THE BANDS of 2019
Back by popular demand: 8.10 – 9.40PM
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!
Pretty Archie is an Americana/Bluegrass/Roots band from Cape Breton, NS. They are
known for their entertaining, high energy & foot stomping shows. Their honest, heartfelt
writing connects listeners with a saltwater perspective on modern living. The music finds
common ground in the blurred genres of Country, Americana, Bluegrass and Blues. Their
unique sound has lead to the band developing a following that grows after each show they
play — across audiences throughout Canada.
Long time friends Brian Cathcart (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Matt McNeil (Lead Guitar, Mandolin),
Colin Gillis (Harmonica, Bass, Vocals) and Redmond MacDougall (Banjo, Percussion, Vocals)
make up this quartet. Always jamming together growing up, they guys decided in May 2012 to
form a band. The band chose the name Pretty Archie after a local (Cape Breton) character known
for playing with 2 strings outside shopping malls in any weather and not always (or ever) in key.
The guys thought the name Pretty Archie embodied the love of playing and performing music
along with representing their hometown.
THOMAS STAJCER BAND
Presented by Teresa Rooney Bookkeeping
5:20 – 6:30PM
From Halifax, Nova Scotia via hockey-stick making Hespeler,
Ontario, Thomas Stajcer’s debut is a country & western tour of doubt and regret
that culminates in the ultimate question: Will I Learn To Love Again?
His new album opens with the slow-burning, violin-infused ballad “Love Me Now (Or Never
Again),” the album picks up with the late-night two-stepping “Salesman” before
driving full steam ahead with the high-octane ripper “In the Long Run.” Classic
country sounds and themes dominate the LP, harkening the sneer, whimsy, and
frankness of outlaw country pioneers such as Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson,
and Johnny Cash. These influences blend with touches of rock n’ roll on tracks
such as “Any Old Road” and the album’s raucous closer, “How Long Could I
Wait?.” As with the best country records and performers, vibrant storytelling is
on full display throughout, shining bright on the introspective “Wildfires,” the
pining title track, and in the voice of the Dukes of Hazzard-esque narrator (Mike
Trask) on “Sad Cowboy.”
Recorded live off the floor at Joel Plaskett’s New Scotland Yard (where Stajcer
is the in-house engineer), the album features two tracks – “Love Me Now (Or
Never Again)” and “Wildfires” – co-written with the East Coast icon. Assembling a
host of seasoned backup musicians to bring these songs to life, Will I Learn To
Love Again? is true to the big band live show that garnered Stajcer a nomination
for Country Artist of the Year in The Coast’s 2017 Best of Music Reader’s Poll.
The year prior, Thomas Stajcer attended the Gordie Sampson Song Camp and
has co-written with some of Nova Scotia’s most talented songwriters
including Dylan Guthro, Dave Sampson, Steven
MacDougall(Slowcoaster), Laurenn Marchand, Campbell Woods, Eric
Stephen Martin, and – of course – Joel Plaskett.
JILL BOUDREAU BAND
Presented by Mitchell Sign Company
4.00 – 5.00PM
It comes as no surprise Jill was born and raised in Sydney, Cape Breton. Her infectious smile and sunny disposition leaves no doubt that she is a true Caper. She relocated to the valley to inspire young minds as a teacher right here in Wolfville. While she always had a profound love of music, it was only 5 years ago that she picked up a guitar and taught herself how to play. Her father’s experience playing guitar during her childhood largely influenced and fostered a true love of music early on. She began her musical endeavours here in the Annapolis Valley by singing her very first time in public at Paddy’s Pub open mic 3 years ago and hasn’t looked back. It wasn’t long before she was drawing crowds with a desire to dance. She has graced the stage of the Al Whittle theatre on multiple occasions performing at their Night Kitchen. Very recently she has taken on the challenge of writing and performing her own songs, which has been well received. She has many musical influences which are evident when you hear her sing, however she derives great inspiration from Winnipeg’s Romi Mayes and the Annapolis Valley’s own Hupman Brothers. The Jill Boudreau Band was formed just over a year ago and quickly sky rocketed to one of the most popular and sought after bands in the Annapolis Valley, playing at numerous pubs, festivals and special events. It doesn’t take long to realize the band’s love of soul, funk and rock, and they do it well. Inspiration comes from Tedeschi Trucks Band, Stevie Wonder, Etta James and a variety of other legends. The band is comprised of Jason Burns, (guitar) who has been on the valley music scene for over a decade having shared the stage with many big name acts. Scotty Marsters, (guitar) highly skilled guitar player and has been playing in the local music circuit for the past 5 years, both as lead guitar and vocalist. Kory Bayer, (bass) has been playing electric bass and acoustic upright bass for the past 30 years. Graham Howes, (keyboard) Graham has been performing for over 25 years as a full time musician/vocalist. He’s been featured on many TV and radio shows. Aaron Knock, (drums) studied classical percussion at Acadia’s School of Music.
JON CYR BAND
2.40 to 3.40PM
As a group, so far nameless, we have been playing together for the past year or so and have been building and tightening up a playlist that spans many genres. Our setlist is much like the weather here in Nova Scotia…if you don’t like the current genre…wait a few minutes and it will be much different. We have been having a lot of fun playing pubs, weddings, corporate gigs etc. and always look forward to meeting new people and seeing new places. We are looking forward to our first experience with The Hantsport Festival and thank you for allowing us to be part of the event! Meet the band:
Glendon MacBurnie is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist originally from Five Islands, NS. Starting out playing old time country music in a family band, he soon felt the urge to Rock n’ Roll. In 1983, after honing his skills playing the maritime bar circuit, Glendon toured across Canada as bassist for the well-known Halifax based “Broken Toys”. From there he played the Toronto circuit with the renowned “Robbie Rae Band. Moving into progressive rock he then joined Toronto based “Cerafim” winning the 1990 American Dream Festival” in Las Vegas. Moving back home in 1994 Glendon quickly landed live shows and studio work “Jonathan M” (Jon Mullane) and drummer/producer Steve Nagus of “SAGA” fame. Glendon is a husband and father who is now actively playing gigs around Halifax. If you would like more information on Glendon please check out his website: http://www.glendonmacburnie.com/music.html
Rob O’Connor first picked up the sticks in Moncton, NB in his high school years and played with a few cover bands before heading off to University in the early 1980’s. He left the music scene for roughly 20 years as his focus was on his career but 15 years ago, he found his way back to the scene here in Halifax. When you can’t find Rob and his wife at the gym keeping fit, he can be found playing drums for a few local singer / songwriters.
Jon Cyr picked up a guitar 25 years ago because of an influence that came from festivals he and his parents attended when he was a kid…from there his life has led him down many different “genre roads” including Classic Country, Bluegrass, Modern Country, Light Rock and Classic Rock & Alternative, Hip-Hop, Pop and of course East Coast Music, which would be natural given he was born and raised here in Halifax, NS. Jon is a husband and hockey dad to 2 sons and 1 daughter who, like many other young people in Canada, see the game as a way of life. Jon is a Graphic Designer by day and a hockey dad & musician by night! For more information feel free to connect with Jon
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WORKING CLASS BAND
Presented by B.O.O.M (Brothers Of Other Mothers)
1:20 to 2:20PM
Working Class is a Soul/R&B/Blues band based in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. The band consists of a diverse
group of musicians who can play almost any style: thanks to a solid rhythm section, a veteran sax player and two versatile
vocalists. The band has played hundreds of dances, weddings, and other events all over Nova Scotia including
the 2018 New Glasgow Riverfront Music Jubilee and The Closing Ceremonies for the 2018 Special Olympics National
Summer Games. Working Class placed in the top ten for Nova Scotia in the 2017 CBC Searchlight Competition.
CHELSEA MACINTOSH & ELEGANTLY WASTED
Presented by School Street Studio Glass
Noon till 1PM
Elegantly Wasted features Mark Murphy on drums and vocals, Gerry Bert on guitar and vocals, Marciel Gaier on bass and local gal Chelsea MacIntosh with vocals. Mark is a lover of hockey in general and the Bruins in particular. He has been playing music since 1984; he’s jammed with Jeff Healy, Sloan and many local bands including our own Gerry Bert. Gerry has been rocking out since 1981, jammed with the likes of Amanda Marshall, Alan Thicke, Sweet Daddy Siki among others. Gerry’s favorite food is Mexican and his favorite colour is clear. Marciel Gaier, according to all reports, came into this world in 1992 just a-wailin’. Marciel received his first guitar at the age of 5, had TWO bands in high school, one in which he played bass and the other, electric guitar. Marciel likes Canada but prefers Brazilian weather! Chels started singing about a year ago at an open mic night in Sackville for something to do one evening after work but she will never forget the feeling she had when she first stepped up to the mic. From there, Chelsea joined the SoundHouse Blues Band for an evening where she met Mark Murphy and Marciel Gaier and here they are, opening Hantsport Music Fest 2019!
ROSS and McCALL
So our friends, Ross and McCall are going to be back again this year to play for you all while we’re getting things ready.
The guys do a great job of almost any type of music you can play.
So welcome back to Ross and McCall….Havin’ a time between sets.
Cedric, Marty & Dave
Matt Balsor & the Hill top Show Band
The No Name Blues Band
Brooklyn Blackmore Band
The Parsons Brothers & Friends
Amanda Jackson Band
Makayla Lynn & Band
The Jen Miller Band
The Curtis Matheson Band
Willie Stratton & Band
No Name Blues Band