Grand Bank band to per­form at in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­val

Doors open­ing for mu­si­cal trio Skid­der­pup

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY COLIN FAR­RELL GRAND BANK, N.L. Colin.far­rell@south­erngazette.ca

Grand Bank band Skid­der­pup will be among the fea­tured per­form­ers at the first Live at Heart New­found­land mu­sic fes­ti­val.

The fes­ti­val, be­ing held on the Burin Penin­sula, will bring to­gether mu­sic in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als and mu­si­cians from around the world. It is the brand-new sis­ter of the Live At Heart fes­ti­val In Öre­bro, Swe­den.

Skid­der­pip – made up of mu­si­cians Dave Nose­wor­thy, Da­mon Greene and Chad Grandy – re­cently re­turned from the Swedish fes­ti­val.

“Swe­den was awe­some,” said Greene, the band’s drum­mer. “We met lots of wicked (ex­pla­na­tive) bands, met lots of nice peo­ple, the peo­ple are sec­ond to none re­ally, what­ever you need, what­ever you wanted some­one was there to help you out …the or­ga­ni­za­tion of it was unreal.”

Greene ex­plained that although the venues that they played in were small, the band started to de­velop a fol­low­ing dur­ing their time in Öre­bro.

“If you could get about 30 or 40 peo­ple in the club you were OK,” ex­plained Greene, “so we started out our first show with about 35 peo­ple.”

He added that by their last show they were play­ing to an au­di­ence of 150 peo­ple.

There were a few chal­lenges the band had to over­come dur­ing their per­for­mances.

“Every show that we showed up to, you didn’t know what you were go­ing to have for gear,” ex­plained Nose­wor­thy, the band’s bassist. “Poor Da­mon, I thought about every show we got to he had a dif­fer­ent set of drums.”

“You got to be able to per­form in any type of cir­cum­stance,” Greene added.

Look­ing into the fu­ture The trio said that hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to take part in the fes­ti­val has opened some doors for them out­side the prov­ince.

“We met some bands from all over Canada … all over the world the world re­ally …there’s some pos­si­bil­i­ties there,” ex­plained Greene.

Hav­ing played four shows dur­ing their time at the fes­ti­val has bet­ter pre­pared them for what to ex­pect as they take the stage dur­ing the shows on the penin­sula.

“It’s just as much a part of tourism as it is mu­sic, re­ally,” said Grandy, who takes care of gui­tar and vo­cals for the trio. “Mak­ing the world aware of the Burin Penin­sula and the mu­sic from here.”

The band will open the shows with a per­for­mance dur­ing the New­found­land Mu­sic Show­case at the Marystown Ho­tel and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on Oct. 10. Al­bum

The band also has an al­bum of orig­i­nal ma­te­rial in the works, fea­tur­ing the sin­gles “Run­away Train” and “Chas­ing You.”

“Hope­fully we’ll get an EP out even­tu­ally, maybe the new year,” ex­plained Grandy.

FACE­BOOK PHOTO

On a stop-over in Lon­don, the guys from the band Skid­der­pup took the op­por­tu­nity to take in the sites. Here they are out­side of Abbey Road Stu­dio: Dave Nose­wor­thy, Da­mon Greene and Chad Grandy.

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