Multi-instrumentalist Allie Bennett has toured internationally and has over 125 album projects to his credit as a studio musician. Frequently called on to play the role of musical director and band-leader for events like the East Coast Music Awards, the Cape Breton Summertime Revue and Howie’s Celtic Brew, Allie has won East Coast Music Awards for co-producing Dave Gunning’s A Tribute to John Allan Cameron and the prestigious Musician’s Achievement Award. Always in demand for studio and touring work, Allie released his second CD, Full Circle, in 2013, and continues to work on a book of Cape Breton fiddle tunes.
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Darren McMullen is a highly sought after multi-instrumentalist based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. His list of instruments includes mandolin, bouzouki, tenor banjo, whistles, guitar and bass. He has released three solo albums and been busy touring and performing with a wide range of bands including the Rankins, J.P. Cormier, Dave Gunning, Matt Andersen, Bruce Guthro, Matt Minglewood, David Francey, Gillian Boucher, Troy MacGillivray, and Andrea Beaton. Darren also plays in Sprag Session, Còig, and fronts his own Darren McMullen Band.
Multi-instrumentalist and singer Emily Dingwall is often sought out for her smooth harmonies, soulful bass, and chameleon-like ability to blend into any musical situation. A self-taught bass player and guitarist, Emily has spent time in Nashville working with Gordie Sampson and is in demand in the studio at home, recording with J.P. Cormier, Aaron Lewis, Steven MacDougall, Laurel Martell and many others. Since 2013, she toured Canada with J.P. Cormier. She also plays regularly with popular Cape Breton band The Privateers and in the duo Rosa with her sister Jen.
Mardeen is a rock band from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Writing music together since their early teen years, they’ve always focused on melody and playing loud. After releasing their second full length, Miss You Forever in 2013, Mardeen set out to try something different. Working with producer Joel Plaskett, the band recorded an EP with a heavy Cape Breton influence. The EP, along with another EP of forgotten recordings, will be released in 2014.
A high energy traditional trio comprised of Colin Grant (fiddle), Jason Roach (piano), and Darren McMullen (multi-Instrumentalist) is integrated with the rough and red-eyed blues/funk rhythm section of Merlin Clarke and Donnie Calabrese to produce a kind of Celtic fusion that is as much Béla Fleck and the Flecktones and Frank Zappa as it is Ashley MacIsaac. While their lively sound never strays too far from its Cape Breton roots, Sprag Session has caught the ear of everyone from indie scenesters to blue-haired bingo stampers, earning themselves an international reputation as one of the most dynamic and versatile live acts in the Celtic music world (and beyond).
Inciting mosh pits and still making Mom proud, The Stanfields attract fans of all classes and creeds with their rhythm-fueled hard rock laced with traditional roots sounds. It started in 2008 when The Stanfields took the East Coast entirely by storm with a single entitled “The Dirtiest Drunk (in the History of Liquor)” and a live show best described as intense celebration. The award-winning, five-piece band based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has released 3 albums now. The most recent, For King and Country, is an acoustic project that was released in October 2013 in Canada and Germany.