• East Coast Music: December 2012
    Music Review:  Holly Cole - Night
    Music Review: Holly Cole - Night
    Dec 27, 3:42 PM

    Cole's having a bunch of fun here, with the song choices and the arrangements. But never once does she sacrifice artistry for cleverness. Simply, these are great songs, often fun to perform, and great to hear in such fresh versions.... more »

    More Classics From George Canyon
    More Classics From George Canyon
    Dec 21, 3:54 PM

    George Canyon grew up with a deep love of the hits on the radio. Not just country either; the Pictou Co., N.S. boy found lots to listen to on the rock stations, too. Then we he started his career, he... more »

    Music Review:  Jared Lutes - When We Grow Younger
    Music Review: Jared Lutes - When We Grow Younger
    Dec 19, 5:48 PM

    Hey, what are you doing New Year's Eve? Ya, I know, it's not even Christmas yet, but it's not too early to start those plans, especially if you don't want to end up like I always do, watching the crystal... more »

    Plan B Music Pals Make Some Holiday Tunes For Food Banks
    Plan B Music Pals Make Some Holiday Tunes For Food Banks
    Dec 18, 3:40 PM

    The good folks at Plan B, that award-winning venue in Moncton, are big supporters of Moncton area food banks at Christmas time. They've come up with another grand way to help out this season. Best of all, you can give... more »

    John Southworth Brings Unique Style To Rothesay Monday
    John Southworth Brings Unique Style To Rothesay Monday
    Dec 16, 8:49 PM

    Surely one of the most entertaining live performers the country has produced, John Southworth makes a somewhat rare appearance in the province Monday night in Saint John. You never know what Southworth is up to; the first time I saw... more »

    Music Review:  Acres and Acres - Truth & Sky
    Music Review: Acres and Acres - Truth & Sky
    Dec 14, 2:46 PM

    Halifax's Acres and Acres present a second disc of laid back and lush chamber-folk, and a little chamber-country for your pleasure. The main men here are songwriters David Scholten and Kris Pope, the latter originally from Belleisle Creek, NB, while... more »

    Meaghan Smith Brings Back Her Christmas Show,
    Meaghan Smith Brings Back Her Christmas Show, "It Snowed"
    Dec 12, 3:09 PM

    Some people love Christmas more than others. Halifax singer Meaghan Smith is one of them. "What's not to like?", she asks from the tour bus somewhere in Ontario. "There's awesome food, you get to party with your friends,see your family,... more »

    Debut Disc From Bluegrass Man Alan Jeffries Due In January
    Debut Disc From Bluegrass Man Alan Jeffries Due In January
    Dec 11, 3:39 PM

    Fans of real bluegrass music are in for treat in the new year, with the debut release from guitar picker Alan Jeffries. The New Brunswicker has been a staple on the bluegrass circuit since he was a kid, playing the... more »

    Gabriel Minnikin Back Home For Rare Shows
    Gabriel Minnikin Back Home For Rare Shows
    Dec 10, 9:07 PM

    It's always nice during the holidays when loved ones come home, and when they are musicians, well, double-bonus if you can get them to do a little work while they're here, as well. Gabriel Minnikin was one of the founders... more »

    David Myles Back For Annual Foodbank Shows
    David Myles Back For Annual Foodbank Shows
    Dec 7, 7:54 PM

    Our boy David Myles is once again singing for his supper this Christmas. In what has become an annual holiday event, Myles returns to his home province for a series of shows that raise money, awareness and food for New... more »

    Music Review:  Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac - Seinn
    Music Review: Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac - Seinn
    Dec 6, 3:51 PM

    We're down to the stretch run now on holiday shopping, and I'm determined to use the last few days to fill you in on more local music you might like to place on your wish list, or pick up for... more »

    Music Review:  The Ennis Sisters - It's Christmas
    Music Review: The Ennis Sisters - It's Christmas
    Dec 5, 1:42 PM

    One bit of the magic of Christmas is that it can bring families together that have been apart. Well, The Ennis Sisters haven't really been apart as family, they are still as close as ever. But it's been a few... more »

    Swift Tagged To Represent Harvest At Memphis Blues Challenge
    Swift Tagged To Represent Harvest At Memphis Blues Challenge
    Dec 4, 3:27 PM

    A familiar face will represent Atlantic Canada at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennesse in January. The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival has announced that Thom Swift is its choice to send to the acclaimed and respected event... more »

    Music Review:  Jim Dorie - Ghosts Of Pictou County
    Music Review: Jim Dorie - Ghosts Of Pictou County
    Dec 3, 12:04 PM

    Jim Dorie is a Nova Scotia singer-songwriter with wonderful instincts for storytelling. Folk-based, he's a favourite co-writer of Dave Gunning's, with some of their material showing up on his latest, and a couple more featured here. And Dorie's no slouch... 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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