by Luke Arbuckle
No doubt if you’ve made it this far in your journey through this month’s edition of The Buzz, you’ve come across the name More Soul. Coincidently, if you’re leafing through these pages, you’re likely into music and looking for something cool to do.
Around this time last year, Charlottetown band More Soul made their first appearance to the scene. The funk had arrived on PEI.
Drawing their inspiration from artists like James Brown, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder and Little Milton, More Soul adds exactly that to the Charlottetown music scene. “We’re all about the old school soul and funk,” said guitarist Norman Love.
The band came to being after Norman met saxophone player Jonathan MacInnis at a local shindig. They struck a chord and within a short time had recruited three more members. “It just came together,” said drummer Allan White.
“We all wanted to play the same thing and brought unique ideas to the table, we just needed a singer who was up to the challenge.”
Allan and bassist Devin Hornsby are both instructors for the Holland College School of Performing Arts, where they met vocal student Dan Cantin.
The funk had found its voice.
A year later, the band has fully embraced the funk spirit and is working on regular appearances over the summer.
The music is still fun and challenging, but the funk puns are too easy now, said Jonathan. “Musically, it’s been an awesome year and we’re excited for some funky nights this summer.”
With a wide repertoire of classic and original funk tunes in their arsenal, the band promises to keep crowds grooving.
“We all wanted to be part of a band like this,” said keyboard player Dave Gordon. “It makes us smile and keeps people from standing still.”
“Which is the whole point,” said Devin. “We want to do what we love and make people dance doing it.”
Each member has roots in the Island music scene and wanted to contribute to it. As a bonus, their love for playing funk and soul has filled what might have felt like a void for Island funk lovers.
“Basically, we wanted to get out and enjoy some thick, groovy funk every once in a while, but it wasn’t here, so we took it upon ourselves to put it here,” said Norman.
“And there you have it,” added Jonathan.
“Now there’s More Soul.”
So, the next time you find yourself perusing for something fun(ky) to do between the pages of The Buzz, keep an eye out for More Soul, the Island’s source of sweet funky grooves.