Tomato/Tomato is comprised of husband and wife team, John and Lisa McLaggan. This quirky twosome performs a mix of old timey bluegrass, roots, and folk music. Their dynamic live performances feature John on vocals and guitar and Lisa on vocals, washboard, bass drum, and tambourine. It’s not unusual for her to be doing all four things at once! The duo’s unique sound, strong vocal harmonies, and colourful original music have quickly led to them being one of the most sought-after acts in Southern N.B. They have just released their debut album, “So It Goes”, a strong set of originals that embodies their signature sound and intelligent writing.
July 5, 2015
July 8, 2015
July 12, 2015
Fitting how that short phrase works equally well in defining the songs and stories shared by Amy and Rachel Beck, who are carrying on family traditions with their not-so-traditional take on folk music – contemporary, carefully crafted, and undeniably endearing.
Amy and Rachel Beck quickly ascended to the national stage when they came out of nowhere to land a spot as national finalists in the inaugural CBC Searchlight Contest in early 2013. Since, the duo has made up for lost time by releasing their well-received studio debut and new EP within thirteen months and sharing their music with ardent audiences throughout the Maritimes.
The Becks’ musical kinship reaches back to their shared childhood, singing with their siblings as kids and performing with school bands and choirs in their teens. However, it wasn’t until their university years that they let people in on the well-kept secret that is their penchant for penning and performing music of their own.
July 15, 2015
July 19, 2015
Dennis Ellsworth is a prolific songwriter. Lately he’s gotten into rhythm of writing, recording and releasing an album a year. In between records, he travels around the planet singing songs characterized by a kind of dark optimism that’s informed by early influences such as Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond and Kris Kristofferson.
Ellsworth can’t pinpoint what first prompted him to pursue music, but recalls singing ‘Forever in Blue Jeans’ in front of the mirror while brushing his teeth as a child. Since making the leap from the bathroom to the barroom, Ellsworth has toured Canada extensively, made inroads into the US and built a substantial following in the UK.
Although he’s refined his sound and approach to writing over the years, some things remain constant. One is an acoustic guitar he rescued from 1970’s era cottage in the Catskills; a guitar on which he’s written almost every song he’s put down on tape and believes has a lot to do with his gift for songwriting. Another is the emphasis he places on collaboration with the musicians he brings together for each album and the importance of allowing their unique voices as players to influence his songs.
July 26, 2015
Western Canadian Music Award Winners, Sweet Alibi, have been captivating audiences across Canada for the past few years. The Winnipeg-based folk/pop trio infuse their signature harmonies with influences of everything from folk to country to soul, without a hint of shame. Sweet Alibi’s Jess Rae Ayre, Amber Nielsen, and Michelle Anderson share personal experiences that are genuinely felt in song, and in no time, will have you dancing and singing along. Tom Power of CBC Radio 2 describes the band as simply as this: “If Mumford and Sons and the Supremes had a love child you would name it Sweet Alibi”. The band, currently touring new material from their CFMA/WCMA nominated release We’ve Got To (produced by Rusty Matyas of Imaginary Cities), grabs your heart and doesn’t let go!
August 2, 2015
Wander Songs from Halifax based musician Don Brownrigg was released in 2007. Finally 6 years later Don has returned to the East Coast music scene with a new album, It Takes All Kinds (to make this world, I find) and a new record deal from Tiny Records Canada.
With the help of well known East Coast Music Award producer Daniel Ledwell, the album took two years to record and not only did Don write all the songs but he sang, played guitar, keyboard and accordion on the record as well. The recently released album consists of songs that are vibrant and honest and it forces the listener to think about the good and the bad of our deepest feelings and emotions. I expect that Don Brownrigg must have experienced some of life’s greatest ups and downs during the 6 years in between albums as you cannot help but overhear the hurt and hope in It Takes All Kinds.
Host: Dr. Richard MacKinnon
Featuring: Bennett Konesni, Jeff Davis, The Gawler Family, The Yarmouth Shantymen, Debra Cowan, Kim & Reggie Harris, Trio Bembe, John McCutcheon
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