by Luke Arbuckle
We at The Buzz wanted to ring in the New Year a little differently this year and thought reaching out to Island musicians on tour in far-away lands might be just the way to do it.
The East Pointers are an Island-based trio currently on a tour in Australia which began shortly after Christmas. The fresh new trio hit the ground running and haven’t looked back. Fiddle player, Tim Chaisson has toured the world as a performer/songwriter with a pop and country-tinged take on contemporary folk. Koady Chaisson, the trio’s banjo player, has often played at his side. Meanwhile, guitarist Jake Charron is based in Ontario and has performed with a long list of award-winning performers from around the world.
From the sunny beaches of Australia, Jake Charron had a few minutes to speak with us and assured us their flavour of traditional Celtic tunes is being well received in the land down under. “It’s been pretty sweet down here,” said Jake.
“We’re loving the sunshine, but it does feel a bit odd heading into the Christmas season with 30 degree weather.”
Beginning at the Woodford Folk Festival near Brisbane, their tour is taking them down the coast of Australia. When they reach the bottom, they’ll keep heading south. “The East Pointers tour kicks into gear right after Christmas,” Jake said. “The tour takes us mostly along the east coast of Oz (fitting for The East Pointers) and down into Tasmania.”
Jake said the band is eagerly awaiting to see how traditional east coast Canadian and Celtic music is received in a land so far away. “I guess we’ll see how our music goes over, but so far everyone has been very welcoming to a few Canadian boys,” he said.
Jake said the band’s future remains unwritten, but includes a few specific plans. “I guess just see where we can go with this band,” he said. “Share some PEI tunes around the world if we can. We’re working towards a new album in the new year, so that's the next project.”
The band wraps up it’s tour on January 26 and barring any awesome opportunities, could return to the Island to complete the new album as early as February. Despite the new experiences in a new part of the world, The East Pointers will always consider PEI their home. And Jake says, “I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Charlottetown over the past few years for various gigs and festivals, and always felt at home amongst good friends, good food, good drinks, good music.”
The East Pointers will return to the Island soon, so make sure to check out this next month’s live events page of The Buzz.