Fundy National Park of Canada
Beautiful setting of the Rising Tide Festival near MacLaren pond in Fundy National Park © Parks Canada / Photo by B. Townsend
Rising Tide Festival
You'll smile, sing and dance at the Rising Tide Festival in Fundy National Park! © Parks Canada
On August 17 and 18, 2013 Fundy National Park will resonate to the sounds of the fourth edition of the Rising Tide Festival. Musicians from all around the Maritimes, inspired by this beautiful area will join together to regale audiences at this outdoor concert. There will also be a Hand Made Village presenting original artwork from New Brunswick artists and face painting for the children!
Come for a day, stay for the weekend!
Saturday, August 17th 2013
2:30 pm – Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys
Hailing from Prince Edward Island, the group serves up old-time roots music with an energy level that yanks you out of your seat. If ever someone was deserving of the nickname “Crazy Legs”, it just might be Gordie MacKeeman. His thrilling dance style mixed with great bluegrass vocals, Peter Cann’s blistering guitar solos, and the lively multi-instrumental talents of Thomas Webb and Mark Geddes are a complete entertainment package.
3:40 pm – Paper Beat Scissors
Tim Crabtree’s haunting voice burns at the centre of the Paper Beat Scissors sound with an honesty and rawness that skirts discomfort. The relocated-Brit began the project following a move to Canada’s East Coast and soon caught the attention of his adoptive home. Instrumentally, the palettes shift from hypnotic loops through full brass arrangements and screaming lap steel to stripped-back acoustic guitar and layered vocals.
4:50 pm – Wanabi farmeur
The two artists that make up this group are well known to the francophone and Acadian music world. Ginette Ahier and Mathieu D’Astous began their musical collaboration in 2008 while they toured Quebec and the Maritimes. Many original pieces emerged from this encounter. Their voices complement each other and the complicity in the writing becomes evident.
6:00 pm – John Campbelljohn
Campbelljohn soulfully commands the stage with rich vocals, while his powerfully prolific technique on guitar or trusty dobro lap steel further embellishes each composition. His power trio ups the ante with an electric sound that can pummel an audience into submission or captivate them with the subtleties of ace musicians driven solely by the love of their craft.
7:10 pm – Vishtèn
Hailing from Prince Edward Island’s Evangeline area and from the windswept Quebec Magdalen Islands, twin sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc join musical forces with Pascal Miousse to form a sophisticated sonic signature combing tight sibling harmonies, layered foot percussion, virtuoso acoustic and electric instrumentation create an expansive sound. Their trademark blend of fiddle, guitar, accordion, harmonium, whistles, piano, bodhrán, jaw harp, moog, electric guitar and percussive dance make for a unique tour de force of traditional and contemporary sounds.
Sunday, August 18th 2013
2:30 pm – Keith Mullins
Folk Soul musician Keith Mullins was raised in Cape Breton where his family played all styles of music from the hits to jazz, from Cape Breton fiddling to country. Music runs thick through his blood. Keith is a multiple award winning songwriter with a degree in classical music and has studied with master drummers in West Africa and Cuba. He's toured the world playing with East Coast's finest musicians and has worked passionately at the art of music, from creation to performance to production.
3:40 pm – Christina Martin
Christina’s music achieves an effortless union between alt-country and rock with pop-sensibility. This award-winning artist has been attracting Roots/Rock listeners across North America and Europe for nearly a decade. An eminent singer songwriter and storyteller, she has released five albums on her independent Canadian label Come Undone Records. Having opened for Wilco while living in Austin TX, she returned to the East Coast to dig her heels into the music business.
4:50 pm – La Virée
Since its inception in 2001, Acadian music group La Virée has made tens of thousands of people dance! The band has toured all over Canada and has crossed the big pond many times to perform in France, where the quintet has an established fan club. La Virée’s East Coast Music sound has traditional Acadian, Irish and Scottish influences mixed with a little rock and a little blues. On stage, they are known to really get the crowds going with their lively and party music.
6:00 pm – Molly Thomason
A year out of the gate, her sophomore release Beauty Queen has an impressive string of credits – multiple award nominations, semi-finalist status in the International Songwriting Competition and the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, winner of the “She’s The One” contest at the Ottawa Bluesfest, a Degrassi placement, and to top it all off, Molly won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performer of the Year 2011. The album has an undeniable pop sensibility that showcases a variety of musical styles and instrumentation.
7:10 pm – Grand Theft Bus
Having toured extensively across Canada as well as the US and UK for over a decade, Grand Theft Bus is an East Coast favourite known for their eclectic breed of catchy pop-rock. The long-time four-piece line up of brothers Tim and Graeme Walker harmonizing on vocals and playing guitar and bass, Dennis Goodwin on strings and synth, and Bob Deveau on drums recently added a fifth member – Brad Perry on keys. Grand Theft Bus’s popularity has been spurred in large part by their infectiously energetic live shows that always get crowds dancing.