The last time J.P. Cormier and Steven MacDougall played the Donkin Fire Hall, there was a blizzard.
Odds are that won’t happen this weekend, but being Cape Breton one never knows.
Cormier and MacDougall have invited Thom Swift and Carleton Stone to join them for the Songwriters’ Circle at the Donkin Fire Hall, on Saturday, May 21, at 8pm (doors open at 7pm).
Tickets are $20 and are available now at Pharmasave in Glace Bay, Beachside Convenience (Dearn’s Corner), or by calling 737-1069. Organizers expect there to be tickets available at the door, but like a snowstorm in May, sell-outs for shows like this have been known to happen, so buy yours early.
Steven MacDougall is a Donkin native and well-known regionally as a solo artist (Spanish Bay) and as guitarist/vocalist/songwriter for Slowcoaster. He has also been to Nashville a lot to write tunes, solo and in collaboration, for many country music acts.
J.P. Cormier spent many years in Nashville as a session musician and songwriter before returning to his hometown of Cheticamp. Since then, he’s produced numerous CDs of his own original tunes, traditional fiddle and folk music, and even a tribute album to his favourite songwriter, Gordon Lightfoot.
Thom Swift‘s musical reputation was established with over 15 years of touring and recording with the acclaimed blues-jazz group, Hot Toddy Trio. Swift has released two CDs blue sky day (2010) and Into The Dirt (2007). He was recently nominated for three 2011 East Coast Music Awards (ECMA), including FACTOR Recording of the Year, Male Solo Recording of the Year, and Blues Recording of Year.
Carleton Stone is best known as front man for Carleton Stone Drives The Big Wheel. After releasing their first album in 2009, Carleton and his bandmates have been on stage supporting acts like Hedley, Matt Mays, Hey Rosetta!, and Gordie Sampson, while still barnstorming rock shows around the Maritimes.
On stage together, these four artists should deliver an evening of memorable tunes and talk.