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12th year for button making event at Confederation Centre Art Gallery The CCOA Gallery in Charlotte [ ... ]

Romance Writing Workshop

On February 9 PEI Writers’ Guild will host a workshop entitled Heat Rising: Writing the Romantic R [ ... ]

Rise Little Mermaid

Bryson Guptill

Rise Little Mermaids—Bryson GuptillAlmost 50 years ago, Bryson Guptill debuted his first original songs at a coffee house on Yorkville Avenue in Toronto. He was a delegate representing Acadia University at one of Canada’s first folk music conferences. The experience was seminal for Bryson, he says, but not in the musical sense—he slipped in and out of Toronto unknown and unnoticed.

Now Bryson is taking the stage again. On January 19, he will release his first album of original music during Island Jazz Night at Baba’s Lounge in Charlottetown. Joining him will be three of PEI’s well-known musicians—Alan Dowling, Ian Toms and Deryl Gallant. The evening promises to be more memorable than his first show back in the late 1960’s, says Bryson, especially with this all-star cast of Island talent.

The Island Jazz series features top local musicians performing original music, standards, jazz and pop favorites with a featured special guest artist, followed by an open jam session where any musician is welcome to participate. The series has been held at Baba’s for more than a year. “It’s a celebration of the wonderful community of talented musicians we have here in PEI and it crosses all music genres and styles,” explains Bryson.

Bryson invites everyone to come out for the CD launch of Rise Little Mermaid at Baba’s on January 19. He will be happy to sell you a copy of the new release and talk to you about the inspirations for his music.

So Lo Fi

Mike Cheapfeet Dixon

So–Lo–Fi—Mike Cheapfeet DixonMike Cheapfeet Dixon’s first full-length record of ten original songs is now available.

The album was recorded at the Low-Fi Lab & The Nest Studio. Mike describes the project as “homemade, guerilla-recorded.” Album art and design are by Tammy Lynn Hazel Peters.

Folks who know Mike as a blues and oldtimey singer will hear those familiar sounds and more—rock, pop acoustic, singer-songwriter—from the utterly serious to the outright goofy and even a touch of schmaltz.

Digital copies of the recording are available at Bandcamp. Contact Mike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Other Voices

Black Umfolosi

Other Voices—Black UmfolosiZimbabwe’s vocal group Black Umfolosi has recorded Christmas Song, written by Bob Jensen, and it will be released to radio as a single in time for Christmas. The single will be released in Canada and also to international markets.

Christmas Song was recorded as part of a project called Other Voices, which has artists from five continents performing music and poetry. Participants include Sylvia Tyson, Lennie Gallant, Guy Davis, and former John Lennon bandmate, Rod Davis.

The idea behind the project is to have other voices perform his material, to see what their personal experiences and cultural backgrounds bring to the material. Artists are encouraged to make the poems and songs their own. Christmas Song is an example of that focus, as Black Umfolosi’s a cappella version is very different from the one Jensen originally recorded.

Jensen hopes to release a CD based on Other Voices material and is negotiating with a record label. Black Umfolosi is also making Christmas Song available for purchase as a digital download.

 

Julia Dunn

Julia DunnJulia Dunn recently launched her debut self titled album at the PEI Brewing Company, Charlottetown.

Purchase the album from iTunes, GooglePlay or from www.juliadunn.ca.

More about Julia in this profile by Cassandra Bernard from our December issue of The Buzz.

Pogey Summer

Element and Broadbent

Pogey Summer—Element and BroadbentPogey Summer is a new hip hop album recently released by Charlottetown duo Element and Broadbent.

The album was recorded in the Studio-Dojo during the summer of 2016, and was mixed and mastered by Element. All beats and scratches were by Element, and all vocals are by Broadbent.

The album starts off with the track Back from Hiatus, as both Element and Broadbent have not been performing music for the last four years. That track is followed by Wake the Dead, a loud party jam with dark undertones. Late Fees is written about the plight of the modern economy and having enough money to get by, and how even though things have changed, they are still very much the same in regards to race, sex and class. The fourth song, Boom Bap Tracks, is an ode to the boom bap style (or old school style) of hip hop. The title track, Pogey Summer, details the process of going on pogey and the pleasures of not working during the summer in PEI. The final track is Burn After Reading, a diss track to writer’s block.

The album is available on itunes, bandcamp and spotify, and is streaming on their homepage elementandbroadbent.tk.

Element’s previous works include the Head Down, Chin Up album by Modern Day Poet, on which he made the beats. He has also had beats featured on albums by several local artists.

Broadbent is a 4 time Music PEI Award winner and 2 time ECMA nominee. He has released, and been featured on multiple recording projects since his debut in 1998.

Letters Never Sent

Kinley

Letters Never Sent—KINLEYPrince Edward Island musician Kinley has released her first solo recording, Letters Never Sent.

The album, Letters Never Sent, started out more like a diary says Kinley. She would write how she was feeling. She was always better at writing, explains Kinley, than speaking out loud. She jots her ideas down on napkins and tiny scraps of paper. It’s a miracle she kept all of the snippets around, says Kinley. “A gust of wind and an idea might be gone forever. But another one would surely show up someday.” Kinley then shaped her different diary entries into song form. Some of these songs have been around in her pile of words/notebooks for years but some came more recently. Either way, Kinley tells us, when she finishes a song she always feels like she’s dealt with the situation the best way she knows how, and can move on from it.

Each song on the album is addressed to a different person except “Golden Days” which is for a couple of people. She was inspired by a quote from Stompin’ Tom when she was watching his funeral on TV. He said there are a lot of beautiful places in the world to write about but we should write about it right here in Canada.

Kinley has been drawing palm trees since she can remember and has always liked tropical vibes. Letters Never Sent can be best described “as a tropical quiet pop album,” she says.

The album was recorded at The Hill Sound Studio in Charlottetown. Paper Lions’ Colin Buchanan produced the project. Lots of PEI peeps contributed their talents to this album including Andrew Murray (Wildcat), Thayne Campbell (Sorrey), Andy MacDonald (Two Hours Traffic, Golden Cinema), and even Rose Cousins on “Golden Days.” Album is artwork by Ashley Anne Clark.

Kinley plays violin with the award winning Canadian band Hey Rosetta!. She has appeared on over 50 albums from various artists but this is her first solo album.

The album is available in Charlottetown at Green Eye Designs, Back Alley Music, and online at iTunes, Bandcamp and Spotify.

Atlantic String Machine

Atlantic String Machine—Lost TimeLost Time

The Atlantic String Machine, an ensemble of classical string players who perform a wide ranging repertoire of music from Vivaldi to Piazzola, has announced the release of its debut CD, Lost Time.

Recorded in Rice Point, Prince Edward Island, at the renovated church known as Harrington House, this album will feature the musicianship and eclectic repertoire for which the group has become known. The recording was engineered, mixed, mastered and produced by JUNO Award winning producer John D. S. Adams, of Mahone Bay, NS.

The Atlantic String Machine was formed in April 2015 and is based on Prince Edward Island. The group is made up of five musicians with professional experience in a number of musical genres, having performed worldwide with internationally recognized symphony and chamber orchestras, ensembles, bands and individual artists. It presents a range of music from classical to jazz, pop, world music and their own compositions.

ASM members Sean Kemp (violin), Karen Graves (violin), Jeffrey Bazett-Jones (viola), Natalie Williams Calhoun (cello) and Louis Garson (bass) will be performing a concert in celebration of the release of the CD, followed by a reception at the newly renovated Florence Simmons Performance Hall in Charlottetown on September 18. Show starts at 7:30 pm and the ticket price includes the concert plus a copy of the CD. For tickets please call 902-394-2579 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your spot. The CD will also be available for purchase online after September 18 by visiting the ASM website at www.atlanticstringmachine.com.

Pieces of Me

Maxine MacLennan

Pieces of Me—Maxine MacLennanA musician never truly “leaves” music. They may take a step back from the business of performing, but almost always come back to the art form that is so much a part of them. Such has been the journey for Maxine MacLennan. After being in the music industry since the age of 12, Maxine took a much deserved break to focus on her family. But after teaming up with Treble With Girls in 2013, her desire to write and perform was renewed with new passion and inspiration says Maxine.

Released in July, Pieces of Me is Maxine’s first solo recording in 20 years. The CD boasts 10 original songs, each a piece of the singer’s life story inspired by the people and places she holds close to her heart—selections like “Without You,” written after the passing of her mother to “Some Fine Day,” a tribute to Lemmy Chaisson or even the lively and fun “East Coast Girls.”

Maxine says that the project was one of returning to her roots with friends, band mates and family a part of every step. The album was engineered, mixed and mastered by Jon Matthews at the Sound Mill in Emyvale and features a list of PEI musicians including Richard Wood, Treble with Girls, Serge Bernard, Thomas Webb, Jon Matthews, Natalie Williams-Calhoun,Iain MacInnis and Kirk White. There are even appearances by her father Gordon Gallant, daughter Jessica Wood and two special little girls, Brenna and Mairin FitzPatrick. Photography, art direction, design, layout and website design were all created by Maxine’s lifelong friend Berni Wood, Reel Media.

The official launch will be held on August 16 at 7:30 pm at a special installment of Treble at the Corner in Orwell Corner Historic Village. Treble with Girls will be performing along with guests artists from the recording including Jon Matthews and Richard Wood. All ages are welcome. CDs can also be purchased at all Treble with Girls performances, at Stella’s Restaurant at 501 Main Street in Montague or from Maxine herself.

Owlephant

Norm Strangely

Owlephant—Norm StrangelyNorm Strangely (Tyler Carmody, Shattered Statue, Karmasaurus Rex) has released a new album, Owlephant. It was made with the help of some of PEI’s hip hop artists. It was produced by Element, mixed by Eric Broadbent and Axe Ruler, beats by Element, Rob Banks, and Tech Thai., and recorded by Toddbot and Allycat (from Adjust the Facts).

Owlephant, like Strangely, is its own creature. The album is an abstract autobiography, according to Strangely, with a diverse range of music and rap delivery. It opens with the metal/punk conception “Born Inside Out” and ends with the hip hop banger “Re-presenting” featuring Eric Broadbent and Lazerwolf. In between is a journey of philosophical questioning, battling demons and giving back to the world, says Strangely describing the album concept. “Elementarray” is a reggae hip hop type song featuring Cavy, D9k, and BT Flow where everyone raps as an element. “More than a Mask” is rapped with a Spanish accent over a Spanish beat and is the entrance music used by Red Rock Wrestling star Loco Luchadore. “Autismatic” is an upbeat head nodder questioning the definition of autism and was performed at the fundraised “delectable delights.”

Owlephant is available for free on iTunes, Spotify, and Audiomack.

Red Rock Run

Fiddlers’ Sons

Red Rock Run—Fiddlers' SonsFiddlers’ Sons are set to release their new album Red Rock Run at the opening night of their Close To The Ground Concert Series Thursday July 7 at 8 pm at Kaylee Hall Pooles Corner.

The CD features Eddy Quinn on lead vocals, John B Webster on guitar, Courtney Hogan-Chandler on fiddle, Keelin Wedge on bass, guitar, fiddle and vocals and special guest Jon Matthews on percussion and vocals. It was recorded this past winter by Jon Matthews at The Sound Mill Recording Studio in Emyvale.

The music selections celebrate Island life and showcase the folk, country, Celtic and contemporary sounds of the band. There are songs written by band members Eddy Quinn and John B Webster, Island writers Allan Betts and Clara VanderAa as well as a few traditional numbers and lively fiddle tunes.

The album is dedicated to the memory of Fiddlers’ Sons’ friend and bandmate Garth Mathews.

Copies of Fiddlers’ Sons’ Red Rock Run are available where the band plays at their Close To The Ground Concert Series every Thursday 8 pm July 7 to September 29 at Kaylee Hall, Pooles Corner and everywhere Fiddlers’ Sons perform across PEI this summer. You can also pick up a copy at Back Alley Music in Charlottetown, East Point Lighthouse, Rices Garage in Cardigan and other places local music is sold. For additional information contact Eddy Quinn and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or John B Webster at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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