On the run with the Mas­ter­less Men

Peter Green new bass player for pop­u­lar NL band

The Compass - - NEWS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cbn­com­pass.ca

As a sound en­gi­neer with Pro Au­dio out of Up­per Is­land Cove, Peter Green has han­dled sound for the Mas­ter­less Men plenty of times.

The 22-year-old from Vic­to­ria knows how the renowned New­found­land mu­si­cians like their in­stru­ments to sound when they’re on stage.

“I’ve done maybe three or four of their shows,” said Green when con­tacted last week by The Com­pass. “We had a work­ing re­la­tion­ship.”

In mid-Fe­bru­ary, that work­ing re­la­tion­ship be­came a mu­si­cal one when Green signed on to be­come the per­ma­nent bass player for the Mas­ter­less Men.

The op­por­tu­nity came up af­ter the band’s bassist Robert Kelly left for an op­por­tu­nity in Korea.

When the news hit, Green de­cided to throw his hat in the ring, or bass on stage rather.

He au­di­tioned, show­ing off his chops and talk­ing busi­ness with the group, and waited.

“I thought my au­di­tion went re­ally good,” he said. “Ev­ery­one who had in­ter­est in (the job) are stupid good play­ers.”

It went well enough that the band de­cided to give Green the spot. It was a call he didn’t quite ex­pect to re­ceive, but was more than happy to ac­cept when he got the of­fer.

“It’s quite the hon­our,” said Green, who also splits time with Ir­ish-out­fit Rum Ragged. “I was sur­prised. A young fella that was com­pet­ing against play­ers who have been around for­ever.”

Thrown in the fire

While he of­fi­cially came on board with the band in Fe­bru­ary, he had to wait a cou­ple of weeks un­til he could make his on-stage de­but with the band.

That trial by fire came dur­ing one of the busiest party weeks of the year, co­in­cid­ing with St. Patrick’s Day.

“I def­i­nitely got thrown in the fire,” said Green.

It meant a show a night with his new group, and in­cluded a highly an­tic­i­pated gig at the Holy Heart Theatre onMarch 15.

“That was a mas­sive show,” Green said. “It was kind of that I’ve made it mo­ment. Holy Heart hit me in a dif­fer­ent way.”

Still learn­ing

The Mas­ter­less Men are in the midst of their 25th year to­gether as a band. They’ve pro­duced a dozen or so records in that time and have graced plenty of stages near and far.

Dur­ing that time, they’ve also have a large cat­a­logue of songs to pick from.

“I was familiar with a lot of their ma­te­rial be­fore,” said Green. “There are still a scat­ter bum notes here and there, but I’m still learn­ing.”

With the band cel­e­brat­ing a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone, Green is happy to be along for the ride. He’s not sure if the band is plan­ning to pro­duce a new record to cel­e­brate it, but he’d be more than hon­oured to play on one.

“Just to be doc­u­mented on stage with the group is cool enough, but to be per­ma­nent on a record would be an­other game al­to­gether,” said Green.

PHOTO BY ERIN O’MARA

Vic­to­ria’s Peter Green is the new­est mem­ber of the Mas­ter­less Men.

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