New Glasgow Jubilee announces free day program

Published on June 1, 2014

The New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee announced the details for its free day program, part of the three-day festival in August.

ECMA winner Thom Swift will host the 2014 Songwriters Circle on Saturday, 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 more than two 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, including 2014 ECMA blues recording of the year for “The Fortunate Few.”

The Children’s Jubilee also takes place on Saturday at the 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 noon to 5 p.m. This year’s featured entertainers include The Little Ditties and Kaleidoscope Kryss.

The Little Ditties, a 2014 ECMA winning and Music Nova Scotia nominated group, are fronted by father and entertainer, Jeremy Holmes (vocals, guitar) and feature Shane Kerr (bass), Dave Pashley (drums) and puppets Kevin the Kitten and Delly Ditty.

Kaleidoscope Kryss is the children’s entertainment persona of local Crystal Mann. Her musical performance mixes old favourites with top 40 kid’s songs and refreshing original tunes.

On Sunday, Carmichael Park will host a full afternoon of music beginning at 1 p.m. with a youth stage featuring The Third Step, a five-piece rock and roll band formed by Donovan Stewart in 2011.

At 3 p.m., The Pictou County Blues Society presents over two hours of blues music for “Blues in the Park” featuring the McCready Brothers and the Full Circle Blues Band, five locals all with a passion for the blues.

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 in 1973, thinking of it as the voice of the old people and their life struggles.

For more information visit the New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee website