The Line Up: Terry Penney, Sean Panting, The Secrets, The Dardanelles, Baytown, Long Distance Runners, RocketRocketShip
I had a great night on Friday at the Music Newfoundland and Labrador showcase. So many great bands came to Halifax for East Coast Music Week. And on Friday night at the Carleton, they did not disappoint. The packed house was a mixture of Newfoundlanders and mainlanders. All in attendance had a great time.
(Note: My apologies for the poor quality video. I had considered not including it, but decided to leave it in to hopefully give you a flavour of what the night was like.)
Country artist, Terry Penney started the Music Newfoundland and Labrador showcase and set the tone for what was to be a great night of music and storytelling.
Sean Panting has been a key member of the St. John’s arts community and music scene for about 25 years. He has fronted bands such as Joyful Noise, Drive and The Planks. His latest solo album Man of the Year further cements him as one of the region’s great songwriters.
The Secrets are a country folk trio made up of Karla Pilgrim, Terri Lynn Eddy and Renée Batten. They were the one band in the showcase that I was unfamiliar with before the evening. I was thoroughly impressed with their harmonies, love of playing and their musicianship.
This was my second time seeing The Dardanelles on Friday and, as with their earlier performance on CBC Mainstreet, The Dardanelles “blew the roof off” the Carleton. The charisma of Tom Power, coupled with each band members mastery of their instruments, always brings the audience into the show with hooting, hollering, clapping, foot stomping and dancing. Adding to the impressiveness of the performance was that the other Newfoundland artists in attendance (most specifically, Repartee’s Meg Warren), were clapping and dancing along with the others who came to the showcase.
I had been lucky enough to catch The Dardanelles first Halifax show at The Company House in October. Here is my review of that October 2012 show
Baytown is a St. John’s band consisting of Matt Cooke, James Lee Wright, Mike Dinn and Newfoundland’s premiere Sax-man Greg Bruce. Those in attendance loved their unique sound.
Long Distance Runners
If I could describe Long Distance Runners in one word, it would be “professional”. These guys just flat-out know how to play. There is no filler – just straight on rock. I loved them.
RocketRocketShip was perhaps the most energetic band at East Coast Music Week. From the moment they left St. John’s (at about 6:00 on Friday morning) to when they played at about 1:15 a.m., they did not stop. The six members of the band walked around Halifax handing out cards promoting the Music Newfoundland showcase and (as an extra treat) gave out Rocket candy. Their live performance was also energetic with explosive guitar playing and a lot of jumping. RocketRocketShip is a welcome addition to the Newfoundland and East Coast music scene. I look forward to more from them in the future.
The Friday Music Newfoundland and Labrador showcase was a great evening of music. I am glad I arrived early and stayed until it was over.