacLellan - on Atlantic Airwaves, Saturday June 30, 2012

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On this Saturday's edition of the program we have a very special concert called 'Just Biding My Time' a tribute to Gene MacLellan.
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Last January, The City of Charlottetown, Music PEI and CBC teamed up to present a concert celebrating the life and music of folk singer Gene MacLellan at the Zion Presbyterian Church in Charlottetown. "Gene MacLellan was a songwriter who experienced tremendous success and wrote from the heart," says Music PEI Executive Director Rob Oakie. - "Islanders are very proud Gene chose to call PEI home and this concert, which has been three years in the planning, is a unique celebration of his songwriting by some of the East Coast's most loved artists." The line up of Artists taking part included Lennie Gallant, Ron Hynes, Dennis Ellsworth & Haunted Hearts, Meaghan Blanchard, John Connolly, Scott Parsons and of course, Gene's daughter Catherine MacLellan
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They were backed by a house band featuring some of the Island's finest players - Reg Ballagh on Drums; Ross MacDonald on bass; Chris Gauthier guitars and backing vocals; Johnny Ross piano; and Thomas Webb pedal steel.


"Gene MacLellan's music continues to inspire many of our talented Island artists and is enjoyed worldwide," says Tourism and Culture Minister Robert Henderson. "This event is a fitting way to celebrate his music and our province's cultural heritage and artistic talents."

Levystep - Chris Martin and The Trouble Shooters - on Atlantic Airwaves, Saturday June 23, 2012

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On this Saturday's edition of the program we'll have a feature on Halifax based rockers Levystep and their debut release 'These Times' - and a feature on another Halifax group, rock n' rollers Chris Martin and the Trouble Shooters.
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Rarely has a new band delivered an album with more emotional punch than LevyStep's 2012 debut release "These Times". Musically inventive and lyrically compelling, this collection of songs is one of the most anticipated albums of 2012. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia the band has a distinctive sound that has earned them an enthusiastic fan base as well as the respect of many music industry professionals. The group believes in and enjoys relentless touring, which is quite evident when witnessing one of their live performances. The album "These Times", was recorded and produced by former Our Lady Peace guitarist Mike Turner, in Toronto, ON. A national tour is currently in the works. The band is super stoked to hit the road to make some new friends and see some old ones.
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The Trouble Shooters are living proof that rock n' roll is alive and well, and that a blues band can be deliver good times for all. Singer/guitarist Chris Martin jumped on the Halifax scene as a solo blues artist in 2003. Not long after that, he met up with a rhythm section that had their roots in hard rock. Rob Fris, a prolific drummer who has played in countless bands, Stu Hayward, a bassist/renaissance rocker, and razor-sharp guitarist Mike Nahirnak teamed up with Chris to form The Trouble Shooters. The band has a sound that blends Texas blues with 50's rockabilly. Their influences come from legends like Chuck Berry, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Muddy Waters, and The Stray Cats. The band grew as members Colin Boyd (tenor saxophone/piano), Tyler Crane (tenor saxophone), and Adam Nelson (baritone saxophone) joined to take the band to where they are now. The Trouble Shooters have been rockin' Halifax for 5 years- playing The Seahorse Tavern, The Paragon Theatre, Tribeca Bistro, The Rodeo Lounge, as well Dooly's in Greenwood, Nova Scotia. They have also been known to appear at regularly at festivals and in support of charity events.

Morgan MacDonald - Modern Grass - Atlantic Airwaves, Saturday June 16, 2012

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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
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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.
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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.

Heather Green - Jamie Gatti's Riot Squad - Atlantic Airwaves for Saturday June 9, 2012

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On this weekends' edition of the program we'll have a feature on Heather Green and her new recording Your Last War - and a feature on Jamie Gatti's Riot Squad and their new album Warped.
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The Halifax indie music scene has a reputation as a great place for aspiring performers to work on their craft. Its reputation for it's openness and collaborative nature have caused many who may have been just passing through to pause for a while, maybe even stay and get involved themselves. Such was the case for Heather Green. She arrived here from Southern California in 2009. "I met all of my musical friends at the Company House and kind of just developed relationships" she says." It just became this amazing amalgamation of these people that were so talented that I got to hang out with, spend time with and tour with." One of those talented people was Dan Ledwell who stepped in to work with Heather and produce her latest CD, Your Last War.
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Jamie Gatti is a bass player who grew up in Great Village, Nova Scotia, but he's not just any bass player. with his abilities in playing all musical styles from classical to jazz, rock, Celtic and theater, many consider him to be one of the greatest bass players in this country, or anywhere else for that matter. He's also a very humble man. When you see him on stage, he's usually the guy tucked in toward the back on the right hand side of the drummer, quietly going about his business of laying down the groove and creating the foundation for the other players to build upon. Over his career of thirty plus years, he's played with a who's who in music including long affiliations with the RCMP Band and the Barra MacNeils. At one point he even auditioned for a spot with the Rolling Stones, and almost got the gig. But that's another story. Jamie is also a composer and arranger, and a few years ago, along with some of his closest musical friends, he formed a group called The Riot Squad. They're about to release their first CD next week. The album is aptly titled Warped. The members of the Riot Squad are Jamie Gatti bass/composr; Chris Mitchell sax; Rick Waychesko trumpet; David Burton drums/composer and Geordie Haley guitar.

Chris Colepaugh and The Crew - Atlantic Airwaves - Saturday June 2, 2012

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On this Saturdays' edition of the program, Chris Colepaugh and the Crew in concert from the 2012 Bluenose Marathon weekend in Halifax
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Chris Colepaugh makes southern dipped old-fashioned rock that bridges the gap between old school doubleneck guitar crunch and moaning alt-country pedal steel wail. Live, his band 'The Cosmic Crew' are monsters of energy that pace the stage with confidence and explore a world of massive riffs in their improvisations. In the studio, Chris blends their heavier stage sound with well-crafted rock-with-thought songs that fans just can't get enough of.
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He and The Cosmic Crew have performed at festivals throughout Canada and the United States and have toured extensively with over fifteen national ( CAN & US ) coast-to-coast tours where part of his US itineraries have included dates with Government Mule, North Mississippi Allstars and Grady. Awards and nominations are plenty and include the East Coast Music Awards, The International Acoustic Music Awards, The Toronto Music Magazine Awards, the Contact East Touring Excellence Awards and many others.

Caleb Miles - Linda Brooks - Atlantic Airwaves for Saturday May 26, 2012

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On this Saturdays' edition of the program - A concert from Caleb Miles - and a feature Linda Brooks and her recent release The Upside
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Caleb Miles is a guy who doesn't let the grass grow under his feet - His musical journey began under the blazing sun of New Mexico's high desert playing lead guitar in original rock'n'roll bands throughout the 1980s and early 90s - From there his path led to places as far-flung as Detroit Michigan, Athens Georgia, Lexington Kentucky, Portland Oregon as well as countless forgettable dives in between - In 2005 Caleb moved to Nova Scotia expecting to surrender to a rural solitude and an early retirement from the stage - Instead, he found a rich and rocking community of musicians, songwriters, performers and listeners with whom to share his ongoing musical adventures.
Last March we invited him to take part in an evening of music we were presenting along with the Deep Roots Co-Operative at the Al Whittle Theater in Wolfville Nova Scotia.
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The past year has been a busy one for Linda Brooks - writing, traveling and recording - Last October, she journeyed to California to shoot a video for her holiday song, 'This Christmas', which received radio play across Canada during the holiday season - She then packed her bags for Nashville where she hooked up with Chris Leuzinger, best known as guitarist on all of Garth Brooks' albums, to produce her new album 'The Upside' - The first single 'Now That You're Here' debuted on the top 10 indie downloads on DMDS and is currently being played on over 25 stations coast to coast - In addition to her musical successes, Brooks is also an actor and has recently appeared on CBC's hit comedy Mr. D and will appear in the upcoming feature film, 'Guys Who Move Furniture', starring Will Sasso, Charlie Murphy, and Victor Garber.

Dennis Ellsworth - North Lakes - Atlantic Airwaves - May 19, 2012

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On this Saturdays' edition of Atlantic Airwaves - features on two Prince Edward Islands acts - Dennis Ellsworth has a new recording, 'Dusk Dreams - and the North Lakes have released their new album, Grand Prix
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Of all the singer songwriters that are making their presence known on Prince Edward Island, and there are quite a few, Dennis Ellsworth is standing out from the crowd. Although his rise to prominence is a fairly recent achievement, his road goes back a long ways. He's been at it since he was 15, but he's been singing "Forever in Blue Jeans", on the bathroom counter while brushing his teeth, since he was 5 years old. He is a music lover; always has been, always will be. His contributions to music are far reaching; He's been in rock, indie, punk, and country bands. His songwriting is sincere, evocative, poetic, and honest.
His new album, 'Dusk Dreams', which was released on May 15 on Busted Flat Records, was recorded in Athens, Georgia, with acclaimed musician and producer, David Barbe.
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Sending reverberations from beyond the Confederation Bridge, North Lakes are a rock n' roll band that radiate with swagger and bravado. Taking their cue from '60s pop and garage rock, the energetic five-piece combines vivid lyrical imagery and a colossal roar of musicality to craft punchy, concise rock records. Their latest album, Grand Prix, captures North Lakes at their most raw. Recorded in a church in Long Creek by Adam Gallant (whose credits include acts such as Boxer The Horse, The Danks, English Words, Al Tuck and more), the album is a testament to the galvanized direction and ambition of the up-and-coming Prince Edward Island-based band.

Long Distance Runners - John Gracie - Atlantic Airwaves Saturday May 5, 2012

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On this weeks' edition of the program - A feature on The Long Distance Runners and their new release 'Tracks - and - A feature on John Gracie and his new release 'Live From The Flamingo'
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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 with the release of their first full length album 'Tracks'. Recorded at Kilbride's Lab Of Chaos with Krisjan Leslie over the winter of 2011,'Tracks' marks a significant shift for the band as they head into new territory in their songwriting and growth as musicians. Soaring three-part harmonies, swirling organs and jangly guitars set against singer Chris Picco's humourously dark lyrics invoke late-60's era Beatles, Kinks and Velvet Underground.

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John Gracie began singing before he was speaking! His mother would often find him behind the coal stove singing his little heart out. He thought if you couldn't see him, you couldn't hear him. John's mother knew John had a special gift and sent him to vocal lessons when he turned 4. He starting writing songs shortly after that. One day, he came out of the bathroom crying, his Mom asked him what was wrong. He replied through his tears, "Mommy, I just wrote a very sad song." John went on to perform as a teenager in local events and on local radio. He taught himself to play the guitar and wrote continuously. In unversity, he performed and hosted intercollegiate folk festivals and was a favourite on the college circuit. After university, he started to perform professionally.
He moved to Halifax and at that point began touring the globe, performing on national television and recorded his first album. A fortune teller once told John's mother that she saw a guitar in her son's life and that it would bring him everything he wanted in life. After much success, John continues to grow musically.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


Olivier Jarda - The Caravan - on Atlantic Airwaves Saturday March 31, 2012

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On this On this weeks' edition of the program - A feature on Olivier Jarda and his new recording 'Good Luck Cartel' - and a concert featuring the the Caravan from our East Coast Sessions series.

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Olivier Jarda was born in Ottawa to Haitian immigrants, but spent most of his youth in New Brunswick where he played drums, bass and guitar for various ensembles, most notably the former Moncton-based group Turnstiles. He moved to Halifax for undergraduate studies, then with a Rhodes Scholarship in his pocket it was off to the University of Oxford in the UK for masters studies. Following that his path lead to Washington DC where he worked on climate policy at a think tank before returning to Canada to seriously pursue a career in music.

Jarda's debut solo LP, Diagrams (2008), which he supported with several UK dates and a cross-Canadian tour in 2009, has been described as "a confident and well-crafted release...Diagrams not only stands up to repeated listens, it demands them." -Wolves Hawks and Kites

His new album, Good Luck Cartel is better than the last. He recorded it in Halifax over the last two winters with Charles Austin at Echo Chamber, and with the help of some very talented friends. What came out was a decent representation of some decent songs. His new band consists of Nick Wombolt, former drummer for Jimmy Swift Band, Devin Ryan, former bass player for Krasnogorsk, a cellist, a keys player, and a backup singer. Jarda plays the guitars and sings. The album will be released independently in Canada in April and it will be released on the independent label Jam Jar Records in the UK in May.

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The Caravan is a refreshing east coast hiphop trio whose roots run the gamut of rock ,jazz ,soul and even Appalachian music. Their preference for 'jamming it live' and for using various instrumentalists versus samples creates an energy and chemistry that is infectious and catchy. Kyle Mckenna, Mike Ritchie and Mark Bachynski (Classified's drummer) are the nucleus of the Caravan. They're joined on this show by Phil MacKenzie , Matt Myer (Gypsophelia) and Mary-Grace Koile.

Halifax born and based, these musicians have put their own spin on a genre. "Hip Hop, done our way" says vocalist Kyle McKenna, "We're not from New York, or L.A., we're East Coasters, might as well show it."

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"We influence each other, always trying to improve our sound, while soaking in what Halifax is doing as a whole." - Mike Ritchie (Lead Guitar) The Caravan have never stopped exploring where they can take the music. "We put some Bassoon on our last album with huge violin solos, for Hip Hop, we're changing the norm. Mike's got a whole sound scape going in his head, and we're ready to see what we can produce!" - Mark Bachynski (Drums).
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Dale Murray - Modern Grass - Atlantic Airwaves for Saturday March 24, 2012

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On this weeks' edition of the program - A feature on Dale Murray and his new recording Dream Mountain Dream - and a concert featuring the Modern Grass from our East Coast Sessions series.

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A lot of good things have happened to Dale Murray since his days back in the '90s with the legendary Halifax based, indie folk rockers, the Guthries. He's become a sought-after session musician, a solid songwriter, as well as a producer and recording engineer. He's toured and recorded with some of Canada's hardiest road warriors; Hayden, Joel Plaskett, Cuff the Duke, Buck 65, wife Christina Martin, Matt Mays and Blue Rodeo. After a seven-year silence since the release of his last solo album, Brighter Lives, Darker Side, he's finally back with a new one, Dream Mountain Dream. He recorded this one at his newly minted home studio

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The instrumentation is bluegrass, the music is newgrass. With influences ranging from jazz to bluegrass, gypsy to blues, classical and folk, this young group of musicians are melding styles and taking acoustic music into the future.The members of the Modern Grass are Tom Terrell - vocals ,acoustic guitar; Andrew Sneddon- dobro, backing vocals; Donald MacLellan - violin,backing vocals; Adam Pye- bass; and Dan MacCormack on banjo and mandolin. Although the Modern Grass is only a little over a year old, they have already done a cross Canada tour and are in the process of recording their second album.

Here's an interview with the Modern Grass with CBC's Shauntay Grant.


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Paper Beat Scissors - Ria Mae - Atlantic Airwaves for Saturday March 17, 2012

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On this weeks' edition of the program - A feature on the debut self-titled album from Paper Beat Scissors - and a concert with Ria Mae from our East Coast Sessions series.
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The brains behind Paper Beat Scissors is Tim Crabtree. He's a musician and songwriter who arrived in Nova Scotia from Burnley, England in 2004 for a one year master's program and has yet to leave. After he completed his international development studies degree, he ventured into the Halifax music scene who quickly embraced him with open arms and it became apparent that Crabtree had a calling and had found the place to pursue it.

Tim had a lot of help on this album, his first full length, recording the bed tracks in Riverport Nova Scotia's Confidence Lodge by Chilean audio wizard Diego Medina, added to at the Montreal homes of Mike Feuerstack of Snailhouse, and mixed by the hands and ears of, Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara. Some other notables appearing on the recording were Rose Cousins, Tanya Davis, Pietro Amato (of the Luyas, and Bell Orchestre) and Sebastian Chow (of Islands)


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Ria Mae's East Coast Session - full audio concert

Brassy and bold, Ria Mae's got what it takes to brave the storm, as she ventures into the depths of her own vulnerability to resurface with strength and clarity. Moody, melancholic and melodic, Mae creates slick pop songs with universal themes of longing, love lost and hearts found.

Mae's natural approach captures the emotive, sonic essence of the 8-track album, with vocals, guitar, bass and drums recorded live off-the-floor. Part confession, part ballad, "Stop. Rewind. Begin." softly swells with memory and Mae pulls listeners, from the dark, into the light with the title track "Under Your Skin".

Immediately following the ECMA nominated album's release, She went on tour across the US, opening for Boston-based singer-songwriter Melissa Ferrick. Mae performed as a duo with Margot Durling (harmonies, percussion) for 17 dates, from Buffalo, New York to Nashville, Tennesse, with one Canadian date at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. In October, Mae travelled to New York City for the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest and won the International Finalist title, and a showcase at CMJ.


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After the release of her Between The Bad EP in 2009, Mae was coined Best New Artist by The Coast and was nominated for a Music Nova Scotia Award for Best New Artist in 2010. She has shared the stage with Melissa Ferrick, Amelia Curran, Jenn Grant, and Rose Cousins, and showcased at Nova Scotia Music Week, Canadian Music Week and CMJ.

A versatile artist, Mae performed the lead role "Emily," a renegade homeless musician, in Snow, an award-winning film written and directed by Rohan Fernando. Mae's on-screen performance in Snow premiered at California's Cinequest Film Festival and at the Atlantic Film Festival in 2011. Mae's song "Between the Bad" is featured in the movie's soundtrack, scored by Asif Illyas, which won the Atlantic Film Festival Award for Outstanding Music.

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Mike O'Neill - Andy Brown - Atlantic Airwaves , Saturday March 3, 2012

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On this weekends' edition of the program - A feature on Mike O'Neill and his new release 'Wild Lines' - and - A concert from Andy Brown from our East Coast Sessions.
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Mike O'Neill's music career began with the seminal indie-rock act The Inbreds. The duo, Mike on bass and Dave Ullrich on drums, rose to prominence in the early '90s, drawing the attention of the legendary Seattle label Sub Pop as well as the Atlantic Records' imprint Tag Recordings. The Inbreds eventually signed with Tag, toured the world, and made two more records before calling it quits in 1998. In their time together they garnered two Juno Nominations and reached number one on the Canadian national university charts. The bass and drums format helped set the band apart, but O'Neill's songwriting was what made the band relevant to this day. In 1999, O'Neill switched to guitar and set out to make his first solo record, 'What Happens Now' - That record was instantly added to commercial alternative radio stations as soon as it was released - As a result of this exposure, he won the first annual Canadian Music Week INDIE Award for Best Alternative Album. In 2004, Mike returned with 'The Owl' recorded at his home in Halifax. 'The Owl' was unanimously acclaimed and cemented his reputation as one of the country's most respected songwriters. Eight years later, Mike O'Neill has finaly released his pop masterpiece 'Wild Lines'. Each song is approached differently, having sounds that range from the explosion of the noon gun on the Halifax Citadel to the intimacy of a phone call between friends - It has hip hop drums and doo-wop harmonies, but because the production reflects O'Neill's tastes, the songs bear a familial resemblance - they make sense together.

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There are a more than a few great rock acts coming out of Atlantic Canada these days, and Fredericton New Brunswick's Andy Brown is emerging as one of them. Touted as a performer that 'gets into your head and heart', the Galaxie Rising Star winner has a contemporary folk-rock style all his own, taking you on a lyrical journey that transcends a realm torn between love, happiness, and sorrow. His hit song 'Ashes' was featured in season 2 of ABC's 'Rookie Blue', and only a couple of hours after the episode, his song and album landed at #1 on iTunes Canada's singer-songwriter chart and the melancholy love song reached #2 on the chart in the United States. Andy's honesty as a song writer, expressive showmanship, and soaring vocals has made him a fan-favourite wherever he performs, from a quaint theatre in North Carolina to the sprawling hall of Montreal's Corona Theatre. In early February we invited Andy Brown into our CBC Halifax Studio One to record an East Coast Session, and this week on Atlantic Airwaves you'll hear the results of that performance.

Rose Cousins - Steve Gates - Atlantic Airwaves, Saturday February 25, 2012

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On this weekends' edition of 'Atlantic Airwaves' - A feature on Rose Cousins and her new release 'We Have Made A Spark' - and - A Feature on Steve Gates and his debut solo recording 'A Bee In Her Mouth'.
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'We Have Made A Spark' follows Rose Cousins' two multi-award-winning albums 'The Send Off' (2009) produced by Luke Doucet and 'If You Were For Me' (2006) produced by CBC in Halifax. Yet another collection of stunning songs by Rose Cousins, her third album braves weighty topics.
"We develop patterns that keep us from moving forward. It takes a deep breath and a bucket of courage to face the uncomfortable, painful things we work so hard to avoid. Reward comes from recognizing the obstacle exists and pushing through fear."
Rooted in authenticity and conviction of voice, from driving opening track The Darkness to stark piano ballad Go First, you feel as though Rose Cousins sings for you, about your life. It is that sincerity that leads some to compare Cousins to our most beloved songwriters, and yet, her passionate delivery is distinctly, Rose. From writing songs from a tiny cabin without electricity on a New Hampshire island to the stage of one her many international tour stops her lone voice reaches out to listeners, all of us surrounded by our own forms of darkness, and charges us to have the courage to forge ahead.
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Recorded in a makeshift studio in a Halifax apartment and produced by John Critchley (Dan Mangan, Elliott Brood, Graham Wright), 'A Bee In Her Mouth' is Steve Gates' debut full-length record. Recording sessions started the day after a public talk given by Daniel Lanois during which he inspired his listeners to be reckless and trust themselves in the studio. The record features a number of prominent Halifax musicians such as Jenn Grant and Daniel Ledwell on 'Something New', as well as Rose Cousins on 'Down to the River'. Kris Pope (Acres and Acres, Jenn Grant, Down with the Butterfly) and Adam Fine (Gypsophila) each appear on a number of tracks, as do members of Steve's band, Caledonia. In this record, Gates abuses song forms old and new, filling them with his own stories and unique voice. The result is a record that is ragged and beautiful.

East Coast Blues Summit part 2 - Atlantic Airwaves - February 18, 2012

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On this weekends' edition of 'Atlantic Airwaves' - An East Coast Blues Summit part 2 featuring performances by Morgan Davis, Linda Carvery, Matt Andersen, Carson Downey, Theresa Malenfant and Garrett Mason
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The east coast has been a hotbed of blues music for, at least, the past fifty years. Many styles and influences...country blues, swing, urban and jump, to name a few, have contributed to what is now an east coast sound and approach. CBC in the Maritimes decided the time was right to showcase this wealth of blues and to produce a musical special for radio, television and online. The East Coast Blues Summit brings together those influences, styles, and an incredible group of Maritime singers and musicians on one stage performing some of the music that inspired them as well as originals. Matt Andersen, Morgan Davis, Linda Carvery, Garrett Mason, Theresa Malenfant and Carson Downey are all award winning artists with deep blues roots and emotional delivery. The band is a special group of players, all being recording artists in their own right. From the very first notes of rehearsals right through to showtime there was an atmosphere of excitement and joy to be playing together.

Dylan Guthro - Steven Bowers - on Atlantic Airwaves, February 4, 2012

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On this Saturday's Atlantic Airwaves - two features - Dylan Guthro with his debut recording All That's True - And Steven Bowers with his new recording Boethuk Words.

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Singer songwriter Dylan Guthro is proof of the old adage that the acorn doesn't fall far from the tree. Following in the fairly large footsteps of his Dad, Bruce Guthro, Dylan is set to join the family business with the release of his debut recording All That's True. And what is true about this recording is that he has learned his lessons well. The record leaves no doubt that this is a talented singer-songwriter with a very bright future. The songs are solid and sincere, and the musicianship superb.

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Steven Bowers is a singer songwriter who is not afraid to put a lot of miles under his wheels. Originally from Newfoundland and having established himself here on the East Coast he now calls Alberta home, at least for now. Maybe that's what got him thinking about the impermanent nature of life and the fact that our little lives are brief fleeting moments in the overall scheme of things. Steven was back in Halifax for some shows and he dropped by for a chat about his new recording Beothuk Words.

Allan Cooper - Ashley Condon - Atlantic Airwaves Saturday January 28, 2012

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On this weekend's edition of the program we'll have a feature on Allan Cooper and his latest release Rose Dale - Also, a feature on Music PEI Award winner Ashley Condon and album Come In From The Cold

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It's been nine years since Allan Cooper released his last album, but now he's back with a new project he calls 'Rose Dale'. You might remember the New Brunswick poet and songwriter as part of the award winning roots blues group Isaac Blewett and Cooper from the late 90's. Since that time Allan has been concentrating primarily on his poetry, the lure of music could not be ignored. This time around Allan teamed up with his daughter Kate and some of New Brunswick's finest musicians to create a project who's musical landscape is larger and lusher that any of his previous works. Through this process Allan, who always tried to separate his poetic and lyrical writing, finally realized they both share many commonalities. Melody and rhythm being the most important.

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Raised between two potato fields on Prince Edward Island, Ashley Condon is the grandchild of Bill Leblanc, a Canadian country pioneer who once spent the night in jail with Hank Snow. Like pecan pie - sweet and nutty - Ashley has won audiences over with her larger-than-life stage presence and down-to-earth charm. As a performing artist, Ashley has more than eighteen years of stage experience and a degree in Theatre Studies from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College; a testament to her strength as both a songwriter and entertainer. Last week, during the 2012 Music PEI Awards, Ashley was presented two trophies including New Artist Of The Year.

Becky Siamon - Caleb Miles - Atlantic Airwaves Saturday Jaunary 21, 2012

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On this weekend's edition of the program we'll have a feature on Becky Siamon and her debut solo album Breakfast Epiphanies - Also, a feature on Caleb Miles and his recent release Strange Weather
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On January 28th Becky Siamon will release her long awaited CD. It will be one of the events of the In The Dead Of Winter Festival. held in Halifax each year about this time. You may remember her from such notable Halifax groups as The Johnson Sisters and The Hurtin' Unit. But with her debut solo recording Breakfast Epiphanies, Becky serves up a mixture of music that draws heavily on the music she loves; blues, jazz, reggae and roots. The album release concert will be held at The Bus Stop Theatre on Saturday January 28th - showtime is 11:00pm.

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Caleb Miles cut his musical teeth under the blazing sun of New Mexico's high desert, playing lead guitar in original rock'n'roll bands throughout the 1980s and early 90s. He joined The Illegal Aliens at the age of fifteen and continued his musical apprenticeship in bands such as Sundog, F.O.R., and A Murder Of Crows. Albuquerque at that time offered little reward for the aspiring musician, but it did foster hard-edged determination, strength of purpose, an outlaw sense of community, and an appreciation for sweaty bodies writhing in dance-induced ecstasy. His guitar sound is shaped by his desert days: sharp, clear, and dry like the sage-scented air. Lawless like the Old West. In 2005 he moved to Nova Scotia expecting to surrender to rural solitude and an early retirement from the stage. He has found instead a rich and rocking community of musicians, songwriters, performers and listeners with whom to share his ongoing musical adventures. In 2006 he recorded BRICKYARD ROAD, a rootsy assemblage of spare parts and previously unfinished tunes that served as an introduction to his new audience. In 2008 he released MEMORY WELL, featuring twelve new songs graced by contributions from several talented local friends. His latest recording, Strange Weather, is entirely a one man creation, from the production to the recording to playing all the instruments.

The Black Family - Ian Alistair Gosbee - on Atlantic Airwaves, January 14, 2012

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On this weekend's edition of the program - A concert from Ireland's Black Family with Mary Black, and a feature on Ian Alistair Gosbee and his latest recording 'Invisible'.
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Featuring Mary, Frances, Michael and Shay, the Black Family is one of the most important musical families in Ireland. The Black Family started performing in the folk clubs of Dublin in the 1970s. While sisters Mary and Frances rank among the best-selling folk artists in the world, the three albums that they recorded with their brothers - Shay, Michael, and Martin - document the strength of this family collaboration. Their music was inherited from their parents - their father Kevin was a fiddle player from Rathlin Island, while their mother Patty, sang traditional and music hall songs. Michael, Shay and Frances performed at Celtic Colours in 1999, but this was be Mary's first time. And, what a time they had!

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The acoustic guitar is and always will be synonymous with Halifax's music scene. It's an old city comprised of a vibrant collage of old school sounds with new school flavors. Nothing vibes with city quite like six strings on wood and no one embodies that feeling quite like Ian Alistair Gosbee. The multi talented singer/song writer has been grooming himself for a career in music since he was a five years old, sneaking down to the basement to wail on his brother drum kit in secret. Though his talent has earned him performances in Europe, the United States, and the Caribbean, Ian has always felt his most rewarding gigs have always been charity centered here in Canada. In 2007 he lent his talents to Bands for Breast Cancer, and was featured on CTV. In 2008 he showcased his abilities during the Human Rights Torch Relay concert in protest of China's abysmal human rights record and their being awarded the Olympic Games by the International Olympic Committee. Though he takes his career as a musician seriously, he's never afraid to have some fun, as he fronted Nova Scotia's favorite Kiss tribute Dressed 2 Kill. While remaining active locally and playing a whopping 180 solo shows in 2009, most of Ian's energies are currently being poured into songwriting. His first solo album 'Music' was release summer of 2011 and his follow up album 'Invisible' was released just last week. "I like to think of myself as an open musician. I don't want my music to become stale, so I'm always trying to expand on my styles and keep pushing myself."

Amelia Curran & Symphony NS - BackYard Devils - On Atlantic Airwaves - January 7, 2012

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On this weekends' edition of Atlantic Airwaves we'll have a concert from Amelia Curran & Symphony NS - and - A feature on The BackYard Devils and their award winning debut self titled album.
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Amelia Curran on stage with Symphony Nova Scotia - it's been quite a journey from busking the street corners of St. John's, but the real story here is the Poet-Songwriter's uncanny ability to deliver her insights into the human condition, no matter the venue. Sometimes sentimental, more often frank and revealing with a touch of wry self deprecation, Amelia's work ranks with the best Songwriting Poets of our time - each song a condensed meditation; a universe in a grain of sand.

You might be tempted to think that a lush Symphonic treatment might betray the intent of the self-confessed minimalist poet, but fresh arrangements by long-time friends Erin Costelo and Phil Sedore, along with settings by Rebecca Pellett are a sympathetic backdrop for Amelia Curran's very personal songs.

Symphony Nova Scotia is well known for it's successful run of collaborations with many of this country's finest songwriters - this time Shalom Bard is at the podium, and he conducts the orchestra with great aplomb. From the stage of the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax, Nova Scotia it's Juno Award winner Amelia Curran live in concert with Symphony Nova Scotia.

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With their first album under their belt and 3 Music NB awards (Emerging Artist, Country Album of the Year & Group Recording of the Year) you'll find The BackYard Devils raising hell with their foot stomping music any place they can. And that's just the way they like it.

Fancy isn't a word often heard in Eastern Canada and there is nothing fancy about The BackYard Devils. They're simply playing the music they love. Their debut album is a well blended mix of dirty country, rockabilly and bluegrass. The musicianship runs deep in this band and although they're playing old styles they have managed to put their own twist to it.

When lead singer Erik Arsenault made a decision to move back to his hometown after a 4 year stay in the mountains of Alberta, big brother Remi flew west, and on the long drive home, the brothers laid down the foundation for The Backyard Devils. A dirty country and bluegrass band that would cater to young and old. From punk rockers to country & bluegrass fans. The brothers recruited Chris Belliveau, a talented and highly demanded guitar player with a love for roots music and Dillon Robicheau, a seasoned bluegrass mandolin and banjo player out of Nova Scotia to help create the vision. With a swinging guitar rhythm, doghouse bass slaps, smashing guitar solos and lightning quick banjo and mandolin lines, The BackYard Devils managed to hammer down their own sound in an old fashion style, just like the brothers had planned.

In January 2011, over three of the coldest days that winter, the band laid down 13 tracks live off the floor. With songs about guns, girls, god, drinking and outlaws, The BackYard Devils left the studio knowing that they recorded exactly what they intended to; an album that reflected what they sounded like onstage. From the first note, you can feel how much these guys love playing together.

A King's Christmas - On Atlantic Airwaves - Saturday December 24, 2011

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On this week's edition of Atlantic Airwaves we'll have a very special presentation - 'A King's Christmas'
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Seeing as it is Christmas Eve and all, we have a very special concert for you this week - The 4th annual 'King's Christmas',a presentation of readings and music for the season recorded at All Saints Cathedral in Halifax. The concert features the voices of The Chapel Choir Of The University Of King's College under the direction of multi Grammy award winning composer and organist Paul Halley and his equally talented son Nick Halley. The reader is author and university professor Alexander MacLeod who brings several readings from the Maritime region

The Choir had it's beginnings in the early 1970's with the purpose of leading the worship at the Thursday Eucharists at King's - In 2007 Paul Halley was appointed Director of music for the Chapel and since then he's built the group into an exceptional ensemble, which now includes touring and recording among it's activities.

East Coast Blues Summit

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Don't know if you caught the TV broadcast of of 'The East Coast Blues Summit', but if you didn't, here it is

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Music of the Season - On Atlantic Airwaves - Saturday December 17, 2011

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On this weekend's edition of the program, music for the season from Atlantic Canadian Artists
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Eric Angus Whyte - Darren McMullen - on Atlantic Airwaves - December 3, 2011

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On this edition of Atlantic Airwaves we'll have two features for you - Eric Angus Whyte and his recent release 'Luddite Sons' - and - Darren McMullen his latest release 'Shoes For Molly'.
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In 2003, Eric Angus Whyte abandoned a short-lived dream of moving to Israel to work on a kibbutz - Instead, he recorded a collection of original folk songs called 'Always Home' - He wasn't sure it was the best idea but it certainly got him broke - Eric says the musical road doesn't pay much, but it does provide him with a never-ending supply of amusement - Since 2003 that musical road has taken him across Canada, south of the border and across the sea to Ireland, into prisons and resorts, churches and pubs, hockey rinks and Walt Disney movie sets - This past week, Eric released his most recent recording, Luddite Sons, which was recorded and produced earlier this year in Halifax by Canadian folk/rock legend, Stephen Fearing.

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Darren McMullen has been behind one instrument or another since the age of four - first a piano then a guitar then anything he could lay his hands on - His list of on-stage weapons now includes mandolin, bouzouki, tenor banjo, whistles, guitar and bass. His first regular gig was with the Halifax band "The Cornerboys" - He chorded his way through the audition, told the band he was a traditional music fanatic, got the gig, and swiftly went home to start teaching himself some traditional music - But, once he found the genre, there was no going back - One job rolled into the next as Darren learned new instruments along the way. Since then, Darren has been busy touring and performing with a wide range of bands including the Colin Grant Band, J.P. Cormier, Pogey, Dave Gunning, Matt Andersen, Bruce Guthro, Matt Minglewood, David Francey and The Rankins. Last spring Darren hit the studio to record a new album. - Armed with his truckload of instruments and friends including Matt Andersen, Colin Grant, Jason MacDonald, Rachel Davis, Jason Roach, and Dave Gunning, Darren emerged with the recording 'Shoes For Molly' which he released at Celtic Colours back in October.

Al Tuck - The Once - On Atlantic Airwaves - Saturday November 26, 2011

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On this Saturday's edition of the program we have two features - Al Tuck and his new release 'Under Your Shadow' - and - The Once with their new release 'Row Upon Row And The People They Know'.
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"Living legend Al Tuck is on a prolific tear and there's a superb quality to the quantity of his output, as evident on this gorgeous, unexpected record. After going years without easily accessible new albums, Tuck's affairs have been in particularly great shape since 2010′s Food for the Moon, his most cohesive and brilliant release until now. His focus remains sharp on Under Your Shadow, another gorgeous collection from one of the keenest minds in all of songwriting. The musical accompaniment is sparse and tasteful, performed with the deepest sense of craft and innovation, yet steeped in folk and blues traditions, where its sophistication might easily be underestimated. The focus though is on Tuck's cool, alluring voice and playfully dark, endearing lyrics, which help songs like "Slappin' the Make on You" (produced by Joel Plaskett), "Every Day Winning," and "Ducktown" charmingly cut a rug through your mind. One of a kind, Al Tuck's genius is brightly exhibited on Under Your Shadow." - Vish Khanna, Exclaim! Magazine

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Since their first album was released in August 2009, The Once have seen exploding success. They've got four Music NL awards, two East Coast Music Awards and two Canadian Folk Music Awards on their mantelpieces; have played on national radio programs and at Atlantic Canada House during the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and have shared the bill on an Irish tour with Juno-winning singer/songwriter Amelia Curran. It was a labour of love, of growth and of adventure, Andrew Dale, Geraldine Hollett and Phil Churchill said, that saw them taking more risks than on their first, self-titled album, and a huge step forward in their career. "The first record -- and we love it, we're not writing it off as a lesser work -- was, in a lot of ways, a much safer record in terms of material," Dale explained. "It was songs that we were comfortable with and we stuck with that, whereas with this album we really pushed ourselves to create something new." It comes down to being more comfortable and trusting in their own abilities, each other and the managing team and record label behind them, the trio says.

On the program for Saturday November 19, 2011 - The Boys & Their Ballads

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On this weekends' edition of the program we'll bring you a concert from the 2011 Celtic Colours International Festival titled 'The Boys & Their Ballads' featuring Buddy MacDonald, Dougie MacLean, Archie Fisher and James Keelaghan.
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Dougie MacLean has been at the forefront of the Celtic music revival since the early 1970s. He was a member of such respected bands as the Tannahill Weavers and Silly Wizard. Since 1983 he has performed extensively as a solo artist and with his own backing band. At the same time he has established his own record label, Dunkeld Records, and a wonderful festival called Perthshire Amber. Dougie was presented the OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to music and charity in Scotland by Queen Elizabeth.

An avid horseman and master guitarist, singer and songwriter Archie Fisher is Scotland's foremost troubadour and was inducted into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame and in 2006 was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire), a prestigious honor nominated by his peers and bestowed by Queen Elizabeth.

James Keelaghan is one of the finest songwriters of this or any other age and is both a national treasure and one of the most popular male folksingers on the planet. His masterful story telling has, over the course of nine recordings, been part of the bedrock of his success, earning Keelaghan nominations and awards - including a Juno and acclaim from Australia to Scandinavia.

And Cape Breton's own man of song, Buddy MacDonald, completes this truly rare lineup of modern day balladeers. Born and brought up on the Northern Shores of Cape Breton Island, Buddy was exposed at an early age, to the singing and storytelling of some of the great Celtic singers of his native Island. Much of his song-writing is still influenced by this style he was so familiar with as a young boy.

On the program for Saturday November 12, 2011 - David Myles feature 'Into The Sun'

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On this weekends' edition of the program we'll bring you a feature on David Myles and his latest recording 'Into The Sun'
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With his new album, Into the Sun, David Myles whisks us away on an exhilarating musical adventure that explores his long-time love of Brazilian and African music. Already known for his versatility and ability to fuse styles, David takes us further afield with this record by introducing rhythms and instrumentation most often reserved for world music audiences. The result is a sound that is uniquely David Myles. With influences as obvious to pop audiences as Paul Simon and as obscure as Brazilian icon Jorge Ben, David is the ideal tour guide. The surprising and intricate songwriting is framed by carefully constructed arrangements, soaring harmonies and flawless musicianship. At the heart of it all, is the songwriting that has made David a favourite with audiences and critics alike. A gifted and spirited writer, David often co-writes and collaborates with artists from across many genres. "Simple Pleasures" is his second collaboration with Canadian hip hop star, Classified. The Myles penned, Classified produced "Simple Pleasures" is a follow-up to a collaboration that started with Classified's own single "The Day Doesn't Die" - a co-write that features David's vocals. Into the Sun is David's fifth studio recording and his sixth album. Co-produced with Charles Austin and Graeme Campbell in Halifax, Into the Sun is an exuberant follow-up to the award-winning Turn Time Off, and takes us a little deeper in to the wonderful world of David Myles.

On the program for Saturday November 5, 2011 - BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet - Phil Flowers

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On this Saturday's edition of the program - A feature on Moncton New Brunswick's Phil Flowers and his award winning recording 'People People' - and a concert from Louisiana's BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet recorded at the 2011 Celtic Colours International Festival
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Phil Flowers is five nights a week in a hotel room. Phil Flowers is a typewriter and a guitar. Phil Flowers is cigarettes and whiskey. Following the untimely dissolution of Moncton, New Brunswick's The Courage of Being, Phil Flowers, armed with resolution and an acoustic guitar, went off on his own with the intention of making music that reflects the anxieties of existence and the integrity of true art thru traditional forms. Under the heavy influence of American folk music, blues, and jazz, Flowers creates the perfect atmosphere for his fiercely imagist lyrics about social heartache, deception, and candour. Not long after Phil Flowers set out on this new endeavour, a handful of early recordings were made public, a handful of demos including one "Sonny Resident", and the masses were hooked, afflicted with a new aural addiction. Though often performing alone with nothing more than an acoustic guitar and a harmonica, Phil Flowers is often accompanied onstage by the Empty Seats a group consisting of Marc-Andre Belliveau(drums), Marc Landry (bass) and Mathieu Leblanc and If you may chance to bear witness to this collaboration, you will know that there is something unusual in the atmosphere. With passion and soul, you'll be brought to the summits of mountains and so far down into the chasms below. You'll be marked for many days and nights thereafter. .

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Since forming in 1975, Grammy winners BeauSoleil have claimed their undisputed role as the most esteemed Cajun group in music. BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet take the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana and artfully blend elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country, blues and more into a satisfying musical recipe. From The Grand Ole Opry to Newport Folk, from concert hall to dance floor, the music of BeauSoleil continues to captivate audiences the world over. This was the first visit for Beausoleil to Cape Breton Island. Nova Scotia was the place where their ancestors were deported from in the 1750's - A long road home.

On the program for Saturday October 29, 2011 - John Campbelljohn - Crowdis Bridge

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On this weekends' edition - two features - John Campbelljohn and his new release 'Celtic Blues Live In Hamburg' - Crowdis Bridge and their debut full length recording 'The Seasons And The Rhymes'

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Nova Scotia's Campbelljohn has been touring Germany for several years, and in fact is so popular there, he has a record deal in the country, and has discs come out there unique to that land, or before they are issued in Canada. This time, he's showing us why he's loved in Deutschland. Recorded with a loving club audience, Campbelljohn is in solo mode for this disc, proving his mastery at slide, mandolin, and fun. Mixing originals with classics, he slips back and forth between John the Maritimer on the road to John the veteran German traveller. His closing number in fact is called Autobahn John, a funny take on his speedy ways up and down the highways of his second home. But it's not like he's denying his heritage; lead track No Philosopher tackles a common problem here in the East Coast scene, which has often been dominated by Celtic music, or the "fiddle music" as you'll hear some complain. Campbelljohn sings "would it hurt your Celtic colours if I paint them blue sometime?" He, no doubt, has felt this more than others, coming from Cape Breton, and often being looked over in favour of the Scots-Irish tradition.

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Cape Breton's Crowdis Bridge are a folk-bluegrass band who have succeeded in riding their cool cadence to recent national radio airplay on CBC Radio 2's Drive...like local culture bearers, however, the band keeps with the qualities that make all traditional music timeless: familiar lyrical themes, a focus on musicianship, and a joyous swing capable of filling dance floors despite the absence of drum samples and amplified bass lines. Crowdis Bridge just released their first full length recording 'The Seasons and The Rhymes'

On the program for Saturday October 15, 2011 - Ian Foster - Rebekah Higgs

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On this weekends' edition of Atlantic Airwaves - Two features - Ian Foster and his new release 'Evening Light' - and - Rebekah Higgs and her new release 'Odd Fellowship'

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Ian Foster is familiar with the cycle of a song. Since 2006, the Newfoundland-based songwriter has been writing, recording and touring his work around Canada and Europe. His latest release, The Evening Light, showcases songs inspired by the road, and by an examination of home that can only be made from the distance of travel. His music combines many of the classic elements of folk songwriting and storytelling with newer approaches to the genre. His albums contain a mix of traditional instruments (banjo, upright bass, accordion, violin and cello all appear on his newest release) and modern instruments and effects. He regularly plays both electric and acoustic live, making tasteful use of looping and delay effects to create a bigger sound than one would expect from a solo player. A road warrior, Ian spends about half of every year playing shows, festivals, and conferences abroad, and regular shows all year long in his home province. His music has been played on radio internationally, from Newfoundland to the Netherlands. He has been nominated for multiple MusicNL (Newfoundland) and ECMA (East Coast Music Awards) over the last few years (including SOCAN Songwriter of the Year), and has been a finalist in the ISC (International Songwriting Competition), based out of Nashville, TN. He also has numerous co-writing credits, including one with the legendary folk songwriter Ron Hynes.

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It's been four years since Rebekah Higgs made a follow-up to her self-titled debut album. Since then Rebekah was busy with her alter-ego of Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees. Now she is back as her own with the second album Odd Fellowship. The ten-track effort was produced by Brian Deck, the hard-working vet who has worked on major releases from the likes of Modest Mouse, Iron and Wine, and Califone. While Rebekah's sweet, playful voice, looped on her Kaoss pad, drives this album, Odd Fellowship is underwritten by a subtle maturity and songwriting confidence - an admirable journey for a former theatre student who taught herself to play guitar. An album designed to take the party from late night to lazy brunch, Rebekah experiments with musical styles, shifting gracefully from melodic folk to psych-pop, with big guitar licks and tight laptop beats.

On the program for Saturday October 15, 2011 - Barra MacNeils

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On this week's edition - The Barra MacNeils in concert from the 2011 Bluenose Marathon Weekend
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When it comes to getting an audience off their seats and to the dance floor - there are few bands better than The Barra MacNeils.

This family based band from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, has been touring the world for over twenty years with their unique brand of Celtic music. So, they were the perfect choice to headline the closing party at the 2011 Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon race weekend in Halifax. Thousands of people participated in the event, running from five Ks. to a full marathon, and by Sunday night - they were exhilarated and exhausted. But, the minute the Barra MacNeil's hit the stage - they found new energy and danced the night away.

On the program for Saturday October 8, 2011 - Women In Tune

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On this weekends' edition of the program - WOMEN IN TUNE - We'll bring you a concert from the 2010 Celtic Colours International Festival held on Cape Breton Island.Women In Tune web.jpg
The annual Celtic Colours International Festival is nine days of music performed in towns and villages all over Cape Breton Island. These concerts bring together performers from all over the Celtic world. This concert, 'Women In Tune', was recorded at the Whycocomagh Education Center in the village of Whycocomagh.

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The Celtic world has always been blessed with strong female artists and for this concert we have more than our share. Natalie MacMaster returns home to where she played many a fundraiser or square dance earlier in her career. This was a special reunion with her long-time pal and former band-mate Tracey Dares MacNeil. Motherhood and miles have only added to the richness of their music together. Liz Doherty combines her trio, Louise Hunter - fiddle, Jim Woods - accordion & bodhran, and Ian Carr on guitar, with gal pal Andrea Beaton (who is Natalie's first cousin). Irish harpist Laoise Kelly was so fabulously received last year that she just had to come back. Niamh Ní Charra is known from her Riverdance days as a fiddler, but in this concert we get to hear her first love, the concertina. And Mollie O'Brien shares the soulful and heartfelt songs that make the evening complete. Most of these amazing women are already friends or colleagues and have performed together before.

On the program for Saturday October 1, 2011 - Erin Costelo & Stephen Fearing in concert

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On this week's edition - A concert from Erin Costelo and Stephan Fearing recorded earlier the same day as part of CBC 75th celebrations.
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We'll be bringing a special concert which we'll be recording earlier the same day featuring performances by Erin Costelo and Stephen Fearing. They will also be combining their talents by collaborating on a couple of numbers, the first time they've done so.

If you are in the Halifax Area, we would like to invite you to be a part of the live taping. It will take place in a large tent at the CBC TV site, 1840 Bell Rd., from 11:00am to 12:00pm. Admission is free.

You will also have a chance to enjoy more entertainment during Information Morning, Mainstreet, Weekend Mornings and Radio-Canada segments following our concert recording. Our radio and television hosts will join in the celebration.

Bring the kids, because Jeremie Saunders host of Artzooka! will be there to do crafts with them, there will be a Hockey Night in Canada area, and Whyatt from Kids' CBC program Super Why! will be on the look out for super spellers. Balloon artists and face painters will also be here.

There'll also be a display of radio equipment used through the years. And who knows, you might even spot a retired CBC host along the tour. And there will be a BBQ with proceeds going to Feed Nova Scotia and of course 75th anniversary cake.

Please join us on Saturday, Oct. 1, at our CBC Bell Road location and help mark 75 years with the CBC. It's going to be a lot of fun, because it's "Yours to Celebrate."

On the program for Saturday September 17, 2011 - Carmel Mikol, Young River

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On this weekends' edition of the program - a feature on Carmel Mikol and her new recording 'Creature' - and - a feature on Young River and their self-titled debut album.
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A triple nominee at the 2011 East Coast Music Awards, Carmel Mikol has always been a songwriter. From her childhood on a family farm in rural Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, to her current "home" on the road, Carmel has built her life around crafting songs, collecting stories, and carving poetry out of the human experience. After a year of touring extensively across Canada and the US with her celebrated debut album "In My Bones", Carmel recently returned home to Cape Breton to create her newest recording "Creature".

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The members of Young River met at a three way intersection somewhere in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They write modern day nocturnes about the fine lines between secrets and announcements, lust and love, and good and evil. The sound has a history. It pays respect to the seeds of rock and roll and the sweet-nothings of love songs. Their self-titled debut album to be released in the late fall of 2011 is a lyrical expression of the things we all keep to ourselves, combined with sweltering guitar solos over due-paying rock and roll rhythms. With the release of their first record, Young River will be found chasing white and yellow lines, making noise, and doing time.

On the program for Saturday September 17, 2011

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On this week's edition of the program - two features - Babette Hayward with her new recording 'You Might Be Somebody' - and - Andrew Hunter & The Gatherers and their new recording 'War Horses'

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Babette Hayward has been named one of 10 finalists in the Mountain Stage Newsong songwriting competition. She is the only person from New Brunswick among the finalists and one of only two from Atlantic Canada. Now, Hayward and her lyrics are competing on an international scale. Babette Hayward finished her debut album You Might Be Somebody earlier this year. Some advance copies have already been released. She has signed on with Indica Records and the album will be released in October under the label. She'll also be able to tour the country with Indica and tour Australia with its partner label, Code One. Babette's inspired by her natural environment and says most artists often absorb inspiration from the world around them. The Maritime environment has influenced her music."My lyrics are inspired by landscape and I spent a lot of time growing up out in Belleisle Bay and I think spending summers there (has influenced me)," she said. "It's important for me to be in a kind of place of solitude when I'm writing and I draw from landscapes a lot." Lately, the artist has been playing mostly in the region. She's a frequent face at Bourbon Quarter in Saint John, the Red Herring in St. Andrews and the Capital in Fredericton. She recently played the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso, N.S., and the Dooryard Arts Festival in Woodstock.

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East Coast Music Award & Music Nova Scotia Award Nominees Andrew Hunter & The Gatherers are back with their highly anticipated new album "Warhorses".
Produced by Darren Van Niekerk (Matt Mays, K-OS) and recorded at Halifax's famed Sonic Temple, this is the first offering since their 2009 debut, which featured the award winning hit, "Feel Good Song". They have toured across Canada and since shared stages with The Trews, Hey Ocean!, Joel Plaskett, Jimmy Rankin, Matt Mays and many more.... Here's what the early critics are saying about the bands new sound: "One listen to the first single "One Good Reason" (which cracked top 30 in Canada) from upcoming record Warhorses reveals a band with energetic, power-pop sensibilities and arguably endless potential for success." - Ken Kelley, Times & Transcript Review
The new album Warhorses drops on September 20th and the band heads out on tour shortly after..

On the program for Saturday September 10, 2011

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On this weekends' edition of Atlantic Airwaves - we'll have two features on two new Albums - Halifax based singer songwriter Bonnie Ste Croix's 'Canadian Girl' and Cape Breton's Carleton Stone and his new self titled release.
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The album 'Canadian Girl' was conceived when Bonnie Ste Croix, the Gaspe-born singer-songwriter, whose roots-pop songs have several times crossed over to commercial radio, decided last year to move her family from Vancouver to Halifax to be closer to her ailing mother. As she contemplated the impending road trip, she realized just how at home she felt in each city of Canada and how much she looked forward to seeing her old friends and visiting her favourite landmarks. She began to see all of Canada as one big home town and decided to make an album to celebrate that idea. While Ste-Croix and her family cleaned out the old home, packed boxes and filled their trailer with camping gear, she also began making phone calls - booking studio time in each province and inviting artists to join her there. Traveling across the country, she stopped in the Western Provinces and recorded. Then, as soon as she'd settled into Halifax, she went back out on the road, hitting the provinces and territories she missed along the way and recording tracks with some of those regions' best-known exports. If there's such a thing as a timeless, classic, Canadian-sounding roots album, Canadian Girl is it. Ste-Croix's mellifluous, honeyed vocals are layered over gorgeous harmony tracks and sweet, homespun acoustic roots instrumentation. The players include multiple Juno-winning fiddler Natalie MacMaster, WCMA-winning guitarist Joel Fafard, Juno-winning singer-songwriter-guitarist Stephen Fearing (on the Six String Nation guitar), and legendary Quebec fiddler Claude Methé - along with his family band, Dentdelion. The voices include ECMA-winner Catherine MacLellan, B.C. Entertainment Hall of Famer Shari Ulrich, Juno-winning Yellowknife artist Leela Gilday, two-time CFMA-winning Newfoundland singers The Once, and WCMA-nominated Yukon songwriter Kim Beggs.

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Carleton Stone, the charismatic young performer and soulful songwriter from Cape Breton honed his reputation in Maritime indie clubs. Now he's set to take the next big step with the release of his self-titled album, produced by Juno Award-winning Hawsley Workman (Tegan and Sara, Hey Rosetta!, and Great Big Sea). Carleton teamed up with some of Canada's most promising young writers to pen tunes for the album, including Hawksley, Emma-Lee, Morgan Cameron Ross, Ian Sherwood, Molly Thomason and Jamie Robinson. The creative energy was undeniable. "I've always written songs since I was a kid," says Carleton. " But the co-writing put a real spark back into the creative process for me... the light just went on." The new album, to be released on GroundSwell Music, was recorded at Blue Rodeo's Woodshed Studio with some of Toronto's A-list musicians. Drawing on Carleton's sweeping influences, the songs move from the cheeky guitar-driven pop-rock of Sheets to country-inspired Million Dollar Heart, co-written with Workman. There's gospel-influenced R&B, happy retro-pop, and even some radio-ready edgy rock.

On the program for Saturday September 3, 2011

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On this week's edition of the program - Two features - Ria Mae and her debut recording 'Under Your Skin' - and - Ben Caplan and The Casual Smokers and their debut CD 'In The Time Of The Great Remembering'
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Halifax-based songwriter Ria Mae is a complex person. There's Ria the songwriter, and Ria the performer - then there's Ria the poet, and Ria the person. All related but somehow different. But Ria's been given a great gift. The ability to be weave all those personas into one clear focus. Creating music - her music - Moody, melancholic and melodic she ventures into the depths of her vulnerability and surfaces with strength and clarity - and the voice; - enough character to crack the stoutest heart
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The music of Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers is diverse, ranging from poetic ballads to frenetic gypsy anthems, but even when the band delivers the roughest of bar room stomps, there is a surprising depth and musicianship to the songs. Expressive percussion, upright bass, violin, sax, clarinet, flute, and terrific use of call and response sing-along choruses all help Caplan & The Casual Smokers stand out from the masses influenced by the same sounds.

On the program for Saturday August 20, 2011

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On this Saturday's edition of Atlantic Airwaves - The final program in our Summer Playlist series - This week's co-host will be award winning singer songwriter ANDY BROWN.
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Each week, all summer long, Stephanie will be joined by an Atlantic Canadian Artist who will choose all the music for the program - They'll talk about the music they're listening to and why we should listen as well - We'll also get a bit of an inside track on what's going on in their lives and music.

On the program for Saturday August 13, 2011

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On this Saturday's edition of Atlantic Airwaves - Part 6 in our Summer Playlist series - This week's co-host will be award winning singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist IAN SHERWOOD.
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Each week, all summer long, Stephanie will be joined by an Atlantic Canadian Artist who will choose all the music for the program - They'll talk about the music they're listening to and why we should listen as well - We'll also get a bit of an inside track on what's going on in their lives and music.

On the program for Saturday August 6, 2011

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On this Saturday's edition of Atlantic Airwaves - Part 5 in our Summer Playlist series - This week's co-host will be award winning singer songwriter CHRISTINA MARTIN
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Each week, all summer long, Stephanie will be joined by an Atlantic Canadian Artist who will choose all the music for the program - They'll talk about the music they're listening to and why we should listen as well - We'll also get a bit of an inside track on what's going on in their lives and music.

On the program for Saturday July 30, 2011

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On this Saturday's edition of Atlantic Airwaves - Part 4 in our Summer Playlist series - This week's co-host will be award winning singer songwriter and guitarist CHARLIE A'COURT.
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Each week, all summer long, Stephanie will be joined by an Atlantic Canadian Artist who will choose all the music for the program - They'll talk about the music they're listening to and why we should listen as well - We'll also get a bit of an inside track on what's going on in their lives and music.

On the program for Saturday July 23, 2011

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On this Saturday's edition of Atlantic Airwaves - Part 3 in our Summer Playlist series - This week's co-host will be award winning singer songwriter NORMA MACDONALD
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Each week, all summer long, Stephanie will be joined by an Atlantic Canadian Artist who will choose all the music for the program - They'll talk about the music they're listening to and why we should listen as well - We'll also get a bit of an inside track on what's going on in their lives and music.

On the program for Saturday July 16, 2011

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On this Saturday's edition of Atlantic Airwaves - Part 2 in our Summer Playlist series - This week's co-host will be award winning singer songwriter DENNIS ELLSWORTH of 'The Haunted Hearts'.
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Each week, all summer long, Stephanie will be joined by an Atlantic Canadian Artist who will choose all the music for the program - They'll talk about the music they're listening to and why we should listen as well - We'll also get a bit of an inside track on what's going on in their lives and music.

On the program for Saturday July 9, 2011

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On this Saturday's edition of Atlantic Airwaves - Part 1 in our Summer Playlist series - This week's co-host will be JUNO and ECMA winner MEAGHAN SMITH
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Each week, all summer long, Stephanie will be joined by an Atlantic Canadian Artist who will choose all the music for the program - They'll talk about the music they're listening to and why we should listen as well - We'll also get a bit of an inside track on what's going on in their lives and music.

On the program for Saturday July 2, 2011

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On this weekends' edition of Atlantic Airwaves we have a very special concert - It's another in the Symphony Nova Scotia pops series and it will feature two of the regions finest female singer songwriters - Erin Costelo and Meaghan Smith.
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Meaghan is riding high after her recent JUNO Award and an ECMA, and Erin celebrated this concert with the first performance of a brand new CBC commission written, arranged and performed by Erin with Symphony Nova Scotia. from Erin's smoky, soulful ballads to Meaghan's playful takes on serious matters of the heart, the two of them completely enchanted the audience at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax. They were backed up by the rich sounds of Symphony Nova Scotia conducted by Bernhard Gueller.

On the program for Saturday June 25, 2011

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On this Weekends' edition of Atlantic Airwaves - A feature on the debut solo instrumental recording from Donna Rhodenizer, 'Musically Yours' - and a feature on 'The Wood Buffalo Youth Song Project' from Keith Mullins, Thom Swift, Steven Bowers and the kids from ten schools in Northern Alberta.

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Mulitlpe award winner Donna Rhodenizer is an accomplished songwriter and composer. Her song lyrics sparkle with imagination and humour and reflect a writer who has the ability to reach into the imaginations and hearts of children (and their parents!). She is a music education specialist who has been teaching elementary school music for over 25 years. She has written three song collections with companion CDs for elementary level students as well as co-writing a fourth book with fellow writer/performer Andy Duinker. Drawing on her experience as a classical violinist and her traditional folk roots, Donna is getting ready to release her first solo instrumental recording titled 'Musically Yours'. This collection is a delightfully eclectic mix of gentle waltzes, toe-tapping fiddle tunes and beautiful melodies. Donna created the musical arrangements for all the songs as well as contributing her playing skills on violin/fiddle, piano and accordion; and invited some of Nova Scotia's finest musicians to join her to create this recording.

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A few years back, as a way to expand his school shows that he's been doing for the past ten years, Keith Mullins wanted to create something that was more along the lines of what he was all about. He approached Steven Bowers about creating a "Music Creation Workshop" for schools. He envisioned a presentation that was musical, educational, highly participational and could break down the mysterious walls of songwriting for the students. After doing about a dozen workshops around the Maritimes, he was blown away at how natural students are at songwriting, with a certain amount guidance of course.

Fast forward to last winter, when Keith and Steven were hired by the Municipality of Wood Buffalo in Northern Alberta to put on this music creation workshop and they were even able to bring Thom Swift along! The project is entitled "The Wood Buffalo Youth Song Project". They wrote 10 songs in 10 days, with 10 students in each of the 10 schools. They would start off by writing a song in one hour with the students. Then they would record the students singing that very song. After a one hour performance for the entire student body ending in the song they wrote, the three of three of them would head back to the hotel and finish off recording the tracks with more instruments and voices. Thom jokingly nicknamed the project "Daytona Songwriting 500″. At the beginning of the 10 days they had nothing. Dave Gunning, back home in his studio in Pictou County, had the tracks mixed and mastered 12 days after the project started. There was no debt for the record whatsoever and the municipality has already purchased 5000 copies for the students to sell like chocolate bars. At $20 a piece (at no profit to the Artists), that will raise a total of $100,000 for school programming.

On the program for Saturday June 18, 2011

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On this Saturday's edition of 'Atlantic Airwaves' - A feature on Halifax based songwriter and guitarist Dan Doiron and his long overdue debut album 'Even My Guitar Is In Love With You' - Also a concert from Rose Cousins recorded at the 2011 ECMA weekend held in Charlottetown.

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Music has been Dan Doiron's life since his first band in Junior High school, in Port Hood on Cape Breton. He's been involved in the music industry in Atlantic Canada ever since as a musician, music educator, studio owner and recording engineer. After spending 20 years recording other people's music Dan thought it was about time to record an album of his own material. For many years he played in touring cover bands, performing mainly in Atlantic Canada. His first recording was on the Halifax Q104 Homegrown Album in 1990 with his band called "The Issue". After that experience he got the recording bug and built a recording studio in Truro Nova Scotia, where he had settled. Over the next several years he continued to perform, but mainly focused on engineering other artist's recording projects. Dan has been very influenced by great guitar players like Robben Ford and Larry Carlton, who perform with more emotion than flash and who are most interested in the Groove.

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Since her first steps into the world of becoming a professional touring musician in 2006, Rose Cousins has stolen more that a few hearts across Canada and The US, winning fans and a small room full of awards along the way. Her voice and lyrics seem to resonate with anyone and everyone who has an opportunity to hear her. They are honest ,emotional and full of conviction. Whether she's speaking to the loss of her grandmother who passed away at 91, dedicating a song to one of her dearest friends or commenting on some of the absurdities of life, it's hard not to love her.

On the program for Saturday June 11, 2011

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On this Weekends' edition of Atlantic Airwaves - a feature on 16 year old Molly Thomason and her new release 'Beauty Queen' - also a concert from the ECMA Group of the year, The Once from Newfoundland.
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Molly's Thomason's first album, 'Through The Static' got her a lot of attention, multiple award nominations, a placement on Degrassi and two #1's on the East Coast Countdown. Two of her songs even reached the semi-finalist status in the International Songwriting Contest in 2010 and 2011. But with all that come the demands of the music business, playing shows, doing interviews, recording, writing; not much time for school and friends. Did we mention, Molly is 16 and attends high school in Antigonish.

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The Newfoundland based, acoustic trio 'The Once' may have been happier but they can't remember when. Since the birth of their debut self-titled album in 2009, they have received four Music NL Awards, two Canadian Folk Music Awards and now a 2011 ECMA for Group Recording of the Year! With both Ireland and UK agents onside and some huge international touring announcements coming down the pipe, they are ready to live the Canadian Dream, emptying the bank account as they record their sophomore album and travel across the country to some major folk festivals including Winnipeg, Edmonton, Canmore and Calgary!


Studio H Sessions - video feature - Catherine MacLellan

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A video feature on Prince Edward Island singer songwriter Catherine MacLellan

It's been quite a journey for Catherine MacLellan over the past few years. The daughter of the late Canadian songwriting icon Gene MacLellan, Catherine is following her own path toward success. With a voice like honey dusted in gold, MacLellan shares the gentle darkness of her lyrics, which are sometimes countrified, sometimes lamentful, and sometimes tinged with joy. She's already been recognized with East Coast Music Awards, PEI Music Awards and Canadian Folk Music Awards. After hearing Catherine there will be no doubt as to why she has become one of the most celebrated new singer-songwriters in Canada, and around the world, by her contemporaries and media alike.

Catherine dropped by our CBC Radio Studio H in Halifax for an intimate sampling of some new material. In the band, Reg Ballagh on drums; Remi Arsenault on bass; Chris Gauthier electric guitar, and Meaghan Blanchard backing vocals.

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On the program for Saturday June 4, 2011

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On this weekends' edition - WITHIN SIGHT OF SHORE
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Scored for a unique mix of traditional and orchestral instruments, Within Sight of Shore is one of Scott Macmillan's finest compositions, and certainly his most personal, describing the sinking of his father's minesweeper as it approached Halifax harbour in the last days of World War II. Programmatic in the best sense of the word, the composition cleverly and movingly draws the listener into its story through a remarkable integration of musical genres. The torpedo blast, the ASDIC ping, the calls of the survivors in the frigid Atlantic waters are all graphically realized without surrendering the musical integrity of the work. This is a mature, complex example of contemporary serious music, with an emotional staying power that leaves a profound and lasting impression.

On the program for Saturday May 28, 2011

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On this weekends' edition of 'Atlantic Airwaves' - A feature on Halifax based Norma MacDonald and her new release 'Morning You Wake' - and a concert from multiple JUNO Award winner Stephen Fearing.
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Norma MacDonald is a singer-songwriter and an avid biology nerd. She was raised on AM country stations and Willie Nelson cassettes in her hometown of New Waterford, Cape Breton, but has made her home in Halifax, NS for the last number of years. On her sophomore recording, 'the forest for the trees', Norma manages to seamlessly meld her innate old-school country sensibilities with contemporary influences (Wilco, Patty Griffin, Bruce Springsteen) without losing a drop of authenticity. The album was honoured with nominations for Female Solo Recording of the Year in 2009 by both Music Nova Scotia and ECMA. It has been a staple on the CBC Radio 2 playlist, and her track "we're ghosts" has been featured on the hit CBC crime drama "The Border". The past year has seen her share the stage with folk legend Eliza Gilkyson, rising indie star Dan Mangan, as well as showcases at NXNE, the Halifax Pop Explosion and the Chicago Celtic Festival. Her third album "Morning You Wake", produced by Phil Sedore (Amelia Curran, Catherine MacLellan) will be released in June, 2011. She will be touring Canada extensively this spring and summer with plans to head to the UK next winter.
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Stephen Fearing is known for mixing powerful lyrics, creative arrangements, and displaying brilliant guitar playing. The consistent quality of work produced, from his 1988 release Out to Sea, to his last Juno winning album Yellowjacket, has established his reputation as a solid and captivating entertainer, building a faithful Canadian and international fan base. Like many contemporary songwriter/performers, Stephen is not bound by any particular musical genre or category as will be evidenced in this concert. Stephen Fearing dropped by our CBC Radio Studio H in Halifax for an intimate sampling of some his material.

On the program for Saturday May 21, 2011

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Two features this week - Kim Stockwood and her latest release 'Back To The Water, - and - Michael Bastarache and his debut self titled release.

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While Kim Stockwood's world spills out well beyond the shores of Newfoundlandand Labrador, she is anchored heart and soul to this place. She seeks out what is special here and searches for a voice that will reflect her longing and love for the province. One way she has found to capture that voice is to go Back To The Water. When Kim left her beloved native spot eighteen years ago she could not have known the paths she would travel or the heights she would scale. Kim is an accomplished artist on many fronts, from singer to songwriter to television host and radio personality. These things she does with humor, grace, and class. Her hit songs, her awards and accolades, her solo work and her work with Shaye, have seen her mature as an artist. Her wealth of experience and her longing for home have laid the foundation for Back To The Water. This album is filled with the sound and fury of a place that surges upward with a fist of rock and grabs life from the sky's air. The album is enriched and enlivened by Newfoundland musical luminaries and session players who would shame the Nashville Scene. It is a great source of pride for Kim to have her wonderful Dad play with her. The power of the sea can be heard here, roaring beneath Kim's soaring vocals. The album, Back To The Water, is indeed a musical trip through the beating heart of the province. Surrounded by water, yes, her place is made rigid by granite pillars like those Cliffs Of Baccalieu, that Kim navigates so beautifully as she dances among the tunes of her native land.

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At quite a young age Michael Bastarache realized that music had a huge impact upon him, but it wasn't until he grew out of his teenage years that he started to really hunger for music that meant something to him. He began poking his nose around every genre that agreed with his ears and searching out new-to-him artists. To his surprise, he ended up back where he started. he was listening to all the same songwriters that he grew up hearing his parents play, Howlin Wolf, Johnny Cash and Steve Earle just to name a few. It was the likes of these artists that lured him into falling completely for folk & blues music and pretty much anything that was generally played with feeling and emotion.

On the program for Saturday May 14, 2011

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On this weekends' edition of Atlantic Airwaves - Two features - Ian Foster and his recent release 'We Begin Here - and - Breagh MacKinnon and her debut release 'Breagh MacKinnon'
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When an artist makes enormous progress in the quality of their work from one recording to the next, one is likely to take notice and pay attention. Certainly one ought to and Ian Foster is a prime example of such an accomplishment. Already a proven talent, Foster's route as an emerging artist has seen him pass thought the labyrinth and onto a clear trail propelled by his narrative skills. Musically Foster also continues to expand his compositions, his sensibilities and dexterity evident by the use of viola, cello, violin and piano. The simple and lovely third release, "We Begin Here" is a fine example: mostly guitar/piano driven rounded out superbly with delightful cello on four songs, harmonica and a smattering of strings. Ian Foster regularly tours in Canada and abroad. His music is played on radio internationally, from Newfoundland to The Netherlands. He has been a finalist for the International Songwriting Competition and is a multiple MusicNL and ECMA (East Coast Music Award) nominee.
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Although Breagh Mackinnon began taking piano lessons at the age of six, no one knew she could sing until a Grade 12 music teacher asked her to pick up a guitar, write a song and perform it in class. Within months, MacKinnons' first composition, "Pretty Lies" helped her win The Next Big Thing High School Talent Search. During the competition one of the judges' commented, "You're blowing me away with your writing. That's deep stuff. Not only the song writing but the chord structures, they're not coming from a teenager. You're an old soul to be able to write and arrange like that. If you recorded a CD, I would definitely buy it!" Once she turned 19, MacKinnon began to perform regularly at local pubs, festivals and musical events. Her song writing styling has been influenced by many genres ranging from her parents' vinyl collection, Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Iron and Wine, Ella Fitzgerald, Imogen Heap, and numerous musicians across the east coast of Canada. MacKinnon is now studying jazz at St. Francis Xavier University and has just released her first recording.

On the program for Saturday May 7, 2011

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On this weekends' edition of 'Atlantic Airwaves' - An East Coast Blues Summit part 2 featuring performances by Morgan Davis, Linda Carvery, Matt Andersen, Carson Downey, Theresa Malenfant and Garrett Mason
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The east coast has been a hotbed of blues music for, at least, the past fifty years. Many styles and influences...country blues, swing, urban and jump, to name a few, have contributed to what is now an east coast sound and approach. CBC in the Maritimes decided the time was right to showcase this wealth of blues and to produce a musical special for radio, television and online. The East Coast Blues Summit brings together those influences, styles, and an incredible group of Maritime singers and musicians on one stage performing some of the music that inspired them as well as originals. Matt Andersen, Morgan Davis, Linda Carvery, Garrett Mason, Theresa Malenfant and Carson Downey are all award winning artists with deep blues roots and emotional delivery. The band is a special group of players, all being recording artists in their own right. From the very first notes of rehearsals right through to showtime there was an atmosphere of excitement and joy to be playing together.

On the program for Saturday April 23, 2011

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On this weekends' edition of Atlantic Airwaves - A feature on Catahoula Brown and his new recording, 'Lonely Lives Here'
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In 2005, Catahoula Brown released his debut CD, Cur Dog Blues, recorded at Redfish Audio in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. It was a collection of gritty songs about trains, frustration and love. 2007, brought the release of the much anticipated follow up CD, Let That Boy Boogie, which was nominated by both Music Nova Scotia... and the East Coast Music Association, for Best Blues Recording. Along the way, Brown has played such prestigious events as the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival and The Dutch Mason Blues Festival. He has shared the stage with such respected artists as, Charlie A'Court, Matt Andersen, John Campbelljohn and Morgan Davis, to name a few.

With his third full-length recording, Lonely Live Here, Catahoula Brown has established himself amongst the players who cannot only cook a great lick but can also serve up meaty tunes that have simmered to perfection. Drawing from the Country and Western traditions known in his childhood and merging them with emotions bred in experience, this album of roots-blues tunes is the finest and most honest work of his career.

Catahoula Brown will be releasing 'Lonely Live Here' at The Pearl Theater in Lunenburg Nova Scotia on Saturday May 7th, in association with the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society. Show guests will feature many of the fine musicians who contributed to the album including Anna Ludlow, Irish Mythen, Jordi Comstock, Heather Ann Cameron, Mason MacLeod, Robert Clark and others.

ATLANTIC AIRWAVES live at the 2011 ECMAs

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On Saturday April 16, 2011 Atlantic Airwaves will be broadcasting a special two hour live show from The Georgian Room of The Rodd Charlottetown Hotel beginning at 4:00pm.

The program will feature performances from the following Artists:

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The name Andy Brown may not be all that familar to Atlantic Canadian music lovers, but we predict that will change. Andy is a young songwriter and performer from the Fredericton area who, now with a solid band behind him, is slowly but surely getting some notice both at home and further afield. After working the circuit as a solo acoustic act Andy has emerged as a must-see (and hear) performer on the Canadian music scene. The 2010 Harvest Galaxie Rising Star winner is touted as a performer that 'gets into your head and heart'. His style may be contemporary folk rock, but he's made it's all his own - He takes you on a lyrical journey that transcends a realm torn between love, happiness, and sorrow. Recently Andy and the band won the North-American wide "Test Drive 2010" competition sponsored by Taylor Guitars and Elixir Strings - They also picked up three 2010 Music New Brunswick Awards ("Male Recording Artist", "Emerging Artist", and "Pop Recording")

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Drawing on influences from traditions of folk, bluegrass, pop and Appalachian music, the highly anticipated full-length release by Halifax, Prince Edward Island's Rose Cousins promises to earn her the widespread acclaim that she deserves. With a keen eye for observation, and a genuine sense of wonder, Rose weaves together imagery borrowed from her upbringing on a farm in PEI, with a strong wealth of wisdom. At times joyful, at times sorrowful, If You Were For Me expressly captures the plight of the lonely heart, on a profound journey. Delivered with a pure and unaffected voice, the listener can't help but be drawn in to her expertly crafted songs, emotionally intelligent lyrics and simple and infectious melodies.

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The island of Newfoundland is a living entity. It was born from an apathetic sea and nurtured by a dauntless people; reared strong and stalwart; sculpted in equal part from ancestral traditions, fate and chance. In the summer of 2004, Geraldine Hollett, Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale found themselves at a summer repertory theatre company in the tiny, centuries old fishing community of Trinity, Newfoundland. Charged with the task of providing little more than an evening's worth of music and song for tourists and countrymen, the three wove their voices and instruments together to create what is now the critically acclaimed folk trio known as The Once. From unaccompanied ballads layered with "vocal harmonies thick enough to stand on" to exquisitely arranged shanties featuring bouzouki, banjo, bodhrán and more, The Once has quickly become the pride of Newfoundland and Labrador's folk music scene. Their subtle yet haunting folk sound has sold over 4,000 copies of their release in less than a year.

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Recognized by his peers as one of Canada's best performing songwriters, Lennie Gallant is a native of Prince Edward Island now living in Nova Scotia. This prolific songwriter has recorded nine albums (seven in English and two in French), which have won him a host of awards and nominations from both the JUNOs and East Coast Music Awards. His album, "When We Get There" was nominated for a JUNO Award and went into space aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour in July 2009. Canadian astronaut Julie Payette chose the album for the astronaut crew to enjoy. He was inducted into the Order of Canada where it was said, "Gallant has garnered much respect for his hard hitting songs chronicling the lives of people dealing with tremendous adversity and serious issues. Songs like "Peter's Dream," "Island Clay," "Man of Steel" and "The Hope for Next Year," articulate the feelings of many caught up in desperate situations beyond their control, and at the same time celebrate the beauty of lifestyle and landscape with their strong poetry and stirring narratives."

On the program for Saturday April 9, 2011

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On this weekend's edition - a feature on Racoon Bandit and their new release 'Into The Hills'
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Racoon Bandit are quickly gaining steam in the non-steam era. The Charlottetown folk-rock quartet formed in 2009 in a well-lit porch. Started from story-driven folk songs between songwriters Fraser McCallum, Adam Gallant and Roger Carter, the full band maintains poetic lyrics with a driving rhythm section, three-part harmonies, and gripping guitar flashes. Equal parts folk-rock and alt-country, the Bandits' sound has drawn comparisons to early Neil Young, Wilco, and Frightened Rabbit.

Nominees for the 2011 ECMAs and winners of the 2011 Music PEI Video of the Year, Racoon Bandit has shared the stage with many greats including Hannah Georgas, Two Hours Traffic, The Mountains and the Trees, In-Flight Safety, The Grass Mountain Hobos and Erin Costelo. Following the release of their album, Campcraft, they have showcased at the ECMA's, the Halifax Pop Explosion and Canadian Music Week.

Currently the gents have a new release, a full-length collection of folk and folk rock songs that features Carter, Gallant and McCallum sharing writing and singing duties. Entitled Into the hills, the album was released on March 26, 2011.

On the program for Saturday April 2, 2011

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back to the roots with features on New Brunswick's A G Olmstead and the Halifax based Modern Grass Quartet
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New Brunswick's A. G. Olmstead may only be 36 years of age, but the music he writes and performs harkens back to an earlier era, to the days of the troubadours like Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Jimmy Rogers and A. P. Carter. A. G Olmstead recently released his second album which he recorded in Nashville with his good friends The Nashville Bluegrass Band.

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The Halifax based "Modern Grass Quartet" is acoustically inspired jazz, bluegrass, gypsy, blues, classical and folk music. The Quartet 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 avant- garde musicianship. The Modern Grass Quartet is a breath of fresh air.

New videos from Catherine MacLellan - Studio H Sessions

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Studio H Sessions - Catherine MacLellan

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It's been quite a journey for Catherine MacLellan over the past few years. The daughter of the late Canadian songwriting icon Gene MacLellan, Catherine is following her own path toward success. With a voice like honey dusted in gold, MacLellan shares the gentle darkness of her lyrics, which are sometimes countrified, sometimes lamentful, and sometimes tinged with joy. She's already been recognized with East Coast Music Awards, PEI Music Awards and Canadian Folk Music Awards. After hearing Catherine there will be no doubt as to why she has become one of the most celebrated new singer-songwriters in Canada, and around the world, by her contemporaries and media alike.

Catherine dropped by our CBC Radio Studio H in Halifax for an intimate sampling of some new material. In the band, Reg Ballagh on drums; Remi Arsenault on bass; Chris Gauthier electric guitar, and Meaghan Blanchard backing vocals.

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Stealin'

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On the program for Saturday March 26, 2011

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Two features this week - Andy Brown and his recording 'False Alarm' - and - Kristina Trites and her self titles debut recording.

After working the circuit as a solo acoustic act, New Brunswick's Andy Brown has emerged a must-see (and hear) performer on the Canadian music scene. The 2010 Harvest Galaxie Rising Star winner is touted as a performer that 'gets into your head and heart'. Andy has a contemporary folk rock s...tyle all his own, taking you on a lyrical journey that transcends a realm torn between love, happiness, and sorrow. Now with a solid band behind him Andy Brown is making headway with his sophomore album, "False Alarm" a wonderful blend of belt-out ballads, folk-rock, and pop-infused hits, False Alarm will surely see Brown make a deep dent on the national stage. Recently the band won the North-American wide "Test Drive 2010" competition sponsored by Taylor Guitars and Elixir Strings, and three 2010 Music New Brunswick Awards ("Male Recording Artist", "Emerging Artist", and "Pop Recording" for False Alarm).

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Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Kristina Trites is a singer-songwriter who grew up on the outskirts of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She began her career by picking up the guitar when she was 12 years old, and within a week after learning her first few chords, wrote her first song. At age 13, Kristina began playing many bars and music venues around the region. Since then, Kristina has travelled back and forth from her hometown to Toronto, working with some of Canada's finest producers and songwriters, garnering interest both locally and across North America, showcasing at Canadian Music Week, the ECMAs, Juno Fest, as well for record labels and music publishers, and attending countless of song writing workshops and seminars. Recently Kristina released her debut album, a collection of self penned songs about her tumutulous past consisting of coming to terms with single motherhood stemming from an ex relationship at a young age, abandonment, and bouncing back to from the abyss to achieve a life that she is truly proud of.

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On the program for Saturday March 19, 2011

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We'll take you back to last fall's Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival for a concert of swampy blues from Halifax's Joe Murphy and Louisiana's Johnny Sansone.

Joe Murphy and the Water Street Blues Band are a "blues institution" in the city of Halifax. They've been playing every Saturday afternoon for over 20 years! Led by singer, blues harpist, slide guitarist and accordion player Joe Murphy, the band has released a number of album...s, including 2002's Some Rough Stuff with famed New Orleans bluesman (and Murphy's personal friend) Johnny Sansone.

And Johnny Sansone himself holds a unique and special place in Harvest Jazz & Blues history. He is the only American musician to play at Harvest in the days following 9-11. He was already in Halifax to hang-out and rehearse with old friend Joe Murphy when the North American air space was shut down. Johnny and Joe drove to Fredericton as planned and their's were some of the most inspirational and uplifting performances of the 2001 event, though certainly touched with an air of melancholy as most shows were that year. Johnny says he was looking for the opportunity to come back to Harvest ever since - a second chance to do what he does best - throw down some sweet Louisiana blues! And that's just what they did.

Here's a sample of what you'll hear - Joe Murphy and Johnny Sansone with 'Going Back To Louisiana.

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On the program for Saturday March 12, 2011

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On this weekends' edition of Atlantic Airwaves - a couple of features on the front runners for this year's East Coast Music Awards - David Myles and Dave Gunning - Each with 5 nominations.

David Myles has had a great year, but he's seen more than his fare share of the road. He's played the Olympics, The Paralympics, criss·crossed Canada, and The UK. He's been to Memphis, toured with The Vinyl Cafe and Joel Plaskett, and released his fourth album 'Turn Time Off'

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Dave Gunning has had a lot of success over the years as a songwriter, performer and producer. But those who know him know that all the accolades and awards he has received have not gone to his head. He is as humble today as he was when he first walked on to a stage. When the Toronto Star wrote this of him, "The next big thing in the True North of Song, an artist as compelling, as assured and attentive to every nuance of the writing and performing process as Lightfoot, Cockburn and Stan Rogers before him.", his reaction was pure Dave Gunning.

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For the best in Atlantic Canadian music join host Stephanie Domet Saturday afternoons at 5 past 5 on CBC Radio One and on the internet at www.cbc.ca/atlanticairwaves

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Studio H Sessions - Feature - Kim Dunn

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A video feature on pianist, songwriter and singer, Kim Dunn

Over a thirty-year career, Kim Dunn has become known as a musician's musician. A consummate keyboard sideman who has recorded and toured with a who's who of East coast artists including, Rita MacNeil, Bruce Guthro, Matt Minglewood, Jimmy Rankin, Lennie Gallant, David Myles, Jill Barber, Dave Gunning, and George Canyon.
But there's another side to Kim Dunn; that of a songwriter and vocalist. After playing on countless recordings of other artists, Kim finally brought his songwriting and singing to the foreground with the release of his first solo project, 'Take This Hammer'.

Kim Dunn, along with bassist Tom Easly and percussionist Geoff Arsenault dropped by our CBC Radio Studio H in Halifax for a rare intimate sampling of some his own material.

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On the program for Saturday March 5, 2011

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A concert from The Studio H Sessions featuring Laura Merrimen
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Laura Merrimen is an old soul who wears her Americana drenched heart on her sleeve. Keeping true to her roots she infuses a blend of rock and roll know how with an old-timey country and pairs it with catchy melodies and smoky sometimes haunting bluesy vocals. Some have compared Merrimen to a female Bob Dylan or Neil Young, others to Lucinda Williams and Neko Case, but you can't put your finger on it, the sound is uniquely her own. She is a prolific writer who delivers soulful thought provoking lyrics that are steeped in honesty and raw emotion. Laura's debut album 'Love Letters For Lonely Hunters', earned her the 2010 Music Nova Scotia award for Country / Bluegrass Artist Of The Year.

For this Studio Session, Laura was joined in studio H by Andrew Sneddon on Dobro, Adam Pye on acoustic bass and Tom Terrell on percussion.

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On the program for Saturday February 26, 2011

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A very special featuring Erin Costelo, Meaghan Smith and Symphony Nova Scotia
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This concert is another in the Symphony Nova Scotia pops series and it will feature two of the regions finest female singer songwriters - Erin Costelo and Meaghan Smith.

Meaghan is riding high after three recent East Coast Music Award and one Juno nomination, and Erin celebrated this concert with the first performance of a brand new CBC commission written, arranged and performed by Erin with Symphony Nova Scotia - From Erin's smoky, soulful ballads to Meaghan's playful takes on serious matters of the heart, the two of them completely enchanted the audience at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax - They were backed up by the rich sounds of Symphony Nova Scotia conducted by Bernhard Gueller.

On the program for Saturday February 19, 2011

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A concert from Stephen Fearing from The Studio H Sessions

Stephen Fearing is known for mixing powerful lyrics, creative arrangements, and displaying brilliant guitar playing. As is customary on Fearing's records, the supporting musical cast on his latest release Yellowjacket is of the highest order, including Dan Whiteley (Heartbreak Hill), Jeff Bird (Cowboy Junkies), backing vocalist Suzie Vinnick, Josh Finlayson, and Stephen's B&RK bandmates Colin Linden, Gary Craig, John Dymond and Richard Bell. The consistent quality of work produced over Stephen Fearing's two decades plus career has earned him a West Coast Music Award for Best Folk Music Recording and five Juno Award nominations as a solo artist and a faithful international fan base.

Here's a bit of a sample of what you will hear - Stephen Fearing - 'BLACK SHEEP'

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On the program for Saturday February 12, 2011

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A Feature on The Transatlantic Zodiac Ensemble and their EP release 'It's A Mean Season For Silver Linings'
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The Transatlantic Ensemble is all about celebration of life and music. They were born in the intense heat of a midsummer's night in 2009 when Michael Dalton assembled the ranks for a one-off at a local pub. But what started off as a one-night stand would quickly reveal itself to be a mysterious love affair. The following year saw the septet mature and develop into an eclectic musical family, finding fodder for their music in faraway places. Their debut offering, 'It's a Mean Season for Silver Linings', takes inspiration from Eastern European folk music, Middle Eastern melodies, Indian ragas, American jazz, klezmer music, grunge rock, and much more, all set against the backbone of driving rhythms and street folk music.

Studio H Sessions - Kim Dunn

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Over a thirty-year career, Kim Dunn has become known as a musician's musician. With an ECMA to his credit, the first MUSICIAN SPECIAL ACHEIVEMENT AWARD, Kim is a consummate keyboard sideman who has recorded and toured with a who's who of East coast artists including, Rita MacNeil, Bruce Guthro, Matt Minglewood, Jimmy Rankin, Lennie Gallant, David Myles, Jill Barber, Dave Gunning, and George Canyon.
But there's another side to Kim Dunn; that of a songwriter and vocalist. After playing on countless recordings of other artists, Kim finally brought his songwriting and singing to the foreground with the release of his first solo project, 'Take This Hammer'.

Kim Dunn, along with bassist Tom Easly and percussionist Geoff Arsenault dropped by our CBC Radio Studio H in Halifax for a rare intimate sampling of some his own material.

'Shine'

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'Life's Looking Back'

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'I Wish My Heart Could Speak'

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'Inspiration'

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'Back Roads Of Heaven'

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'Running'

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Studio H Sessions - Stephen Fearing

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Multiple Juno Award winning Stephen Fearing is one of the foremost performing singer-songwriters in Canada and is now based out of Halifax Nova Scotia.

The consistent quality of work produced over Stephen Fearing's two decades plus career has earned him a West Coast Music Award for Best Folk Music Recording and five Juno Award nominations as a solo artist and a faithful international fan base.

Born in 1963 in Vancouver, he spent most of his boyhood and teenage years in Dublin. There, he picked up the guitar and traces of the Irish and English musical traditions that have informed his music ever since. After a short stint in the U.S. Midwest, he returned to Canada, and is now long-established as a regular and popular fixture on the folk club and festival circuit in North America and the U.K. Successful appearances at the prestigious WOMAD and Reading Festivals in the U.K. confirmed Fearing's ability to engage large audiences with his onstage charm.

Like most contemporary songwriter/performers, Stephen is not bound by any particular musical genre or category and the release of Yellowjacket continues this exploration of various musical forms, as does his continued participation in the highly successful Canadian roots rock super trio, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings. Over the past decade, B&RK have released three highly praised and award-winning albums including a Juno Award for their most recent release "BARK". "It's wonderful to be able to work as a solo artist and to be active in such a powerful ensemble as The Rodeo Kings. These guys are my friends and there is no doubt in my mind that my continuing work with them influences my solo playing very deeply". With two more Blackie records on the near-horizon plus an ongoing collaboration with Irish singer/songwriter Andy White, Stephen has never been more prolific.

'Big East West'

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'One Flat Tire'

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'The Man Who Married Music'

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'Black Sheep'

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'Like The Way You Said'

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'No Dress Rehearsal'

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Studio H Sessions - video feature - Max Keenlyside

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A video feature on PEI based pianist and composer Max Keenlyside - He is one of the Artists invited to take part in Our Studio H Sessions concert series.

Max Keenlyside is an 19-year-old pianist and composer from Canada. He first got involved in music at the age of 9, and since then has ammassed a formidable roster of over 60 original compositions. Max is also known for his stride and "Jelly Roll" Morton chops, as well as a firm grounding in the ragtime piano tradition. A favorite at jazz and ragtime festivals across North America, and a PEI representative in the Canadian National Artist's Program held in conjunction with the 2010 Olympics, pianist and composer Max Keenlyside is a "musician's musician" in the very best sense. Keenlyside plays with plenty of pep and energy (but never too fast!) and his performances are laced with humor, all the while remaining faithful to the spirit and intent of the original composers. He is known especially for his renditions of pieces by Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, Eubie Blake, and other stride and early jazz composers. Max's first album, "KeenlyStride," was released in May of 2010. He currently lives in Charlottetown, pursuing various musical projects.

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On the program for Saturday February 5, 2011

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A concert from our STUDIO H SERIES featuring KIM DUNN

Over a thirty-year career, Kim Dunn has become known as a musician's musician. A consummate keyboard sideman who has recorded and toured with a who's who of East coast artists including, Rita MacNeil, Bruce Guthro, Matt Minglewood, Jimmy Rankin, Lennie Gallant, David Myles, Jill Barber, Dave Gunning, and George Canyon. But there's another side to Kim Dunn; that of a songwriter and vocalist. After playing on countless recordings of other artists, Kim finally brought his songwriting and singing to the foreground with the release of his first solo project, 'Take This Hammer'.

Kim Dunn, along with bassist Tom Easly and percussionist Geoff Arsenault dropped by our CBC Radio Studio H in Halifax for a rare intimate sampling of some his own material.

New 'Studio H Sessions' Videos

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The first videos from the recent 'Studio H Sessions' featuring Laura Merrimen, Max Keenlyside and Stephen Fearing

Studio H Sessions - Laura Merrimen

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Laura Merrimen is an old soul who wears her Americana drenched heart on her sleeve. Keeping true to her roots she infuses a blend of rock and roll know how with an old-timey country and pairs it with catchy melodies and smoky sometimes haunting bluesy vocals. Some have compared Merrimen to a female Bob Dylan or Neil Young, others to Lucinda Williams and Neko Case, but you can't put your finger on it, the sound is uniquely her own. She is a prolific writer who delivers soulful thought provoking lyrics that are steeped in honesty and raw emotion.

Laura's debut album 'Love Letters For Lonely Hunters', won a Nova Scotia Music Award in 2010 for 'Country/Bluegrass Artist/Group Recording of the Year'.

Accompanying Laura on this session were Tom Terrell on drums, Adam Pye on bass and Andrew Sneddon on dobro.

'Time'

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'The Bullets'

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Studio H Sessions - Max Keenlyside

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Max Keenlyside is an 19-year-old pianist and composer from Canada. He first got involved in music at the age of 9, and since then has ammassed a formidable roster of over 60 original compositions. Max is also known for his stride and "Jelly Roll" Morton chops, as well as a firm grounding in the ragtime piano tradition. A favorite at jazz and ragtime festivals across North America, and a PEI representative in the Canadian National Artist's Program held in conjunction with the 2010 Olympics, pianist and composer Max Keenlyside is a "musician's musician" in the very best sense. Keenlyside plays with plenty of pep and energy (but never too fast!) and his performances are laced with humor, all the while remaining faithful to the spirit and intent of the original composers. He is known especially for his renditions of pieces by Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, Eubie Blake, and other stride and early jazz composers. Max's first album, "KeenlyStride," was released in May of 2010. He currently lives in Charlottetown, pursuing various musical projects.

Max Keenlyside - video feature

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'One For Dad' - written and performed by Max Keenlyside - aka Ragtime Max

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'One For Mom' - written and performed by Max Keenlyside - aka Ragtime Max

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'Airplane To Chicago' - written and performed by Max Keenlyside - aka Ragtime Max

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'Charlottetown Rambler' - written and performed by Max Keenlyside - aka Ragtime Max

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'Northern Lights Rag' - written and performed by Max Keenlyside - aka Ragtime Max

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On the program for Saturday January 29, 2011

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A concert from Catherine MacLellan recorded at CBC Radio Studio H in Halifax - Part of The 'Studio H Sessions' series
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It's been quite a journey for Catherine MacLellan over the past few years. The daughter of the late Canadian songwriting icon Gene MacLellan, Catherine is following her own path toward success. With a voice like honey dusted in gold, MacLellan shares the gentle darkness of her lyrics, which are sometimes countrified, sometimes lamentful, and sometimes tinged with joy. She's already been recognized with East Coast Music Awards, PEI Music Awards and Canadian Folk Music Awards. After hearing Catherine there will be no doubt as to why she has become one of the most celebrated new singer-songwriters in Canada, and around the world, by her contemporaries and media alike.

concert sample - 'Stealin'

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On the program for Saturday January 22, 2011

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A very special concert - A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King , featuring the Nova Scotia Mass Choir.
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The Nova Scotia Mass Choir has been together since 1992. This multi-racial / multi-cultural group performed at the 30th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's March on Washington, in Washington, D.C. and at the Southern Christian Leadership Convention in Dallas, Texas. So, who could be a better fit to lea...d a musical tribute to Dr. King's memory.

The choir has been presenting a concert marking Dr. King's birthday for several years and this year CBC co-produced the show which features some of the best gospel and R&B artists in Eastern Canada.

The N.S. Mass Choir have won two East Coast Music Awards and had two seasons on national television with the show 'Hallelujah'. Many of the guests on this show are award winners as well. Internationally acclaimed arranger, conductor and pianist Woody Woods was the musical director for the show.

So join us for this sensational concert at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax and shout "hallelujah" See More

On the program for Saturday January 15, 2011

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A feature on Jenn Grant and her brand new recording 'Honeymoon Punch'
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It was back in 2006 when we first met Jenn Grant. Her first recording 'Orchestra For The Moon' and her subsequent first steps into the world of entertaining were born here at CBC Studio H in Halifax. Fast-forward five years, hundreds of concerts, and thousands of road miles later, we find Jenn in a place that makes us happy. And judging by her new record, 'Honeymoon Punch', Jenn is certainly in a place that makes her happy.

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A concert from Natalie MacMaster recorded at the Whycocomagh Education Center as part of the 2010 Celtic Colours International Festival held on Cape Breton Island.
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Natalie MacMaster is an electrifying performer whose passionate proficiency on the beloved four-string amplifies the traditional East Coast sound for contemporary times. It's a signature sound that has resonated with world audiences through 10 albums, multiple gold sales figures and 27 years; numerous Juno and East Coast Music Awards; two honorary degrees (from Niagara University, NY, and Trent University) and an honorary doctorate (St. Thomas University); the Order Of Canada - and a reputation as one of Canada's most captivating performers. She also has the respect and admiration of the crème de la crème of top-notch musicians: master violinist Mark O'Connor, whose camp MacMaster frequents as a guest instructor; legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma - who recently invited her to prominently participate as a guest performer on his 2008 holiday-themed album Songs Of Joy & Peace; banjo prodigy Béla Fleck; fellow fiddling marvel Alison Krauss; spiritually electrifying superstar guitarist Carlos Santana - the list goes on.

This performance from Natalie and pianist Tracey Dares was but part of a marvelous evening billed as 'Women In Tune'.

NEW TAKE 5 VIDEOS - ( 5 questions - 5 answers)

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A video feature where we ask musicians the following 5 questions:
new this week - Thom Swift and John Campbelljohn

What's your favourite album?
Who is the musician you most admire?
What was the turning point when you decided to become a musician?
What was your most memorable musical experience?
What was your favourite concert?

Thom Swift

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Known for his down-to-earth charm, soulful baritone voice and skillful musicianship, multi-award-winning singer-songwriter Thom Swift performs a distinctive blend of roots-blues. Chosen by CBC as one of Canada's top songwriters in 2010 and recent winner of Music Nova Scotia's Blues Artist of the Year, he released his latest album blue sky day (GroundSwell/Warner) in February. Thom's debut solo recording Into the Dirt (2007) won an ECMA, a Maple Blues Award, a Galaxie Rising Star prize and two Music Nova Scotia Awards, including Musician of the Year in 2008.

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John Campbelljohn

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Many artists have their specialties - some cut great records but need support to realize their studio sounds in a live setting while others are born performers who never quite translate to records as well as they do live. Rarely do you find an artist who excels at both. John Campbelljohn does. In each of his many forms.

In his solo, acoustic blues performances he makes the most of the song. Campbelljohn soulfully commands the stage with rich vocals, while his powerfully prolific technique on guitar or trusty dobro lap steel further embellishes each composition. His power trio ups the ante with an electric sound that can pummel an audience into submission or captivate them with the subtleties of ace musicians driven solely by the love of their craft.
A tight rhythm section fronted by Campbelljohn's distinctive prowess on slide guitar quickly demonstrates that, although John's a Cape Bretoner, he's been cut from a plaid of a very different colour. Power blues that touch on rock, reggae and roots with a few overtones of pure country - these are John Campbelljohn's stock and trade. He's also added the wondrous sounds of the pedal steel to his live band shows to haunting effect. The overall quality of the musicianship, the energy of his delivery and the guaranteed good times that spring from the band's performances are proof of the pudding.

Acoustically, John combines the influences of such diverse players as Fred McDowell, Ry Cooder and John Hammond while his electric shows earmark everyone from Sonny Landreth to Johnny Winter, Clapton to Duane Allman. A simple listen to any of his six CD releases tell the tale that John Campbelljohn - solo or otherwise - is a born performer and a credit to his accomplishments: Blues Artist of the Year, Guitarist of the Year, Slide Guitarist of the Year.

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On the program for Saturday January 8, 2011

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A feature on Rawlins Cross and their new recording 'Heart Head Hands'.
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Rawlins Cross, one of Canada's most accomplished and beloved Celtic bands, rekindles the magic with the Fall 2010 national release of Heart Head Hands (Ground Swell/Warner Music). This marks the band's first full album release in 12 years. - You can download a free three song sampler from the new album here

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A feature on Jon Bryant and his recording 'Two Coasts For Comfort'
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Half a decade ago, Halifax native Jon Bryant packed his bags and journeyed across the sea to Europe to travel and unravel the thread surrounding his purpose in life. While backpacking across the hills of Austria and breaking the soles of his dirt-stained feet in Greece, Jon began to write songs. Described as a phenomenal experience, Jon felt he was figuring out who he was in relation to himself, his place in the world and who he was before God. After this remarkable year, Jon moved to Seattle, to volunteer at various ministries and churches, where he was personally mentored. While living there, Jon was inspired to live a life against society's expectations. The call to return home came and so Jon left and enrolled at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. During his time of art education, Jon became serious about writing music. He worked hard to craft songs that reflected truth, life and love. These songs ended up on his debut album Two Coasts for Comfort, released in late 2009.

On the program for Saturday January 1, 2011

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We'll ring in the new year with a concert from a man who had a fantastic year in 2010 - Maybe his best yet - Matt Andersen
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On the program for Saturday December 18, 2010

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Because we will be pre-empted for network programming on Christmas Day, we'll be going flat out this week with seasonal music from Atlantic Canadian Artists.

Stephen Fearing

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It has been 20 years since songsmith Stephen Fearing released his self-titled debut. Over the following two decades, he has built up a very loyal and committed international audience.

Born in 1963 in Vancouver, he spent most of his boyhood and teenage years in Dublin. There, he picked up the guitar and traces of the Irish and English musical traditions that have informed his music ever since. After a short stint in the U.S. Midwest, he returned to Canada, and is now long-established as a regular and popular fixture on the folk club and festival circuit in North America and the U.K. Successful appearances at the prestigious WOMAD and Reading Festivals in the U.K. confirmed Fearing's ability to engage large audiences with his onstage charm. He has received a West Coast Music Award and five Juno Award nominations as a solo artist.


Like most contemporary songwriter/performers, Stephen is not bound by any particular musical genre or category and the release of his latest recording,Yellowjacket, continues this exploration of various musical forms, as does his continued participation in the highly successful Canadian roots rock super trio, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings. Over the past decade, B&RK have released three highly praised and award-winning albums including a Juno Award for their most recent release "BARK". "It's wonderful to be able to work as a solo artist and to be active in such a powerful ensemble as The Rodeo Kings. These guys are my friends and there is no doubt in my mind that my continuing work with them influences my solo playing very deeply". With two more Blackie records on the near-horizon plus an ongoing collaboration with Irish singer/songwriter Andy White, Stephen has never been more prolific. In his own words, "Yellowjacket feels like a new beginning."

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A video feature where we ask musicians the following 5 questions:
new this week - Meaghan Smith and Stephen Fearing

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What was the turning point when you decided to become a musician?
What was your most memorable musical experience?
What was your favourite concert?

Meaghan Smith

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Singer-songwriter Meaghan Smith was born and raised in London, Ontario, to musician parents, who would introduce her to with a wide array of new and old musical styles. Self-taught on the piano by age 9, despite having a piano-teaching mother, at 19 she picked up her first guitar while pursuing a career in animation in Halifax. Caught by stage fright, the young songstress finally decided to tackle her fears and began performing, catching the ear of a studio engineer who encouraged her to record her material. In 2008, she released a first 4-track EP, The Cricket's Quartet, which she promoted by touring as opening act for k.d. lang. In 2009, her debut album The Cricket's Orchestra, featuring Montréal-based turntablist Kid Koala, was released on Sire Records.

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On the program for Saturday December 11, 2010

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Part two of 'Songs and Stories' - A songwriter's circle recorded at the 2010 Nova Scotia Music Week in Yarmouth, NS featuring Charlie A'Court, Christina Martin, Stephen Fearing, and hosted by Old Man Luedecke
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Charlie A'Court combines a rich, rhythm & blues upbringing with soulful, adult-contemporary songwriting, making him for one of Canada's brightest new stars. Music Nova Scotia's Entertainer of the Year in 2009, A'Court has toured extensively throughout Canada and abroad with headlining performances at the Stan Rogers' Folk Fest, Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, Kerrville Folk Fest, and Ottawa Blues Fest. A'Court has shared the stage with high profile artists including John Reischman & the Jaybirds, Martin Sexton, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, George Thorogood, Harry Manx, Procol Harum, Colin James, and Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd.

Christina Martin can hold her own on stage, whether it's in a living room, a train car or in a stadium, she connects deeply with her audience. With a voice that elicits Sheryl Crow and Lucinda Williams comparisons, Martin is an acclaimed singer/songwriter who takes listeners into the caverns of their hearts, examining both the light and darkness. Whether she's softly serenading with an acoustic number; or perfecting her rock n' roll swagger with a band, Martin is at home in the spotlight.

Stephen Fearing brings a powerful mix of experience, skill, and creativity that comes from years of success working with musical greats such as Garth Hudson (the Band), Daniel Lanois, Pam Tillis, Malcolm Burn, Wayne Jackson and John Wynot. The consistent quality of work produced over Stephen Fearing's two decades plus career has earned him a JUNO Award for his work with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, and a West Coast Music Award and five Juno Award nominations as a solo artist.

Old Man Luedecke is one of Canada's best loved and most intriguing roots singer-songwriters. His memorable melodies, poetic sense and easy charisma appeal to anyone searching for new growth from old roots, but it's Luedecke's contemporary lyrics coupled with the irresistible rhythm of the old time banjo that connect and make him so loved with his audiences. His latest album, Proof of Love, won the prestigious 2009 JUNO Award for Roots Solo album and won legions of new fans at home and abroad.

NOTE: Since this concert is too long for the radio program, here is the third round of performances beginning with Charlie A'Court

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Laura Merrimen

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Laura Merrimen is a young woman with an old soul who wears her Americana drenched heart on her sleeve. Keeping true to her roots she infuses a blend of rock and roll know how with an old-timey country and pairs it with catchy melodies and smoky sometimes haunting bluesy vocals. Some have compared Merrimen to a female Bob Dylan or Neil Young, others to Lucinda Williams and Neko Case, but you can't put your finger on it, the sound is uniquely her own. She is a prolific writer who delivers soulful thought provoking lyrics that are steeped in honesty and raw emotion.

Laura's debut album 'Love Letters For Lonely Hunters', engineered and produced by Brad Conrad, was nominated for two 2010 Nova Scotia Music Awards and won country recording of the year .

Currently she is preparing to head into the studio to record her sophomore album for the second time in Dartmouth N.S., this time around with Brian Murray. "Must be something in the water over there...Dartmouth just makes good records" says Merrimen with a wry smile. In the mean time, she has just released an independent music video online shot by Ronok Sarkar of her song 'Another Line' in support of the debut album.

Live performance highlights include opening for Elliot Brood, Deep Dark Woods, Cuff the Duke, Matthew Barber, and Michael Bolton at the Metro Center.

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Harvey Millar

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Halifax-based St. Lucian-born Harvey Millar plays a hip bopping, funky, jazzy guitar. He punctuates his urban/smooth jazz sound with scats and rhythmic licks guaranteed to take you on an electrifying tour of his unique style of musical expression.

Influenced by musicians from a wide spectrum of genres such as jazz/blues guitarist Eric Gale, Jazz guitarist George Benson, the genius Wes Montgomery, jazz vocalists Betty Carter and Al Jarreau, reggae legend Bob Marley, and various 1970's and 80's funk artists - Millar's musical style is highly percussive and rhythmic reflecting the combined influences of Bebop, Caribbean idioms and modern day hip hop......Millar calls his unique brand of urban/smooth jazz grooves..... hip bop.

Since moving to Canada, Millar has led his own groups, namely, Friends and Music - a popular reggae and R&B group; Umoja - a reggae and funk fusion band; and now the Freedom Jazz Band which focuses on his true love, Jazz, Funk, and Hip Hop.

Harvey Millar is also a brilliant composer. His recent collaboration with Halifax's Rap Diva Shy Luv on the urban tune Hip Bopping demonstrates his compositional versatility and his mastery of the jazz guitar. The song won the East Coast Music Award in 2002 for best Urban Recording. In November of 2002, Millar lead other performers by winning three African Nova Scotian Music Association (ANSMA) Awards for Best Jazz Artist, Best New Artist, and Artist of the Year. His solo debut, Milestones, a recording of largely original material has been well received in the jazz and smooth jazz community.

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Jerry Granelli

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Jazz Times magazine calls Jerry Granelli "one of those uncategorizable veteran percussionists who's done it all." A Canadian citizen since 1999, Granelli burns with an intensity fuelled by a passion for "the pursuit of the spirit of spontaneity which drives the player." A veteran of the San Francisco jazz scene, Granelli's recent flourish of recordings has documented remarkable collaborations between the generations.

Jerry Granelli's story is one that follows the evolution of the San Francisco Hard Bop jazz scene. Born in 1940 in San Francisco, the boy recognized his passion in 1948 when he spent a day with Gene Krupa. Hanging out during the 50s in San Francisco nightclubs like the Blackhawk, The Jazz Workshop and Jimbo's Bop City, gave him a direct connection to what was happening in New York City. Soaking in the sounds of Miles, Max Roach, Philly Joe Jones, Elvin Jones and Monk, his passion grew, eventually leading him to Dave Brubeck drummer Joe Morello. After two years as Morello's star pupil, Granelli became a highly sought-after session player, eventually playing, recording and touring with the Vince Guaraldi Band. He provides the unmistakable steady swing beats for the classic Charlie Brown "Peanuts" theme song.

In the volatile West Coast scene of the 60s, Granelli moved on to the Denny Zeitlin Trio, a group that included bassist Charlie Haden. A hugely successful recording and touring band, they tied with Miles Davis for Group of the Year in Downbeat magazine's Critics and Readers Poll in 1965. Throughout the 60s he performed with many major players on the scene, including Jimmy Witherspoon, Mose Allison, Lou Rawls, John Handy, Sonny Stitt, Sly Stone, Ornette Coleman and Dewey Redman. He was right there too as jazz
styles began to swing towards the beginnings of psychedelia. His free-form improvisational trio held down the opening slot for comedian Lenny Bruce for three months in 1963, and shared bills at The Matrix and The Fillmore with Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company and the Grateful Dead. They also accompanied the Dead on their first European tour in 1971.

Granelli became a Buddhist in 1970, and from the mid-70s through the 90s he focused on teaching, bringing his insider knowledge to hundreds of students at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, then Seattle's Cornish Institute, the Conservatory in Halifax, and the Hochschule der Kunst in Berlin. In the early 90s Jerry moved to Halifax and immediately became a keystone in the jazz community. Along with Halifax's Jazz East organization he founded the Creative Music Workshop a two-week intensive music program that takes place every summer in conjunction with the Atlantic Jazz Festival.

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Bill Stevenson

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In over forty years as a musician Bill has recorded for Elektra records while still in his teens, opened for the Doors, backed up John Lee Hooker, put performing and recording bands behind some of Canada's best loved musicians including Amos Garrett, Colleen Peterson and Linda Carvery. He has hosted his own National radio series for CBC. He has been a contributing side man to multi award winning albums by Garrett Mason, Thom Swift ,Hot Toddy ,and now includes his own win with a 2008 ECMA for best Jazz Album. His participation in the Jazz/Blues idiom has earned him a respected place in the national music spectrum.

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On the program for Saturday December 4, 2010

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Part one of 'Songs and Stories' - A songwriter's circle recorded at the 2010 Nova Scotia Music Week in Yarmouth, NS featuring Kim Wempe, Thom Swift, Carmen Townsend and hosted by Old Man Luedecke.
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Old Man Luedecke is one of Canada's best loved and most intriguing roots singer-songwriters. His memorable melodies, poetic sense and easy charisma appeal to anyone searching for new growth from old roots, but it's Luedecke's contemporary lyrics coupled with the irresistible rhythm of the old time banjo that connect and make him so loved with his audiences. His latest album, Proof of Love, won the prestigious 2009 JUNO Award for Roots Solo album and won legions of new fans at home and abroad.

Kim Wempe, Atlantic Canada's ECMA winning Galaxie Rising Star, is a vocal powerhouse. A 2009 International Songwriting Contest semi-finalist and Music Nova Scotia Award winner, Wempe is set to make waves from the Atlantic coast clear across the country with the release of her third record titled Painting with Tides this fall on GroundSwell/Warner.

Known for his down-to-earth charm, soulful baritone voice and skillful musicianship, multi-award-winning singer-songwriter Thom Swift performs a distinctive blend of roots-blues. Chosen by CBC as one of Canada's top songwriters in 2010 and recent winner of Music Nova Scotia's Blues Artist of the Year, he released his latest album blue sky day (GroundSwell/Warner) in February. Thom's debut solo recording Into the Dirt (2007) won an ECMA, a Maple Blues Award, a Galaxie Rising Star prize and two Music Nova Scotia Awards, including Musician of the Year in 2008.

Carmen Townsend, known for her raw and primal sound, has spent the last fifteen years of her life delivering powerful, energetic, authentic rock and roll performances on stages across the globe. Working tirelessly on her anticipated debut record with no signs of slowing down, Townsend recently caught the eye of Grammy winning songwriter Jesse Harris (Norah Jones, Bright Eyes) and has put her own rock and roll spin on two of his songs. One of the East Coast's brightest gems, Carmen Townsend is one to watch for.

NOTE: Since this concert is too long for the radio program, here is the third round of performances beginning with Old Man Luedecke

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Erin Costelo

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Erin Costelo blends rich layered piano driven compositions with lyrics as often searing as they are sweet on her first full length album Fire and Fuss. Recorded at CBC's radio H, this album has taken it's place in a long line of remarkable debut albums from Halifax's singer-songwriter community. Nominated for a Music Nova Scotia Award and an ECMA, Costelo has captured the strength and fragility of her distinctively low, smokey voice in moody, unique arrangements that blend barrelhouse blues, boogie woogie and 60's soul with her truthful melody driven ballads to create a sound that is all her own.

Although born in Nova Scotia, Erin spent a lot of time moving from place to place. At the same time she was beginning to read, she started taking piano lessons. Eventually, Erin became diverse in piano playing everything from Bach and Mozart to the Beatles and Elton John. Upon graduation, she decided to turn down a scholarship to study classical music and attend St. Francis Xavier to study jazz piano. After completing her degree, Erin traveled to Winnipeg where she performed her first gigs as a side musician and began honing her skills as an accompanist. From there she resided in Texas where she pursued studies in composition. Erin states "It was my experience in Texas that really allowed me to explore every extreme piece of my personality in composition. I wrote classical chamber music, performance art pieces, electronic music and multimedia pieces, played in a jazz trio, worked as a pianist in a drive-thru wedding chapel, played country music and began writing songs."

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Morgan Davis

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For nearly four decades Morgan Davis has been on the road traveling across Canada, the United States and Europe. His performances draw from a rich tradition of country blues, as well as his own contemporary songs infused with wit and a large dose of humour. Originally from Detroit, Davis grew up listening to a prolific mix of rhythm and blues. The music of Jimmy Reed, Ike and Tina Turner, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino was in the air. He later moved to California with his family, and then in 1968 left for
Canada.

While living in Rochdale College, Toronto's mecca for the subculture of the late 1960's, he immersed himself in the study of Delta Blues, especially the music of Robert Johnson. Toronto's music scene in the early 1970's was the perfect place for Davis to cut his teeth as a journeyman, having the opportunity to see and play with many legendary performers. Bukka White, Johnny Shines, Sunnyland Slim, Snooky Pryor, Hubert Sumlin, and John
Hammond were encouraging supporters.

Over the years he has had the privilege of opening for Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Albert King, John Hammond, Albert Collins, and Eric Bibb. A highlight of his career was backing the phenomenal Dr.John. Morgan has shared the stage with Colin Linden, who also produced his second album, James Harmon, Gene Taylor, Sue Foley, Ray
Bonneville, Carlos DelJunco and the late Dutch Mason.

Davis' songwriting talent received international recognition when Colin James covered his searing ballad "Why'd You Lie". Morgan's first solo recording "Blues Medicine", on
Electro-Fi records, garnered critical acclaim as well as awards for songwriting and production. His multi- award winning release "Painkiller" won an impressive four awards at the 2004 Maple Blues Awards and not long after took home Canada's top
music prize...the Juno for Blues Album of the Year. Davis has established a rich career as a solo artist, and also performs with stellar lineups of musicians
as a trio or full band. His most recent recording, "At Home In Nova Scotia", pays homage to Atlantic Canada where he has been a resident since 2001.

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Bucky Adams

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Charles R. "Bucky" Adams was born into a large musical family on Maynard Street in Halifax in 1937. At an early age Bucky picked up the trumpet to play alongside his father on the saxophone. At age 11 Bucky had the distinction of playing for the Queen during a royal visit to Halifax. In the years that followed Bucky played his trumpet with such intensity that it blew apart during one of his frequent performances at the Gerrish Street Hall. Determined that the "show must go on" Bucky ran home between sets and borrowed his father's instrument, returning just in time to step back on stage. This twist of fate resulted in Bucky embarking on a lifelong love affair with the tenor sax.

From the 50's through to the 80's, Bucky formed several successful bands, including "The Rockin' Rebels", "Club Unusual", "The Basin St.Trio", with whom he made his first recording, and "Generations", comprised of young players on the cutting edge of the Halifax music scene. Bucky also played with or to Jazz greats Louis Armstrong, Dizzie Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Count Bassie, B.B.King and Lionel Hampton. In 1981 Bucky was featured on the CBC Radio Halifax program "Identities", for which he was awarded the International Gabriel Award by the United Nations, representing the highest honour in broadcasting production and content.

Since 1991 he has volunteered for weekly performances with the Senior's Band at Northwood Manor in Halifax and since 1993 has performed with the prestigious Nova Scotia Mass Choir, with whom he has participated on two recordings. Bucky has also remained very active at East Coast concerts and Jazz Festivals which wouldn't be complete without his smooth, rich performances. Bucky's innovative approach to timeless classics and knack for original compositions, along with his command of music styles including Swing, R&B, Jazz, Blues, Easy Listening and Inspiration, has expanded his audience to include a wide range of age groups and musical tastes.

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Garrett Mason

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Garrett Mason is a true bluesman at heart. He was raised in Truro, Nova Scotia by his mother Pam, and father, veteran Canadian Bluesman Dutch Mason. His quest to become a blues musician started at a very early age; being surrounded by blues music, Garrett's favorite tapes at 3 years old were Canned Heat and Buddy Rich. What really sealed the deal for Garrett to become a blues guitarist, came after watching a video of Stevie Ray Vaughn Live At the El Mocambo, he was hooked. Garrett's band released their sophomore album Love and Sound in July 2008 which was nominated for a Juno Award. The album won Blues Artist/Group Recording of the Year at the 2009 Music Nova Scotia and Industry Awards.

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On the program for Saturday November 27, 2010

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Two features - The Silver Wolf Band and their release 'Jam The Blues' - and - The Light Brights and their release 'The World's A Changin'
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The debut album from Halifax's The Light Brights brings the rhythm and soul of the blues together with the hooks of modern indie pop as if the two genres were the best of friends finally reuniting after years apart. The awkwardness and embarrassment that often accompanies musical genre-mashing is nowhere to be found, and in its place is a welcoming set of sounds that'll sooth your soul as much as it'll make your shoes swing. While it would be easy to credit the album's successful conglomeration to the soaring vocals and stunning melodies courtesy of Bethany Fulde, The Light Brights' impressive rhythm section (comprised of bassist Chad Harrington and drummer Andrew Dahms) is not to be overlooked as the two gents have some serious chops and get your body grooving while Bethany's hooks implant themselves in your head, forcing you to try and sing along before you even know the words.
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The Silver Wolf Band is rock & roll with folk rock sensibilities, texture, depth and energy along with a jazzy keyboard edge. This collaboration of musicians from Goose Bay Labrador and Charlottetown Prince Edward Island happened while recording a demo at a local recording studio on PEI in the summer of 2009. They asked local musician Dan Clarke to play bass for the demo sessions. That lead to him joining the three band members from Goose Bay as the bass player in this revamped version of Silver Wolf Band. The four song demo recorded last summer featured the upbeat power-chord driven "Violets & Roses" along with the hauntingly nostalgic, end-of-the-evening piano melodies of "Good Night in the City". In fact the songs turned out so well that the band decided to go back into the studio and record some additional tracks this summer. All seven tracks can now be found on their first album release "Jam The Blues".
The music is greatly influenced by the piano/keyboard expertise of Matthew Barrett, a recent graduate of the Jazz music program at St. Francis Xavier University. Jamie Jackman is the main songwriter responsible for the folk-rock flavour and heartfelt vocal delivery as well as playing guitar for the band. Additional members include Jamie's brother, Justin Jackman on drums and the aforementioned Dan Clarke on bass.

On the program for Saturday November 20, 2010

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A feature on Chris Colepaugh and The Cosmic Crew with their new release 'Missed A Page' - and - A feature on Chastity and her release 'Happy In This Oblivion'
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Chris Colepaugh makes southern dipped old-fashioned rock that bridges the gap between old school doubleneck guitar crunch and moaning alt-country pedal steel wail. He and The Cosmic Crew have performed at festivals throughout Canada and the United States and have toured extensively with over fifteen national Canadian & US coast-to-coast tours where part of his US itineraries have included dates with Government Mule, North Mississippi Allstars and Grady. Awards and nominations are plenty and include the East Coast Music Awards, The International Acoustic Music Awards, The Toronto Music Magazine Awards, the Contact East Touring Excellence Awards, the MNB Awards and many others. However, it is not just his Cosmic Crew that brings music to Chris Colepaugh, it's also his friends. An observer with a keen eye would have spotted him playing drums for Star Académie winner Wilfred LeBouthillier, playing pedal steel across Canada, France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Germany with International Canadian sensation Roch Voisine, invited by Gordie Johnson on stage to perform pedal steel and guitar with Grady, and playing sessions for artists such as International Daniel Pearl Fiddler Samantha Robichaud, multi-country-award nominees Melanie Morgan and Darcy Mazerolle, francophone artists Annie Blanchard, Anique Granger, Trisha Foster, Jason Lang and many more. And with producing securely under his belt ( he spent two weeks in Texas at Willie Nelson's Studio mentoring producer methods with Gordie Johnson ) there is no stopping this guy!
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Against a unique backdrop of a video projection screen ship sail hung sweepingly on an angle and surrounded by a musical ninja clan of the best backing musicians on P.E.I. -- Chris Corrigan on guitar, Nick Gauthier on guitar, Chas Guay on bass, Shawn Ferris on keyboards, Paula MacIntyre on backing vocals and Alan Dowling on drums -- the fiery singer/songwriter blonde bombshell, whom Prince Edward Island has come to know as Chastity, stood poised on The Guild stage before a crowd of about 90, who were wrapped thoroughly around her finger. This was a CD launch that was a long time in the making since she recorded Happy in This Oblivion with Ken McCaul several years and a different life ago. Through songs such as You Give Life to Me, Forest of Angels and a new heart-aching piano ballad called Drowning in the Waves of Love, she transpors us all to each new personal dimension of song.

On the program for Saturday November 13, 2010

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A feature on Ron Hynes and his new recording 'Stealing Genius'

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Produced by Paul Mills at The Millstream in Toronto, many of the fourteen songs on Stealing Genius were composed while Ron Hynes was on a writing retreat at Woody Point in western Newfoundland. Inspired by works from some of his favorite authors and poets (including Michael Crummey, Stan Dragland, Randall Maggs, Donna Morrisey, Al Pittman and Des Walsh), Hynes has crafted a collection of remarkable songs that not only echo a life in Newfoundland and Labrador, but resonate with people everywhere.
The release of Stealing Genius comes hot on the heals of the world premiere of "The Man Of A Thousand Songs", a feature-length documentary, of which Hynes is both subject and star. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker William D MacGillivray and co-produced by Terry Greenlaw (Picture Plant) and Jordan Canning (Get Set Films), the film premiered to capacity crowds at the Toronto International Film Festival and subsequently garnered Atlantic Film Festival Awards for Documentary, Director and Audience Favorite.

Best known for his folk classic Sonny's Dream, Ron Hynes has eight solo albums and numerous collaborative projects to his credit. He is a six-time East Coast Music Award winner, a Genie Award winner, and a past JUNO, CCMA and Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee. Recipient of the 2008 SOCAN National Achievement Award for songwriting career success, Ron also holds an Honorary PhD from Memorial University for his contributions to the cultural life of his beloved Newfoundland and Labrador.
In the words of Sylvnaus Now author Donna Morrisey, "Ron Hynes is a grand voyeur in this rough, sweet life, a melody writer of the first order, a story teller, a philosopher, a poet and a kick-ass performer that makes my hair stand on end."

On the program for Saturday November 6, 2010

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A concert from David Myles - and - a feature on 'Naming The Twins' and their recording 'Sweet Transitions.

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Last May David Myles brought his full band to the intimate Hugh's Room in Toronto to celebrate the release of his latest CD Turn Time Off. The packed house that evening was treated to a musical ride with songs that ranged from blues inspired jams to country and gospel influenced sing a longs. The joke of the night was that since CBC was recording the show the intimate audience of Hugh's Room needed to sound more like the Air Canada Center with twenty thousand people - and at times it almost did.

Robbie Smith has been a songwriter, singer and player of instruments all his life - over the years he's written songs for, and appeared on stage with people like Roger Whitaker, Pete Seeger and John Allan Cameron. From the windows of his scenic home outside Shelburne Nova Scotia, his imagination takes flight gathering scenes and circumstances which flow back through his pen and onto the page. Robbie's been a solo Artist most of his life but recently he was struck with the voice of an acquaintance, Kathleen Glauser who he discovered has a fine sense of harmony, rhythm and natural singing ability. Together they decided to do some gigs - under the moniker "Naming The Twins". Through these gigs they came to the attention of Paul Mills, the owner of Borealis Records. Out of all this happenstance came a record - 'Sweet Transitions'

On the program for Saturday October 30, 2010

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A concert from Ireland's Niamh Ni Charra recorded at the 2010 Celtic Colours International Festival - and - A feature on Ryan Cook and his new release 'Peaks and Valleys'
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Niamh Ní Charra hails from Killarney, County Kerry in the south west of Ireland.
Equally talented on fiddle and concertina, she has won numerous awards, including Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Oireachtas, and Slógadh Náisiúnta. Somewhat of a child prodigy, she had represented Ireland at folk festivals in Britain and France and had support gigs for The Chieftains, and Noel Hill under her belt before she reached her teens. Mainly in North America, Niamh toured full time with Riverdance from 1998 until December 2005, performing in over 2500 shows. From Mexico to Vancouver, and Los Angeles to Broadway, New York, Niamh has delighted audiences with her fiery fiddling, fancy footwork and dazzling smiles. She shared her talents in Riverdance's Irish and Far East productions performing in her native capital as well as the more exotic locations of Tokyo and Taipei among others before retiring from Riverdance to concentrate on a solo career. She released her debut album "Ón Dá Thaobh / From Both Sides" in 2007 to much critical acclaim. It was the only Irish album to make MOJO's Top Ten Folk Albums for 2007. She was also presented with the "Best Trad Music Act 2008" award by The Irish World, the largest newspaper for the Irish community in Britain, and "Best Fiddle 2008" at the inaugural awards of The Irish Music Association, USA in 2009. Along with performing regularly as a solo artist, and with her own band, Niamh also tours extensively as a member of the Carlos Núñez band.

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On Ryan Cook's sophomore album Peaks and Valleys, stories are born somewhere between small towns and big cities, and packed with sudden bursts of romance and tragedy. An award-winning singer-songwriter from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Ryan's sound is a smooth ensemble of Country/Western, Roots, Folk and Jazz music. In 2009, while performing in Nashville, TN during the CMA Music Festival, Ryan caught the attention of John Walker from WSM Radio. The two developed a partnership to assemble a killer cast of performers and record his upcoming album at the legendary Quad Studios. The result, Peaks and Valleys, features some of Nashville's most prolific players past and present including Lloyd Green, Andy Leftwich, Guthrie Trapp, Bruce Bouton and multiple Grammy-award winner Alison Brown. Staying true to Ryan's old timey influences, Peaks and Valleys resonates with the vintage sounds of steel guitar, clarinet, banjo and fiddle. His songs celebrate colourful characters forged between fantasy and fiction, en route to their highest peaks and often deeper valleys.

Ryan Cook feature - 'Peaks and Valleys'


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On the program for Saturday October 23, 2010

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A concert from Mollie O'Brien recorded at the 2010 Celtic Colours International Festival - and - A feature on Halifax based pop trio Dance Movie
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Mollie O'Brien loves to sing. Jazz, R&B, blues, gospel, southern mountain traditional -- you name it. And she approaches each with an ease that makes you think she was steeped in the style since the first time a note left her throat. Growing up in Wheeling, West Virginia, one of five children, Mollie was exposed to music of every stripe, from performances by the Wheeling Symphony to concerts by Count Basie, Ray Charles, and the Beatles. She listened to singers -- Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins, Bonnie Raitt and Dinah Washington, Streisand, Sinatra, and Betty Carter -- and took voice lessons. Later, with her brother, Tim, she performed in church and at coffeehouses. All the while she dreamed of heading to New York to sing and act on Broadway and make a big splash in show business. After her sophomore year of college, she set out for the Big Apple, but the auditions were discouraging and gigs were few. She stuck it out for four years -- long enough to discover the irresistible pull of swing music and the stylistic stretches required for jazz. Eventually she moved to Colorado, where brother Tim O'Brien had already staked out territory in the booming music scene. So there's the story -- at least the first part. Mollie moved to Boulder in 1980, worked as a duo with Tim, and formed her own R&B band. Now, a couple of decades later, she's married with two teen-aged daughters and a firmly established singing career. She has been called one of roots music's best interpreters and singers, and her voice described as "smooth," "smoky," "powerful," and "bright and bold as sheet lightning." Once you've heard it, you're hooked.

The Halifax based pop trio Dance Movie is made up of Songwriter Tara Thorne, violinist Kinley Dowling and drummer Craig Jennex. . "The name comes from the film genre," says singer/guitarist Thorne. "I didn't want to perform under my own name, and Kinley and I both love dance movies. The godmother is of course Dirty Dancing, stretching through the Step Up series. "Dance Movie is a bit of a throwback. It's angst and heart ache married to rising pop choruses and melodies," says Curran. "I'm a big fan of shoegazing stuff; I'll never graduate from the early '90s -- Dance Movie reminds me of that era, only there's euphoric musical simplicity there. Each song is a mood swing; you're bound to be okay in the end."

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On the program for Saturday October 16, 2010

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Two features - Kim Wempe and her recent release 'Painting With Tides' - Keith Mullins and his recent release 'Locomotive Farm'

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With the release of her new full-length album painting With Tides Wempe channels that passion into a powerful collection of contemporary Canadian roots music. The album comes on the heels of her 2010 East Coast Music Award for Rising Star of the Year. Born in a small Saskatchewan farming town, Kim lived for a period in Alberta before heading to Canada's East Coast in 2007. After only three months in Nova Scotia, Kim realized that what once seemed a daunting and unplanned move was actually put in her path for a reason. The change of scenery and people provided the theme of Painting With Tides and nurtured a fresh view on life, home, self, and music.

Music has been a life-long passion for Keith Mullins. His roots are in Cape Breton Island, where a family and culture of music fostered his passion and ability. At the age of 14, he started entertaining bar crowds with fellow band-mate, Steven MacDougall (Slow-coaster). After completing a music degree and self-directed studies in Cuba and Africa, Mullins turned his passion into his profession. In addition to touring, Mullins developed and facilitated some highly successful workshops, including a drumming workshop, a salsa workshop (with an eight-piece Latin band partly from Cuba with salsa dancing) and a songwriting workshop with good friend Steven Bowers. He has delivered these workshops to groups of all ages; in schools, at special events, and at festivals across the country. He was recently nominated in Music Nova Scotia's 2010 Educator of the Year category.


On the program for Saturday October 09, 2010

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A concert from the 2010 Halifax Jazz Festival - Chris Church and Freinds - Return To The Coast

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Although Chris Church's foundation is in classical music, after university he found himself drifting away from classical performance as his interest in improvisation increased. Along with a strong classical music presence, Halifax is also home to a variety of other musical styles which Chris was drawn to. He got into jazz, pop and rock along with more avant garde improvisation with a range of talented musicians. Around the time Chris moved to Toronto, he started playing with guitarist Jesse Cook. It was at this point in his career that he started really listening to and playing styles from all over the world. Chris has always had an affinity for world sounds, playing at various world music festivals he could perform with and learn from other musicians. The musicians he toured with and met on the road truly opened the doors of world music.

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On the program for Saturday October 2, 2010

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A feature double bill on two new recordings - Ian Sherwood with 'And Now The Fun Begins' and - John Connolly with 'The Wind'

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Ian Sherwood has learned a thing or two about music and performance over the last few years. He's been honing his craft as a songwriter and entertainer and has become equally at home in front of a large festival audience or a quiet house concert. His energetic stage show and honest presentation have quickly gained him recognition as a solid performer, lyricist and player and garnered him Music Nova Scotia's 2008 Musician of the Year award. On October 2nd. Ian will be releasing his new recording 'And Now The Fun Begins' with a show at The Company House in Halifax.

On Monday, April 19th, 2010 John Connolly posted this on his blog. "I'm back on PEI after recording last week in Nashville with Brian Ahern. Brian's been in the studio since the late 60's and it and it was really something special to work with him. Together with his long-time engineer, the great Donivan Cowart, we had a real good time making this record. It's a pretty natural recording...acoustic and laid back and I'm really looking forward to putting it out there." Last weekend in Charlottetown John Connolly released that album titled 'The Wind' - On the show this week, John talks about the experience of working with Brian Ahern on that record.

On the program for Saturday September 25, 2010

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Two features this week - Jared Lutes and his recording 'Waiting On You' - and - Ria Mae and her recording 'Between The Bad'

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Over the last ten years Moncton's Jared Lutes and his Duo/Band 'inTandem' have cornered the party gig market in most of New Brunswick and northern Nova Scotia as the busiest and most versatile act around. As an annual fixture at major festivals, urban hotspots, rural shindigs, countless fundraisers, as well as being the most in-demand entertainers at private events, the group has refined their talents through a relentless commitment to performing and improving. Now, several band demos later, Jared is repackaging himself as a thoughtful and driven solo artist with a world-class EP - 'Waiting on You' - featuring the best of his mainstream power ballads and guitar-driven pop-rock anthems. Although each song has been impeccably produced with radio and film in mind, the intimate vocal performances and the common thread of Jared's artistic vision are still clearly evident throughout.

Halifax-based songwriter Ria Mae knows there is a flip side to every coin. She calls both heads and tails on her EP, Between the Bad. She prides herself on telling it like it is. Her narrative-driven songs explore love, loss, forgiveness and redemption. Between the Bad is a five-track EP recorded at Spaces Between Studios, produced by Mae and Don McKay. "I've always been really affected by other people's feelings," says Mae. "When I was young I could tell when people were feeling a certain way even without any outward expression. I would often take it on as my own feelings." When she's not sharing the stage with acclaimed performers such as Amelia Curran, The Cliks and Hidden Cameras, Mae lends her talents to the screen. She recently starred as Emily, a renegade homeless musician in Snow, a film written and directed by Rohan Fernando.

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'Naming The Twins' and their recent recording 'Sweet Transitions'

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Take one seasoned singer songwriter and pair him up with an enthusiastic "fresh on the scene" vocalist, mix them together along with their love for harmonies, meaningful words and memorable melodies and what do you get? A keen new duo called "Naming the Twins". Robbie Smith who plays a variety of acoustic instruments, has appeared on stage with Roger Whitaker, Pete Seeger and John Allan Cameron, has been played on a good number of radio stations including CBC and WQXR The Radio Station of the New York Times and has made several recordings, including an elaborate solo CD titled "Retro Debut". An active member of the music scene, Robbie has welcomed Kathleen Glauser's fine sense of harmony, rhythm and natural singing ability to form "Naming The Twins". Performing original Robbie songs plus re-arranging and putting their stamp on favorite material by other artists, their energy tends to delight audiences wherever they perform.

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"Ryan is a rare songwriter; his songs are sharp, sexy, self-deprecating, and melancholic. His songs are perfect little stories about what goes on inside."

On the program for Saturday September 18, 2010

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A feature double bill

Haunted Hearts and their new recording 'Howdy' - and - Glenn Simmons and his new release 'Swet vanilla and Other Flavours'

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Based in Charlottetown, Haunted Hearts is an independent alt-roots/country band comprised of Dennis Ellsworth, Johnny Ross, Mike MacDougall and Mark Geddes, who has recently taken over for Blu Gillis. Since forming in October of 2008, Haunted Hearts have won two Music PEI awards, as well as receiving a nomination for the Rising Star award at ECMA 2009. The band has been winning hearts with their explosive live performance and their diverse and brilliantly received debut album "Thank You, Goodnight". September 25, 2010, marks the release of "Howdy", Haunted Hearts second full length recording in as many years.

As a member of the Wonderful Grand Band, and co-founder of the Fables, Glenn Simmons could easily be pigeonholed as a Celtic/trad-only musician. Dispelling any possible misconceptions is his first solo album, "Sweet Vanilla ... and Assorted Flavours." He says that creating and producing a solo album has been a very positive experience. "You certainly have more control, and I like that. When you're in a group, it's a democracy." Listeners will also be glad he finally took the leap toward giving the world a taste of all the flavours his music has to offer.

Studio H Sessions - James Hill

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According to James Hill we're in the midst of a revolution, albeit a small one. The ukulele, embraced by mainstream media from Oprah to American Idol, has returned from pop culture exile to become a tonic for modern malaise the world over. It's a beautiful thing. And since the release of 'Playing Like It Isn't' in 2002, he's made it his mission to convince skeptics of the beauty, versatility and appeal of this chronically underestimated instrument. And has it worked? The Honolulu Star-Bulletin calls James a "rare peer" of Hawaii's premier ukulele players. Stuart MacLean (Vinyl Café) calls him "the Wayne Gretzky of the ukulele."

Wanting to find out what all the fuss was about we invited James Hill into our rooftop Studio H in Halifax for concert featuring his small but mighty collection of hand built ukuleles. We weren't disappointed.

'Travelin' On'

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'One More Lie To Love'

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'Chopsticks'

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'Alegro Con Brio'

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'Ode To A Frozen Boot'

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On the program for Saturday September 11, 2010

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A Feature double bill

'Ashelin' and their debut release 'The Road Not Taken' - and - 'The Repercussionists' and their latest release 'Thank You Good Noght, I Hope I Didn't Offend You'

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Kaliyan, Cassy, Joesie, Thea and Shaelin Palmer are the folk/pop band, Ashelin. Five sisters between the ages of 15 and 23 raised in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland. Influenced by their strong Irish background and Newfoundland culture they have developed an unusual and fascinating sound. Their new album "The Road Not Taken" was produced by the incomparable Grammy Award winner George Massenburg and by ECMA Award winner and one of the top sound engineers in Canada, Al Strickland.

The Repercussionists are a four-piece rock and roll outfit from Halifax, Nova Scotia. In the past two years they have released an EP, "Mistakes and All", and debuted their first full-length album, the self-titled, "The Repercussionists". 2009 saw a new incarnation of the band when percussionist Ian Macmillan and guitarist Christopher John joined founding members vocalist/lyricist Isaac Stowe and bassist Stephen Terry. The Repercussionists are currently touring in support of their new album, "Thank You, Goodnight.

On the program for Saturday September 4, 2010

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Erin Costelo and Blue Engine String Quartet in concert from The Sir James Dunn Theater in Halifax.

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On the program for Saturday August 28, 2010

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Summer Playlists - Rose Cousins

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We'll conclude our six week summer series where Stephanie will be joined by an East Coast musician who will choose the music for the program.

On the program for Saturday August 21, 2010

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Summer Playlists - Matt Anderson

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We'll continue our six week summer series where Stephanie will be joined by an East Coast musician who will choose the music for the program.

On the program for Saturday August 14, 2010

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Summer Playlists - Thom Swift

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We'll continue our six week summer series where Stephanie will be joined by an East Coast musician who will choose the music for the program.

On the program for Saturday August 7, 2010

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Summer Playlists - David Myles
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We'll continue our six week summer series where Stephanie will be joined by an East Coast musician who will choose the music for the program.

On the program for Saturday July 31, 2010

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Summer Playlists - Old Man Luedecke
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We'll continue our six week summer series where Stephanie will be joined by an East Coast musician who will choose the music for the program.

Jamie Gatti

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Born in Truro, Nova Scotia, Jamie Gatti has a reputation for versatility in playing all musical styles from classical to jazz, rock, Celtic and theatre. A professional bassist for 30 years, Gatti has toured and recorded with many artists from around the globe. Composer/arranger/producer and now bandleader are his interests at this time. Jamie began playing during high school under the tutelage of music teacher Ron MacKay. From Ron he learned many of the skills necessary to be a professional player. He started work in the late 1970's in Halifax doing shows and commercials for TV and Radio and playing club dates. In 1980 he accepted an invitation to audition for the RCMP band and won the position. Gatti moved to Ottawa in 1981 joining the RCMP. While with that group he toured Canada extensively and around the world performing and recording. He also participated in the Ottawa music scene playing in many jazz clubs, sessions, theatre shows and with a few orchestras. He was fortunate to work under conductors such as Boris Brott, David Foster, Erich Kunzel, Newton Waylon and Howard Cable. In 1994 Gatti retired from the RCMP and returned home to Nova Scotia. He presently tours and records with the Barra MacNeils. As well as recording with other Canadian artists, he plays sessions at CBC, with Symphony Nova Scotia and at Neptune Theatre. Since 1992 Gatti recorded 4 CDs, all solo bass themed, with original tunes and rearranged standards. The last one 'Over Time', was nominated in the Best Jazz Artist category in the 2007 East Coast Music Awards. Also nominated, 2008 East Coast Music Awards with original music the group Tonic; 2007 Music Nova Scotia Musician of the year and Jazz Recording of the year. Playing all styles of music has filtered into his writing, combining many of these simultaneously. Gatti's home base is Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Jamie's favourite album

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The musician Jamie most admires

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The turning point when Jamie decided to be a musician

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Gary Steed

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Gary Steed is skillful drummer of more than 20 years experience. His repertoire of drumming styles spans a wide range of genres, including jazz, funk, hip hop, reggae, R&B, blues, and gospel. Gary Steed has played with the likes of Benny King, Tower of Power, Urban Renewal, Universal Language, Umoja, the Nova Scotia Mass Choir, and has sessioned with several other bands of note in Halifax. Gary is a quite sought after session musician.

Gary's favourite album

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Woody Woods

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Born and raised in the inner city of Los Angeles, Woody Woods is an author, and a self-taught composer, conductor, lyricist and pianist. Blessed with the opportunity to conduct Parade of the Chariots, from the movie, Ben Hur, during his final year in Junior High School, Woods became hooked on directing bands, choirs and orchestras. He also had one of his original arrangements performed by the school Jazz Band that year. Thus, the fire was lit, and there was no putting it out. Woods was originally a woodwind player specializing in tenor sax, flute and clarinet. He began to take the piano seriously when the pianist in his high school Jazz ensemble (The Jazz Executives) joined another band. Since the band could not play without a pianist, Woods starting playing the piano and never did get back to any of his woodwinds.

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On the program for Saturday July 10, 2010

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Two concerts this week - Both from the 2010 ECMA weekend in Sydney - Tim Chaisson and Morning Fold - and - Joel Plaskett
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Prince Edward Island's Tim Chaisson was lucky to have such a large family, that introduced him to so many diverse forms of music. Tim entered the world of music in a family-based Celtic outfit. After years of touring and recording before reaching driving age, he recognized a yearning to perform his own music.While much of Tim's latest album 'Broken Hearted Beat' is spawned from his own seeds of creativity as primary songwriter, he notes that renowned musicians Joel Plaskett and Gordie Johnson were crucial in realizing the album's wide scope and boldness. It won 2 Music PEI Awards in 2010 for Group of the Year and Pop Recording of the Year.

When Joel Plaskett released his 2009 triple CD 'Three', he knew he was taking a risk. But so far 2010 has been one of the best of his career. On the strength of that release, aptly titled 'Three', he's added 6 more East Coast Music Awards to his collection as well as picking up his first Juno. He seems to have struck a chord with new audiences as well. "This album has taken me into different places - at the shows I see young kids and virtual seniors." During the East Coast Music Awards weekend held in early March we were fortunate enough to snag Joel and his band, The Emergency, plus a couple of his musical friends to perform a live to air concert broadcast from The Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion in Sydney on Cape Breton Island.

Feature Web Recording of The Week - June 28/10

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Ryan MacGrath and his up coming release 'Cooper Hatch Paris'
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Ryan MacGrath conjures up old world aesthetic with a contemporary twist, fusing indie rock and cabaret crooning. His debut full-length Cooper Hatch Paris is a romantic, whimsical wander through the orchard of imagination. MacGrath questions the meaning of love, art, history and purpose. With a full-bodied, robust voice unlike no other, MacGrath explores both the light and the shadows it leaves behind. With the voice of an acrobat and the musicianship of lion trainer, MacGrath is a ringmaster who was born to sing. Cooper Hatch Paris sets the bar for his unforgettable live performance.

On the program for Saturday July 3, 2010

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On the program this week - A concert from Matt Anderson recorded at The Capitol Theater in Moncton, NB
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In many respects, Matt Andersen is 'larger than life' - His voice is large, his talent is large and to say the big man has a commanding presence on stage is an understatement at best. In the past few years, Matt has released an introductory EP along with two critically-acclaimed live fans' favorites, full length studio releases "Second time around", "Something In-between" "Piggyback" with harmonica virtuoso Mike Stevens and "Live at the Phoenix Theater". Along with a very busy touring schedule as a headliner at major festivals, clubs and theaters throughout North America and the UK, Matt has also shared the stage and toured with David "Honeyboy" Edwards, America, Randy Bachman, the late Bo Diddley, Little Feat and a host of others. He played over 200 live performances last year,including his fourth UK tour. The two time East Coast Music Award winner also won the 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn.; the first Canadian to do so. The audience at the Capitol Theater in Moncton, N.B. was psyched, to say the least, for the return of their native son and blues-man, and he 'delivered the goods'.

Feature Web Recording of The Week - June 21/10

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Dwayne Cote and Duane Andrews and their self titled recording.
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Steeped in the rich musical traditions of Cape Breton and Newfoundland Dwayne Côté and Duane Andrews twist their inimitable blend of East Coast Celtic and Roots music with strands of Gypsy and Jazz sounds.

Heavily influenced by the brilliance of Gypsy Jazz legend Django Reinhardt, multi ECMA award winning guitarist Duane Andrews has literally brought his music around the world from his home in Newfoundland to Tasmania, Australia with stops in between at the Newport Folk and Montreal Jazz festivals to name a few and the late great John Allan Cameron simply said it all about fiddler Dwayne Côté whom he called "the best kept secret in Celtic music".

On the program for Saturday June 26, 2010

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Two features this week - Chrissy Crowley and her CD 'Departures' - Ross Neilsen and The Sufferin Bastards and their new release 'Redemption'.
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Chrissy Crowley is the latest young celtic musician to emerge from Cape Breton, and is quickly captivating audiences with a talent that belies her youth
- Chrissy's passion for the music of her Gaelic ancestors should come as no supprise - She is the granddaughter of fiddlers Bill Crowley and Archie Neil Chisholm, and her great uncle was Angus Chisholm, one of Cape Bretons most legendary musicians.

Chrissy Crowley comes from the beautiful Margaree area of Nova Scotia, a place known for it's cherished musical culture. The music of the ceilidh resonates in the majestic mountains and peaceful valleys incorporating not only the tunes of the Scottish Gaels but also those of the area's Irish and French-Acadians. But Chrissy has taken taken the marriage of musical and cultural styles a step further. she is one of the founding members of the Canadian-Cuban Celtic Society, a group set up to promote musical contacts between young musicians from the Celtic parts of Canada, especially Cape Breton Island, and fellow Celtic musicians in Cuba.

The Blues never worked so hard or looked and sounded so good, until it met Ross Neilsen. To say that he is a dedicated, chronic over achiever would be an understatement. Recently, he has been honoured with a nomination for Best New Artist at The Maple Blues Awards, two Rising Star nominations from CBC and back to back Blues Album of the Year nominations from the East Coast Music Association. A true road warrior in every sense, Ross Neilsen spent much of the last two years living out of his van, on friend's couches and fan's floors so he could dedicate himself to his craft. He is out there doing it and he is not going to stop. Two albums in six months, 200 plus four hour shows a year and a log book of over 80 000 kilometers covering three national tours, Neilsen has shared the stage with the likes of Buddy Guy, The Black Crowes, Grady and Joel Plaskett. Ross Neilsen is a real, old school kind of artist. Write. Tour. Record. Tour. Repeat.

On the program for Saturday June 19, 2010

Posted by Glenn Meisner

Old Man Luedecke in concert from The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax

Old Man Luedecke has become one of Canada's best loved and most intriguing roots singer-songwriters. "An original, he is a musical singularity to be savoured and shared", says the Vancouver Folk Festival. His memorable melodies, poetic sense and easy charisma appeal to anyone searching for new growth from old roots. He is a young man with an old soul who doesn't sugar coat his fears and this lets his songs breathe with a fresh breeze of bittersweet hopefulness. He channels a refreshing energy from folk giants like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger with maybe a hint of Loudon Wainwright III. But it's his contemporary lyrics coupled with the irresistible rhythm of the old time banjo that connect and make him so loved with his audiences.

While normally accompanied solely by his trusty banjo, this concert features Luedecke in full flight backed by mandolin, fiddle, guitars and acoustic bass. Instrumentation he used on his most recent recording 'My Hands Are On Fire and Other Love Songs'. Many of the songs from that release are featured in this concert sprinkled with some of his greatest hits.

Feature Web Recording of The Week - June 14/10

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Ashley Condon's new CD 'Come In From The Cold' will be released on Tuesday, June 15th.
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Raised between two potato fields on Prince Edward Island, Ashley Condon is the grandchild of Bill Leblanc, a Canadian country pioneer who once spent the night in jail with Hank Snow. Like pecan pie - sweet and nutty - Ashley has won audiences over with her larger-than-life stage presence and down-to-earth charm. As a performing artist, Ashley has more than eighteen years of stage experience and a degree in Theatre Studies from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College; a testament to her strength as both a songwriter and entertainer.

On the program for Saturday June 12, 2010

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Two features this week - Laura Merrimen and her recording 'Love Letters For Lonely Hunters' - Ashley Condon and her recording 'Come In From The Cold'
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With her smoky voice and heartworn songs, Laura Merrimen delivers Americana-infused country music that combines vintage arrangements with undertones of folky roots-rock. Merrimen's debut album, Love Letters for Lonely Hunters, highlights the singer's old soul. With influences that range from Townes Van Zandt to Lucinda Williams, the album is steeped with a lingering darkness.

Raised between two potato fields on Prince Edward Island, Ashley Condon is the grandchild of Bill Leblanc, a Canadian country pioneer who once spent the night in jail with Hank Snow. Like pecan pie - sweet and nutty - Ashley has won audiences over with her larger-than-life stage presence and down-to-earth charm. As a performing artist, Ashley has more than eighteen years of stage experience and a degree in Theatre Studies from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College; a testament to her strength as both a songwriter and entertainer.

Feature Web Recording of The Week - June 7/10

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The Stanfields new CD 'Vanguard Of The Young And Reckless' will be released next Tuesday, June 15th

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Meet The Stanfields, a maelstrom of rock 'n' roll, Celtic and bluegrass. Hailing from the gritty post-industrial towns of Nova Scotia, The Stanfields play every show like it's their collective last night on earth. Their kitchen party harmonies, thunderous rhythm section, high-octane stage show and genuine chemistry have won over audiences clear across the nation.

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Feature Web Recording of The Week - May 31/10

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Cape Breton fiddler Chrissy Crowley and her latest release 'The Departure'

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Chrissy Crowley is the latest young celtic musician to emerge from Cape Breton, Canada and she is captivating audiences with a talent that belies her youth. Chrissy is a traditional fiddler and recording artist who has recently released her debut album. Chrissy, born in 1990, lives in the beautiful Margaree area of Nova Scotia, Canada, a place known for it's cherished musical culture. The music of the ceilidh resonates in the majestic mountains and peaceful valleys, incorporating not only the tunes of the Scottish Gaels but also those of the area's Irish and French-Acadians. Christine Crowley is one of the new generation of fiddlers. She is inspired by the traditions of artists who have gone before. Chrissy has embraced the music of her celtic roots and has made it her own.

Studio H Sessions - Meaghan Blanchard

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Meaghan Blanchard is a 20 year old emerging singer/songwriter from Hunter River PEI. Her passion is music and has been performing in front of school, church and community benefit concert audiences from a young age, graduating to all ages shows and coffee houses in high school and now to concert venues, bars, and restaurants.

She released her very first album "Changing Things"in September 2008 which won "Folk Album of the Year" at the Music PEI 2009 Awards. In addition, Meaghan was chosen "New Artist Of the Year", "Songwriter of the Year" and " Female Vocalist of the Year". She also received two ECMA 2009 nominations for "Folk Album of the Year" and "Rising Star". She showcased at the Bluebird North Songwriters showcase that year and performed the song Maizie live on stage during the Awards gala.

Her second CD 'Chasing Lonely Again' is nominated for a 2011 ECMA for "Country Recording Of The Year"

We invited Meaghan Blanchard to be part of our Studio H Sessions series - She's accompanied by Tian Wigmore on guitar and Remi Arsenault on bass

Meaghan Blanchard - 'Bonnie'
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Meaghan Blanchard - 'Hey Honey'
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Meaghan Blanchard - 'Hole In The World'
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On the program for Saturday June 5, 2010

Posted by Glenn Meisner

Erin Costelo and Blue Engine String Quartet in concert from The Sir James Dunn Theater in Halifax.

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Studio H Sessions - Ian Janes

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Ian Janes - 'Someday May Be Never'
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Ian Janes - 'Sitting On A Goldmine'
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Ian Janes - 'Not That Cool'
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Ian Janes - 'Piece Of Mine'
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Feature Web Recording of The Week - May 24/10

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Fredericton New Brunswick's Ross Neilsen and The Sufferin' Bastards release their new recording 'Redemption', May 25, 2010.

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To say that Ross Neilsen is a dedicated, chronic over achiever would be an understatement. Recently, he has been honoured with a nomination for Best New Artist at The Maple Blues Awards, two Rising Star nominations from CBC and back-to-back Blues Album of the Year nominations from the East Coast Music Association.

A true road warrior in every sense, Ross Neilsen has spent much of the last two
years living out of his van. Two albums in six months, over 200 four-hour shows
a year, and a logbook of over 80,000 kilometers covering three national tours.

Ross Neilsen's latest recording, Redemption, was recorded at the famed Zebra Ranch Studio in Mississippi and it's the first recording that bears the name of Neilsen's long-time backing band, The Sufferin' Bastards, with Shawn Worden on bass and Karl Gans on drums.

Whether telling tall tales or capturing the spirit of the blues through his own originals and unique covers in his intimate solo shows or combining clever lyrics with old school, in-your-face guitar playing with his band, Ross Neilsen will take you on an emotional journey through the joys and pains of life, death, triumph and defeat. Neilsen will touch your heart, soul, body and mind, sending you home to sing yourself to sleep. And in the
morning? You will want more, much more.

On the Program - Saturday May 29, 2010

Posted by Glenn Meisner

A feature on Brett Ryan and his new CD 'Salvation Radio'

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A feature on Air Traffic Control and their new recording 'Can't Kill Love'

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Maritime Artists in concert - recorded in other locations

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David Myles - recorded at Hugh's Room in Toronto

Lennie Gallant - recorded at the N.A.C.'s Fourth Stage, Ottawa, ON

Two Hours Traffic - recorder at the Republik nightclub in Calgary

Concerts recorded in The Maritimes by our mobile recording crew

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Camerata Xara Young Women's Choir - recorded at St. Matthew's United Church, Halifax

Catherine MacLellan Studio H Session - recorded CBC Radio Studio H, Halifax NS.

Chris Church & Friends - 'Back to the Coast' - recorded at The 2010 Halifax Jazz Festival

Eden Brent - recorded at the 2010 Harvest Jazz & Blues festival, Fredericton NB

Erin Costelo and The Blue Engine String Quartet - recorded at The Sir James Dunn Theater in Halifax

Gypsophilia _ recorded at the 2010 Halifax Jazz Festival

H'sao - recorded at the 2010 Halifax Jazz Festival

Ian Janes - recorded at CBC Halifax Studio H

James Hill - recorded at CBC Halifax Studio H

Jenn Grant with Symphony Nova Scotia - recorded at The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax

Jenn Grant - 'Honeymoon Punch' CD launch, Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax NS

Joel Plaskett - recorded at The 2010 East Coast Music Awards weekend held in Sydney

Keith Hallett - recorded at ECMA 2010, Sydney

Kim Dunn - Studio H Sessions, Halifax Radio Studio H, Halifax NS

Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers - recorded ot the 2010 Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, Fredericton NB

Kit Goguen - recorded at The Capitol Theater in Moncton, NB

Le Vent du Nord at Celtic Colours International Festival - recorded at Place des arts de Cheticamp

Matt Anderson - recorded at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton

Meaghan Blanchard - recorded at CBC Halifax Studio H

Nova Scotia Music Week 2010 - Songs and Stories part 1- Recorded at T'yarc Playhouse, Yarmouth NS

Nova Scotia Music Week 2010 - Songs and Stories part 2 - Recorded at T'yarc Playhouse, Yarmouth NS

Music PEI: Songs and Stories (Part 1) - recorded at The MACK in Charlottetown

Music PEI: Songs and Stories (Part 2) - recorded at The MACK in Charlottetown

Old Man Luedecke - Recorded at The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax

Olympic Symphonium - recorded at The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax

Sergei Saratovsky performs Mozart, Debussy, Schumann - recorded Lilian Piercey Concert Hall, Halifax

Symphony Nova Scotia: Mozart, Prokofiev, Schubert - recorded at The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax

Thom Swift & The El Caminos - recorded at CBC Radio Studio H, Halifax, NS

The Fiddle Tree - recorded at the 2009 Celtic Colours Festival at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Sydney Mines, NS

The Origin Cycle: Darwin's 'Origin of Species' set to music - recorded at The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax

Tim Chaisson & Morning Fold - recorded at ECMA 2010, Sydney

Women In Tune - recorded at The 2010 Celtic Colours International Festival - This concert from The Whycocomagh Education Center in Whycocomagh on Cape Breton Island

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