Since his move to PEI in 2013, Ontario native Nick Doneff has become a staple of the Island music scene. Though he is busy as a sideman for Island favourites, like Nudie and Liam Corcoran, Doneff has recently emerged as an artist in his own right.
His 2016 debut, self-titled album touches on his five-year tenure in Toronto, his adjustment to life in PEI, and a few seldom-sung facts of life as faced by the proverbial Canadian 20-something.
Nick Doneff is at the Victoria Playhouse with Tim Moxan on August 14th.
There’s a comforting sense of familiarity in Tim Moxam’s music, like the feeling of a soft summer breeze after the passing of a cold, grey winter. It’s his soulful voice that floats over twangy acoustic guitar; his vivid storytelling of lost love; his breezy, warm atmospheric tones that swell and crash.
Yet when it comes to conjuring Moxam’s predecessors, contemporaries and influences – no one comes to mind. He exists in a world that deftly explores the space between country-rock and folk, with a talent for carving out memorable melodies in unlikely places. On his debut LP Soft Summer, Moxam shows he’s a singer-songwriter wholly of his own.
Tim Moxam is at the Victoria Playhouse on August 14th.
Long-time PEI favourites, Chas, Mike and Pete are accomplished musicians creating their own songs and musical scores. They will come together this night only for a very special musical event. If you are already familiar with these musicians you’ll know to expect a great show, and if not you are in for an unexpected treat!
Chas Guay is a singer/songwriter/musician who called PEI home for 35 years. He has recently relocated to Ottawa, ON. Chas has recorded three albums of original songs and is a recipient of the ECMA award for Musical Achievement. He has performed and recorded with many east coast and international artists and has contributed music to television and film.
Mike Mooney is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Charlottetown. He started his music career with the Troubadors in the early 1970s, playing folk music in and around the Confederation Centre. In the late 70s Mike and co-conspirator Chas Guay started the seminal PEI rock band, Touch ‘n Gone, which brought in Pete Richards on bass guitar. Touch and Gone continued into the 80s and eventually morphed into The Dogs, with Chris Corrigan, Sean Ferris, and Dale DesRoches. Mike, Chas, and Chris wrote and recorded an album of original songs under the name of Bird House in 2002. Mike continues to play with former comrades and on his own.
Pete Richards has had a musical life which began with a high school rock group and continues to this day, interrupted only by decades of raising a family and running a business. In one musical chapter, Pete played bass in a group with Chas Guay and Mike Mooney. He has played on a number of albums by Island performers and released an album of his own songs, The Women All Were Dancing, in 2015. He now enjoys playing a little bluegrass but continues to write and record.
Chas, Mike and Pete are happy to be reunited for this special collaboration at the Victoria Playhouse on August 7th.
For over a decade, the Acadian trio Vishtèn has dazzled audiences with its fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres with a modern rock sensibility and indie-folk influences. Lauded as “traditional but fiercely up-to-the- moment” (Penguin Eggs), this band from Prince Edward Island has been recognized as an ambassador of Francophone culture around the world.
The trio comprises multi-instrumentalists Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc from the Evangeline Region of Prince Edward Island, and Magdalen Islands’ native, Pascal Miousse. Cradled in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, in the North Atlantic Ocean, Prince Edward Island is home to a small but thriving Francophone Acadian community with a rich tradition of song and instrumental music. Nearby, the even smaller archipelago of the Magdalen Islands (les Îles de la Madeleine) is predominantly Francophone, recognized for its distinctive French dialect, songs and unique fiddling style.
All three members of Vishtèn were raised in homes in which traditional music, percussive dance and kitchen parties were part of everyday life. Together, they pay homage to their traditions and to the historic and strong musical connections between their two island Acadian communities.
Vishten is at the Victoria Playhouse on July 10th.
England’s triumphant trio The Young’uns have proved themselves a unique proposition – writing and performing a cappella or subtly accompanied songs that tell it how it is alongside traditional songs from their native North-East and further afield. These are songs of conscience, songs of warmth and wit, songs to provoke and songs to inspire.
A decade of performance around the country, national radio sessions, more than 40 festival appearances (Cambridge to Glastonbury) and increasingly acclaimed album releases has delivered a gregarious, sharply honed, pull no punches act that clinched the Best Group trophy at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in Cardiff.
Beguiling audiences around the world, they seamlessly switch from beautiful ballads to brilliant banter, from profoundly poignant songs to infectiously irreverent humour. This, combined with their passion for storytelling and commitment to maintaining the tradition of social commentary, has led to five star reviews, live sessions on BBC Radio 2, 3 and documentaries on Radio 4 as well as countless sell out shows and main stage festival appearances throughout the UK and abroad. They are a superb live act who should not be missed!
“Glorious harmonies, waspish wit, powerful songs
and relentless banter…..irresistible” ★★★★★
– The Guardian
The Young’uns are at the Victoria Playhouse on July 3rd.
Old Man Luedecke is the real thing, a modern-day people’s poet and travelling bard and balladeer. He’s played around the world to a loving and increasing fan base, and won two Juno awards in the process.
Not since Loudon Wainwright III has anyone written so honestly, so openly, or with such aching tenderness and good humour about family life. Luedecke has always insisted on a solid poetic heft in the way he uses words, and highly personal stories are what have connected him to the universal in his audience.
Old Man Luedecke’s intimate songs and infectious old-time banjo and guitar welcome you into his world.
His most recent album,“Domestic Eccentric”, is a record about home. It’s about what it means to be a still-youngish man, what it’s like to still be in love with the woman you married a decade ago, about what it’s like to watch your own babies grow to children, and about the joys and sorrows attendant upon the milestones of parenthood.
“You got to hold on, it goes so fast, these early days they don’t last” Early Days.
Old Man Luedecke is at the Victoria Playhouse on August 28th.