Wow! the ECMAs were an overload to my musical senses and I loved every minute of it! There was such a wide variety of music happening practically every minute from the time I arrived on Thursday night until I reluctantly left Sunday evening. Amazing to see such a gathering of artists in one small space to share their passion with so many. The East Coast sure knows how to celebrate their successes! I experienced more than a few magical musical moments!
I was moved to tears at the Songwriters Circle and totally blown away by the up and coming singer/songwriters that were featured – Dylan Guthro, Breagh MacKinnon, Molly Thomason and Carleton Stone. I discovered that Moncton’s own Lisa Leblanc had the number one song for 4 days running last week – beating out Madonna! Radio Radio electrified the Oxygen Complex on Friday night (pictured below). Jimmy Rankin hosted a Cape Breton party like no other. The Trews played an outdoor FREE show at the Market. Random breakout jams were enjoyed in hotel hallways, lobbys, cafes and courtyards. The city was truly alive with music!
I cannot possibly mention all the musicians/bands I had the chance to see but here are a few highlights:
The Divorcees (pictured below at Tide & Boar for their CD release show) – Their hometown crowd showed their love and the boys did not disappoint! Their energy level was intense and their passion evident in every performance. Their newest release, entitled Four Chapters, is a concept album and they are very proud of their product.
The Rockabilly Rednecks (picture below @ St. James Gate) Just two members of this band when I saw them so I will be tracking down a full band show in the near future. Carey Beck on guitar and vocals with Casey Hade Shalala slapping the heck out of the upright bass!! They played some originals and a couple of Cash covers which got the crowd up dancing – and that was at 3 in the afternoon! I wish it could be like that everyday!