Variety abounds at Summer Sounds

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PICTOU— The Festival of Summer Sounds will bring a wide variety of music to the deCoste Centre stage this week. 

The Sojourners, a gospel trio, will be performing Tuesday night at the deCoste Centre in Pictou. PHOTO BY ADAM SMITH

The Sojourners, a highly acclaimed gospel trio based in Vancouver, will perform at the deCoste Centre in Pictou on Tuesday at 8 p.m. as part of the Festival of Summer Sounds.

Marcus Mosely, Will Sanders and Khari McClelland spent their early years singing in church choirs and performing at gospel festivals.  Joining forces several years ago, the trio chose The Sojourners as their name and have never looked back.  They have played major festivals around the world and their sound has the authentic edge that comes with experience.

“We’re not evangelists, we’re not preachers…the audience doesn’t have to fear that we’re going to come out with 10-pound Bibles and start preaching at them,” Mosely said.

Songwriting and storytelling go hand in hand and some of the deCoste’s finest wordsmiths will be on stage both Wednesday and Thursday night at 8 p.m.

Cyril MacPhee calls Cape Breton home and is a busy, touring songwriter and musician. While he has done the big stages with his East Coast group Breaking Tradition, MacPhee is most at home in smaller venues. MacPhee's music is a lively blend of traditional and Acadian music mixed in with great originals.

Robbie MacInnis will share his vast knowledge of piping lore and tunes. He is a busy musician in Pictou County keeping the sound of the pipes alive and strong, both through performing and teaching. He is known to spin a few tales also.

Meaghan Blanchard is from Prince Edward Island and one of their most successful musical exports these days. Meaghan has 3 recordings to date, multiple Music PEI Awards and won her first East Coast Music Award in 2014 for Country Recording of the Year. She will be performing on Wednesday.


Since being inspired at the age of nine when she saw Natalie MacMaster in concert, Alycia Putnam has developed her fiddle talents with a deep repertoire of foot stompin' tunes. She often performs with her dad Robert joining on guitar. Alycia will be on stage Thursday. 

Tickets for The Festival of Summer Sounds are on sale on line at www.decostecentre.ca and at the box office prior to showtime, 485-8848.

Geographic location: Pictou County, Vancouver, Cape Breton East Coast Prince Edward Island Country Recording

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