Corner of Grenville and Pepperell Streets, St. Peter’s
September 13, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Mike McKenna Jr.
Singer-songwriter Mike McKenna Jr. has become a rising star on the Canadian music scene; with a raspy, soulful voice, his warm indie folk and Americana tones, and songs laden with captivating storytelling. Born in Glace Bay and raised along the Mira River, Mike’s songwriting aesthetic points heavily to his roots growing up in small-town industrial Cape Breton. Over the course of 3 studio albums he’s brought us the nostalgia of his home through carefully chosen narrative, poetry, protest, and true stories about life and death in Nova Scotia’s coastal, working-class communities.
Mike’s newest record At The Edge of the World (2020) continues to be met with incredible support both in Canada and internationally. In just over a year since its release, Mike’s sophomore album has received a long list of awards and nominations; WINNER of the Rising Star Recording of the Year by the 2021 East Coast Music Awards (along with nominations for Contemporary Roots Recording of the Year and Fan’s Choice Video of the Year), nominee for Contemporary Album of the Year by the 2021 Canadian Folk Music Awards, nominee for Americana/Bluegrass Recording of the Year by the Music Nova Scotia Awards, and nominee for 2020 Album of the Year by Blues and Roots Radio. It was also listed on the Bluegrass Situation’s ‘Class of 2020 Playlist, Absolute Best of this Year’s Roots Music Releases.’
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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