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 old. Marie put aside the song writer’s craft for many years until her three children were grown but in the winter of 2012 she was inspired to write songs for this CD. Many of the songs are reflections on life and about how many diverse influences converge to mold a person into what they are.
The MacDonald Sisters, Marie and Doris grew up in a large musical family in Bangor, PEI. Music was always a large part of their life and was an ever present influence on their upbringing. They always took great joy in singing with their seven brothers and sisters around the old home place. These family sing-a-longs molded a musical future for Marie and Doris.
The sisters are regular performers at ceilidhs and benefits across the Island and can be heard singing Bluegrass, Country and Gospel favourites. They are renowned for their tight sibling harmonies and their ability to entertain audiences young and old. The MacDonald Sisters will be launching their CD on August 2 at the Murray River Hall at 7 pm, featuring lots of great local talent.
If you’d like to have a copy of this CD give Marie a call at 218-2591 or catch up to the sisters at one of their appearances across the province. They’d be happy to have a chat.
Next on the agenda is the Red Clay Bluegrass festival in Tignish happening August 16–18 at the Heritage Grounds in Tignish. This year’s festival features Chris Jones and The Night Drivers, A New Shade Of Blue, Alan Jeffries and Slim Pickin’s, Janet McGarry and Wildwood, SK Bluegrass, Two+Three, Blue Persuasion and Next Generation.
The festival has shown a resurgence in the last couple of years and this year’s festival looks like it will be one of the best.
Chris Jones is a sought after singer songwriter and guitarist and host of XM Radio’s True grass. Chris has been in the bluegrass business for many years and has had great success in all facets of the business. Chris and his band appeared at the PEI Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival about fourteen years ago.
Other members of Chris’ band are Ned Luberecki (also an XM Radio host on Derailed) on banjo, Jon Weisberger, a great songwriter, radio personality and 2012 IBMA songwriter of the year on bass and Mark Stoffel a media teacher and recording engineer on mandolin. All in all a great lineup.