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Rawlins Cross releases Rock Steady

Rawlins Cross—Rock SteadyRawlins Cross Celtic rock band has rekindled the magic with their six-track EP, Rock Steady, set to be released December 1 through GroundSwell Music.

Rock Steady was co-produced by Jon Landry and Geoff Panting. Rawlins Cross entered the East Coast music scene over 25 years ago with their album A Turn of the Wheel, and, through the years, has recorded eight albums and toured extensively throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. They have received two JUNO nominations and and many ECMA awards. 

Rawlins Cross was formed in St. John’s, Newfoundland in the late 1980s by songwriting brothers Dave Panting (guitar and mandolin) and Geoff Panting (keyboards and accordion), and Ian McKinnon (highland pipes and tin whistle). After adding a rhythm section of Halifax bassist Brian Bourne and Ontario-based drummer Howie Southwood, Rawlins Cross enlisted PEI singer Joey Kitson.

Since then, Rawlins Cross has been at the vanguard of the fusion of Celtic traditional music with the rhythms of rock, pop and worldbeat music, equally at ease with a soulful Highland Air (MacPherson’s Lament) or a raucous party song (Colleen, Reel ‘n’ Roll, Rock Steady). With total album sales topping 100,000 units, Rawlins Cross has been one of the region’s most successful bands.

In 2008 Rawlins Cross reunited after a several year hiatus and released Anthology, a compilation of its best recorded songs. In Fall 2010, the band released Heart Head Hands (GroundSwell/ Warner Music). This marked the band’s first full album release in 12 years. 

Rock Steady, a collection of new songs along with a string of successful festival performances, has added some spring to the step of this venerable East Coast act.

Safe Spaces

Element and Broadbent II

 Safe Spaces—Element and Broadbent IIElement and Broadbent’s sophomore album Safe Spaces is an ode to Millennials. It is about things they say, and the way they act (whether they know it or not). It isn’t a criticism, but merely an observation of a generation that really has no identity, according to the duo, and is more known for material things and being PC.

The album was recorded in the summer of 2017 in Charlottetown. All lyrics are by Eric Broadbent, except a featured verse by Cape Breton rapper Matt Nokes in the song “Why you tellin’ me.” All beats, mixing, mastering and art are by Element.

The album will soon be available on Spotify, iTunes and most online stores.

Caroling

Kelley Mooney

Caroling—Kelley MooneyKelley Mooney is releasing her first Christmas record, Caroling. The recording features a mix of Kelley’s favorite Christmas songs, a few contemporary ones, and a few originals—particularly, “Christmas in the Country.” This song gives you a complete picture of Christmas at the Mooney house—its food, music and love.

The CD launch will take place on November 4 at 7 pm at Trinity United Church, 220 Richmond Street, Charlottetown. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Kelley will be joined by special guests Richard Wood, Atlantic String Machine, Jon Matthews and others.

Admission to the launch is a donation of food items for the food bank, (or a cash donation), a friend and a smile. Kelley says that although many of us are so very fortunate to have loved ones around us to share a big, beautiful Christmas dinner with, some aren’t so lucky. Rather than paying to get in to this concert, people are encouraged to use that money for a bag of food (or a cash donation) for the Food Bank. A truck will be at the front of the church to receive the donation. 

Island singer-songwriter Kelley Mooney released Tomorrow in 2011. It won the 2012 Music PEI Country Recording of the Year. She followed that recording with Still, a collection of gospel-inspirational songs.

Can You Hear Me

Ashley Condon

Can You Hear Me—Ashley CondonThis fall Ashley Condon launches her new album, Can you Hear Me—at the same time she and her husband launch their PEI-based microbrewery, Copper Bottom Brewing. “Offer people beer, and they’ll come to you!” Ashley jokes. In fact, the brewery is a long-time dream of her husband, Ken. But it fits in with Ashley’s own commitment to rooting her music business close to home.

Can You Hear Me features a series of co-writes with PEI artists and with artists who came to PEI through various creative exchanges. There are harmony vocals from Ashley’s fellow-Eastern Belles, Catherine MacLellan and Meaghan Blanchard, and a sonic palette by producer—and Anne Murray’s nephew—Dale Murray (The Guthries and Cuff the Duke).

The songs too speak in various ways to Ashley’s connection to the PEI music community. The lead off track, “Diamond Sky,” grew indirectly out of a local songwriters’ night Ashley and Catherine MacLellan launched with the goal of building community among PEI artists at home.

“Down Home,” written with British folk artist Maz O’Conner as part of a program that pairs British and Canadian artists, was inspired by O’Conner’s fascination with the Maritime phrase “down home.”

Ashley started writing the sparse, haunting, “In the Darkness” after PEI’s notorious crazy winter three years ago, during which cars became buried in snow and three people died in a house fire. The song evolved over the course of two years, as trees mangled by the weight of the snow gradually returned to their previous erect stance—a metaphor for bouncing back after hard times.

She wrote “Come As You Are” as a tribute to the late Hal Mills, founder of PEI’s The Dunk house concert series and proprietor of the property where it was held.

If Ashley seems especially devoted to building community on her Island home, it could be because that community is her surrogate family. The only child of a fishing family from rural PEI, Ashley had lost both her parents by the time she was 22.

She earned two PEI Music Awards for her debut album. Then her musical idol, David Francey discovered her during PEI Music Week and became her mentor. The three-time JUNO-winning folk artist produced Ashley’s sophomore album, This Great Compromise. Ashley earned a 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for New/Emerging Artist of the Year. The album was the seventh most-played Canadian album on the Galaxie Folk Roots channel in 2013. And it made the Top 20 on Roots Music Report in the U.S.

 

NEVAHLAND

Liam Corcoran

NEVAHLAND—Liam CorcoranFormer Two Hours Traffic frontman Liam Corcoran has his skills as a storyteller on display in his new album, NEVAHLAND. Whether in the foreshadowing of album opener “Never Ever,” the simplicity of “Opposite Vultures,” or the Americana-tinged pop of “Tick Tock,” Corcoran’s fictional tale is woven through a sonic backdrop that serves to deepen the story and highlight the emotions of its protagonists.

NEVAHLAND is Liam Corcoran’s follow-up to his 2015 solo mini-album, ROM-DROM, and his first full-length since the disbanding of Two Hours Traffic in 2013.

The Strombo Show recently premiered a single from the new album, “Out Of This World 2,” a song that taps into the uncertainty of life on the road. “I was thinking back to all the touring and traveling I did with my old band, and how it can become a bit of an addiction to try and be a new person every night in a new city,” Corcoran tells Strombo.

The song’s theme also ties into the narrative that runs throughout NEVAHLAND. Featuring guest appearances from Kinley Dowling (Hey Rosetta!, KINLEY), Emilee Sorrey (SORREY), Dan Griffin (Teen Ravine), and Nathan Wiley, NEVAHLAND follows the story of three couples facing an impossible decision.

As an disaster threatens their small community, a mysterious man claiming to be a priest rolls into their lives. Under the chaotic circumstances of evacuation, the couples follow the man as he promises to lead them to safety. The record traces the trajectory of these characters as they prepare to leave the only home they’ve ever known.

What We Leave Behind

The East Pointers

What We Leave Behind—The East PointersJUNO-award winning, Prince Edward Island based group The East Pointers have released their sophomore LP What We Leave Behind. Produced by Gordie Sampson, the album carves a new path for The East Pointers, as they continue to blur the lines between traditional and popular music and develop a fan-base around the globe.

The East Pointers—fiddler-singer Tim Chaisson, banjoist Koady Chaisson and guitarist Jake Charron—present live shows with an authenticity that makes their instrumental tunes practically cartwheel and infuses their lyric-driven songs with poignancy and grace. The folk power trio who mix dynamic transatlantic Celtic sounds with three part-harmonies have been collecting accolades since the release of their debut album Secret Victory including, a 2017 Juno Award for Traditional Roots Album of the Year as well as a 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award for Ensemble of the Year.

In 2016, Tim Chaisson (fiddler, singer) along with his two brothers and five cousins took over as festival organizers of the annual Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival continuing the family tradition for it’s 41st year this year. The festival is dedicated to keeping traditional fiddling and Celtic music alive as well as sharing, celebrating and preserving the traditional sounds of PEI and Atlantic Canada. Recently the band treated a group of hometown fans and volunteers of the festival to a private concert of the new album in the most PEI way possible, on the water.

The band will head on a massive international tour this fall and winter including dates in the UK and Australia and are planning a Canadian tour next spring. 

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

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