Sydney native Breagh Potter has recently put the finishing touches on her debut recording and will embark this Friday on her first tour of the Maritime provinces. Supported by a four piece band, including locals Adam White on drums and Scott Boudreau on guitar, the eight date tour will include performances at Wentworth Perk Thursday February 24th and The Upstairs Friday the 25th.
The six song Hey There July is slated to be released in May, after Breagh returns from April’s ECMA weekend in Charlottetown where she’ll perform at a Discovery Stage showcase. Recorded over six days in Halifax in Potter’s “very large and old living room”, the EP was produced by Eric Leclerc and features performances by White and Boudreau, Nick Everett from London, ON on bass and Liam Finney from Sackville, NB on banjo and mandolin.
Citing Joni Mitchell, Ray Lamontagne, and Jeff Buckley as influences, Hey There July promises to showcase Potter’s soulful songwriting that incorporates folk, pop and alt-country sounds to complement her honest and passionate vocals.
Now 23, Potter began her life as a performer singing in school choirs in Sydney. As her big voice began to gain her opportunities for solo performances, a hobby quickly morphed into a career goal. She began writing songs after a 2006 Canadian Idol audition impressed upon her the importance of having an original artistic perspective, while a month long cross-Canada tour in the summer of 2010 as a part of the Tom Fun Orchestra served as a crash course in life on the road.
Both of these experiences will come in handy as Potter prepares for her first performance at the region’s largest music industry conference. “Our goal at the ECMA’s is to share our music with a wider audience,” she says. “We also hope to meet industry professionals and learn about their experiences. Most importantly, I am really excited to gain inspiration from all the talent the east coast has to offer!”Breagh Potter - Hey There July