Fri, Mar 14, 2014.
Okay, I hear many of you saying you don't like going out to club shows, because the bands go on so late. I agree, 10, 11, midnight, it keeps getting later and later as I get older. Well, how about a show that's much earlier, a matinee in fact? And, at a time when you don't normally have a ton of things to do, Sunday afternoon. This Sunday in fact, at 3 PM, at The Barrel's Head in Rothesay, you'll find two fine N.B. performers. Julie Doiron is always a treat, because you'll never know what show she'll have up her sleeve on any given day. Given the venue, it will probably be more of her songwriter fare than loud band numbers. Also on the bill is Miramichi-bred singer/songwriter Jimmy Lingley, one of the rising names in the local scene. He can have you roaring with his off-beat humour in between songs, and then get you chocked up with some serious topics in the songs. So it's a listener's feast (or brunch or whatever) this Sunday in Rothesay. Tickets are $15 at the venue.
Band announcements are coming thick and fast from the various festivals around the province. To prime interest, most of them now roll out the names over a few weeks, instead of lumping them all together in a big announcement. Okay, I'll play along! The latest ones come from Paddlefest in St. Andrews, and FeelsGood Folly Fest in Gagetown. Paddlefest is running at its traditional time, the long weekend in May, and they have just announced a fine kick-off show for Thursday, May 15. It's the great Newfoundland singer-songwriter Ron Hynes, now back in concert form after his recent health concerns (throat cancer). And, befitting a classy guy like Ron, the show will be happening in the newly-renovated Algonquin Hotel. If that isn't enough, festival favourite and Saint John hero Brent Mason will open. Along with such names as David Myles and Olympic Symphonium, Paddlefest is looking strong this year.
FeelsGood Folly Fest has decided to unveil its part of its line up each Friday, and another five names have been added to the late June bill. From B.C. comes the acoustic pleasures of Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra. Out of Halifax comes a completely different take on bluegrass, Modern Grass. Everybody knows to expect killer blues from Ross Neilsen and the Sufferin' Bastards, from Fredericton. The Caravan is new-styled hip-hop from Halifax. Ryan LeBlanc is simply one of a kind, a whiz on acoustic guitar, banjo and whatever else is within his reach, often all at the same time. His percussive playing is best called world music, but the world he's from is St. Andrews, NB. Folly Fest is happening in Gagetown June 27 - 29.
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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).