• East Coast Music: April 2013
    Kevin Breit's Mandolin World
    Kevin Breit's Mandolin World
    Apr 30, 3:42 PM

    When Maritime favourite Thom Swift took the stage at Fredericton's Playhouse last Friday to launch his new album, The Fortunate Few, there was some pretty serious fire power with him on stage. It was like a first-team all-star lineup. On... more »

    Justin Rutledge In Concert This Weekend
    Justin Rutledge In Concert This Weekend
    Apr 26, 1:17 PM

    Don't mind Justin Rutledge if he seems a bit moody right now. It's just that despite nature's best efforts, the days are starting to get warmer, and longer, the snow looks to be finally gone. Unlike the majority of people,... more »

    Great Big Sea Helped Boston Recovery
    Great Big Sea Helped Boston Recovery
    Apr 25, 3:12 PM

    When Great Big Sea take the stage Thursday night at the Casino New Brunswick in Moncton, it will be the usual affair for this year's ongoing 20th Anniversary tour. The show's sold out, the audience will no doubt go crazy... more »

    VOLLEBEKK HEADLINES MUSIC SIDE OF FRYE FESTIVAL
    VOLLEBEKK HEADLINES MUSIC SIDE OF FRYE FESTIVAL
    Apr 24, 3:29 PM

    Get ready for another exciting festival this week music fans! This time it's in Moncton, the annual Frye Festival. ... and I can hear the music festival fans putting their pup tents and glow sticks away... grumbling about books and... more »

    Holly Cole, Royal Wood for Harvest, Sappyfest Announces First Five Too
    Holly Cole, Royal Wood for Harvest, Sappyfest Announces First Five Too
    Apr 23, 12:44 PM

    The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival made a big move today to remind people there's jazz in it's name. Often overshadowed by the blues and rock elements, this year's line-up is one of the strongest in years for jazz fans,... more »

    Music Review:  Gianna Lauren - On Personhood
    Music Review: Gianna Lauren - On Personhood
    Apr 22, 3:15 PM

    The latest release from Halifax-based Lauren is a six-track mini-album, and far from the usual singer-songwriter fare. Instead, it's a full-band, live in the studio recording, much more of a indie-rock feel, with lots of brooding material and similar,... more »

    Myles, Miller & Woods Of Ypres Win Junos for New Brunswick
    Myles, Miller & Woods Of Ypres Win Junos for New Brunswick
    Apr 21, 5:00 PM

    The main broadcast of the Juno Awards is Sunday night, but New Brunswick musicians scored big wins on Saturday in Regina. The awards are split into two evenings, as there are far too many to hand out on one broadcast.... more »

    Forward Music Joins In Record Store Day Celebrations
    Forward Music Joins In Record Store Day Celebrations
    Apr 19, 1:34 PM

    Saturday is the annual celebration of that beloved but beleaguered institution in the music world, the record store. For the past decade, the good old locally-owned, cranky, elitist, smug and nerdy, dusty and creepy, crammed and chaotic homes of vintage... more »

    Concert Review:  The Inspirational Leonard Cohen in Moncton
    Concert Review: The Inspirational Leonard Cohen in Moncton
    Apr 18, 12:12 PM

    I imagine everyone who attends a Leonard Cohen concert feels lucky. There's a sense of amazement in the audience, that this 78-year old can perform such an inspired show night after night, defying his age, even his body, with spry... more »

    Rita MacNeil's East Coast Music Legacy
    Rita MacNeil's East Coast Music Legacy
    Apr 17, 2:34 PM

    Today, coverage of the passing of Rita MacNeil is focusing on what a tremendous person she was. Shy and quiet, but friendly and warm, a loving soul who stayed true to her roots. How she overcame many obstacles, and eventually... more »

    Avett Brothers Returning To Harvest Fest
    Avett Brothers Returning To Harvest Fest
    Apr 16, 1:07 PM

    As you can imagine, I've seen a lot of shows at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. Indeed, many of the best shows of my life have been there, for several reasons. Sometimes it's the thrilling performances; not much can... more »

    Cohen:  Who's Goin'?
    Cohen: Who's Goin'?
    Apr 15, 2:46 PM

    It's not too late, and if I were you, I'd click on the Harbour Station website, or the Moncton Coliseum link, and grab a couple of the last tickets for the Leonard Cohen concerts this week. He's playing Saint John... more »

    Music Review & House Concerts:  Ian Sherwood - Live At The Hive
    Music Review & House Concerts: Ian Sherwood - Live At The Hive
    Apr 12, 3:31 PM

    Another house concert this weekend people. You really have to start checking these out, it gives a whole new appreciation of the live music experience, and gets you away from that "I don't like going to clubs" syndrome. Shy and... more »

    Norma MacDonald Plays Thursday in Fredericton
    Norma MacDonald Plays Thursday in Fredericton
    Apr 11, 11:50 AM

    Here's a shout-out for a show happening tonight (Thursday) at the Cedar Tree in Fredericton, one of my favourite area singer-songwriters. Okay, who am I kidding, I have about 200 favourites as you no doubt know, but Norma MacDonald has... more »

    Folly & The Hunter Joins Line-Up For St. Andrews' Paddlefest
    Folly & The Hunter Joins Line-Up For St. Andrews' Paddlefest
    Apr 10, 3:11 PM

    Some people wait for the crocuses to poke up out of the ground. Others keep an eye out for the first robins. Me, I know spring is here when I get the first festival line-ups. That's when I can anticipate... more »

    Canned Heat Added To Harvest Line-Up
    Canned Heat Added To Harvest Line-Up
    Apr 9, 2:11 PM

    The heat is being turned up for this year's Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. Canned Heat, that is. A blues institution, and one of the long-running groups working today, Canned Heat made its mark playing Woodstock and starring in the... more »

    Music Review:  Shotgun Jimmie - Everything, Everything
    Music Review: Shotgun Jimmie - Everything, Everything
    Apr 8, 1:35 PM

    Fomer Sackvillian Jimmie returns with another stacked-up, home-cooked pot of hooks, happy tunes and cranked guitar. Recorded by himself in some cabin where he's hanging in remote-ish Manitoba, Jimmie piles up the overdubs on his four-track, making lots of crunchy... more »

    Music Review:  Bad Habits - Good Thing
    Music Review: Bad Habits - Good Thing
    Apr 5, 3:08 PM

    When you have a stand-out singer like Amanda Jackson, things are going to happen. That's just what club and festival audiences around the Maritimes are discovering with P.E.I.'s Bad Habits, fast becoming a favourite blues group here. The group has... more »

    Amelia Curran, Up For Juno Award, Playing Fredericton
    Amelia Curran, Up For Juno Award, Playing Fredericton
    Apr 3, 6:33 PM

    So what's Amelia Curran's next gig after playing Fredericton this Saturday? Oh, just a little thing called the Juno Awards, happening in Regina Apr. 21. Curran's been nominated for the Solo Roots and Traditional Album of the year for her... 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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