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by Charlie Hansen

Follow Your Dream - Cathy JackmanThis month I’d like to take some time to tell you about a new CD that was produced at Roy MacCaull’s studio in Ellerslie. This CD is by western ceilidh stalwart Cathy Jackman.

Cathy has been playing ceilidhs, benefits and variety concerts in western PEI for a number of years and has finally decided to release a new CD called Follow Your Dreams.

The CD contains eleven tracks of which Cathy has written five. The favourite track on this CD as far as local acceptance is a song that Cathy wrote called I’ve Been Everywhere (PEI Style). This is a variation of the Geoffrey Mack written and Hank Snow recorded song rewritten to suit PEI. Beside the I’ve Been Everywhere song Cathy has also written four others mainly based on personal experience and family ties. The song Daddies aren’t Forever is a tribute to her late father. Other songs that she has written on the CD are, the title track, Follow Your Dreams, Gear Jammin’ Trucker, and I’ll Love You ‘til My Dying Day.”

The CD also has everything from Newfoundland songs to George Jones to The Carter Family tunes. Some of these songs are Longliners Coming In, Picture In A Frame,Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Blanket On The Ground, If I Needed You and A Lady Like Mom. Cathy does a fine job on vocals with a strong and clear voice that has developed from years of singing for the love of it.

All in all this is a fine CD with great instrumentation and harmony vocals, as usual, by Roy MacCaull. Roy is an icon in music on PEI and is still very active in his studio in Ellerslie.

If you’d like a copy of this CD you can contact Cathy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop by one of her ceilidhs and pick one up. While you’re there you can also have a chat with Cathy.

I had a chance to attend the Red Clay Bluegrass Festival in mid August. This festival has experienced some growing pains over a number of years but it seems to be in an upswing lately. Although the weather wasn’t great the crowd was good and appreciative. Chris Jones and the Nightdrivers were this year’s feature band and did a fine job as usual. This is very laid back bluegrass or as I’ve heard some emcees in the south describe it “intelligent bluegrass.”

The Maritime and local bands all were in top form for the occasion which is the final summer bluegrass festival of the season.

Alan Jefferies and Slim Pickens are an amazingly talented group of performers and are a force to be reckoned with in bluegrass.

It’s great to see young people involved in bluegrass and Next Generation just get better with each outing. All in all a fitting end to the bluegrass season.

Until next time don’t forget to support live country and bluegrass music and listen to Bluegrass Island every Sunday evening at 9:00 on CFCY FM 95.1 in Charlottetown or on the web at

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