Carmel Mikol set to re­lease new CD.

Carmel Mikol set to re­lease new CD with two lo­cal stops

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton - Dan Mac­Don­ald Feed­back Dan Mac­Don­ald has been in­volved with the Cape Bre­ton and East Coast mu­sic scene for over 40 years. creignish_hills@hot­mail.com

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!

Com­ing up:

Old Tri­an­gle, Syd­ney

Live mu­sic from Wed­nes­day

to Saturday.

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.

Savoy The­atre

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

“Daugh­ter of a Work­ing Man,” the lat­est re­lease from Carmel Mikol.

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