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Playing: Aaron Lewis and Kimberley Fraser - Friday - 12:00pm-3:00pm
Alter Ego is Cape Breton’s in demand party band. With a reputation for high-energy shows backed up by some great music, Alter Ego keeps the dance floor packed from the first note to the last encore.
The band is made up of Mike Kane (Vocals and Guitar), Trent MacDonald (Drums) James Snow (Lead Guitar) and Liam Blandford (Bass and Vocals). With the perfect combination of musical talent, stage presence and the need to entertain, Alter Ego will always leave you wanting more. Check us out at alteregorocks.ca.
Playing: Alter Ego - Friday - 3:00pm-7:00pm
— THE PRIVATEERS —
The Privateers are a group featuring seven of some of Cape Breton’s finest musicians performing the best in high energy Celtic-Rock music. Formed during Sydney’s 2009 Tall Ships visit, The Privateers will surely have you dancing in the aisles, with music from such artists as Great Big Sea,The Pogues, The Rankins, Rawlins Cross, Spirit of the West, and many more of your favorites.
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The Privateers are:
Vocals, Whistle & Kilt
Piano, Accordion & Vocals
Drums, Piano, Guitar & Vocals
Bass & Vocals
Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin & Vocals
Electric Guitar & Vocals
Shawn P. MacDonald
This seven vocalist, two horn, high energy rock and roll combo will have you up on your feet all night long no matter the venue or event. Doling out some of the best music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and more…with a few surprises thrown in for good measure, High Society is high quality, high harmony, high output and perfect for any occasion. Love to dance? This is your band.
Playing: High Society & The Privateers - Friday- 7:00pm-11:00pm
RG SCHALLER is a singer/songwriter from a recovering ex-steel town in Eastern Canada. Writing from the blue-collar point of view with an acoustic guitar while staying true to the core of Country and Folk music. Often joined by the elusive The Peacemakers.
Playing: RG Schaller & The Peacemakers - Saturday- 12:00-3:00pm
Singer/Songwriter Lynda Maxwell has been “wowing” audiences since she was eight years old, when she received her first Standing Ovation.
Lynda has had many accomplishments including performing and recording with such Artists as Cindy Hill, Scott Phillips, Kenzie McNeil, Joella Foulds, Fred Lavery, Allie Bennett, and was an original member of Bruce Gouthro’s Small Town Heroes.
Lynda has given selflessly to several charities and Humanitarian causes, including the Anne Terry Project; she has performed in many International Women’s Day Concerts, and takes great pride in her role in helping women and children in crisis from abusive relationships, and has dedicated herself to creating Music that will educate and empower others, especially victims of abuse.
Lynda’s repertoire ranges from traditional Blues and Country to her own Original Ballads and Pop songs including “Not Today,” her self-produced single, and the accompanying video, which was produced by Matthew Ingraham.
Lynda is accompanied by her new band, The Believers, consisting of Guitarist James MacDonald, (The Black Kats, The Blues Merchants) Bassist/Vocalist Dave Brown, (Encore, Kitchen Folk, Bandit) and Drummer/Vocalist Lonnie Jones (The Garrison Brothers, Scott Phillips, Highway 125)
Playing: Lynda Maxwell & The Beleivers - Saturday- 3:00pm-7:00pm
Andrew Doyle Band – Comprised of industry veterans of the Canadian music scene the Andrew Doyle band comes together for only a select few special events throughout the year. This 4 piece group has toured through Canada and shared the stage with countless bands. Their high energy, carefree, extremely diverse, always fun style of music and stage presence make them a highly entertaining group to watch. Where ever you see them, you can be sure a great time is about to be had by all in attendance.
Playing: Andrew Doyle Band - Satuday- 7:00pm-10:00pm
Howie MacDonald is a Canadian fiddler and entertainer from Westmount, Cape Breton Island. His lively Cape Breton style of fiddling has entertained audiences all over the world while travelling with The Rankin Family.
Howie has just released his first CD in 9 years, new this spring in 2019!
Playing: Howie MacDonald - Sunday 11:00am - 1:00pm
Matt Minglewood Band are a musical hybrid, a four member band with one foot steeped in the musical roots of blues and country and the other knee-deep in rock. Matt Minglewood himself has long been known as a musical shape-shifter and the band are masters of improv and genre bending. Their constant touring and high octane live show has earned them the well-deserved reputation of ‘down to earth bearers of good will and good times’. Their diversity and broad audience appeal has made them a fave on the Canadian touring circuit.
Matt grew up in North Sydney, Nova Scotia in a large and loving extended family of twelve. At an early age he remembers sitting on grandfather Batherson’s knee listening to him, completely enthralled by his fiddle playing as he bounced him up and down. At the tender age of four he sang in front of his first audience, singing a couple of Gaelic songs and the writing was on the wall. At the age of six he started fiddle lessons, moved on to the piano at eight and by his teens was in love with the guitar.
He joined his first band, the Rockin’ Saints’ in his late teens playing organ and rhythm guitar. His early influences were eclectic, Elvis, Chuck Berry, Hank Williams, Muddy Waters, BB King but also local fiddle players such as Winston Scotty Fitzgerald and Buddy MacMaster. By his early twenties Matt went on to join a band entitled Sam Moon, Matt Minglewood & the Universal Power. This band soon evolved into the Moon Minglewood Band. They toured the country extensively and became known as one of the hardest working bands in the country. By the mid 70’s they morphed into the Minglewood Band & recorded their first album, affectionately known as ‘The Red Album’ in 76…..a recording contract with RCA Records soon followed.
His music and song writing has the natural universality one only hears from a born storyteller. The songs can be somewhat autobiographical as in ‘Me and the Boys’, a song about carefree days of his youth or social issues he puts forth in ‘Long Way From Texas’. Many of Matt’s tunes grapple with the universal feelings of passion, frustrations, hope, loneliness, love, disappointment and regret as well as his deep love of the Maritimes. They are always reflected his life around him and what he is feeling at the time. “Me & The Boys” was recorded by southern-rock legend Charlie Daniels on his CD of the same name. Many major artists (such as Jeff Healy, Jimmie Rankin, Duck Dunn, (Bassist for Eric Clapton, Neil Young and the Blues Brothers), Colin James, Downchild Blues Band, Kenny Neal, and Grammy award winning Blues harp player Charlie Musselwhite) just to name a few have joined Matt on stage and CD. You never know who may show up to “ sit in “ on any given night!!
In a climate ripe with ever-changing musical styles Matt’s artistic character has been defined by his simply remaining true to himself. He is on stage the embodiment of a Southern rocker but with an eclectic twist, he is equally comfortable performing a Country ballad, a Celtic air or Rockin’ the blues.
A dozen recordings later and now on his own label, Norton Records, Matt has released his first acoustic Cd ‘The Story’ and has no thoughts of slowing down. Recent performances have taken him as far away as Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Egypt, Israel and Afghanistan where he was honored to be given the opportunity to entertain the multi-national troops of the United Nations. Another of his recent highlights was playing and performing across Canada with the ‘Legends of the NHL’, a dream come true! Throughout the years Minglewood has been honored with numerous accolades, music awards & nominations including 3 gold albums, honorary doctorate from UCB university and entertainer of the year from the Maple Blues Society and in 2013 was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maple Blues Society
Matt still continues to tour extensively either as an acoustic solo artist or with his full band.
Playing: Matt Minglewood - Sunday 2:00pm - 6:00pm