• East Coast Music: October 2012
    Great Big Sea Celebrate 20 Years with XX Collection
    Great Big Sea Celebrate 20 Years with XX Collection
    Oct 31, 9:11 PM

    Hey happy birthday Great Big Sea. The band that became the biggest on the East Coast is celebrating twenty years together with a brand-new double CD greatest hits collection called XX. It's jam-packed with all their hits, plus six new... more »

    Music Review:  Jerry Leger & the Situation - Some Folks Know
    Music Review: Jerry Leger & the Situation - Some Folks Know
    Oct 30, 8:47 PM

    With his rich twang, and pedal steel, piano and fiddle-fueled cosmic country, you'd think Jerry Leger calls Austin home. There's grand swing to the songs, Western swing, and at times he reminds me of Jimmy Dale Gilmore. But Leger is... more »

    Music Review:  Paul Lamb - Get To What's Real
    Music Review: Paul Lamb - Get To What's Real
    Oct 29, 10:18 PM

    You know him from Crush, or maybe earlier from Signal Hill. Even if you can't remember those East Coast favourites, Lamb has a voice, and a talent, that immediately puts you at ease. By that, I mean as soon as... more »

    Music Review:  The Lonesome Line - The Lonesome Line
    Music Review: The Lonesome Line - The Lonesome Line
    Oct 24, 7:30 PM

    When you compare us to, say, Quebec or Ontario, New Brunswick's not really a big province. Whatever way you choose to measure - population, square kilometres, we're a pretty small community of cities, towns and villages. If you're like me,... more »

    Music Review:  Mo Kenney - Mo Kenney
    Music Review: Mo Kenney - Mo Kenney
    Oct 23, 12:19 AM

    With unusual chord patterns, sophisticated lyrics, and a rare maturity for a youthful songwriter, Mo Kenney's been one to watch for the past couple of years. The Halifax singer has had several high-profile slots to get tongues wagging, from all... more »

    The Return Of The Tom Fun Orchestra
    The Return Of The Tom Fun Orchestra
    Oct 18, 12:29 PM

    It's been a long time since we've heard from Tom Fun Orchestra, at least on a new recording. It's been four years since the group's debut disc, You Will Land With A Thud, but in that time, there's been a... more »

    Folly and the Hunter Arrive in N.B., With Pleasing Folk Sounds
    Folly and the Hunter Arrive in N.B., With Pleasing Folk Sounds
    Oct 17, 12:19 PM

    With the Halifax Pop Explosion happening this weekend, lots of hot, hip, happening new groups are being brought into the city for the event, from across the country and into the U.S. And lucky for N.B., that means some of... more »

    Divorcees, Kevin McIntyre Big Winners at Music NB
    Divorcees, Kevin McIntyre Big Winners at Music NB
    Oct 14, 9:56 PM

    Music New Brunswick's gala awards show got off to a rousing start with a fiddle and guitar instrumental from Dominique Dupuis and Danny Boudreau, a great example of the mix of traditional and emerging music coming out of the province... more »

    MUSIC NB HOSTING GREAT CROWDS
    MUSIC NB HOSTING GREAT CROWDS
    Oct 14, 7:20 PM

    Tonight's the night for music folks in the province. The annual Music New Brunswick awards will be handed out at a gala in Moncton. This comes at the end of a highly successful four-day event in the Hub City, seeing... more »

    Top N.B. Artists Making Moncton Happy for Music NB Week
    Top N.B. Artists Making Moncton Happy for Music NB Week
    Oct 13, 1:55 PM

    Another full day for Music NB delegates, and some free treats for fans in Moncton. While the delegates were getting serious about tips and techniques at workshops on everything from road stories to web design, people heading to the City... more »

    Strong Shows Kick Off Music NB Weekend
    Strong Shows Kick Off Music NB Weekend
    Oct 12, 5:51 PM

    Music New Brunswick week is off to a booming start with strong crowds and great entertainment. Even though Thursday was a school night, and the temperature dropped to near zero in Moncton, the three venues played host to lots of... more »

    La Viree Ready For Music NB This Weekend
    La Viree Ready For Music NB This Weekend
    Oct 10, 11:20 PM

    Okay, I'm going to be settled in to the Music New Brunswick events for the rest of the week. They kick off Thursday in Moncton with the first showcases, live performances that all can attend. That goes on each evening,... more »

    Melissa Payne Joins Titcomb at Plan B Wednesday
    Melissa Payne Joins Titcomb at Plan B Wednesday
    Oct 9, 5:33 PM

    There's a cool double bill happening at Moncton's Plan B Wednesday night. I've already written about Liam Titcomb's latest, he's playing, that's worth it right there. Also performing is a relatively new Ontario artist, Melissa Payne. Her self-titled debut disc... more »

    Music Review:  Old Man Luedecke - Tender Is The Night
    Music Review: Old Man Luedecke - Tender Is The Night
    Oct 8, 2:41 PM

    This Old Man goes for a broader sound on his latest, trekking to Nashville and working with bluegrass star Tim O'Brien. The multi-instrumentalist adds plenty of complementary strings, as well as more big-time bluegrass players holding down the bass and... more »

    Music Review:  Steven MacDougall - Cruel & Unusual
    Music Review: Steven MacDougall - Cruel & Unusual
    Oct 7, 9:32 PM

    Dancing, grooving, rocking, jamming, a little reggae, hip-hop, that's what we expect from Cape Breton's Slowcoaster.  So it's pretty much a surprise to hear what the group's front man MacDougall does on his own.  Replace all that stuff above with... more »

    Music Review:  Tim Chaisson - The Other Side
    Music Review: Tim Chaisson - The Other Side
    Oct 6, 7:07 PM

    A subtle, quiet album concentrating on P.E.I. resident Chaisson's tender, emotional numbers. Producer Colin Linden keeps everything subdued, on a bed of strumming acoustic guitar, and touches of brightness such as organ that just rise to audible levels to colour... more »

    Music Review:  Jenn Grant - The Beautiful Wild
    Music Review: Jenn Grant - The Beautiful Wild
    Oct 5, 2:50 AM

    I'm such a fan-boy. I just love to hear Jenn Grant sing, and her unique voice takes me to a very peaceful place. It's the specific tone I guess, the character of her voice. Also, its her particular use of... more »

    Valdy in Province For Tour, New Album
    Valdy in Province For Tour, New Album
    Oct 4, 1:57 AM

    It's time for Valdy's pass through the Maritimes, a yearly occurrence of late. He's built a loyal following over the years of course, based on a strong appreciation for his audience, a two-way street he's worked hard to maintain over... more »

    Music Review:  Charlie A'Court - Triumph & Disaster
    Music Review: Charlie A'Court - Triumph & Disaster
    Oct 3, 2:31 AM

    The Nova Scotia singer-guitar player gets funky and soulful, with the help of his like-minded producer, Newfoundland's Chris Kirby. Most strikingly, this means a lot of impassioned vocals from A'Court, who slides into his role as smooth soul man with... more »

    Natalie MacMaster Debuting New Show, Band in N.B. Concerts
    Natalie MacMaster Debuting New Show, Band in N.B. Concerts
    Oct 1, 11:50 PM

    Natalie MacMaster is back home in Cape Breton this week, using her parent's home in Troy as her base of operations while she tours in the Maritimes. She does this every few months, keeping her fans happy with enough shows... more »


About Bob Mersereau

Rockin' BobBob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).

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