This winter has been one that we wont forget for years to come. Snowfall records were set in many parts of Atlantic Canada which caused many live events to cancel during the winter months. That being said I was suffering from cabin fever and in need of a good live musical event to bring me around.
The weekend of April 24-26, gave me the fix I so desperately needed. The Cunard Centre played host to the 1st East Coast Guitar Festival with 2 nights of live concerts. There was more then just the concerts, there was also a daytime exhibition on Saturday and Sunday featuring guitar clinics and a host of other guitar memorabilia to entertain those in attendance.
The first night of music consisted of 4 of the top local performers in Atlantic Canada. The every popular Christine Campbell and her band kicked things off in style, serving up a set consisting of mostly original material. Her combination of rock and blues music got things off to a great start. She finished off her set with a medley of Led Zeppelin classics, leaving the crowd wanting more.
Charlie A’Court was the next band to take the stage. A’Court is a seasoned blues guitarist that just recently returned from a tour of Australia, where he also recorded his new CD entitled Come On Over. This new CD won A’Court the 2015 ECMA for Blues Recording of the Year. His 3 piece band were very tight and they provided just what was needed to follow the previous set by Christine Campbell.
After Charlie A’Court got the crowd grooving to his brand of blues, anticipation started for the next set featuring Nova Scotia’s power trio The Carson Downey Band. If this band can’t get your attention there is something wrong somewhere. I have yet to witness a show that wasn’t dynamic and driven by endless energy when they are on stage. For this event one of the most sought after local bass players, Bruce Dixon, filled in as their regular bassist had a previous commitment. If this was the first time catching Carson Downey you would never notice that Dixon was a fill in musician. The trio rocked all the way through their set and remained super tight on stage.
To cap of the first night of the East Coast Guitar Festival, Cape Breton’s musical icon, Matt Minglewood took the stage. Minglewood has been playing to live audiences since the 60’s and seems like he is ageless. Minglewood always brings an energetic performance and this show was no exception.
First night is in the books and I will recap the 2nd night of music in the next few days, so check back next week for more updates. For more of what I have been up to of late visit my Facebook page.