Atlantic String Machine with Rachel Beck | August 21
The Atlantic String Machine is made up of 5 professional string musicians with considerable professional experience in a number of musical genres. They present a wide range of music—classical to jazz, pop, world music and their own compositions. Joining them will be popular east coast performer, Rachel Beck.
Chas Guay & Nick Gauthier | August 22
Chas Guay and Nick Gauthier are coming home for the summer. Both musicians are presently living in Ottawa and playing and writing together on a regular basis. They recently formed a new outfit called Drifting Bird with some talented musicians from the Ottawa scene and plan to spread their east coast groove to the people of upper Canada.
Meaghan Blanchard | August 23 & 24
An Island favourite, Meaghan won her second East Coast Music Award for her third album She’s Gonna Fly. Meaghan is also one third of The Eastern Belles (with Catherine MacLellan and Ashley Condon).
Museum Pieces + Golden Cinema | August 25
Singer-songwriter Tyler Messick has a passion for uncovering archaic ballades of the British Isles and rural America and performing them in his unique style of orchestrated psych-rock.
Amanda Jackson Band | August 26
Amanda Jackson Band’s latesst album is Fire in the Blue. Join Islanders Amanda and her band (Todd MacLean, Dale McKie, Jon Rehder, and Reg Ballagh) for a night of original songs.
Doug Paisley + Al Tuck | August 28
Doug Paisley describes his new album Strong Feelings as “just 10 new songs. It’s a lot less simple and unadorned than other recordings I’ve made, but it’s just as earnest and straightforward as what I’ve done before.” The Toronto songwriter’s last effort, Constant Companion, was called a “nearly perfect singer-songwriter record” by Rolling Stone. Joining him will be the very talented Canadian songwriter Al Tuck.
Baby God + Owen Meany's Batting Stance | August 30
Baby God is a charming mess of indie rock, alt-country and folk written by Andrew Murray (English Words, Wildcat) and Nathan Gill (Two Hours Traffic, North Lakes). The project finds both songwriters away from home after having left behind various relationships and bands. Owen Meany’s Batting Stance is a Halifax based alternative indie rock project of songwriter Daniel Walker.
Richard Wood & Gordon Belsher | August 31
PEI fiddler Richard Wood has entertained audiences across Canada, in the US, Europe, Japan and Australia including at Carnegie Hall with The Chieftains. Guitarist and singer Gordon Belsher is Richard’s long-time musical mate.
MayHemingways + Scott MacKay | September 1
Mayhemingways are an eclectic and full-sounding duo from Peterborough, ON. The band has been described as folk-rock with Cajun, bluegrass, and Celtic influences. Even when pared down to banjo, guitar and a few vocals, Scott MacKay's country-ish songs are standouts, riddled with one-liners that catch the sun like a freshly polished cleaver.
Logan Richard | September 7
Logan Richard has now decided to go solo after playing in many well known, local bands. Drawing from his past in blues bands, and experimental rock bands, he is taking these sounds and using them in developing his own sound.
Brian J Dunn | September 8
This PEI singer-songwriter began playing music in a Celtic-Folk band. Later, Brian took his Maritime East Coast songs and stories to the US Gulf Coast, playing gigs from Biloxi to New Orleans. His 2014 album Death Do Us Part was nominated for several Music PEI Awards.
Ben Kunder | September 9
Ben Kunder is a storyteller of the highest order. So, it’s no surprise that Better Human, the Toronto singer/songwriter’s dazzling new album and confident follow-up to 2015’s internationally acclaimed Golden, soars on vividly detailed vignettes elevated by Kunder’s warm conversational voice and, like Golden, by a small army of marquee musical guests.
Ashley Condon | September 14
Ashley is a PEI singer-songwriter whose album The Great Compromise was produced by David Francey. She is also a member of the Eastern Belles with Catherine MacLellan and Meaghan Blanchard. Her latest album is Can You Hear Me, released in 2018.
Tara MacLean | September 15
Native Islander Tara MacLean is a singer, songwriter, recording and touring artist whose latest album Atlantic Blue formed the basis of her summer-long show at The Guild in Charlottetown.
Alicia Toner | September 16
A singer, fiddler, actor, musician, Alicia Toner has been entertaining audiences with her diverse skill set for years. Classically trained in violin and voice, she has toured Canada and several European countries.
The Good Brothers | September 20
Formed in Richmond Hill, Toronto in 1969, this trio of brothers, including twins Brian and Bruce Good, performed in and around Toronto. They received their first big break in 1970 when they backed James Ackroyd on his album James & the Good Brothers. The album, which was released on Columbia and aided by members of the Grateful Dead, catapulted the group into the Canadian country music spotlight.
Tomato/Tomato | September 21
Hang onto your hats because this genre-bending power duo is ready to take you on a ride! Tomato/Tomato perform an eclectic mix of folk and country that will have you rolling down your windows and singing at the top of your lungs. Their live show includes jaw dropping multitasking, dynamic guitar arrangements, and soaring vocal harmonies. Stitch these elements together with compelling, heartfelt songwriting and you have an unforgettable musical experience.
John Wort Hannam | September 22
For five years John Wort Hannam taught grade 9 language arts on the largest reserve in Canada — The Kainai Nation, part of the Blackfoot Confederacy. But in 1997 he heard a Loudon Wainwright III record and was hooked by the music and the stories. In 1998 he bought a guitar and learnt some chords. In 2002 he quit teaching and began to pursue the dream of being a working musician.
Laura Merrimen + Jenni & the Hummingbird + Brielle Ansems | September 23
With vocal styling's haunted by the soul singers of yesteryear Laura Merrimen's songwriting is bona fide and captivating. She is an old soul who wears her Americana drenched heart on her sleeve. Jenni & the Hummingbird is a vibrant light—shaped by the darkness. Surrendering to her music, she expresses from within it and uses her ethereal voice to chant poetic lyrics that dance through layers of simple melody. Brielle Ansems acoustic style shows a wide range of influences, such as Joni Mitchell, Oh Susanna, John Mayer, and Hey Rosetta!, giving her a cozy blend of folk and easy rock she is happy to share with her audiences.
Nick Doneff | September 28
Catherine MacLellan | September 29
Adyn Townes | September 30
At the place where endings become beginnings, you'll find Adyn Townes (formerly Andy Brown). His music is challenging, alternative indie-folk with raw and honest lyrics.
—Trailside Music Café & Inn is at 109 Main Street in Mount Stewart. Doors open 6:30 pm with music at 8 pm. Tickets available at www.trailside.ca, Back Alley Music or call 902-394-3626 for reservations.