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Auprès du Poêle

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin

Auprès du Poêle—Ten Strings And A Goat Skin

It’s late fall and early winter in Joliette, Quebec—the epicentre of traditional Quebecois music in Canada. PEI’s emerging young traditional music group Ten Strings And A Goat Skin are in the studio recording their new album with Leonard Podolak of the Grammy-nominated Duhks.

A veritable who’s who of traditional music is streaming in and out of the studio—some to play a few bars, some just to say hello and spread some cheer: the legendary Yves Lambert and his La Bottine Souriante co-founder André Marchand; pianist and accordionist Josianne Hébert; members of Les Poules à Colins (the band formed by the offspring of Quebecois musician Claude Methé) and members of the Duhks.

And so was born Auprès du Poêle (“Around the woodstove”), an album that celebrates community and survival. It’s a collection of songs and tunes marked by the joie de vivre of traditional Quebecois music; the balladry of English, Irish, and Scottish folk; the kick-up-your-heals musicianship of the grand Celtic ensembles and their harmonies.

The album’s opener, “Ukrainian Expedition,” showcases the trio’s compositional chops, stitching together four hopping tunes—three originals and the Irish traditional “Coal Miners’ Reel”—each one building in tempo and intensity. “When I First Came to Caledonia” is a cover of the traditional Cape Breton ballad delivered with three-part harmonies.“Maluron Lurette” is a traditional Breton piece that overflows with the spirit of the Joliette region. The closing number, “Duhk Duhk Goat,” a worldly collaboration with members of the Duhks, fuses Swedish, Quebecois, Maritime and American old-time tunes in a salute to the respective cultures of the key players on the track: Anna Lindblad, Colin Savoie-Levac, and Leonard Podolak of the Duhks and the members of Ten Strings.

Born into an Acadian musical family in Rustico, PEI, Rowen and Caleb Gallant formed Ten Strings with Jessie Périard, a Fredericton-born musician of Scottish and Québois ancestry. The trio released their debut album, Tri, less than five years ago and earned a 2012 ECMA for Roots and Traditional Group Recording of the Year. Since the release of their 2013 sophomore outing, Corbeau, they’ve signed agency deals in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., France and Switzerland, and have toured the world.

The album will be launched June 30 at The Pourhouse, Charlottetown, July 2 at Trailside Café, Mount Stewart, and July 3 at The Souris Show Hall, Souris. The group then tours across Canada before returning to PEI July 22 for a show at the Summerside Lobster Festival. They also play at Cloggeroo Festival in Georgetown August 13.

Adolescent Nature

Dylan Menzie

Adolescent Nature—Dylan MenzieDylan Menzie has released his new album, Adolescent Nature. Produced and recorded by Daniel Ledwell (Jenn Grant, Fortunate Ones, Oh Pep!), Adolescent Nature showcases Dylan Menzie’s fervor towards big sounds, charismatic turns of phrases, and persistent pop leanings. From the cacophonous crashing album opener “Talk To Me,” to the rolling “Where Everybody Knows Your Name,” to the Byrds-meets-Zeppelin twelve-string finale, “That’s The Way,” Menzie tackles unabashedly large questions about life and love on this, his sophomore record.

Dylan Menzie was chosen to represent PEI in the latest round of voting in the 2016 CBC Searchlight contest with the lead single “Kenya” from the new album. At press time he was among the top 4 National Searchlight Finalists. The new recording was also on CBC Music’s monthly look at albums coming out from across Canada that they think you should hear. In May they listed new albums by Little Scream, Tanika Charles, White Lung, Kaytranada and yes, Dylan Menzie.

Everything’s Different In The Night


Everything’s Different In The Night—NudieNudie’ first album, released in 2008, was Looking For A Good Time by Nudie and the Turks, a band he formed in his new residence of Charlottetown, PEI, following musical experiences in Toronto, Montreal, Phoenix, Austin and New York City.

Why so much traveling? “That’s what the world’s for,” quips Nudie. The love of singing and playing superseded any desire to chase a recording career, but with the encouragement of a growing fan base that gravitated toward Nudie’s authentic songwriting, he decided to go solo and self-released Remember This in 2014. He promoted the album with a string of high profile shows, including supporting Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, and wrapping up 2015 with an official showcase at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville.

Nudie continues to write and this year he decided that he had the new songs that he wanted to record. Once the budget was in place, he was ready for the studio.

The new album, Everything’s Different In The Night, was recorded in Peterborough, ON with co-producer James McKenty (Blue Rodeo, Cuff The Duke). It’s a collection of songs about relationships, and stories from the road, including “Mr. Why’d You Come To Texas,” a duet with Sylvie Smith (Evening Hymns) about not knowing how to two-step, and “Train You Took My Baby,” inspired by a trip across Canada. Other musical friends on the album include Ryan Weber (The Weber Brothers) playing mariachi-style trumpet on “I’ve Been Here Before,” and pedal steel player Chris Altmann (Tim Hicks, Michelle McAdorey).

In the studio Nudie went for an approach that was successfully used on many of the old country records that he is inspired by—all the musicians in one room, playing together. No headphones. He said trying to capture the music with this kind of spontaneity was “a leap of faith,” but that producer James McKenty had a yes-we-can-do-this attitude. Nudie says that the other players on the album are musicians who are constantly working and often working together, and that everything came together really quickly. “It was great, a pleasant surprise,” he says.

May tour dates include May 1 at London’s Richmond Tavern, ON, May 5 in Toronto, ON at The Cadillac Lounge as a Canada Music Week Showcase, and May 21 in Mt. Stewart, PE at The Trailside Cafe for a PEI album launch.

“Heartfelt lyrics, soulful singing and heady guitar play make Everything’s Different In The Night a diamond in the rough”—Nashville

Waltzing with the Bow—’Pulling at the Heart Strings’

Norma Arsenault

Waltzing with the Bow—’Pulling at the Heart Strings’—Norma ArsenaultThe sound of the fiddle is the closest to a human voice, it can pull at the heart strings,” says Island musician Norma Arsenault. “For me to make a fiddle CD is a dream come true. I made my first fiddle CD, a waltz CD, because a friend told me to waltz with the bow; thus, the name of my CD is Waltzing with the Bow—’Pulling at the Heart Strings’.”

“I made this CD in memory of my parents, William J. and Annie Arsenault, because of their tremendous love of fiddle music and step dancing. Growing up on a farm with my sisters in Wellington, during our teenage years, our only entertainment was when our parents hosted fiddling soirées usually on Saturday nights.”

The CD was recorded, produced, engineered, mastered and mixed by Peter Burke at his Studio B in Vernon Bridge. Norma plays the fourteen fiddle tunes and provides harmony fiddles on several tracks. The tunes consist of waltzes, country waltzes, slow airs, two vocal pieces with Norma, and one vocal with Peter Burke. On the project Peter Burke plays guitar, keyboard, drums and bass guitar. Insert design is by Lillian Wedge. Cover and back photo and inside photos are by Buffie Boily Photographic Arts.

Norma Arsenault and her sisters are perhaps best known for their step dancing and singing. Norma, Marie, and Dorothy received dancing shoes from their dad and in 1964 formed The Arsenault Sisters. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2014 after a lifetime of performing with notable guest appearances on The Don Messer Jubilee, Up Home Tonight, The Bunkhouse Boys Show to name a few.

In 2002 the sisters released The Arsenault Sisters—Making Memories featuring the old country classics that their parents had loved as well. The Arsenault Sisters continue to host ceilidhs and perform at Island ceilidhs either solo or as a group. They make guest appearances at Fiddlers and Followers Festival, at St. Mary’s Church, Indian River and at many other venues.

Waltzing the Bow is available in Summerside at Ecole sur mer school gift shop, in Wellington at the Co-op, at Saunders’ Variety in Alberton and the Tignish Co-op.

Amanda Jackson Band

Live at Harmony House Theatre

Live at Harmony House Theatre—Amanda Jackson BandIn November, 2015, Amanda Jackson Band recorded their first album in front of a live audience at the 2014 ECMA Venue of the Year, Harmony House Theatre in Hunter River. Recorded by the multi-award winning recording engineer Jon Matthews of The Sound Mill, the album is now available for digital download. Physical copies of the CD can be preordered by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and digital copies can be downloaded at and on Apple iTunes at

The next live show by AJB is the Amanda Jackson and Friends Concert Series on April 9 at The Haviland Club at 8 pm with special guest Drea MacDonald.

CUD Change Under Death

CUD Change Under Death will soon release a 13 song album. “Race Car Woman,” the first release from the project, is now available digitally.

Jason Cuddy Cudmore is the mastermind behind CUD with all music written and recorded by Jason CUD studio. The recording features many musicians playing music from soft rock to metal.

Jason Cuddy Cudmore is from Sister Satellite and The Daze. Assisting him on the album are John Hashem and Ian Smith also from Sister Satellite and The Daze. Others featured are Jeff Wilson from Negative J and Big Huge, Michel Gagnon from Negative J, and Trevor Richards from Sister Satellite and Death Valley Driver. More artists are being confirmed. All are Charlottetown musicians. The album will be out in 2016.

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When Christmas Comes To Town

Julia Dunn

When Christmas Comes To Town—Julia DunnJulia Dunn’s first record When Christmas Comes To Town is being officially launched at the Victorian Christmas Market at Victoria Row in Charlottetown on December 5 (12 to 7 pm) and December 6 (12 to 5 pm).

Julia will also be performing at a number of locations this Christmas season. November 28 at 7 pm she plays for Festival in Charming Churches at Trinity Church in Summerside. December 5 catch her on CTV Christmas Daddies Telethon. More dates will be announced at

When Christmas Comes To Town features Julia Dunn (vocals), Chris Noseworthy (piano), Richard Bethell (acoustic and electric guitar), Gordon Belsher (programming, bass, percussion). Cover design and photography are by Kenny Vail and Prevail Creative. The recording was produced by Gordon Belsher and Guernsey Cove Parlour Productions

“Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year and I wanted my first official album to be the gift of music. The holidays are such a special time of the year and I hope yours is filled with happiness and that you are all surrounded by family, friends and loved ones,” says Julia.

The album is made up of classic Christmas songs such as “Little Drummer Boy” and “Away in a Manger” that are meant to capture the essence of the season, but also has a number of upbeat tunes like “Run Run Rudolph.”

Julia Dunn, a 15 years old from Charlottetown, recently had a dream come true by performing a duet on-stage with Keith Urban at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival in July. She auditioned and won the Moncton’s XL96 Country Music Radio contest and performed “We Were Us” with the country music superstar in front of over 25,000 screaming fans.

She has appearing on the 2015 and 2014 CTV Christmas Daddies Telethon, won the 2014 PEI Has Talent contes. She has taken vocal training with Terry Hatty.

When Christmas Comes to Town is being followed up by a debut original full length record in the first half of 2016, where Julia has teamed up with record producer David Rashed (The Studio At The Guild).

Red Roads Of Home


Red Roads Of Home—O'LearyIsland band O’Leary has released their debut album Red Roads Of Home.

The album is self-produced, with mixing and mastering by Chris Gaudette. Front cover artwork was completed by Shaun Patterson, and the album layout and design by Danny Dowling.

O’Leary is a Celtic and bluegrass infused punk rock band from Charlottetown. Formed in 2012, O’Leary has been playing shows to receptive crowds on PEI and mix original material with traditional Celtic and bluegrass fare.

The group recorded its debut album Red Roads Of Home over the course of a year, with the drums performed by original drummer Ryan Hale, and released it on October 13, 2015, with an official release show held at the Sportsman’s Club in Charlottetown on November 14. The group says that fans of Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, and the Stanfields should enjoy O’Leary’s entertaining mix of styles and sounds.

The nine tracks on the recording include The Miser Of Morell, Red Roads Of Home, Ruddiger, The Gallows, Whiskey In The Jar, Cold Black Sea, The Ship Is Going Down, Trevor’s Quest and Mountain Dew.

O’Leary is Danny Dowling (vocals, banjos), Garrett Curley (mandolin, bouzouki, vocals). Chris Gaudette (guitars, vocals), Behn McIlwaine (guitar), Shaun Patterson (bass), Josh Maccarville (drums).

Red Roads Of Home is available on CD in store at Back Alley Music in Charlottetown, or online from Digital downloads are available through iTunes, Google Play, CD Baby, Bandcamp, and many other digital distributors. Connect with the group on Twitter @OLearyTheBand of Facebook at

Christmas With Phase II and Friends: Live at The Guild

Phase II

Christmas With Phase II and Friends: Live at The Guild—Phase IIAfter 25 years performing as a dance band, Phase II entered yet another phase last December as they played their first Christmas concert in the intimate atmosphere of The Guild in Charlottetown. From that performance came their CD, Christmas With Phase II and Friends Live at The Guild. Friends, Keila Glydon and Jeanie Campbell, added brilliantly to the evening with unforgettable performances and harmonies according to the band.

Blaine, Jerry, Johnny, Pat and Blair are now looking forward to their CD launch at their second Christmas Concert at The Guild on December 4 at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7 pm. Phase II invites you to come and enjoy a wonderful evening of Christmas music. Tickets are available at The Guild at 620-3333 or 1-866-774-0717 or from any of the band members. They will also perform December 10 at 7:30 pm at St. John’s Anglican church in Crapaud with a portion of the CD sales from that evening going to the church.

Christmas With Phase II and Friends was recorded live at The Guild by Eric Fortune and mixed and mastered by David Rashed at The Studio @ The Guild. It was produced by Blaine Murphy and David Rashed. Photography is by Alanna Jankov with design and printing by KKP Charlottetown. Performing on the album are Blaine Murphy (lead guitar), John McGarry (bass), Pat King (keyboard, sax), Blair Zinck (drums) and Gerry Hickey (lead vocals). Guests are Keila Glydon and Jeanie Campbell.

The 23 tracks on the CD include both traditional carols and more contemporary Christmas music—all your seasonal favorites. The CD will be available at the launch.

Searching for Abegweit: Songs from the Hit Musical by Lennie Gallant

Lennie Gallant

Searching for Abegweit Songs from the Hit Musical by Lennie Gallant—Lennie GallantOver the past two summers Lennie Gallant and band performed over 85 sold out shows of his runaway theatrical hit Searching For Abegweit: The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant. The show stars the artist himself and presents his compositions about the Island alongside comedic stories, poignant tales, and Island legends. It is presented in a multimedia format that includes a plethora of visual images from island visual artist and sibling Karen Gallant. Now Lennie Gallant has released a new album of the same name with songs from that show.

Many of these Island themed songs were gathered from the span of Gallant’s career, along with a number of new compositions written specifically for this show. This new CD contains all 22 of the musical numbers from the hit production. This recording was made during last summer’s run of Searching For Abegweit, and features Gallant on guitar, harmonica, and bodhran, nephews Jeremy Gallant on keyboards and percussion and Jonathan Gallant on backing vocals, drums, percussion, and mandolin. Rounding out the band is Lennie’s longtime sideman violinist Sean Kemp, and Patricia Richard on bodhran, mandolin, banjo, vocals, and interpreting Lennie’s francophone songs. Mi’kmaq chanter Hubert Francis, and The Lone Cry Drummers also make guest appearances. The album was produced by Lennie Gallant, recorded by Phillip MacLellan, and mixed by Graeme Campbell. Album graphic design is by Ashley Paynter.

The 22 songs here include “Country Store,” “Lord Selkirk’s Land,” “Abegweit,” “A Day With You In Paradise,” “Has Anybody Seen My Skates,” and the anthemic, heart-wrenching theme song, “Searching For Abegweit.” The album also showcases new arrangements for Lennie classics such as “Island Clay,” “Northern Lights,” “Tales of the Phantom Ship,” “La Tempete,” “Back to Rustico” and “Peter’s Dream.’ After many years of hearing his most recorded song performed by other artists you can finally hear the author himself performing on his well known PEI rumrunning saga “The Nellie J Banks.’

Searching For Abegweit will be available at Back Alley Music, The PEI Brewery Company and online at

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