• East Coast Music: April 2014
    Les Hay Babies Deliver Folk Gem On First Album
    Les Hay Babies Deliver Folk Gem On First Album
    Apr 30, 2:21 PM

    Acadian group Les Hay Babies were so good when they burst onto the scene in the fall of 2011, everyone thought they destined for success. The pressure was on right away to record. A six-track E.P. did arrive shortly after,... more »

    George Thorogood Brings 40th Anniversary Tour To N.B.
    George Thorogood Brings 40th Anniversary Tour To N.B.
    Apr 29, 2:43 PM

    He's been on the road, and making albums for 40 years now, but George Thorogood is about to do something he's never done before: "I've never done an interview on an airplane, I feel like Howard Hughes or something."... more »

    Jenn Russell's Fredericton Album Launch On Wednesday
    Jenn Russell's Fredericton Album Launch On Wednesday
    Apr 28, 3:05 PM

    After a successful album launch back in March at The Maritime Club in Oromocto, Fredericton singer Jenn Russell brings her jazz/blues swing sound home with another launch, this one Wednesday night at Dolan's in Fredericton. Russell's album, Double Kiss, features... more »

    See Lightfoot, Meet Lightfoot
    See Lightfoot, Meet Lightfoot
    Apr 25, 2:16 PM

    There are stars in music, and then there are some that must be considered royalty. Gordon Lightfoot might be above even that. Even Neil Young is acknowledging that these days, as he has covered two Lightfoot gems on his upcoming... more »

    David Clayton-Thomas, Joel Plaskett Emergency and More For Harvest
    David Clayton-Thomas, Joel Plaskett Emergency and More For Harvest
    Apr 24, 2:10 PM

    Soul, jazz, alt-rock, New Orleans, East Coast and more, the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival has made its upcoming 2014 event perhaps the widest-ranging lineup yet. The latest additions to the roster come from a host of different genres, but... more »

    Latest For The Trews Mixes Things Up and Moves Forward
    Latest For The Trews Mixes Things Up and Moves Forward
    Apr 23, 6:35 PM

    It's been a long, very successful trip for Antigonish group The Trews over the past ten-plus years. Since they rocked out of Nova Scotia back then with the release of their first EP and then The House Of Ill Fame... more »

    Meaghan Smith's Long  Road To New Album Have A Heart
    Meaghan Smith's Long Road To New Album Have A Heart
    Apr 22, 4:08 PM

    You can't blame Meaghan Smith for being on a high today, of all days. See, it's release day for her new album, Have A Heart. Apart from her much-appreciated Christmas disc It Snowed in 2011, it's her first new material... more »

    RON HYNES TO OPEN PADDLEFEST MAY LONG WEEKEND
    RON HYNES TO OPEN PADDLEFEST MAY LONG WEEKEND
    Apr 17, 1:50 PM

    Yes, yes, there's still snow on the ground but music festival season is right around the corner. Less than a month away, in fact. That's when Paddlefest 2014 is happening in St. Andrews, or as it is formally known, The... more »

    Meaghan Smith's Bold Move Into Pop
    Meaghan Smith's Bold Move Into Pop
    Apr 16, 2:41 PM

    Change is a terrifying thing for most performers, especially ones that have tasted success with a style in the past. It's a classic problem; do you stretch and advance, risking losing your core audience and first fans, or do you... more »

    Blackie & the Rodeo Kings Headline 2014 Hullabaloo
    Blackie & the Rodeo Kings Headline 2014 Hullabaloo
    Apr 15, 12:30 PM

    The Larlee Creek Hullabaloo has finalized its line-up for its 7th annual festival happening August 15-17 in Perth-Andover. Known as The Little Festival That Could, the Hullabaloo sees hundreds of folks, both local and from away, gather at Baird's Campground... more »

    ECMA Winner Mo Kenney Part Of Music Events At Frye Festival
    ECMA Winner Mo Kenney Part Of Music Events At Frye Festival
    Apr 14, 1:40 PM

    Once again Moncton's highly-regarded literary event, the Frye Festival, is embracing music as a big part of its program. The annual gathering of some of the top names in literature is taking place April 21 to 27, and as in... more »

    Music Review:  Kim Harris - Only The Mighty
    Music Review: Kim Harris - Only The Mighty
    Apr 11, 1:59 PM

    Blessed with a rich, beautiful voice, Harris seems to come straight from the natural world. The Newfoundland-raised, Halifax-based songwriter sings from the woods, the ocean, among the lilacs and lilies. There was much buzz about her showcase at East Coast... more »

    David Myles Announces New Christmas Album
    David Myles Announces New Christmas Album
    Apr 10, 2:06 PM

    For a guy who went zero for six at this year's East Coast Music Awards in Charlottetown, David Myles was in a pretty great mood. He has his ECMA's from the past of course, and a Juno too, so trophies... more »

    Stompin' Tom's Vault Opened For New Collection
    Stompin' Tom's Vault Opened For New Collection
    Apr 9, 2:48 PM

    It's been a year now since Stompin' Tom passed away, and one of the highlights of last weekend's East Coast Music Awards was the announcement of a new album of Stompin' Tom material, issued this week. It's called Unreleased Songs... more »

    Dr. John To Return To Harvest Stage, More Big Blues Names Announced
    Dr. John To Return To Harvest Stage, More Big Blues Names Announced
    Apr 8, 2:04 PM

    There's a lot of people waiting eagerly for Saturday, May 10, 9 AM. That's the moment the tickets for the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival go on sale in Fredericton. The fever pitch just got cranked up another notch, with... more »

    Dave Gunning Big Winner At ECMA's
    Dave Gunning Big Winner At ECMA's
    Apr 6, 10:13 PM

    The East Coast Music Awards wrapped up last night with a music-filled gala and the presentation of the final trophies. The event, held at the PEI Convention Centre in Charlottetown, concentrated more on the entertainment than many awards shows, as... more »

    Mo Kenney Grabs First ECMA
    Mo Kenney Grabs First ECMA
    Apr 6, 6:50 PM

    Unveiling a new, tougher sound and some new tunes as well, young Halifax performer Mo Kenney grabbed her first-ever East Coast Music Award Saturday night for Pop Recording of the Year. Kenney was honoured just after her showcase performance at... more »

    Big Crowds For N.B. Performers At ECMA Showcases
    Big Crowds For N.B. Performers At ECMA Showcases
    Apr 5, 5:35 PM

    Showcases are proving to be a big highlight of this year's East Coast Music Week, mostly thanks to big crowds. Most official ECMA venues have been filled to capacity Thursday and Friday nights, with many delegates having to wait in... more »

    Thom Swift Among Early Winners At East Coast Music Awards
    Thom Swift Among Early Winners At East Coast Music Awards
    Apr 4, 9:40 AM

    A packed house at the blues showcase Thursday night at the East Coast Music Week heard Thom Swift's name called out as this year's blues recording of the year winner. The McAdam, NB, native was honoured for his latest disc,... more »

    Jimmy Rankin Launching New Disc At ECMA'S
    Jimmy Rankin Launching New Disc At ECMA'S
    Apr 2, 1:05 PM

    The East Coast Music Week gets under way Thursday in Charlottetown, with the usual jam-packed schedule of showcases and concerts happening through until Sunday night, when the bulk of the awards will be handed out at the gala. The awards... more »

    Eleanor McCain Launches New Album At Hometown Show Friday
    Eleanor McCain Launches New Album At Hometown Show Friday
    Apr 1, 3:44 PM

    Eleanor McCain already has a strong recording and performing career behind her, five albums, including a brand-new one, Runaway, coming out Tuesday, April 8. But there's one thing she hasn't done since turning professional, and it's quite surprising. She's never... 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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