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The Black Family - Ian Alistair Gosbee - on Atlantic Airwaves, January 14, 2012

On this weekend's edition of the program - A concert from Ireland's Black Family with Mary Black, and a feature on Ian Alistair Gosbee and his latest recording 'Invisible'.
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Featuring Mary, Frances, Michael and Shay, the Black Family is one of the most important musical families in Ireland. The Black Family started performing in the folk clubs of Dublin in the 1970s. While sisters Mary and Frances rank among the best-selling folk artists in the world, the three albums that they recorded with their brothers - Shay, Michael, and Martin - document the strength of this family collaboration. Their music was inherited from their parents - their father Kevin was a fiddle player from Rathlin Island, while their mother Patty, sang traditional and music hall songs. Michael, Shay and Frances performed at Celtic Colours in 1999, but this was be Mary's first time. And, what a time they had!

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The acoustic guitar is and always will be synonymous with Halifax's music scene. It's an old city comprised of a vibrant collage of old school sounds with new school flavors. Nothing vibes with city quite like six strings on wood and no one embodies that feeling quite like Ian Alistair Gosbee. The multi talented singer/song writer has been grooming himself for a career in music since he was a five years old, sneaking down to the basement to wail on his brother drum kit in secret. Though his talent has earned him performances in Europe, the United States, and the Caribbean, Ian has always felt his most rewarding gigs have always been charity centered here in Canada. In 2007 he lent his talents to Bands for Breast Cancer, and was featured on CTV. In 2008 he showcased his abilities during the Human Rights Torch Relay concert in protest of China's abysmal human rights record and their being awarded the Olympic Games by the International Olympic Committee. Though he takes his career as a musician seriously, he's never afraid to have some fun, as he fronted Nova Scotia's favorite Kiss tribute Dressed 2 Kill. While remaining active locally and playing a whopping 180 solo shows in 2009, most of Ian's energies are currently being poured into songwriting. His first solo album 'Music' was release summer of 2011 and his follow up album 'Invisible' was released just last week. "I like to think of myself as an open musician. I don't want my music to become stale, so I'm always trying to expand on my styles and keep pushing myself."

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