On the Move East

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD, 8:00 PM at the Harbourfront Theatre
All Seats: $42.00 (tax & fees included)

Jimmy Rankin: Moving East Tour 2018
with special guest Ashley MacIsaac

JIMMY RANKIN FROM NASHVILLE TO NOVA SCOTIA WITH NEW ALBUM, MOVING EAST BRINGS THE PARTY TO THE KITCHEN.

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Now this is big news. One of the true originals in Canadian music has moved from Nashville to Nova Scotia, and is celebrating with music only he could make. Jimmy Rankin’s new Moving East is pure East Coast, a homecoming album featuring true stories, tall tales and bittersweet ballads, and the classic folk-rock sound that Rankin helped pioneer.

Just at a time when people are searching out authentic cultural voices, strong stories and well-crafted songs, Rankin has made an unapologetically East Coast folk-rock record, with a raw, unsentimental and current edge. “I’m putting the party back in the kitchen” quips Rankin.

It’s called Moving East because that’s exactly what Jimmy’s done. He’s moved back to Nova Scotia after seven years living and working in Nashville. Hooking up with fellow Nova Scotian Joel Plaskett as producer, he’s made an album appealing to young and old alike, with songs running the gamut from gritty pub tunes to soulful ballads all featuring great storytelling and fine songwriting.

One of the most famed Canadian songwriters, Jimmy Rankin wrote such classic Rankin hits as “North Country,” “You Feel The Same Way Too,” and the Juno winning single “Fare The Well Love,” voted the #1 East Coast song of all time by CBC listeners across Canada. His own hits include “Followed Her Around,” “Morning Bound Train,” and “Cool Car.” Jimmy’s the guy who wrote “Mull River Shuffle” a Cape Breton anthem with an all-ages cult following, jamming dance floors and mosh pits at parties, weddings and raves as the last big song of the night.

Says Rankin, “With Moving East, I was trying to distil the fabric of Maritime culture into a musical collection replete with life’s highs and lows, and breathe life into stories that capture a feeling, a moment in time, live off the floor and organic.” It’s an album full of classic Cape Breton storytelling, unashamedly celebrating his moving back, and making the music he loves. Now that’s a homecoming.

About Special Guest Ashley MacIsaac

Ashley MacIsaac is widely considered to be one of the most celebrated Canadian roots musicians of all time, having sold over 500,000 albums to date. Since his first album in 1992, MacIsaac has garnered international acclaim by playing the fiddle in the traditional Cape-Breton style, while adding his own spin, mixing genres and updating Celtic music to appeal to a broader spectrum of fans.

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Jimmy Rankin Brings Cape Breton to PEI

Jimmy Rankin is one of Canada’s finest and most popular singer songwriters. Hailing from Mabou, Cape Breton, he rose to fame as a lead singer, guitarist and songwriting lynchpin for multi-platinum Canadian Celtic-pop heroes, The Rankin Family, who sold over 2 million records and earned five Junos including the coveted “Entertainer of the Year” award. In 1990, Jimmy embarked on a solo career, winning numerous awards and accolades over the course of six CD releases. Jimmy has built his reputation on the power and dynamism of his live shows which, while moving effortlessly between Roots, Country and Celtic stylings and drawing on an impressive catalogue of hits, appeal to fans of all ages.

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After cutting his teeth on stages and dance halls in and around his Cape Breton Island home, Jimmy Rankin has established himself as one of the most entertaining and respected artists in the Canadian recording industry. Among others, Jimmy has toured and recorded with the likes of Keith Urban, John Prine, Alison Krauss and The Chieftains. Rankin’s authentic nature and enduring musical career have earned him the status of Canadian cultural icon and ambassador for Cape Breton’s Celtic music sound.

“Rankin isn’t resting on his reputation as Can-folk royalty. If anything, the man behind one of the many Rankin Family songs that defined the East Coast of Canada is working harder than ever.”
– Mike Devlin, The Times Colonist, Victoria, B.C.

“With oodles of raw vocal talent, great stage energy, and a knack for story telling, Jimmy Rankin puts on a stellar live show, not to be missed.”
– Countrified Canada

Jimmy Rankin appears at the Harbourfront Theatre on July 17th at 7:30 PM