Songwriters Erin Costelo and Ryan MacGrath playing Celtic Circle Friday

Amanda Jess
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NEW GLASGOW – Erin Costelo can’t get over her seven Music Nova Scotia award nominations for her newest album, I Can Get Over.

Erin Costelo will be performing at Celtic Circle in New Glasgow this Friday with fellow Nova Scotian songwriter Ryan MacGrath. The show begins at 8 p.m. SUBMITTED

She is among other Nova Scotia greats, Classified and Jenn Grant, for multiple nominations, to be presented Nov. 10 during the Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week celebrations in Sydney.

“I’m feeling kind of shocked actually,” Costelo says, adding she’s amazed to be among provincial favourites.

She was nominated for two awards in 2009 for her record Fire and Fuss.

This time around, she’s getting a nod for producer and finds that nomination most flattering. 

“It’s nice to be recognized for that.”

I Can Get Over is a reflection of Costelo’s contemporary style. She wanted to show off her personality and inspirations in the most authentic way possible. This meant recording and mixing in the same way a 1960s musicians would.

The result is 10 tracks full of soul, reminiscent of a simpler time.

“I really wanted it to have the classic sound of records I like.” 

She says the songwriting is tighter, like a pop song, as opposed to the jazz and blues tunes of her last introspective album. 

The sounds of Costelo’s latest album will be at Celtic Circle Friday. She’ll be performing with her “buddy” Ryan MacGrath, a Nova Scotia songwriter who just came back from recording and performing in Austria. 

“The way he writes his songs is quite lush,” says Costelo.

The Music Nova Scotia Best Alternative Album award winner released his latest record The Pink Lark in March.

The indie folk-rock EP showcases six songs filled with raw emotion from his journey halfway across the world. 

“He has the most epic beautiful voice you’ve ever heard,” Costelo says.

Costelo and MacGrath are doing several shows together this fall. Although their work is quite different, Costelo says they’ll likely sing a few songs together in addition to from their individual set lists.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The show starts at 8 p.m.



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Organizations: Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, NEW GLASGOW, Sydney Austria

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