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August 2014
Listening to Sisters
Listening to Sisters

Country Prose
by Charlie Hansen

This month I’d like to talk about a couple of things. Number one is a new CD released recently and number two is a bluegrass festival being held later on in August.

First let’s talk about The MacDonald Sisters who have just released a new CD called The Journey. The CD is made up of twelve songs all written by Marie, the first song being written when she was fifteen years o

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July 2014
Shake and Howdy
Shake and Howdy

Country Prose
by Charlie Hansen

This month I want to talk about a couple of Bluegrass festivals happening on the Island in July.

First of all the PEI Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival is happening on July 4, 5 and 6 at the festival grounds in Rollo Bay. This year’s festival features Audie Blaylock and Redline from Indiana, Shannon Slaughter and County Clare from Alabama, and Art Stevenson and High W

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June 2014
Bluegrass and Old Time
Bluegrass and Old Time

Country Prose
by Charlie Hansen

It’s bluegrass festival time again on PEI and the first festival out of the chute is actually a campout known as the St. Louis Bluegrass Campout. This campout takes place on June 25, 26 and 27 on the grounds of the St. Louis Community Center. Local and regional bands are featured each year and there’s lots of jammin’ and friendly folks. This campout has grown in popularity each

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April 2014
Obligatory Trips
Obligatory Trips

Country Prose
by Charlie Hansen

There were lots of things happening in Zephyrhills area this month. First of all we took a trip up to Sunshine Raceway in Richland to watch the trot breds on a pleasant Sunday afternoon. It’s a lot of fun to watch these little horses strut their stuff on a 5/16 mile track. Most of the horses are owned by northerners that relocate to Florida for the winter and bring their “

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March 2014
Let’s Eat Here
Let’s Eat Here

Country Prose
by Charlie Hansen

There isn’t a lot of music taking place around here this month so I’ve decided to be a food critic and give you an inside look at some of the eating establishments that we’ve found in this part of Florida. Some are good, some are historic and some are just so so.

Let’s start with the historic. We took a trip across the state a while back to visit some friends and decided t

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February 2014
Some of the Best
Some of the Best

Country Prose
by Charlie Hansen

First let’s address the PEI folks that have been granted showcases at ECMA Week. Not long ago if we had one act showcasing at the ECMAs we were considered to be lucky, but this year we have 23 per cent of the showcasing acts coming from PEI. This is a huge accomplishment for a province that has less than half the population of Halifax. This explosion in the music industry i

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January 2014
Today’s Country
Today’s Country

Country Prose
by Charlie Hansen

This month I have a bunch of things to talk about, mostly good but maybe some not so good.

First of all we’ve made the trek to the sunny south once again and we’ve had great weather with warm temperatures and sunny skies. Just to make it feel a bit more like Christmas, which isn’t easy when it’s 32 degrees, we took a trip over to the Florida Botanical Gardens to see the Chr

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December 2013
Making the Scene

Country Prose
by Charlie Hansen

This month I have a few thoughts on what makes the PEI music scene so great and what makes the PEI music scene not so great.

First the good news. The Music PEI awards are coming up early in the new year and there is certainly no scarcity of people that should or will be eligible for awards.

The growth of the PEI music industry over the last ten or so years is astounding.

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November 2013
Island Stand-outs
Island Stand-outs
Gordie MacKeeman and Meaghan Blanchard

Country Prose
by Charlie Hansen

As autumn takes a firm grip on PEI I’d like to take some time to talk about two Island-based acts. One is a group of four top-notch musicians and the other is an extremely talented individual artist.

As Hamlet says, “the play’s the thing.” Now I’m no Shakespeare but I subscribe to the philosophy of the show’s the thing.

Both of

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October 2013
Fall Musical Flavours
Fall Musical Flavours

Country Prose
by Charlie Hansen

October brings us closer to winter and the I see the geese heading south. Other species of birds will be heading south in the not too distant future as well and I intend to be with them, but before I go I’d like to let you know what’s going on in the local music scene.

Neil Matthews has finished his CD, Back in My Country Days, and it’s on the market. This CD is a compilation o

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September 2013
How Was Your Summer?
How Was Your Summer?

Country Prose
by Charlie Hansen

It was a busy summer for music enthusiasts with festivals and the usual run of summer ceilidhs from one end of the island to the other.

Bluegrass festivals were quite successful this year with the St. Louis camp out leading off and again it showed some increases. Although not a large festival it has its faithful fans and does a service to the local community by donating

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June 2013
Keeping it Country
Keeping it Country
by Charlie Hansen

Country Prose

In the beginning there was “The Old Rattler” and his hand-written column that sparked an interest in the country music scene in PEI. Unfortunately, not too long into his journalistic career “The Old Rattler” (Manning Paul Myers), passed away after a long career in country music that spanned many years, many miles, and many bars.

Paul had a drive in him that also lives

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