Oh Pep! makes the NY Times Playlist… Pretty damned cool ! ?>

Oh Pep! makes the NY Times Playlist… Pretty damned cool !

“The surface is mostly subterfuge, especially at the beginning: the perky electroacoustic plink of the arrangement, the galloping beat and vocal harmonies of the chorus, the video clip that’s devoted to boys-will-be-boys high jinks. But listen to the lyrics, and Olivia Hally and Pepita Emmerichs, the two songwriters who lead the Australian group Oh Pep!, are singing about dealing with an unplanned pregnancy — and with the boyfriend, parents, doctors and, finally, the narrator’s own choice. At the end, the…

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PEI Roots-Rocker Andrew Waite to play #stansteadhouseconcerts in November 2016 ?>

PEI Roots-Rocker Andrew Waite to play #stansteadhouseconcerts in November 2016

Andrew Waite & the Firm is a gutsy roots-rock band based out of Charlottetown, PEI. An acute collective of heavy-hitters, the group delivers a relentless performance with rich harmonies and explorative soundscapes. Waite’s songwriting is honest, rugged, and evocative. Their debut EP, Burning Through the Night, was released September, 2015. Burning Through the Night was recorded at the Sound Mill Studio, with Jon Matthews. The self-produced EP promises great sonic diversity, with a polished sound. The first single, Someone To…

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Christina Martin’s It’ll Be Alright wins 2016 ECMA for Pop Recording of the Year ?>

Christina Martin’s It’ll Be Alright wins 2016 ECMA for Pop Recording of the Year

Experimentation is the lifeblood of any artist. But occasionally they experience moments when everything comes into focus, and suddenly they have opened a door to a limitless creative future. Christina Martin has reached that point on her fifth album, ‘It’ll Be Alright,’ a 10-song collection that finds the Halifax-based singer-songwriter attaining what her music has always suggested, a place where the ghosts of her musical heroes freely mingle with pop-rock’s modern architects. The album’s brilliance is its seamless blend of…

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Miranda Mulholland’s new band – Harrow Fair – releases first two songs ?>

Miranda Mulholland’s new band – Harrow Fair – releases first two songs

Harrow Fair is Miranda Mulholland and Andrew Penner. One part stomping songs that echo early country and rockin’ roll. The other gritty ballads that sound sweet and haunted. During each of her two visits to #stansteadhouseconcerts – the first with Great Lake Swimmers and then more recently with Belle Starr – Miranda Mulholland held us spellbound with her musical artistry. She is a force of nature on fiddle and her voice is equal parts powerful and comforting. Yowza good. The…

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SHCN Alum Lotus Wight will return to #stansteadhouseconcerts in October 2016 ?>

SHCN Alum Lotus Wight will return to #stansteadhouseconcerts in October 2016

Lotus Wight will return to #stansteadhouseconcerts in October 2016. From Songlines Magazine: Lotus Wight is the nom-de-guerre of Toronto native Sam Allison, a songster, poet, fiddler, banjo historian and instrument creator who also makes up one-third of the ragtime trio Sheesham, Lotus and ‘Son.  Ode to the Banjo traces the centuries-old history of the instrument both literally, in the form of a 23-stanza poem penned by Wight/Allison (included in the notes), and musically within the album’s thirteen tracks, most of…

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SHCN Alum – The Bombadils are out on their Spring Poetry & Music Tour 2016 ?>

SHCN Alum – The Bombadils are out on their Spring Poetry & Music Tour 2016

Canadian maritimer Luke Fraser and prairie-girl Sarah Frank share a love of folk songs and fiddle tunes. Drawing from the Canadian, American, and Celtic traditions, the two pour the spirit of story-telling and kitchen parties into their own writing. Luke brings guitar, mandolin and home-grown east coast vocals in harmony with Sarah’s singing, lyrical fiddle playing and claw-hammer banjo. Luke and Sarah grew up listening to The Beatles and Beethoven on cassette tapes (often re-wound with a chewed up pen)…

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SHCN presents an evening with The Slocan Ramblers at The Kingman House in New Bern NC ?>

SHCN presents an evening with The Slocan Ramblers at The Kingman House in New Bern NC

The Slocan Ramblers are Canada’s young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans (2015 Edmonton Folk Fest Emerging Artist Award recipients), have quickly become a leading light of Canada’s roots music scene, built on their reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and their uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan. On their new album, Coffee Creek (2015) The Slocan Ramblers blend lightning fast and devilishly…

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Next Sunday – SHCN presents an afternoon with acclaimed Quebecois trad/folk artists Yann Falquet & Pascal Gemme ?>

Next Sunday – SHCN presents an afternoon with acclaimed Quebecois trad/folk artists Yann Falquet & Pascal Gemme

Yann & Pascal started their musical journey 20 years ago, busking on the streets of Montréal. They have since played over a thousand shows in twenty countries with the Quebecois trio Genticorum, and they now return as a duo to present an intimate show based on the close musical bond forged by years of touring together. Yann and Pascal are both master entertainers, and this format provides plenty of space for their musical personalities to shine. Pascal’s fiddling, Yann’s guitar…

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