Various PEI Musicians
What do Michael Mooney, Chris Corrigan, Sean Kemp, Sean Mooney, Sandy Kowalik, Tian Wigmore, Margie Carmichael, Chas Guay, Mike and Wendy Stratton, Roger Greaves and Laurel Smyth, Jill McRae and Adam Gallant, and Laurie Brinklow have in common?
Besides being the best of friends, they’re set to launch a new CD of ten original Christmas songs, and arrangements of two classics—all in an effort to raise money for PEI’s Upper Room Hospitality Ministry and Food Banks.
Available just in time for Christmas, 12 Songs of Christmas came about during the long, dark, snowy winter of 2015 with friends sitting round the kitchen table, playing music and talking songwriting. Turns out a few of them had written Christmas songs. So they said, “Let’s make a CD. Make it a fundraiser. And since Christmas and food go together so well, let’s do it for the Food Bank.”
Over the spring and summer, the group finished writing the songs and in September recorded them at Adam Gallant’s Hill Sound Studio Inc. in Charlottetown. Produced by Chris Corrigan, and mastered by James Carrier, 12 Songs for Christmas also features several Island musicians, including Remi Arsenault, Sean Ferris, Pat Reid, Trevor Grant, Natalie Williams Calhoun, Jonathon Gallant, and Colin Campbell.
The CD will be available starting November 25, and 100 per cent of the profits will be donated to PEI’s food banks. Danny Murphy of DP Murphy came on board immediately as sponsor. CDs will be available through Tim Hortons, as well as various retail outlets around the Island. The launch is set for December 9, 7:30 pm, at the Pourhouse above the Old Triangle in Charlottetown. Admission is free, though donations of non-perishable foodstuffs are welcome. Soupy Saturday at Back Alley Music on December 12 will also feature performances of some of the songs.
For more information, check out www.12songsofchristmas.com.