Mu­seum Pieces at the Trail­side

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Tyler Mes­sick will be tak­ing his mu­si­cal act the Mu­seum Pieces to the Trail­side in Mount Ste­wart tonight with spe­cial guests Golden Cin­ema.

Mes­sick has al­ways been a study in stark con­trasts. He was raised ru­rally, and to this day his mother lives on a dirt road in north­ern Nova Sco­tia where cell ser­vice has yet to reach. But each month, give or take a few, he flies, drives or buses down to Man­hat­tan where he stays with his fa­ther or ex-wife in the cen­tre of that great­est of ur­ban ar­eas.

He is an in­tro­vert, who thrives on­stage – shar­ing with ut­most au­then­tic­ity and in­ti­macy his thoughts and sto­ries. He trav­elled the world many times over as a per­sonal as­sis­tant and equip­ment man­ager to the Grammy-win­ning band Ar­cade Fire, but still he can be found fill­ing small halls, barns and road­side Inn’s around the Mar­itimes as he shows off where his hours and hours of prac­tice led him.

He is a stu­dent of ar­chaic bal­lad tra­di­tions from the U.K. and Ap­palachia, yet he is also known for his fire­works on elec­tric gui­tar as he genre bends be­tween arena rock and Rolling Thun­der-era Dy­lan.

He trav­els in his vin­tage Mercedes sta­tion wagon – bring­ing with him his en­tire stage show – lights, speak­ers, smoke ma­chine, gui­tars and his singing part­ner, Vir­gil Muir.

Tick­ets are at www.trail­side. ca, Back Al­ley Mu­sic or 902-3943626. Doors and the kitchen open at 6:30 p.m. with mu­sic at 8 p.m.

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