• East Coast Music: November 2012
    Music Review:  Julie Doiron - So Many Days
    Music Review: Julie Doiron - So Many Days
    Nov 30, 4:53 PM

    Julie Doiron fans always look forward to her appearances in the province, and they have been plentiful over the years, even during the times when she has lived elsewhere. That's why Saturday's show at Parkingdale Hall in Albert County has... more »

    Music Review:  Cameron Brothers Band Launch Debut Disc With East Coast Tour
    Music Review: Cameron Brothers Band Launch Debut Disc With East Coast Tour
    Nov 26, 9:31 PM

    A strong new Toronto band rolls through the province this week, promoting its debut disc. The Cameron Brothers Band features the siblings Scott and Braden, and got going a little under two years ago. The album is called Ratios, and... more »

    Royal Wood Brings Glory Tour To Saint John Monday
    Royal Wood Brings Glory Tour To Saint John Monday
    Nov 24, 7:44 PM

    A much-anticipated tour stops in the province this week, sadly just for one day, and even that, a Monday. Still, I'd make every effort to head to Saint John's Sanctuary Theatre on the 26th for Royal Wood. No stranger to... more »

    Music Review:  Grassmarket - You Are For The Ocean
    Music Review: Grassmarket - You Are For The Ocean
    Nov 23, 10:30 PM

    Halifax's Grassmarket may get lumped into the bluegrass tag because there are banjos and harmonies and such at times, but in truth they don't settle down there, or anywhere else. There's just three members, but anything goes. Lead track Beach... more »

    Music Review:  Breagh Mackinnon - Where The Days Went
    Music Review: Breagh Mackinnon - Where The Days Went
    Nov 22, 3:21 PM

    How come musicians with some sort of jazz inklings, whether its training or love, make great pop records? I'm thinking of Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones, Steely Dan, those kinds. Man, they make some great singles at times. Free Man... more »

    Music Review:  Becka deHaan - Long-awaited, Unexpected:  Songs for Christmas
    Music Review: Becka deHaan - Long-awaited, Unexpected: Songs for Christmas
    Nov 21, 2:58 PM

    Some Christmas albums are meant to be thrown on at parties and gatherings, almost background music to the real event, the socializing. They have familiar carols and novelty numbers, maybe an original or two, and you don't have to pay... more »

    Music Review:  Rain Over St. Ambrose - Truth For News
    Music Review: Rain Over St. Ambrose - Truth For News
    Nov 19, 1:54 PM

    Hey, it's a rock band! With guitars and organ and big sounds and choruses and solos and stuff. The Yarmouth gang has been growing in popularity in N.S. since it's debut E.P. last year, and has already grabbed accolades and... more »

    Music Review:  Rain Over St. Ambrose - Truth For News
    Music Review: Rain Over St. Ambrose - Truth For News
    Nov 19, 1:54 PM

    Hey, it's a rock band! With guitars and organ and big sounds and choruses and solos and stuff. The Yarmouth gang has been growing in popularity in N.S. since it's debut E.P. last year, and has already grabbed accolades and... more »

    The Fretless Big Winners At Folk Awards
    The Fretless Big Winners At Folk Awards
    Nov 18, 4:18 AM

    String supergroup The Fretless walked away the big winners at this year's Canadian Folk Music Awards, held Saturday night at The Imperial Theatre in Saint John. The western Canadian quartet, made up of violin, viola and cello players, took two... more »

    MUSIC REVIEW:  ENGLISH WORDS - RED POTION
    MUSIC REVIEW: ENGLISH WORDS - RED POTION
    Nov 16, 2:52 PM

    Hey, clubsters, it's a good weekend to get out for a show, especially if you like some strong, danceable grooves in smart songs. Charlottetown's English Words are in the province, playing tonight (Friday) at Pepper's Pub in Saint John, and... more »

    Festival Head Says Saint John Putting On A Great Folk Awards
    Festival Head Says Saint John Putting On A Great Folk Awards
    Nov 15, 7:11 PM

    The 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards is now underway in Saint John, with dozens of top names arriving in town to perform. Thursday night sees action at the Sanctuary Theatre with a concert filled with nominees for this year's awards:... more »

    Erin Costelo Brings A Soul Sound To New Album
    Erin Costelo Brings A Soul Sound To New Album
    Nov 14, 8:11 PM

    Wow, what happened to Erin Costelo?  She took a big soul pill is what, and now we find out the Halifax singer-songwriter had a secret inner Marvelette or something.  Costelo has made a disc that combines rich soul sounds with... more »

    Cindy Church, Matt Andersen & More Headline Canadian Folk Music Awards in Saint John
    Cindy Church, Matt Andersen & More Headline Canadian Folk Music Awards in Saint John
    Nov 13, 10:01 PM

    Saint John is in for a treat this week, as it hosts the Canadian Folk Music Awards. The Saint John local committee have done a grand job of not just bringing in top talent, but also showcasing the local and... more »

    Music Review:  Bruised Orange
    Music Review: Bruised Orange
    Nov 9, 3:01 PM

    This newish Moncton group is made up of two long-time buddies and singer-songwriters, Steve Long and Roger Cormier. Each brings their own talents to the mix, and because they are both multi-instrumentalists, the songs feature the whole package, including guitar,... more »

    Music Review:  Dana Beeler - The Long Goodbye
    Music Review: Dana Beeler - The Long Goodbye
    Nov 8, 8:07 PM

    A striking debut from this Halifax country-ish singer-songwriter. I say country-ish, because one person's definition of country these days is strikingly different from anothers, but let me try to narrow it down. Or, rather, broaden it. I think Beeler would... more »

    Music Review:  Dana Beeler - The Long Goodbye
    Music Review: Dana Beeler - The Long Goodbye
    Nov 8, 8:07 PM

    A striking debut from this Halifax country-ish singer-songwriter. I say country-ish, because one person's definition of country these days is strikingly different from anothers, but let me try to narrow it down. Or, rather, broaden it. I think Beeler would... more »

    Music Review:  The Trews - ...Thank You And I'm Sorry
    Music Review: The Trews - ...Thank You And I'm Sorry
    Nov 6, 3:11 PM

    I love the EP. Just a few songs, it's a great idea to keep the flow going in a recording career. That's how The Trews are using this 7-song release, with an eye to a whole new album coming in... more »

    Music Review:  Blue Rodeo - 1987 - 1993
    Music Review: Blue Rodeo - 1987 - 1993
    Nov 5, 5:42 PM

    There's a big show coming up on CBC Radio 2 Thursday. It's the 25th Anniversary celebration for Blue Rodeo, taped Oct. 29th at the Glenn Gould Studio. The show featured many special guests, friends of the band, including Great Big... more »

    Music Review:  Shirley Jackson & her Good Rockin' Daddys - When The Money's All Gone
    Music Review: Shirley Jackson & her Good Rockin' Daddys - When The Money's All Gone
    Nov 2, 3:40 PM

    I'm a real sucker for horns, which means Shirley Jackson's got me right in her sights. The Nova Scotia singer and tenor player leads her Good Rockin' Daddies through a bunch of vintage blues and early rock n' roll numbers,... more »

    Moncton's Kyle Johnsen Launches New Disc, The East Coast Rambler
    Moncton's Kyle Johnsen Launches New Disc, The East Coast Rambler
    Nov 1, 3:09 PM

    Most of the new folk music today is just that - new, with modern sounds and lots of mixing with other genres. While the creators may be influenced by classic folk music, what they produce in the end has more... more »

    Moncton's Kyle Johnsen Launches New Disc, The East Coast Rambler
    Moncton's Kyle Johnsen Launches New Disc, The East Coast Rambler
    Nov 1, 3:09 PM

    Most of the new folk music today is just that - new, with modern sounds and lots of mixing with other genres. While the creators may be influenced by classic folk music, what they produce in the end has more... 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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