Live Music 2019
for the Eastern Shore Cooperator
Jim Reid and Friends
Jim Reid is singer/songwriter from Lake Echo, Nova Scotia who writes songs about the sea, historical events, and everyday life in the Maritimes. He has performed at festivals on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia, including on stage at Stanfest. He has attended eight Road To Stanfest Songwriters Camps in Sherbrooke Village under the tutelage of many gifted songwriters including Laura Smith, Keith Mullins, and Clary Croft.
In addition, two of his songs have been arranged as choral pieces by Symphony Nova Scotia conductor Gary Ewer. One of them, "Come With Me" was performed by the men’s choral group Coastal Voices, of which he is a member. He has written since he was in his early twenties, stopped for thirty years while making a career in oceanography at The Bedford Institute of Oceanography, began once again in earnest in 1997, and hasn't looked back since.
Blair and Ro have been playing together along the Eastern Shore for about 5 years. They have played at local churches and church halls, performed as guests with the Coastal Voices Men’s Choir; provided music for the Grandmothers for Africa fundraising dinners; performed at Memory Lane’s Seafood Festival and Antique Car Show and provided the music for the Eastern Shore Players original play, “The Secretariat” They play a wide range of music including, rhythm & blues, jazz, rock & roll, popular, gospel and country.
“Squeezy” Bob is a prolific writer of songs and tunes who has been performing traditional, contemporary and original music for more than thirty years. A sought-after multi-instrumentalist, he is well known on the Cape Breton music scene both as a performer and promoter of original music and has taken his music to over thirty countries. Bob combines wit and whimsy with searing social commentary in his performances, which are noted for their warmth, humour and audience engagement. His CD, “Tru-ish Stories” has received excellent reviews, and his recently published “Tunes from the Lake” is a compendium of original tunes drawing on traditions of Cape Breton and his native Wales.
Dan Merzetti grew up in a large musical family and started playing bass guitar at a very young age. Self-taught he later picked up acoustic guitar, harmonica & song writing. During his days at St FX, Dan co-created the popular band ‘The Boys’ who still play to large following. Over the last several years, Dan’s been perfecting his song writing craft towards the release of his first LP. Dan’s music has a unique folk-soft-rock feel with clever melodies & lyrics inspired by such greats as Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd & The Eagles.
“Ann Fearon’s song writing is cleverly crafted around the things that are important in her life. Her singing voice is captivating without any vocal histrionics, just good honest singing from the heart”-John Ferguson, Celtic Life Magazine
Ann has been a singer from the time she could talk, with a voice made for folk music. She is equally at home mining the depths of emotion in an ancient ballad, and roaring out a sea shanty as a member of the folk quartet, Put The Kettle On. In her own writing, Ann explores the rich texture of everyday life, relationships, and the natural beauty that surrounds us in the Maritimes. Her lyrics paint vivid pictures, set in singable, memorable melodies.
Ann has twice held the honour of first runner-up in the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival Song Writing Contest, and was a Ken Matheson showcase performer at Folk Harbour in 2013. She has captured hearts in solo performances and song circles on folk stages across Nova Scotia.
Colin Cameron lives in West Petpeswick. He has been playing violin here and there for 58 years or so.