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Irish Heritage Short Courses

The Benevolent Irish Society Irish Heritage Short Courses will be held on Mondays at 7 pm in Februar [ ... ]

Alzheimer caregiver support

Alzheimer caregiver support groups are held in 3 locations across PEI. All are welcome to attend. T [ ... ]

Emerald Junction

Emerald Junction—Kickin' ItCountry-folk duo Emerald Junction has released their debut album, Kickin’ It, as a digital download and the physical version should be available in November after Charlottetown’s Kaneshii Vinyl signed on as manufacturer. The entire project—recording, editing, mixing, mastering and manufacturing (plus photography and graphic design)—was completed in PEI.

Emerald Junction, consisting of Anne Quinn and Ron Kelly, has been releasing pairs of tunes every few weeks after recording at Chris Gauthier’s Dunk River Sound in Breadalbane. A couple of songs have received airtime on radio stations in PEI and Nova Scotia.

Kickin’ It illustrates the duo’s philosophy of mixing musical styles. Five of the ten tracks are Emerald Junction compositions, while five are covers of songs performed by other artists—Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner; Loretta Lynn; Highway 101; Lacy J. Dalton; and The Rankin Family. There’s classic country and contemporary country, solos and duets, folk-pop songs and tunes that don’t fit into any category.

The recently-released tracks are “Sixteenth Avenue”, a cover of Lacey J. Dalton’s tribute to Nashville musicians, and “Every Day (for Nathan and Martine),” a love song for a wedding. The other eight songs include: Borders and Time, a cover of the Rankins’ classic; Precious Child, about the suffering of immigrant children due to war, violence, poverty; The Bed You Made for Me, a rockin’ version of Highway 101’s country hit; Take Me Back, December, a nostalgic ballad; Under Saskatchewan Skies, Prairie love won, lost and won again; If You’re Not Gone Too Long, a barrelhouse version of Loretta Lynn’s tune; All’s Fair, a military family deals with PTSD on the home front; Say Forever You'll Be Mine, a harmonic reworking of the Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner duet.

The CD was co-produced by Jon Rehder and Chris Gauthier who also contributed their musicianship to the project. They were assisted by Matt Bridges, Keelin Wedge and Johnny Ross on various tunes.

Kickin’ It is available on CBC Music and Soundcloud and can be purchased on CD Baby and Hear Now. It can be accessed on most of the major music streaming services—Spotify, Amazon, iTunes/Apple Music, Deezer, and Pandora.

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