Online Music Nights, 2020

Ship’s Company will offer Music Nights of four concerts through live streams on our social media platforms. The Music Nights will be free to the public and feature Parrsboro favourite Ryan Cook, the dynamic Acadian trio Vishtèn, the internationally acclaimed guitarist Don Ross and PEI ’s Juno award-winning folk gem Catherine MacLellan.

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An Evening with Ryan Cook – July 17, 2020/ @8pm

Mixing classic country music with modern satire, Ryan Cook forges a sound between contemporary folk and dyed-in-the-wool country. With nuances of pop and western swing, Ryan’s songbook reminiscences of the early hillbilly pioneers but stays very much in the current landscape. 

On stage Ryan has toured as a solo performer opening for artists like Dwight Yoakam, Rosanne Cash & Travis Tritt. Receiving over 20 award nominations in Canada including three Album of the Year awards, his acoustic live show combines thumb-picking guitar styles, original ballads, and classic country from the 1940s and 1950s. 

Ryan is no stranger to Parrsboro audiences and those that have seen him know Ryan is a charming storyteller who is as much an entertainer as he is a songwriter.

An Evening with Vishtèn – July 24, 2020/ @8pm

Acadian powerhouse trio Vishtèn  has dazzled audiences with its fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres with modern rock sensibilities and indie-folk influences. ​With members hailing from Prince Edward Island’s Evangeline region and the most remote reaches of Québec – the windswept Magdalen Islands – twin sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc join musical forces with Pascal Miousse to create a sophisticated sonic signature that combines tight vocal harmonies, layered foot percussion, and virtuoso acoustic instrumentation. Their trademark blend of fiddle, guitar, accordion, octave mandolin, whistles, piano, bodhrán, jaw harp and percussive dance result in a tour de force of traditional and contemporary music.

Vishtèn has performed thousands of shows at international festivals and venues, from the Vancouver Olympics (BC) to New Orleans Jazz Festival (US), from the Festival Interceltique de Lorient (FR) to Woodford Folk Festival (AUS), and their music has been showcased on American television (ESPN) as well as in films, including the Canadian-Japanese production Finding Anne and Québec biopic Louis Cyr (2013).

An Evening With Don Ross – August 14, 2020/ @8pm

In 1988, Don Ross became the first Canadian to win the U.S. National Fingerpick Guitar Championship. He won again in 1996, and is still the only two-time winner of the competition. Don has toured regularly since 1989, across Canada, the USA, a dozen European countries, Japan, Taiwan, China, Australia, Russia, and India. He has played with symphony orchestras in Canada and Germany, and collaborated live and on recording with U.S. guitarist Andy McKee, Canadian singer/guitarist Brooke Miller, Canadian guitarist Calum Graham, & Toronto bassist Jordan O’Connor. He also composes scores for television, radio, and film, and does production and recording engineering for a variety of other musicians. In addition to acoustic guitar, Don also plays electric guitar, slide dobro and lapsteel guitar, harp guitar, voice, piano, keyboards, bass guitar, and drums. He has just started learning to play the Kelstone, a 9-string guitar developed by Belgian musician/inventor Jan Van Kelst.

Don Ross grew up in Montreal, has lived at various times in Ontario, Nova Scotia, the USA, China, and Quebec, and now resides in Halifax.

An Evening with Catherine MacLellan – August 28, 2020/ 8pm

Catherine MacLellan is one of Canadian folk music’s true gems. The past four years have been a busy and important time for Catherine as she set aside her own songwriting to celebrate the life and legacy of her late legendary father, Gene MacLellan. During this time, she recorded and released the album, If It’s Alright With You: The Songs of Gene MacLellan; produced a stage show by the same name; and an award winning documentary, The Song and the Sorrow – all in tribute to him. Though the acclaim for Catherine’s own work was already significant, it reached new levels when she took home a Juno Award in 2015 for her standout album, The Raven’s Sun.  Catherine has also been recognized with multiple East Coast Music Awards, Canadian Folk Music Awards, and Music PEI Awards. She has just released her anticipated seventh album, Coyote.

Catherine MacLellan, is a musician’s musician, respected by her peers since releasing Dark Dream Midnight, her first solo album, in 2004. As with many performers, Catherine feels most at home on stage. Going to a Catherine MacLellan show feels much like catching up with an old friend, having those long-heartfelt conversations that mean so much.