Carmel Mikol set to release new CD.
Carmel Mikol set to release new CD with two local stops
I first discovered Carmel Mikol at East Coast Music Week in Corner Brook some years back. I went to her showcase to find out more about this unknown Cape Breton singer (unknown to me, at least), and came away singing the praises of her wonderful voice and writing skills. I have been a solid fan ever since.
Next weekend Mikol will be in Cape Breton promoting her latest release, “Daughter of a Working Man,” a CD that contains some new material, as well as new arrangements of a few familiar songs. Produced by Jon Landry (The Stanfields) and recorded by Charles Austin at the Echo Chamber Studio in Halifax, this CD brings a different sound and feel to some of Carmel’s music. As always, she has surrounded herself with other great musicians, including Rachel Davis, Darren McMullen, Mark Murphy, Calen Kinney, Kevin Tilley, the Rhapsody Quintet, and Jon Landry.
The CD opens with a rather dark and plaintive version of the title cut, with layers of music and voice reaching over each other for our attention. The second cut, “Hold,” is spirted and uplifting with a nice pop beat, a song that should garner Mikol some much deserved airplay. The recording continues in this mixed vein through to the closing “Dust to Dust,” a bluegrass-sounding number with some nice dobro and subtle backup vocals.
I particularly favour “Hold,” with its optimistic response to the urge to just give up. “Spirits & Good Luck” is another one that I like, a lovely sing-along that could easily become an often-played bar tune. The country-rock sound of the biographical “Cape Breton Child” also sticks with me. If I was to pick a favourite, a difficult task as all 10 cuts are distinctive, I would have to go with “Dreams,” a song with allows Mikol to really let her voice soar.
This is another great CD from Mikol. She will be hosting a release at Dr. Luke’s in Sydney at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 10 and the following afternoon at 2 p.m. at Chanterelle Inn, North River. If you get the chance get out and catch the show and enjoy the new CD. I like it, and hopefully you will as well.
I took in some music at The Old Triangle twice in the last few weeks. On May 18, I caught Maryanna on stage for the first time. This is a new combination just starting to make a mark on the local music scene. The quartet mainly does contemporary music that features the wonderful vocals of Christina Phillips, backed by Shane Russell (guitar), Marvin MacDonald (bass) and Steve Melnick (percussion). They will be back at the Triangle again Thursday evening.
A few days later I was there again and got my first taste of Robbie Simms’ talents. A big man with a great voice and good guitar skills, he played a mixed, and very nice, selection of music. I’ve been around the edges of the Cape Breton and East Coast music scene for a lot of years and it does my heart good to continually hear new acts popping up. If you get a chance, get out and catch these folks. I think you’ll enjoy them.
It’s hard to tell from the weather (or the amount of dirty snow still left on North Mountain) but summer is close and with it some things like KitchenFest, StanFest, concerts in Wentworth Park and the countdown to Celtic Colours. The Cape Breton Summertime Revue will be back again and so will Granville Green and the Frolic & Folk Concert Series, the harbour will be full of cruise ships and the water may (and note that I said MAY) eventually be warm enough for swimming. Ah, summer!
Old Triangle, Sydney
Live music from Wednesday
Blue Mist, Bras d’Or Thursday evenings - Traditional fiddle music session.
Frolic & Folk Pub, Iona Saturdays, 5 p.m. - Ceilidh. Embers, Sydney
Sunday, 7 p.m. - Keith Mullins. Membertou Trade & Convention Centre
Tuesdays, 6 p.m. - Kiju’s Restaurant: Jazz with Carl Getto.
Wednesdays, 6 p.m. - Kiju’s Restaurant: Celtic Serenade Jam Sessions.
Thursdays, 6 p.m. - Kiju’s Restaurant: Live & Local.
Saturday, June 24, 8 p.m. Jimmy Flynn.
Highland Arts Theatre, Sydney
Thursday, June 1, 7:30 p.m. - Dave Gunning & Buddy MacDonald.
Friday, June 2, 7:30 p.m. - The West Woods.
Thursday, June 8, 8 p.m. Bigsby.
Saturday, June 10 at 8 p.m. 2017 HAT-a-Versary: A Variety Spectacular.
West Mabou Hall
Saturday, June 3, 9 p.m. - Special Square Dance: Shelly Campbell, Dawn & Margie Beaton, Michael Hall, Melody & Derrick Cameron, Tracey MacNeil. Mac
Morin, Kenneth MacKenzie, Joe MacMaster, Ian MacDougall, Hailee LeFort, Siobhan Beaton, Campbell Hart.
Breton Education Centre, New Waterford
Sunday, June 4, 7:30 p.m. - “One Good Reason” CD Release: Tom Leadbeater, B.E.C. Jazz Band.
Carmel Mikol CD Release Tour
Saturday, June 10, 7:30 p.m. Dr. Lukes, Sydney.
Sunday, June 11, 2 p.m. - Chanterelle Inn, North River.
Cedars Club, Sydney Saturday, June 17, 8:30 p.m. Square Dance.
June 22-23 – Gilligan’s CB Island (Dinner Theatre).
Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion Saturday, June 24, 2 p.m. - Children’s Concert: Weird Beard, Duncan Wells.
Saturday, June 24, 8 p.m. Blues On The Beach: John Campbelljohn, Blues Merchants.
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Sydney Mines
Wednesday, June 28, 7 p.m. - Canadian Celtic Choir, Coro Cantabile.
“Daughter of a Working Man,” the latest release from Carmel Mikol.