by Charlie Hansen
This month I have a bluegrass festival and a couple of CDs to talk about.
First I want to talk about the Laurie & Bernice Blue Bluegrass festival which was held in Summerside in early November. I mentioned this a couple of months ago so this is just a follow up.
The festival is indoors so it’s very comfortable for everyone and conducive to jamming around the clock. There were lots of folks at the concerts and just as many in the halls jamming with their favourite jam partners. There are a number of very faithful attendees from across the Maritimes that attend this festival every year and this year was no exception. The US band, Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection, were on top of their game and entertained the audience with every show. The local and regional bands did a fine job which is a testament to the work that they put in to their craft.
There are a couple of new CDs on the market in the last month. Neil Matthews has released a Christmas CD and Ivor Price has made his first venture into the recording world.
Let’s talk about Ivor’s first. This CD was recorded at home and includes many of Ivor’s favourite songs, like Charlie’s Angel and Walk Me To The Door as well as a couple of original songs, Pain In My Heart written by Frances Davies and Don’t Stop The Music a song that Ivor wrote for the project called Born Country. Ivor also wrote an instrumental called Ed’s Delight in memory of the late Ed Waller which he also included on the CD. This CD was a labour of love that took some time to complete but it’s something that Ivor can be proud of. If you’d like to have a copy of this CD you can contact Ivor at 629-1494 or drop by one of his Ceilidh performances and pick one up.
Neil Matthews has released a re-worked Christmas CD called Merry Christmas Everyone from Neil Matthews and Friends. The CD includes many Christmas standards from the country and pop genres. Neil’s friends include Billy and Julie Matthews-White as well as Rachel Warren and various young voices of nieces and nephews. There are a couple of originals on the CD written by Neil, Merry Christmas Everyone and Christmas In The Maritimes. This is a good CD to add to your collection for the Christmas season and I’m sure it’ll bring a smile when you give it a spin. If you’d like to have a copy of this CD contact Neil at 370-2189 or drop by one of his performances. I’m sure he’ll have a story or a joke for you.
Until next time don’t forget to support live country and bluegrass music and listen to Bluegrass Island every Sunday at 9 pm on CFCY 95.1 FM in Charlottetown or on the net at cfcy.fm.