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On the program for Saturday October 29, 2011 - John Campbelljohn - Crowdis Bridge

On this weekends' edition - two features - John Campbelljohn and his new release 'Celtic Blues Live In Hamburg' - Crowdis Bridge and their debut full length recording 'The Seasons And The Rhymes'


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Nova Scotia's Campbelljohn has been touring Germany for several years, and in fact is so popular there, he has a record deal in the country, and has discs come out there unique to that land, or before they are issued in Canada. This time, he's showing us why he's loved in Deutschland. Recorded with a loving club audience, Campbelljohn is in solo mode for this disc, proving his mastery at slide, mandolin, and fun. Mixing originals with classics, he slips back and forth between John the Maritimer on the road to John the veteran German traveller. His closing number in fact is called Autobahn John, a funny take on his speedy ways up and down the highways of his second home. But it's not like he's denying his heritage; lead track No Philosopher tackles a common problem here in the East Coast scene, which has often been dominated by Celtic music, or the "fiddle music" as you'll hear some complain. Campbelljohn sings "would it hurt your Celtic colours if I paint them blue sometime?" He, no doubt, has felt this more than others, coming from Cape Breton, and often being looked over in favour of the Scots-Irish tradition.


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Cape Breton's Crowdis Bridge are a folk-bluegrass band who have succeeded in riding their cool cadence to recent national radio airplay on CBC Radio 2's Drive...like local culture bearers, however, the band keeps with the qualities that make all traditional music timeless: familiar lyrical themes, a focus on musicianship, and a joyous swing capable of filling dance floors despite the absence of drum samples and amplified bass lines. Crowdis Bridge just released their first full length recording 'The Seasons and The Rhymes'

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