Wed, Mar 27, 2013.
Ho-hum, another week, another major announcement of acts for this year's Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, coming up in September. This time, it's an all-England final, as two bands, one veteran and one newcomer, are heading this way.
World Party is a long-standing, hit-making group that's back in action these days after being on the sidelines for a bit. The band is really the vessel for Karl Wallinger, which he formed in the 80's after leaving The Waterboys. Hit albums and singles followed, the best known being Ship Of Fools. He's gone through periods of quiet and then re-emergence since, but 2012 saw touring begin again, and a boxed set released. Now 2013 looks to be a major year, with a full slate of shows on both sides of the ocean, and the promise of new material being released.
Also heading this way is the winner of the annual UK-NB Battle of the Blues. For the third year, Harvest held a contest in England for up-and-coming blues talent, with the prize being a trip to North America and the gigs at the fest. The winner was announced last night, David Migden and the Dirty Words. Over 100 bands applied for the chance, which is sponsored by the tourism departments of N.B. and Fredericton.
Harvest tickets go on sale May 11.
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Bob 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).