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StoneHouse releasing debut album Friday at Glasgow Square

When Pat Walsh quit his job in Fort McMurray to move back to Pictou County to start a band, he remembers people looked at him as if he had three heads.

As Walsh prepares to release a debut album with fellow band members of StoneHouse at a show this weekend, it’s proved worthwhile.

As Walsh prepares to release a debut album with fellow band members of StoneHouse at a show this weekend, it’s proved worthwhile.

Having an album has been a dream since he got his first bass guitar at age 14 and moved into a stone house on East River Road.

“It’s been in my bones since I was in the womb,” he said, noting his mother is singer/songwriter Susan Walsh – also known as Sunshine Sue.

When Walsh returned from Alberta, he said he called every musician he wanted to play alongside.

StoneHouse, comprised of Walsh on bass and vocals, Mike McGrath on guitar and vocals, Donovan Stewart on guitar, keyboards and vocals, and Scott Sarty on percussion and vocals, has been together for nearly two years, songwriting together since then.

Walsh has pursued an acoustic solo career, studied music business in 2010 and played with other people, while McGrath and Sarty were a part of Pictou County rock group Itchy Trick, which won first place in a provincial battle of the bands. Stewart hails from The Third Step, the first place winners of the Sound of Youth competition.

The eight-track album It’d Be Nice is a lot of catchy, rock and roll jams to get people singing along, Walsh said, with a few heartfelt songs. Among them is a song dedicated to Joseph Moore – Floozy Funk – who was the bass player of Itchy Trick before his death. Walsh said most of the song was written by Moore, with McGrath writing the lyrics.

The album will be released tonight during a show at Glasgow Square. Grooveback as well as Leah and Kyle Samson will be opening with tickets set at $15. Doors open at 7 p.m.

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