The New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee has announced the details for its free day program, part of the three day music event taking place Aug. 1-3.
The Jubilee Songwriters Circle has become one of the most memorable events at the festival in recent years, and this year will be no exception. ECMA winner Thom Swift will host the 2014 Songwriters Circle on Aug. 2 at the Celtic Circle, and will be joined by Main Stage performer Kim Wempe, as well as Carmel Mikol, Jim Dorie and Layne Greene.
For the past two-plus decades, New Brunswick-born, Nova Scotia-based, singer-songwriter, Thom Swift has enjoyed a career in music that has brought him a multitude of acclaim and awards. His most recent record, The Fortunate Few continues his winning ways. The album was awarded the 2014 East Coast Music Award for Blues Recording of the Year and the 2013 Music Nova Scotia Award for Blues Recording of the Year.
The Jubilee Songwriters Circle takes advantage of the spectacular natural acoustics in the Celtic Circle Cultural Centre, a refurbished, century old, round church in the heart of downtown New Glasgow.
Also on Saturday is the Children’s Jubilee at the picturesque Carmichael Park. The Children’s Jubilee is an afternoon for children to play, jump, sing and dance with games, bouncy houses, and children’s entertainers from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. This year’s featured entertainers include The Little Ditties and Kaleidoscope Kryss.
The Little Ditties The Little Ditties are a 2014 ECMA winning and Music Nova Scotia nominated group, who are here to share music and stories with kids, families, and friends. Fronted by father and entertainer, Jeremy Holmes (vocals, guitar), featuring Shane Kerr (bass) and Dave Pashley (drums), with live appearances by puppets Kevin the Kitten and Delly Ditty, The Little Ditties brings fun and family-friendly music and performances to children of all ages.
Kaleidoscope Kryss is the children’s entertainment persona of Crystal Mann, founder and leader of the group “Rainbow Express” and a member of the ECMA and Music Nova Scotia nominated group “On The Back Porch” (Children’s Recording of the Year for 2012). With over 25 years of experience performing to children and families, Crystal’s shows are colourful, respectful and down-to-earth. Her musical performance mixes old favourites, with “Top 40 Kid’s Songs” and refreshing original tunes. There’s something for the whole family, whether young or young-at-heart.
On Aug. 3, Carmichael Park will host a full afternoon of music beginning at 1 p.m. with a Youth Stage, featuring The Third Step. The Third Step is a five-piece rock and roll band formed by Donovan Stewart in 2011. They have performed on the same stage with George Canyon and Dave Gunning, and won over crowds at the Saltscapes Expo in Halifax this spring.
At 3 p.m. The Pictou County Blues Society presents over two hours of Blues music for “Blues in the Park”, featuring McCready Brothers and Full Circle Blues Band.
A.T. McCready of the McCready Brothers was introduced to the music of Mississippi’s John Hurt, along with the playing of Rev. Gary Davis, Lightnin' Hopkins, Charlie Patton, and the songs of Willie Dixon. These influences have inspired him to pursue acoustic, finger-style guitar, and to build his own stainless steel resonator guitar, for bottleneck slide playing. Bandmate Jim McCready started playing the harmonica around 1973, and with his brother playing guitar, it was a natural act for them to start jamming together. From talking with Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee at a folk festival in Nova Scotia, to watching his ninety year old mother dancing to the tunes played in the kitchen, Jim realized that the harmonica had become his friend for life. He likes to think of it as the voice of the old people and their life struggles.
Quickly becoming Pictou County's favourite dance/blues bands, packing the dances floors, The Full Circle Blues Band consists of five players all with a passion for the Blues. The band was created with a simple phone call from Phisch Fancy who had heard Annette sing on Joe Murphy's event in Halifax. "Do you want to sing?" Honored and humbled to have gotten a call from this talented bassist. Who would say no?
The New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee is a three-day music festival running August 1-3, now celebrating its 19th year.