THE BANDS of 2017
Band Members – Jason Campbell, Jason Meadus, Terry Chaplin and Jordie Weale
Born 1992 in St.John’s Newfoundland, raised in Halifax Nova Scotia, this powerhouse band cannot be classified. Don’t call them a cover band – Signal Hill may not write the songs, but they own them just the same. No pitch correction, no lip sync, no backing tracks; just real music stripped down to four voices, piano, acoustic guitars, bass and drums. Dare anyone to check out a live show…the more skeptical the better!
THE AMANDA JACKSON BAND
The Amanda Jackson Band is all about connecting — with their lyrics, with the audience, with the planet and with each other. Whether it’s an upbeat song about living life to the fullest or a thoughtful and reflective song inspired by events around them, Amanda’s voice and the band’s accompaniment also makes audiences feel connected, putting them right in the middle of the song.
Comprised of Amanda Jackson (vocals), Dale McKie (guitar, harmonica), Todd MacLean (guitar, piano, sax), Jon Rehder (bass) and Reggie Ballagh (percussion), the Amanda Jackson Band creates an intimate listening experience that leaves the audience feeling as if they have had the chance to peer into the soul of the band.
MAKAYLA LYNN & BAND
“Makayla Lynn just might be Canada’s next breakout country music star.” – Canadian Musician Magazine
With 1 million video views from 50,000 social media fans, Taylor Guitar’s artist Makayla Lynn has already earned herself 5 major award nominations before 16 years old. The list includes 2 ECMAs, 2 Music NS’s and an IMEA nod. With hundreds of co-writes under her young belt, Makayla has recently been spending quality time in Nashville mentored by some of the best in the business.
Makayla is no stranger to the stage, performing more than 100 shows a year at venues such as the Bluebird Cafe, Boots and Hearts Music Festival, Cavendish Beach Music Festival and the CCMA’s to name a few. She has opened for and shared the stage with some of country music’s biggest names like Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Sam Hunt and just about every other legend on today’s radio.
Keep your eye open in early 2017 for a brand new full length album, co-produced by Makayla Lynn and recorded out of Reba’s Starstruck Studios.
THE JEN MILLER BAND
JEN MILLER is a name that you should get used to hearing around the Maritimes. This singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist just returned to her home roots after spending many years on that other Coast. In Vancouver she recorded her debut Album ‘ YOU and I’. This album shows heart, emotion, and honesty, giving the listener an insight into this artists spiritual journey through life , love and a longing for home. This album is easy to get caught in your head requiring listening, time and time again.
In 2013 JEN hopped Via Rail and brought her music across the country to share with friends and family. This included a week long gig on the Marine Atlantic Ferry Run. She was so inspired by the East Coast Music scene and the quality and openness of the audiences she made the decision to dig her musical roots back into the soil they grew from.
THE CURTIS MATHESON BAND
Curtis Matheson is a Canadian musician based out of the province of Nova Scotia. A known guitar slinger throughout the province, Curtis’ style primarily revolves around the blues, rock, and country genres – often all mixed together. You may catch him loud and wild, and/or soft, laid back and delicate, injected with a tremendous amount of emotion during any of his performances. He is also a multi-instrumentalist, being no stranger to drums, bass, upright bass, harmonica, piano, and organ. Throughout his teenage years, he had been a student of the blues with the likes of Matt Minglewood and Joe Murphy taking him under their wings and showing him the tricks of the trade. He has also shared the stage with Monkeyjunk, John Campbelljohn, Tom Holland (guitarist for blues legend James Cotton), Garrett Mason, Terry Whalen, Christine Campbell, along with many, many more.
WILLIE STRATTON & BAND
Willie Stratton’s show comprises of stories, singin’, and hot guitar pickin’. Willie works to preserve and promote the rich and nearly forgotten country music heritage of Atlantic Canada in his art; from local yodeling styles that haven’t seen the airwaves since the time of the great Hank Snow, to the musical delivery and whit of Wilf Carter and Hal Lone Pine to name a few. With this musical history in tow, he and sideman Mike Thomas Kerr take these coveted music styles to new places with refreshing youthful energy, and a true and deep love for the craft.
- Shared the stage with Elliott Brood, Mother Mother, Xavier Rudd, Wintersleep, and many more
- Selected to attend the Gordie Sampson Songcamp led by Grammy Award winner Gordie Sampson – attended from 2012 – 2014
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
- Won 1st place prize in the USA Songwriting Competition for co-writing I Faked It with Gordie Sampson and Mo Kenney
- Won 2014 Music Nova Scotia Award for Alternative Album of the Year for Deserter
- Nominated for 2015 Rising Star of the Year Award at the East Coast Music Awards
- Nominated for 2013 Folk Artist of the Year Award at the Nova Scotia Music Awards
- Numerous Coast Readers’ Choice Awards including gold for Best Folk Act and Best Dressed Band
THE NO NAME BLUES BAND
The No Name Blues Band is a Rockin’ Blues band founded in the Spring of 1979. The band’s hard hitting style soon developed a strong following. In an era of three piece bar bands, the band was rocking the roof off with standing room only crowds wherever they played. The No Name Blues Band fast became an East Coast Legend. The band gelled into a tightly knit six piece unit in the mid-1980s with the same line-up for a solid 24 years. During the four years that followed three of the founding members moved on and The No Name Blues Band went through a difficult rebuilding phase. In the summer of 2013 Dave Harvey, a founding member and drummer for 31 years, was taken by a stroke. The remaining members made the commitment to keep the legacy alive. We would like to thank the following past members who helped us on the journey, Alexander C. MacLean (deceased), Beaver Swinamer, Daryl (Butch) Sheehy, David W (Smilin’ Dave) Harvey (deceased), Jeff Bezanson, Jeff Cochrane, Joe Caldwell, Mike Cochrane, Robert Whiting (deceased), Rockin’ Robin Greenough, Steve Fogarty, Tim Baker and Tom Dowd. We hope we didn’t miss anyone.
Amanda Jackson Band
Makayla Lynn & Band
The Jen Miller Band