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. (74)
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Some say he was born into it, some that he was born with it, while others claim he has earned it. With one foot planted firmly in folk music’s traditional roots and the other reaching into its dynamic future, Nathan Rogers isn’t entirely sure what ‘it’ is; singer, songwriter, guitarist, throat-chanter, percussionist, revivalist, or innovator. Whatever it may be, “Nathan has the ability to turn the folk world on its ears.”
Nicole LeBlanc is a proud Acadian from Chéticamp, Cape Breton Island. She has been sharing her culture through music for several years. With the help of le Conseil des arts de Chéticamp as well as la Société Saint-Pierre, she loves passing on her love of music to others, young and old. She is the music teacher at her childhood school, École NDA, and directs the community dance troupe. Whether she’s on stage, in the classroom, at church or at a kitchen party, she enthusiastically shares the traditional music as well as her own compositions with people around her.
Roger Stone is an accomplished Cape Breton musician, born and raised in Richmond County. Currently a member of the long-established and much loved Nova Scotian band McGinty, Roger also enjoys a busy solo career and plays with a variety of other notable musicians. Known for his folk and traditional style of music, Roger has been a passionate teacher of banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, percussion and voice for almost thirty years. He has been a contributing force and inspiration to the musical careers of well-known artists and his many students and his song writing skill is well known whether writing his own original material or in collaboration with others.
Ronald Bourgeois has been a promoter and defender of Acadian music and culture since the early 1980s. Inspired by his Acadian roots and life in Atlantic Canada, the Cheticamp native is regarded by his peers as one of Acadie’s top songwriters. His award-winning songs are found in almost every Acadian artist’s repertoire. Ron has released two recordings–Amène le vent (1994); Le long retour (2001). He has performed throughout Canada and France and over 60 Ronald Bourgeois songs have been recorded by artists in Canada, France and Louisiana.
Shauntay Grant is an author, performer, musician, educator, and journalist. A dynamic writer and storyteller, Shauntay’s work has earned her invitations to present at local and international events. She has shared her blend of poetry and music internationally at festivals and events, and as Halifax’s third Poet Laureate, she organized Canada’s first national gathering of Canadian Poets Laureate. Shauntay holds bachelor’s degrees in Music and Journalism and her homegrown artistic practice embraces African Nova Scotian folk tradition as well as contemporary approaches to literature and performance.
Newfoundland native Terry Kelly has been making music since childhood. He has released seven full-length recordings, resulting in seven East Coast Music Awards and nominations for four Canadian Country Music Awards and a JUNO. Terry has shared the stage with Symphony Orchestras, and performed his original music in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and for the troops in Afghanistan. He is most recognized for his inspirational song, “A Pittance of Time”. With Honorary Doctorates in Civil Laws and in Fine Arts, the King Clancy Award recipient has received the Canadian Country Music Association’s Humanitarian Award and is a member of the Order of Canada.
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.