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Alexander and The Great Ones playing at The Commune

Musician Alex MacNeil says he’s interested to see how the audience reacts when he introduces his new band Alexander and The Great Ones to Pictou County next weekend during a show at The Commune.
Musician Alex MacNeil says he’s interested to see how the audience reacts when he introduces his new band Alexander and The Great Ones to Pictou County next weekend during a show at The Commune.

NEW GLASGOW - What he calls one of his greatest adventures led to the creation of Alex MacNeil’s favourite song on his upcoming album.

Three Months Without Night was penned while the New Glasgow songwriter was living in a tent on a plot with two other people in Dawson City, Yukon, last summer.

“It’s about the time I spent in the Yukon, and how incredible it is to exist without nighttime and how absolutely a terrifying bore it is after three months because you just want a change at some point,” he said.

The musician with a long list of past projects has been working on his first full-length release with Alexander and The Great Ones for several months since his return from Dawson. MacNeil notes he really does think his band mates are great, classifying the group as “flailing eccentricities” and “everything your mother wouldn’t want you listening to.”

The small town with a rich history in the gold rush was the site where MacNeil wrote “quite a few” songs for the record, often while sitting at the bar at the Westmark hotel “after one too many martinis.”

Others were written while he lived in Montreal in 2015 and 2016 where he “didn’t have much to do but play piano.”

Not able to remember a time when he wasn’t interested in music, the idea of picking up an instrument himself came right before high school.

“When it dawned on me that real humans make music, it was like I just went for it with everything that I had. For better or worse,” he said, laughing as he added, “mostly for worse.”

He was involved with many musical endeavours in New Glasgow when he was younger: bands like sixty-five.22, gigs with David Pos, and Nova Scotia Honour Jazz, and said he doesn’t think he ever had a choice but pursuing music into adulthood.

Since graduating from Bishops University in 2012, he’s bounced around the country, working with various groups and musicians like the Alex MacNeil Trio and Brianna Gosse while he lived in Newfoundland.

Produced by Dale Murray, Super Turbo, which MacNeil calls a break-up album, is scheduled to come out in August with the first single set to be released in May.

Still months away from the release date, MacNeil will introduce the new music and band to New Glasgow next weekend as Alexander and the Great Ones perform at The Commune.

With Ian Grant on drums, Adam Johnson on keys and Casey Thompson on bass, the group takes the stage on Feb. 24 at 10 p.m., joined by Tigershark and Layne Greene on the bill.

Three Months Without Night was penned while the New Glasgow songwriter was living in a tent on a plot with two other people in Dawson City, Yukon, last summer.

“It’s about the time I spent in the Yukon, and how incredible it is to exist without nighttime and how absolutely a terrifying bore it is after three months because you just want a change at some point,” he said.

The musician with a long list of past projects has been working on his first full-length release with Alexander and The Great Ones for several months since his return from Dawson. MacNeil notes he really does think his band mates are great, classifying the group as “flailing eccentricities” and “everything your mother wouldn’t want you listening to.”

The small town with a rich history in the gold rush was the site where MacNeil wrote “quite a few” songs for the record, often while sitting at the bar at the Westmark hotel “after one too many martinis.”

Others were written while he lived in Montreal in 2015 and 2016 where he “didn’t have much to do but play piano.”

Not able to remember a time when he wasn’t interested in music, the idea of picking up an instrument himself came right before high school.

“When it dawned on me that real humans make music, it was like I just went for it with everything that I had. For better or worse,” he said, laughing as he added, “mostly for worse.”

He was involved with many musical endeavours in New Glasgow when he was younger: bands like sixty-five.22, gigs with David Pos, and Nova Scotia Honour Jazz, and said he doesn’t think he ever had a choice but pursuing music into adulthood.

Since graduating from Bishops University in 2012, he’s bounced around the country, working with various groups and musicians like the Alex MacNeil Trio and Brianna Gosse while he lived in Newfoundland.

Produced by Dale Murray, Super Turbo, which MacNeil calls a break-up album, is scheduled to come out in August with the first single set to be released in May.

Still months away from the release date, MacNeil will introduce the new music and band to New Glasgow next weekend as Alexander and the Great Ones perform at The Commune.

With Ian Grant on drums, Adam Johnson on keys and Casey Thompson on bass, the group takes the stage on Feb. 24 at 10 p.m., joined by Tigershark and Layne Greene on the bill.

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