Inverness County Centre For The Arts, 16080 HWY-19, Inverness
September 7, 2022 4 – 6 pm
Steven MacDougall is the frontman and principal writer for the multi-award-winning Cape Breton rock band, Slowcoaster and contemporary Celtic Roots group Hauler. While MacDougall keeps busy recording and touring with Slowcoaster’s high-energy, danceable tunes and Hauler’s intense Celtic energy — it is by no means his only creative outlet.
In 2005, MacDougall began writing with Gordie Sampson for Sampson’s album, “Sunburn,” netting two co-writing credits. In 2007, he began making writing trips to Nashville, co-writing for Gordie Sampson’s record, “For the Few and Far Between” — netting four co-writing credits and the start of a love affair with Music City resulting in more than 75 songs written there in the last year alone, including two covers on Jimmy Rankin’s award-winning “Here In My Heart”.
MacDougall has been Musical Director for the ECMA Awards Show and was a member of the three-man writing team that composed the music for the 2010 Paralympic Games. MacDougall also shares his experience and talent every summer, teaching and mentoring young writers at The Gordie Sampson Songcamp.
MacDougall has shared the stage with Gordie Sampson, Bruce Guthro, J.P. Cormier, Lennie Gallant, Rita McNeil, Matt Mays, Ron Hynes and many other luminaries.
Mike LeLievre is a veteran of the Cape Breton music scene, touring nationally and internationally with various acts. Perhaps best-known as Slowcoaster’s bassist, LeLievre is also the guitarist of an exciting new trad/folk trio Hauler and an accomplished songwriter. Tunes for good-times, bad-times, ballrooms, and bar rooms.
Wayne Bedecki is a singer/songwriter from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia on Cape Breton Island who now resides in Halifax. Named CBMIC Top Three Emerging Artist in 2018. His songwriting ability shows hints of cleverness as of Jason Isbell and is clear in his music that he is locally inspired by Matt Mays, Carlton Stone and Dave Sampson. Wayne creates an edgy alternative folk sound that forces the audience to feel each lyric. He has paved his way by catching fans’ attention from his live performance. His success has been built from word of mouth and earning the attention of established musicians with authenticity and drive. Wayne has co-written songs with Dave Sampson, Carlton Stone, Jordan Musycsyn, Brain Cathcart (Pretty Archie), and Colette Deveaux. ‘ Take Me Home ‘ was released on March 11th, 2022, the first single for his debut album ‘ Running So Long ‘ coming in the summer of 2022.
Be sure to spend some time in town before and after the show – grab a bite to eat, visit the shops and stay for the night.
Tunes on the Town is a live music series in downtowns throughout Cape Breton Island during summer and fall 2022. The program is supported by funding from the Government of Canada through the Rediscover Main Streets program.
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