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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..

Everyone Needs to Chill Out

Dennis Ellsworth & Kinley Dowling

Everyone Needs to Chill Out—Dennis Ellsworth & Kinley DowlingDennis Ellsworth & Kinley Dowling will release a CD, Everyone Needs to Chill Out, with a soft launch at Trailside Café in Mount Stewart on June 16.

The album was recorded in Toronto, ON over 4 days at The Trailer with Aaron Comeau. Though they have played together for more that eight years, this marks the first time Dennis and Kinley have released an album of songs as a duo. It features harmonies, violins, synths, cool sounds, and a few trains.

Tracks on the new project are I’m Obscured, Virginia, Panorama High, Snowing In Amsterdam, Something Beautiful, I Tried to Be Your Lover, Sorrowful Woman, Peaks of Heaven, Washington, Joni.

Dennis Ellsworth is a veteran and founder or co-founder of numerous bands—The Rude Mechanicals, The Little Pilgrims, Battery Point, and Haunted Hearts. As a solo artist he has released Chesterfield Dweller of the Year, Love Knows Love, Hazy Sunshine, Dusk Dreams, and Romantic as it Gets. Dusk Dreams, produced by David Barbe (Drive-by Truckers, Sugar)  in Athens, GA, won him Music PEI Roots Contemporary Recording, Songwriter and Album of the Year.

Kinley Dowling is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist and member of Newfoundland’s indie ensemble Hey Rosetta! She recently released her solo debut album Letters Never Sent as KINLEY. Kinley is a sought after string player and has recorded on over 50 records. 

Dennis and Kinley are leaving PEI on June 26 for a three-week tour of England to promote Everyone Needs to Chill Out.

Roller Coaster

Christine Campbell

Roller Coaster—Christine CampbellChristine Campbell has a new album, Roller Coaster, out April 2017. She is touring her new release from the Maritimes to Ontario with wing-man Blake Johnston.

Roller Coaster is a representation of Christine Campbell’s diverse influences—from hard rock and 70’s rock to roots and blues. Christine has attracted top-calibre artists like Jeff Burrows of The Tea Party to add their musical talent to the songs. And Classified’s co-writing and co-production pumps up the radio-ready element. Roller Coaster offers a narrative of a small town Prince Edward Island girl who has become a powerful performer, known for her mastery of guitar, piano and rock vocals. “I’m married to music.,” says Christine Campbell. “It is my life.”

As a musician dedicated to her craft, Christine’s live shows offer a unique mix of old and new original songs in each performance, as well as a bonus cover or two from her rock heroes and with jams and solos. Whether playing intimate acoustic shows with her wingman, Blake Johnston (formerly of The Stogies), or rockin’ out, fully electric with her five-piece band, Christine’s live performances always attract loyal fans.

Since her first self-titled solo project in 2013, Christine has gained a devoted following, with the attention earning her opening spots for Bob Seger, Steve Earle, Foreigner’s Lou Gramm, and Jann Arden.

After a successful Indiegogo campaign in 2016, she was able to gather the resources necessary to produce this album.

See Christine’s new show as she tours the new recording from Nova Scotia to Ontario with wingman, Blake Johnston. Catch her performance on June 23 at Trailside Café, Mount Stewart. www.christinecampbellmusic.com

Black Coffee

Jeannie Cameron

Black Coffee—Jeannie CameronIsland musician Jeannie Cameron has released her debut CD, Black Coffee. The album has Jeannie covering ten songs including Black Coffee, Landslide, When you say nothing at all, Jolene, Seven Lonely Days, 16th Avenue, What’s Your Mama’s Name, Picture of me without you, It’s a little too late, and When will I be loved.

Musicians on the recording are Jeannie Cameron (lead vocals), Danny MacNevin (acoustic and electric guitar, piano, strings), Thomas DesRoches (bass), Wayne Robichaud (drums, percussion), Dave Ellis (electric guitar), Doug Johnson (steel guitar), with harmony vocals by Kurk Bernard, Rodney Arsenault and Danny MacNevin. Danny MacNevin produced and engineered the CD. It was recorded, mixed and mastered at Big DogZ Recording Studio in Summerside (www.bigdog/studio.com). Images were provided by Stacey Fougere Photography.

Black Coffee is dedicated to Jeannie’s dad “The Music Man” Lea Cameron.

For bookings or to order a CD contact Jeannie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and follow her on Facebook at Jeannie Cameron Music or on Instagram at Jeannie Cameron. Watch for her next project which will present all original songs.

Black Sheep

Cavy

Black Sheep—CavyPEI’s Cavy released his latest single “Black Sheep” in February. The single showcases grimy presence with a hyphy inspired bass instrumental and heavy drums. Cavy describes his rap style as “in your face yet catchy, with a mix of descriptive songwriting, aggressive vocals, unorthodox flow, and hooks that are bound to make your head bob.”

Black Sheep was produced by Ayodlo, mixed and mastered by Tempo, and artwork was designed by Deathbed. Cavy plans to release more music including an EP later in the year.

Long Road Back

Charlotte Moore

Long Road Back—Charlotte MooreCharlotte Moore has released an album of original music entitled Long Road Back. A soft launch was held in March.

Long Road Back was recorded here in PEI at The Hill Sound Studio in Charlottetown by Adam Gallant. Chris Corrigan arranged, produced, and plays on the album. It was mastered by James Carrier. Charlotte Moore sings the vocals. Lyrics are written by Charlotte and music is by Dianne Latchford of Ontario. Devon Hornby, Trevor Grant, Chas Guay, Alicia Toner, and Kristen Pottle round out the band performing on the recording. Cover photo for the CD is by Ted Simonett. Graphic design is by Colin Simmons. The CD is available locally at Back Alley Music and other Island retail stores.

Shut the #@!& Up, Donny

Ugly As Sin

Shut the #@!& Up, Donny—Ugly As SinReleased in March Shut the #@!& Up, Donny by Ugly As Sin (PEI’s Adam Robbins and Jeff Blaikie from NS) is a 10 track EP produced entirely by AR with cuts by DJ IV. An ode to The Big Lebowski and raw, boom-bap hip-hop, these songs were crafted to make your mother upset, says the group. Notable tracks include “Cooler Than” featuring Halifax based Miracle and “95” featuring Def Squad’s Fish Grease.”

UAS is the unholy collaboration of producer/emcee AR and rapper Jkenny. Capturing the boom-bap style of the 90s, this duo has performed across the Maritimes at events such as Festival Inspire and Peace East. Check them out at www.gloryversusfailure.ca/ugly-as-sin/.

Natural Conclusion

Rose Cousins releases her new album 

Natural Conclusion—Rose CousinsFor her new album, Natural Conclusion, Rose Cousins took a deliberate break from her active touring performance schedule. Instead she traveled to create. Her goal was to connect with artists, writers, and producers to make songs in new ways, new sounds with new people, not knowing where they would go and not needing to. 

“It is liberating to spend a year making music that isn’t billed for me as an artist,” says Cousins. “Some for film, TV, or even for someone else to sing. Freeing to walk into a room as a writer. To wake up, have a morning, meet people, make something that didn’t exist and get to bed at a decent time. Read more books. Creating feels like a good use of my time and this is the first time I’ve ever allowed it to be my focus, counterintuitive considering songs are what my career is built on. Songs and photographs have always explained better, what I mean and how I feel.”

Natural Conclusion was conceived during that period, with first single and album opener “Chosen” leading the way. “I was having a solo introspective morning, attempting to sort a particular feeling. Looking for inner confidence and reassurance to move forward with what I’d set out to do personally and professionally. I think it’s hard to be alive without accepting there are always questions in the passenger seat. We wish but can’t ever know for sure how things will work out and that can feel uncomfortable and risky. The song reflects an honest and raw moment from inside this questioning and was the spark that made me think I could make another record.”

Due out on February 3 via Outside Music, the new album is produced by Grammy Award winning producer Joe Henry. She and Henry each gathered trusted colleagues and met in Toronto. Henry brought longtime collaborators from Los Angeles; Engineer Ryan Freeland, drummer Jay Bellerose, and bassist David Piltch, who collectively worked on many notable projects (Bonnie Raitt, Solomon Burke, Allen Toussaint, Billy Bragg).

Cousins invited Toronto pianist Aaron Davis (Holly Cole, Jane Siberry) and guitar player Gord Tough (Kathleen Edwards, Sarah Harmer); touring mates Asa Brosius (Anais Mitchell, Heavy Blinkers) from Halifax on pedal/lap steel and dobro, and Zachariah Hickman (Josh Ritter, Ray Lamontagne) from Boston on bass; friend and fellow PEIslander violin/violist Kinley Dowling (Hey Rosetta!) added strings and joined the choir that also included Hickman and longtime friends Jill Barber, Caroline Brookes (Good Lovelies), and Miranda Mullholland (Great Lake Swimmers).

“Cousins says, “This band created a space for me to rise as a musician yet let me lead. Ultimately this is a record of performances, the moment, raw, vulnerable and real. I suppose not unlike the subject matter within.”

A native of Prince Edward Island, Rose Cousins lives in Halifax Nova Scotia. Cousins’ 2012 album We Have Made A Spark won a JUNO Award, 3 East Coast Music Awards, a Canadian Folk Music Award, was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize, and made picks/best of lists in USA Today, NPR Music, and Oprah Magazine. Her music has found its way into several TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy

Rose Cousins will perform in Charlottetown April 8 at Confederation Centre of the Arts.

Nick Doneff

Nick Doneff

Nick Doneff—Nick DoneffSinger-songwriter Nick Doneff has released a self-titled CD. All lyrics and music are by Nick and the project is produced by Nick. The album is nicely packaged with lyric booklet and additional photos.

Performing on the album are Nick Doneff (vocals, guitars, pedal steel, Wurlitzer piano), Josh Cavan (Wurlitzer piano), Ben Phelan (Hammond organ, Wurlitzer piano), Mark Wilson (bass), Mike Ardagh (drums, percussion), and Catherine MacLellan (vocals).

Engineering for the recording was done by Andrew Mulllin at Canterbury Music Company, Toronto, Sam Ibbett at Humber College Recording Studio, Toronto, and Adam Gallant at The Hill Sound Studio, Charlottetown. Audio was mixed by Andrew Mullin. Mastering was by Rueben Chose at Mojito Mastering, Toronto. Album design is by Nick Doneff. Cover photograph was taken by Anna Karpinski. Adam Beer-Colachino, Liam Corcoran, Nathan Gill, Mark Gedees, and Helpful Thayne are credited with “near-sober second thought.”

The 11 tracks on the CD include “Latest Hiatus,” “Easy,” “Old Dog,” “These Things Change,” “On and On,” “Jenny Jones,” “Willoughby Clay,” “Apartment Twenty-two,” “That’s Just The Deal That We Make,” “Light of Day” and “I’ve Been Alright.”

Nick performs pretty well every day of the week at numerous Island venues covering material by your favorite singer-songwriters and presenting his original music. If there’s music scheduled you’ll probably find him on the lineup.

You can buy the CD at Back Alley Music in Charlottetown. Check www.nickdoneff.com for performance dates.

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