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Talking Bands
by Luke Arbuckle

Rachel (left) and Amy Beck (photo ©pixbylorne)From an early age, two sisters from Montague, Amy and Rachel Beck sang and performed together. From writing basement jingles and childhood ‘radio shows’ the sisters are taking their passion for music and performing to whole new levels.

About 10 years ago, while attending UPEI, the singing/songwriting team Amy and Rachel decided not only to hold onto their dreams, but pursue them together. This November, the sisters released their second album in two years titled Run.

Rachel said they are more than excited about the release, but a few years ago, she said, they could never have imagined their music would be so successful. “We feel so fortunate to be doing what we love,” she said.

“When we entered that CBC Searchlight contest back in the winter of 2013, we never imagined we would release two albums in two years, tour the Maritimes, and get to play such fun showcases and events.”

The duo, who’ve recently returned from showcasing at Folk Music Ontario, attribute part of their success to finding inspiration in everyday life. “One of the tracks on the EP, At First Glance, began at a photocopier. The machine had a really catchy rhythm which soon turned into a song,” Rachel said. “It’s funny the places you can find inspiration.”

In addition to the skills the sisters have honed their whole lives, Amy said they received a lot of help and support over the years, particularly with the latest album. “The musicians we worked with on the record were fantastic, including our producer Tim (Chaisson),” she said. “His musicianship and experience added so much to our project, and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.”

Mr Chaisson is an Island musician and producer who was approached by the Beck sisters to help them perfect the record. He said he was excited to produce the record and was impressed with the quality of the songs the Beck sisters were writing. “When Amy and Rachel approached me about producing their record, I was thrilled. It was my first official producing ‘gig’ and I loved working with them. Their songs were well written, structured and hooky,” he said. “It’s hard to beat sibling harmonies and they’ve got it down. Their vocals, coupled with Amy’s solid guitar playing, made my job pretty easy.”

It’ll be a busy time for the sisters. With the release of their second album, Run, they have shows booked across the Maritimes this fall and are hoping to secure tour dates for an extended tour in 2015. “We’ve made some great contacts with folk festivals in Ontario,” Rachel said. “We’re looking forward to building on those relationships and extending our touring into Central Canada in the next year. We can’t wait.”

Check out the show listings of The Buzz for more info on where and when to catch Amy & Rachel.

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