The East Pointers are on the move again.
The P.E.I. traditional group just finished a 29-date tour of Australia and New Zealand.
And, without taking a break, band members have embarked on a 15-date, 13,947 km round trip tour of Canada.
While some performing artists might be daunted by what appears to be a double tour, Koady Chaisson remains calm.
“We never complain about being on the road. It’s what we do, and we love it. It’s a dream job,” says Chaisson, a member of the trio that also includes Tim Chaisson, fiddle/vocals, and Jake Charron, guitar, that will be performing on Feb. 10 at the Homburg Theatre in Charlottetown.
After enjoying the sunnier summer climates of Australia and New Zealand, band members have returned to Canada in the dead of winter.
But, what made the climate adjustment even more difficult was flying directly from New Zealand to Fredericton to start the Canadian tour, without taking certain winter essentials along.
“There was no time to stop by the apartment in Charlottetown to pick up the long underwear. So that made for a cold start to the tour,” says Koady, during an internet interview. “We definitely should have thought (it) through it a bit better.”
Although chilled to the bone, band members were warmed by the letters, cards and emails they received from friends and fans after their major wins at the 2018 Music P.E.I. Awards last month.
“P.E.I. is the most supportive musical community in the world and we are proud to be representing it across the world with our fellow musical sisters and brothers from this beautiful Island,” says Koady, adding the band received awards for touring artist of the year, song of the year, roots contemporary album of the year and group recording of the year.
This groundswell of support is one of the reasons he’s looking forward to Saturday’s performance at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
“It means a lot to be coming home and playing to what looks like a full house of rowdy Islanders.”
For the concert, the band will focus on its new album, “What We Leave Behind”.
“The audience will hear a mix of high-energy instrumentals and reflective, thought-provoking songs.”
People can also expect to hear sets from the band’s earlier album, “Sweet Victory”.
As well, the East Pointers plan to weave their own magic into the program.
“A good show should always take you on a bit of a journey, so that’s what we are going to try to do.”
And, as always, the high-energy band will encourage audience members to participate.
“We know there’s not much room to dance at the Confederation Centre, but we hope (people) can find the space and go for it.”
Across the country, audiences will continue to dance to their music until March 4 when the tour finally winds down in Calgary.
Then the band plans to take a few days off before heading down to the United States for a stretch of dates.
“It’s never-ending, but we couldn’t be happier. At the end of the day we enjoy travelling around the world bringing our music and the culture of P.E.I. to thousands of people. ”
At a glance
Up close and personal with the East Pointers
- What the band did after hearing they won four Music P.E.I. awards last month? “We celebrated with 12 coffees and a group hug.”
- What’s next after the American tour: “Probably a new CD and definitely more touring.”
- Tickets to the concert are available from the Confederation Centre box office, by calling 902-566-1267 or going online at www.confederationcentre.com.
Sources: Koady Chaisson, http://eastpointers.ca/.