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What We Leave Behind

The East Pointers

What We Leave Behind—The East Pointers“Darkened clouds rolling over the valley, spark the resting flame, Earth has come to claim her country, screaming out for rain…” So begins the first single, “82 Fires” from The East Pointers’ new LP What We Leave Behind—a single that the band was at first, hesitant to release considering the recent fires ravaging Canada’s West Coast. The track is from their upcoming LP produced by songwriter-producer Gordie Sampson and available September 29.

“We planned to release the track as the first single from the new album, but then the BC fires broke out and gave us pause. The last thing we wanted is to seem in any way tone-deaf to what was happening in our own backyard,” the band said. “But we wrote the track based on our personal experience being on tour in Tasmania when the 2016 Bushfires broke out. We spoke to a lifelong resident who said that there were 82 wildfires on the loose in Tasmania, the most in over half a century. It was a restless few days for us. It hit home the severity of what we were all experiencing. Small human decisions about where to live or whether or not the show would go on didn’t matter, Mother Nature would always have the final say” says Koady Chaisson.

The East Pointers’ fiddler-singer Tim Chaisson, banjoist Koady Chaisson and guitarist Jake Charron, who mix dynamic Celtic sounds with three-part harmonies, have been collecting accolades since the release of their debut recording including a 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award.

The East Pointers will release What We Leave Behind as a follow-up to 2015’s internationally acclaimed, JUNO Award-winning debut Secret Victory

 

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Beach Biscuit Rodeo

Tacky Fish

“Beach Biscuit Rodeo,” the first single from PEI summer music act Tacky Fish, was released on June 30.

Special guests KINLEY and Logan Richard help tell the story of Tacky Fish getting mugged at Tracadie Beach, PEI, on Canada Day for his grandmother’s sweet biscuit recipe.

“KINLEY plays the spirit of grandma,” says Tacky Fish, “while Logan handles the bad guy role and guitars.”

Logan Richard also co-produced the track with Colin Buchanan of Paper Lions. The song was recorded at The Hill Sound Studio and mixed by Adam Gallant. Beach Biscuit Rodeo is coming soon to iTunes, Spotify and most other music services. tackyfish.bandcamp.com/soundcloud.com/user-319830287/beach-biscuit-rodeo

Tacky Fish celebrates all things summer with fun and funny songs and a slogan of Summer Up! Catch Tacky Fish at various Island venues throughout the summer. For dates and information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tacky Fish is the side project / alter ego of Music PEI Awards nominated artist Jamie MacSwain.

Fire in the Blue

Amanda Jackson Band

Fire in the Blue—Amanda Jackson BandRecording for the first studio project by Amanda Jackson Band began in November, 2015. Now, after a year and a half of hard work, it is with great excitement, say band members, that AJB announces the release of their debut studio album, Fire in the Blue.

Featuring 11 songs, the band says that Fire in the Blue takes the listener on an emotional ride to a wide range of places—perhaps best nut-shelled in the line from the track called Promise—“Not sure where we’re going, but for now, we’re here.”

Recorded at Reggie’s Recording Palace in the woods and engineered by James Carrier, the album’s songs are all original works by AJB––aside from a cover of Leonard Cohen’s Tower of Song. Other stand-out tracks include Human Zoo, Back for More, and Dance Into the Light.

AJB is Amanda Jackson on vocals, Dale McKie on guitars and harmonica, Todd MacLean on saxophone/keyboard/guitar, Jon Rehder on bass and Reg Ballagh on drums.

Fire in the Blue can be purchased at Back Alley Music, Nabuurs Gardens in Montague, The Fisherman’s Daughter in Murray River or at iTunes and most online music stores. And for more info, visit www.amandajacksonband.com

Aaron Hastelow

Aaron Hastelow

Aaron HastelowAaron Hastelow has released his self-titled debut EP. Hastelow is currently in his second season playing Gilbert Blythe in Anne of Green Gables—The Musical at The Charlottetown Festival.

The new release is a compilation of songs written by Canadian composers. Aaron celebrates the musicians and artists who have come before him with this tribute to Canada, in its birthday year. Songs include Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You,” Gordie Sampson’s “You (Or Somebody Like You),” Amanda Marshall’s 90s hit “Let It Rain,” and also a new acoustic cover of “Wond’rin,” Gilbert’s love ballad from Anne of Green Gables. Also featured on the album is Aaron’s long time friend, Michelle Bouey, who lends her voice for a duet of “You and Me” originally performed by Dallas Green and Alicia Moore. There is also an original song written by Island musician, Jon Matthews, who also produced the EP, and played many of the instruments heard on the tracks. Ian Toms  plays guitar and Karen Graves plays violin on the album. The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered at the Sound Mill Recording Studio in Emyvale, Prince Edward Island.

CDs are available at The Showcase in The Confederation Centre of the Arts, as well as other retailers across the Island, and online. For a preview of the album, visit youtube.com/hastelow or soundcloud.com/hastelow. To keep up-to-date on CD launch details and all other performances, follow Aaron’s social media platforms at facebook.com/aaronhastelow and on Instagram: @hastelow

Atlantic Blue: a celebration of east coast songwriters

Tara MacLean

Atlantic Blue: a celebration of east coast songwriters—Tara MacLeanTara MacLean has released a recording of songs by her favorite Atlantic songwriters entitled Atlantic Blue: a celebration of east coast songwriters. A musical production by the same name is being presented by Tara throughout the summer at The Guild in Charlottetown.

The CD was produced by Chris Gauthier and co-produced by Rémi Arsenault at Dunk River Sound. It was engineered by Philip MacLellan with additional engineering by Don Chapman and James Carrier. Mixing was done by Rémi Arsenault assisted by Chris Gauthier and mastering by J. LaPointe at Archive Mastering, Nova Scotia. Kaneshii Vinyl Press Inc. manufactured the album. Cover photo is by Billie Woods with cover photo art direction by Zandra Stratford. Ocean photo is by Jared Doyle and graphic design was done by Ryan Hutchinson. Melanie Mills catered for the recording team.

Songs on the recording are Snowbird (Gene MacLellan), Movin’ On (Hank Snow), Turnaround (Stan Rogers), Coal Boat Song (Stompin’ Tom Connors), Flying on Your Own (Rita MacNeil), Fare Thee Well Love (James Kevin Rankin), La Tempête (Lennie Gallant), Paris (Gordie Sampson), Fear (Sarah McLachlan), Happy Baby (Shaye—Tara MacLean, Damhnait Doyle, Kim Stockwood, Jay Joyce), and Sonny’s Dream (Ron Hynes).

Many Island musicians assisted with this project: Rémi Arsenault (bass, harmonies), Caroline Bernard (accordion, harmonies), Chris Corrigan (acoustic guitar), Dale DesRoches (drums), Dennis Ellsworth (vocals), Sean Ferris (Wurlitzer piano), Lennie Gallant (vocals), Chris Gauthier (harmonies, slide guitar, octave mandolin, electric guitars), Emmanuelle LeBlanc (bodhran, whistles), Troy MacArthur (harmonica), Iain MacInnis (highland pipes), Todd MacLean (piano), Catherine MacLellan (vocals), Cynthia MacLeod (accordion, fiddle) Jon Redhder (nylon string guitar), Patricia Richard (harmonies), John Ross (piano), Village Singers (Sharlene MacLean, Melanie Mills, Aaron Comeau, Thomas Webb (banjo), Natalie Williams Calhoun (cello), and Richard Wood (fiddle).

The Traditional Files

Keelin Wedge

The Traditional Files—Keelin WedgeThe Traditional Files, a fiddle and acoustic guitar albumwas recorded in Wellington PEI and her home studio, produced arranged and engineered by Keelin Wedge, and mastered by Brent Chaisson at Studio Dimanche in Miscouche.

This album covers traditional favourites such as Sailor’s Hornpipe, Gaspé Reel, Heather on the Hill, Princess Reel, and Tennessee Waltz. The album was recorded with two different fiddles, for a unique sound on each track.

The Traditional Files will be launched on Thursday, July 6 at 8 pm at Kaylee Hall, Pooles Corner during opening night of the Close to the Ground summer concert series. It’s part of a double CD launch with Fiddlers’ Sons.

Keelin Wedge, from St. Louis, is a multi-instrumentalist. She is currently working on many new projects, and contributes to groups around PEI including Renegade, Harmony, and Fiddlers’ Sons. The Traditional Files is her second album. Fingers on Fire sold out and is now available to download on iTunes. Keelin won the 2002 PEI Music Award for Classical Artist of the Year. She is comfortable playing traditional, country and rock. And she is a also a vocalist who sings in many styles.

The album is available from Keelin, and also at the Stanley Bridge Hall Ceilidhs on Monday nights all summer, and at the Close to the Ground Concert Series at Kaylee Hall on Thursday nights. Watch for it soon on iTunes and Spotify. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for purchase information.

Fiddlers’ Sons The Best Of 20 Years 1997–2017

Fiddlers’ Sons

Fiddlers’ Sons The Best Of 20 Years 1997–2017—Fiddlers' SonsIsland folk music group Fiddlers’ Sons are celebrating twenty years as a band with the release of a new album this summer. Fiddlers’ Sons The Best Of Twenty Years 1997–2017 is a collection of the band’s most popular requests from their seven recordings together. They also topped off the 22 tracks on the album with 3 new songs.

The songs were compiled and the new cuts were recorded by Jon Matthews at his Sound Mill Studio in Emyvale. The musicianship of current Fiddlers’ Sons members Eddy Quinn, John B Webster, Courtney Hogan-Chandler and Keelin Wedge is featured on the newest tracks, while past Fiddlers’ Sons alumni Garth Matthews, Sheila MacKenzie. Cynthia MacLeod, and Maria (McDougall) Bartlett contribute on earlier recordings selected.

The band will officially launch the new CD Thursday July 6 at 8 pm at Kaylee Hall, Pooles Corner during opening night of the Close To The Ground Concert Series. It will be a special double CD launch concert series kick off as they partner with band member Keelin Wedge who is set to release her new album The Traditional Files that night as well.

The new Fiddlers’ Sons album will be available where the band plays across PEI this summer. Copies will also be available at The East Point Lighthouse, Back Alley Music, Stewart and Beck's in Montague, Cardigan Garage, In Good Taste Gift Shop Queen St Charlottetown, PEI Preserve Company New Glasgow, Seagulls Nest Gift Shop North Rustico, and other places local music is sold. For information call 902-394-1115 or add Eddy Quinn on Facebook and like The Close To The Ground Concert Series With Fiddlers’ Sons page.

Forever is the Love

Janet McGarry

Forever is the Love—Janet McGarryForever is the Love is the latest CD release from Janet McGarry. The album expresses themes of love, family, faith and life. The fourteen songs range from traditional bluegrass and gospel to straight ahead country.

"As with everything in our lives, we’re always at it together, side by side,” says Janet, refering to how she and her husband Serge Bernard collaborated on this project. “I grew up listening to country music, and Serge on bluegrass music, so it’s no surprise that I’ve delved into the country side of things for songs by artists such as Melba Montgomery, Wilma Lee Cooper and Dolly Parton. But there are many standard bluegrass songs on this album for the bluegrass lover too. Songs by Jim & Jesse, Ralph Stanley, The Carter Family and one of my musical heros—Hazel Dickens. I also have two new songs—one from my dear friend Louisa Branscomb from Georgia, and one from J. P. Cormier, closer to home in Nova Scotia.”

“Say Forever You’ll Be Mine” is the title track from the album. Janet says each of the songs were hand-picked after hours of listening to many of her musical heros, and condensing the list down to fourteen songs. “Sea of Galilee” is immediately recognized as a Carter Family song. Here she is joined by friends of theirs, husband-wife team of Heather Berry & Tony Mabe from North Carolina.

Other tracks include the George Jones/Melba Montgomery classic “Long as We’re Dreaming”; Hazel Dicken’s “A Few Old Memories”; and the gospel song by Ralph Stanley “The Darkest Hour is Just Before Dawn.”

This album was produced by Serge Bernard, of Diamond Productions PEI. Serge handled much of the instrumentation, and is joined once again by Troy Engle, from Nashville, TN. Troy has been a member of their recording team since their first collaboration back in 2007. Jamie Graves joins them on piano. And Janet and Serge say that they were so pleased to once again have Meaghan Blanchard add her voice in harmony.

Janet performs throughout the Maritimes. For a full listing of performance dates, check out www.janetmcgarry.com.

Forever is the Love will be available locally at The Showcase at Confederation Centre, and Back Alley Music in Charlottetown, Stewart & Beck in Montague, and at The Wood Islands Lighthouse giftshop in Wood Islands. You may contact Janet directly at 902-569-3864, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If It’s Alright With You: The Songs of Gene MacLellan

Catherine MacLellan

If It’s Alright With You: The Songs of Gene MacLellan—Catherine MacLellanIf It’s Alright With You: The Songs of Gene MacLellan, is a legacy project which finds folk singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan covering songs by her late father. It is now available via True North Records.

For two decades, Gene MacLellan quietly commanded the ears of the world from his Prince Edward Island home as artists including Anne Murray, Elvis Presley, Loretta Lynn, Chet Atkins, Joan Baez and Ocean turned MacLellan compositions like “Snowbird,” “Put Your Hand in the Hand” and “The Call” into worldwide chart-toppers and repertoire standards.

After receiving the Roots & Traditional Solo Album of the Year JUNO Award for her album The Raven’s Sun, Catherine says, “The JUNO made me feel as though people know me and appreciated my music. Now I want to share my dad’s music. It’s also an opportunity for me to get to know him better.” MacLellan lost her father in 1995 while still in her mid-teens. “The more I get to know his songs, the closer I feel to him.”

“Put Your Hand in the Hand,” a gospel-pop smash charted by Ocean and still performed in every corner of the globe, is stripped back to its barest essentials. “Dave Gunning, JP Cormier and myself played it as an encore on tour and it was so fun, just two guitars and three voices. We recorded our version in three hours one afternoon in Calgary and I think it’s perfect.”

And then there’s the matchless “Snowbird,” Anne Murray’s signature song and a classic for the ages. Says MacLellan, “I got out the Wurlitzer and played it as simply as possible. It’s very honest. I was also able to record an extra verse only my dad ever recorded.” Also included on the album are “Bidin’ My Time,” “Shilo Song” and “Thorn In My Shoe.”

And what would Gene MacLellan make of Catherine’s journey through his songbook? “He would be happy to know his songs continue on, being remembered and given a new spark,” she says. “It’s a testament to what a young guy from very humble beginnings can do.”

We Love You, Canada / Nous T’Aimons, Canada

Andrew A. Melzer, composer Confederation Centre Youth Chorus with Donald Fraser

We Love You, Canada / Nous T’Aimons, Canada—Andrew A. Melzer, composer Confederation Centre Youth Chorus with Donald FraserAndrew A. Melzer, composer and producer, has released recordings of two singles of his Canada 150 song performed by the Confederation Centre Youth Chorus under the direction of Donald Fraser. They are titled “We Love You, Canada” and “Nous T’Aimons, Canada.”

The Confederation Centre Youth Chorus have performed in the Atlantic Provinces, across Canada, in New York City, Washington, DC and at Disneyworld. Recently, the choir returned from performances in Italy which included the Vatican.

Andrew’s first successful record release as a producer was a pop version of Bobby Gimby’s song “Canada” in 1967 for Canada’s Centennial. For Canada’s 150th Celebration, he has digitally released “We Love You, Canada” and “Nous T’Aimons, Canada.” The releases are available on iTunes, Amazon and at major online stores. For information, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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