CHARLOTTETOWN – Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre bulks up this month with seven concerts between the Homburg Theatre, The Mack, and Studio 1 at Confederation Centre of the Arts. Highlights this week include the return of rock recitalists “Classic Albums Live,” performing their only concert of this year – the hit Fleetwood Mac album “Rumours,” and the blazing fiddles and stirring vocals of the new folk-country trio Belle Starr.
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Belle Starr is the folk-country trio of Kendel Carson, Miranda Mulholland, and Stephanie Cadman, who are making their Charlottetown debut this Friday at the Mack as part of the Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre fall calendar.
Belle Starr is the folk-country trio of Stephanie Cadman, Kendel Carson, and Miranda Mulholland, named after a renegade bandita who did hard time for horse theft. As busy solo artists, Mulholland is a member of indie-rock group Great Lake Swimmers; Carson is well known in the Americana world, in part from her work with “Wild Thing” songwriter Chip Taylor; and Cadman is a renowned fiddler and dancer, familiar to Islanders for celebrated turns in “Celtic Blaze” and “Canada ROCKS!”
On their self-titled debut, the Toronto band puts their twist on the old-time folk resurgence, tuning their fiddles to the more recent past, artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Justin Hiatt, as well as original tunes.
“What unfolds on the album is a curated blend of cover songs and instrumental compositions that allows Belle Starr’s top-notch fiddle skills to take over as the primary set of voices,” says a recent review in Vue Weekly.
Belle Starr will perform at The Mack this Friday, Oct. 4.
BRING RUMOURS TO STAGE
Remember when you used to listen to an entire album? “Classic Albums Live” do, and the perennial favourites are returning on Oct. 5 to perform one of the best-selling albums of all time. Featuring singles like “Go Your Own Way,” “Don't Stop,” and “You Make Loving Fun,” “Rumours” is Fleetwood Mac's most successful release.
“’Rumours’ is such a lush sounding album; it's an album that defined a generation of kids raised in the ‘70s and an album that that generation is raising their kids on,” says series producer, Craig Martin. “It’s an important album in that it endures and continues to inspire.”
The record is one of the bestselling of all time, garnering widespread acclaim for its production quality, and interplay and harmonies among three main vocalists.
“It’s a difficult album to perform,” Martin explains. “The vocals are layered and fragile, the guitars are sonically diverse – soft and exact countered by ferocious and soaring, and then the bass and drums on this record – they remain one of the best bottom end couplings in rock.”
Saturday’s Confederation Centre performance features a six-person ensemble, with Mia Sheard on vocal, Julie Mahendran on vocals and keys, Michael Vassos on vocals and guitar, Johnnie B on bass, Troy Feener on drums, and Rob Phillips on lead guitar and vocals.
For the entire LIVE @ the Centre 2013-14 calendar, visit liveatthecentre.com.