• East Coast Music: May 2013
    Two Hours Traffic Added To Harvest Line-up
    Two Hours Traffic Added To Harvest Line-up
    May 31, 2:39 PM

    If you thought the announcements for this year's Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival were over, there's still more music to be added to the September line-up. Ticket-buyers noticed a couple of TBA's listed when everything went on sale earlier this... more »

    Gavin Simms Debuts New Disc In Moncton Thursday
    Gavin Simms Debuts New Disc In Moncton Thursday
    May 30, 2:19 PM

    Gavin Simms is a singer-songwriter who now splits his time between Moncton and Newfoundland. In the past he's fronted the ColdRiverChoir folk-rock band, but now is solo, and this is his first album under his own name. Leading a large... more »

    Music Review:  Ashley Condon - This Great Compromise
    Music Review: Ashley Condon - This Great Compromise
    May 29, 2:37 PM

    There's an awful lot of people making folk music these days. At least, what they're calling folk music. The comeback of the fiddle, mandolin and banjo is remarkable, and it seems that half of the young groups I see have... more »

    Old Crow Medicine Show Has Strong Tie To New Brunswick
    Old Crow Medicine Show Has Strong Tie To New Brunswick
    May 29, 12:12 AM

    Old Crow Medicine show is ready to blow the doors off Fredericton's Boyce Farmer's Market Thursday night (May 30). The show's been sold out for awhile, a testament to the folk-roots band's popularity. Tour mates and pals with Mumford &... more »

    Music Review:  Jadea Kelly - Clover
    Music Review: Jadea Kelly - Clover
    May 26, 10:24 PM

    Jadea Kelly is a Toronto singer-songwriter who has made a lot of friends and fans on the East Coast the old-fashioned way, coming down and playing. First it was to a small handful, and then some bigger club shows. When... more »

    Skydiggers, Deep Dark Woods To Play Fredericton's Brewer's Bash In July
    Skydiggers, Deep Dark Woods To Play Fredericton's Brewer's Bash In July
    May 24, 1:53 PM

    Two top Canadian bands are headed to Fredericton for a show just announced for early summer. The Skydiggers and Deep Dark Woods are playing in the city's down town Officer's Square, capping off the all-day Brewer's Bash. That's an... more »

    David Myles Launches New Double-Disc, In The Nighttime
    David Myles Launches New Double-Disc, In The Nighttime
    May 22, 1:30 PM

    For those of you who were excited by David Myles' recent collaboration with hip-hop artist Classified on Inner NInja, the hit single that brought them the 2013 Juno for Rap Recording of the Year, there's good news: In The... more »

    Jessica Stuart Few Launch New Album In New Brunswick
    Jessica Stuart Few Launch New Album In New Brunswick
    May 21, 3:46 PM

    Indie music was always supposed to be different from the mainstream, pushing the edge. But for the past couple of decades, ever since Nirvana went ballistic, indie has followed the same pattern: As soon as there's something fresh, there... more »

    Music Review:  Andy Brown - Tinman
    Music Review: Andy Brown - Tinman
    May 18, 4:20 PM

    Fredericton's mellow-voiced, emotionally-charged bard worked long and hard on this group of songs, after his breakthrough debut False Alarm way back in 2009. That was the album that kept on giving, grabbing him awards, airplay, and exposure on U.S. and... more »

    Mahones In Fredericton Thursday, Moncton Friday
    Mahones In Fredericton Thursday, Moncton Friday
    May 16, 12:47 PM

    The Mahones have been carrying the torch for Irish punk music since forming in Kingston, Ontario in 1990. Featuring front man Finny McConnell, born in Dublin and raised on both traditional Irish sounds and classic punk, the group has enjoying... more »

    Ryan LeBlanc Launching New Disc At Paddlefest
    Ryan LeBlanc Launching New Disc At Paddlefest
    May 15, 3:25 PM

    Summer festival season kicks off this weekend in New Brunswick, as we hit the long weekend in May. And the traditional opener, good old Paddlefest in St. Andrews is all set to go. We have such luminaries as Keith... more »

    Jont Plays Frank's Music In-Store, Then Plan B in Moncton Tuesday
    Jont Plays Frank's Music In-Store, Then Plan B in Moncton Tuesday
    May 14, 1:42 PM

    His story is so spectacular, it's enough to draw you into his music, he's led that kind of life. There's no room to tell it all here, drop by jontnet.com for more, but a capsulized version goes like this: Born... more »

    Ham Jam Back For Fourth Year On Belleisle Bay
    Ham Jam Back For Fourth Year On Belleisle Bay
    May 13, 3:33 PM

    New Brunswick has lots of music festivals through the summer months, some of them very big, and some quite small. Here's one that limits the number of guests to just 200, thanks to its unique setting, and to give... more »

    Ross Neilsen Band Launches New Rawk Album, Resurrection This Weekend
    Ross Neilsen Band Launches New Rawk Album, Resurrection This Weekend
    May 10, 3:27 PM

    Ross Neilsen loves going down south to grab the original blues vibe when he makes his albums. The last couple, as well as this one, have been recorded in studios in the U.S. south. His previous solo album, The Shack... more »

    Mental Health Benefit Features Strong Lineup, Star-Studded CD
    Mental Health Benefit Features Strong Lineup, Star-Studded CD
    May 9, 2:00 PM

    There's a fine event happening Friday night in Saint John. For the third year, to help honour Mental Health Week, a charity concert is being held called "Music Is Freedom - Songs For MindCare." It's happening at the Bourbon Quarter,... more »

    Moncton's Shaun LeBlanc Launching Kaleidoscope Thursday
    Moncton's Shaun LeBlanc Launching Kaleidoscope Thursday
    May 8, 3:18 PM

    This is a New Brunswick album people have been waiting for with quite a bit of anticipation. Over the last couple of years, Moncton's Shaun LeBlanc has been establishing himself on the local scene, gaining quite a name as a... more »

    Reggae Legends The Wailers Added To Harvest Line-up
    Reggae Legends The Wailers Added To Harvest Line-up
    May 7, 2:55 PM

    The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival had a few surprises left for today's official launch of its 2013 lineup. Even though the headliners' names have been trickling out in weekly announcements for the past month, the organizers held a... more »

    Music Review:  Shanklin Road - Shanklin Road
    Music Review: Shanklin Road - Shanklin Road
    May 6, 3:21 PM

    The country trio return with their third disc under this name (not counting the Blacks Mountain work when they were a quartet), and its their most confident one yet. Above all, these are three excellent singers. Dawn Ellis, Lisa Bennett... more »

    Music Review:  Penny Blacks - The Silver Screen EP
    Music Review: Penny Blacks - The Silver Screen EP
    May 4, 4:16 PM

    Saint John's Penny Blacks continue their run of EP's here, the group's third release, all of them mini-albums. This time, we get a look at the group at its most pop-influenced, as the four songs are all reigned in to... more »

    Summer's End, Dooryard Arts Festivals Announce Line-ups
    Summer's End, Dooryard Arts Festivals Announce Line-ups
    May 3, 2:01 PM

    It was a big day for festival announcements in the province. Two of the new-ish favourites on the scene revealed most of their acts for some summer fun, both heavy on the Maritime talent. I was able to attend... more »

    R.A. Lautenschlager Launches Latest This Weekend
    R.A. Lautenschlager Launches Latest This Weekend
    May 2, 3:46 PM

    One of the mainstays in the music scene in the province's south-east launches his latest disc this weekend, starting a series of shows in the area. Dr. R.A. Lautenschlager is the Executive Director of the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre... more »

    Samantha Robichaud's All-Star Album, Launch Concert
    Samantha Robichaud's All-Star Album, Launch Concert
    May 1, 2:33 PM

    Now this is party. It's the new album by Riverview's Samantha Robichaud, Fiddlin' Sam, called In the Green Room. It's been a dream project of hers for awhile, and it's all come together over the last few months, and being... 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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