If you had to pick a poster child for the Haligonian music scene, Joel Plaskett would definitely make the shortlist. As this summer draws to a close, Plaskett & The Emergency will headline the last free show in Port Hawkesbury’s Granville Green outdoor concert series.
Plaskett gained favour with many fans through his amicable geek-chic sensibility, a knack for knocking out catchy, crowd-pleasing pop-rock tunes, and his ability to be at home wherever he performs. Whether it’s a solo appearance in an intimate club or an outdoor mega-concert stage as frontman with the rest of his band, Plaskett demonstrates ease at establishing a strong audience rapport.
There are equally strong bands that come and go over the years. Plaskett, however, has been doing his thing since the 1992 beginnings of his old alt-rock band Thrush Hermit. Like other artists who enjoy career longevity, his sound has evolved over the years with a keen ear for what will keep winning over audiences.
Beyond their popular appeal, the institutional arbiters of the music industry have been kind to Plaskett’s efforts. The recordings for both the band and solo effort have collected many awards and nominations, including a 2010 Juno for Adult Alternative Album of the year, a near-steady collection of ECMAs since 2002, and being shortlisted for the Polaris music in 2007 and 2009.
Between recording award winning works and racking up air miles on tour, somehow Plaskett has found time to establish the Dartmouth-based label New Scotland records which keeps him busy recording the sounds of fellow east coast artists.
Showtime for the concert is 6:45pm. The guest showcase performer for the Granville Green concert will be the technically astute stylings of guitarist Andrew White.