Dis­con­nect­ing at Trail­side

This small per­for­mance space al­lows for a dif­fer­ent kind of mu­sic ex­pe­ri­ence than watch­ing a per­former at a busy bar

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT / COMMUNITY - Ju­lia Cook Off The Beaten Path

I moved to Char­lot­te­town be­cause I wanted to live in the bus­tle of our small city life. I wanted to be only a bike ride away from restau­rants, from live mu­sic and from the har­bourfront. I wanted to con­nect with fel­low Islanders af­ter years of be­ing away.

But some­times, you need to get away from the con­stant thrum of liv­ing down­town. The traf­fic and peo­ple be­come white noise, and you don’t re­al­ize how loud they are un­til you drive out to the coun­try.

The Trail­side Mu­sic Café in Mount Ste­wart is the per­fect place to both con­nect with oth­ers and to dis­con­nect from dis­trac­tions.

It was pur­chased by Pat and Meghan Deighan in 2011 and has be­come a must-go place for in­ti­mate per­for­mances on P.E.I. The small space al­lows for a dif­fer­ent kind of mu­sic ex­pe­ri­ence than watch­ing a per­former at a busy bar.

“I’ve booked our busiest sea­son yet. Start­ing the end of June, we have close to 50 straight shows un­til Septem­ber,” said Pat Deighan. “Go­ing to be wild, but a whole lot of fun.”

This sum­mer has a full ros­ter of lo­cal and trav­el­ling mu­si­cians, in­clud­ing per­for­mances on Saturday, June 16, from Is­land­mu­si­cian Liam Cor­co­ran and The Mu­seum Pieces from Halifax, N.S.

Cor­co­ran is per­form­ing songs from his 2017 al­bum “Ne­vahland”, which is a per­fect mix of folk and pop mu­sic. The set he’ll per­form at Trail­side will be tai­lored to the small space, which al­lows for more nu­anced songs.

“To have such a rel­a­tively small room where you’re in an in­ti­mate set­ting and you’re ac­tu­ally the fo­cus of at­ten­tion, it’s very rare to have both of those things to­gether,” said Cor­co­ran, who has his own his­tory with the Trail­side.

He worked there when it first opened, and it was the place that helped him launched his solo ca­reer af­ter Two Hours Traf­fic ended.

The East Coast mu­sic scene has a deeply-rooted his­tory of sto­ry­telling and this space al­lows for artists to ex­plore that side of per­form­ing.

“Out at the Trail­side, you can play qui­eter num­bers or pieces that re­quire the au­di­ence to en­gage with,” added Cor­co­ran.

Mu­seum Pieces, or Tyler Mes­sick, from Nova Sco­tia will fol­low Cor­co­ran with his own set. He’s cur­rently tour­ing with his new al­bum called “Plain Sight” and is that same com­bi­na­tion of folk and pop mu­sic. If you miss out on them at Trail­side, you can catch them later that evening at the Sports­man Club in Char­lot­te­town. This is re­ally just a taste of the sum­mer sched­ule at Trail­side Mu­sic Café. The fol­low­ing week­end Tim Baker from Hey Rosetta! Is play­ing three shows in Mount Ste­wart, the only P.E.I. per­for­mances from the New­found­land na­tive.

And also hail­ing from the Rock, Sean McCann of Great Big Sea comes to Trail­side in Au­gust.

Some other no­table per­form­ers in­clude Len­nie Gal­lant, Matt Min­gle­wood and Meaghan Blan­chard.

And for Pat Deighan, he can’t wait for the sea­son.

“I’m al­ways pumped for new artists to play the Trail­side who haven’t been be­fore.”

Dis­con­nect­ing from the world can be tough (es­pe­cially for some­one like me who works nu­mer­ous jobs), but I’m look­ing for­ward to the im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence of Trail­side this sum­mer.

Liam Cor­co­ran, left, is play­ing mu­sic from his 2017 al­bum “Ne­vahland” and other solo work on Saturday evening at the Trail­side. He’ll be joined by Tyler Mes­sick (or Mu­seum Pieces) from Halifax, who has just re­leased a new al­bum and is cur­rently on tour.

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