There’s a sense of a welcoming, that an invitation has been extended to the opening track of the long awaited CD by the FORTUNATE ONES. “Solitary Sparks” builds to a full-throttle and introduces the listener to the key qualities explored, developed and achieved on “THE BLISS”. Themes of hope, reflection, desire and discovery are delved into with a positive conclusion often waiting somewhat knowingly at the path’s end.
“Wherever You Go” well represents the core message addressed throughout this pure pop/folk collection, a ‘nothing ventured, nothing gained’/be true to yourself theme.
Late edition to the album, “Lay Me Down” might leave you thinking you’ve been swept back to Buckingham/Nicks debut with Fleetwood Mac with its hippie-blues element. It also provides a jolt to what is essentially a melancholy album..
“Without A Name” is one of the album’s finest tracks. The strings fill the melody with a nice balance of the lush and the delicate. Catherine Allan’s piano part is sweetly reminiscent of Neil Drinkwater’s work with Van Morrison; sounding like raindrops on a pond on a warm summer day.
“A Light Will Come” delivers one of those melodies so comfortable and sublime it sounds familiar… as if you’ve known it your whole life. Andrew James O’Brien gives us one of his finest vocal performances to date, nuanced and incredibly moving in a subtle manner, creating all the more impact as a result.
“I’d Wait For Anyone Who Would Wait For Me” is a catchy number penned by Mick Davis and serves up a pleasant tempo-shift before a pair of dirge-like tunes direct the listener to a more ponderous and reflective frame of mind. Catherine Allan’s ‘late vocals’ on this number is attractive and a technique often employed by THE BAND on some vintage classics.
A suitably pensive rendering of “Picture In A Frame”(Tom Waits) highlights the duos close harmonies.
In the true literary sense, “Oaks And Willows” is the most romantic of the album’s songs. Permeations of sadness adorn its theme, relatable and effective.
“Someday Love” is certainly one the strongest tracks; a shuffling mid-tempo number with a McCartney-esque change, jaw-dropping in its beauty and weightlessness while the title track, “The Bliss” is another highlight piece; a Paul Simon like percussive-driven tune, beautifully arranged and a message particularly potent and resonant for the young at the journeys start.
The blue note laden “Carry On” is a poignant song, a gentle cathartic-anthem that fittingly closes this most promising album.
FORTUNATE ONES are one of the key acts to hear, watch and follow from Newfoundland And Labrador.
Enter our Contest to see Hey Rosetta! at an intimate Up Close & Personal Concert at the store Sunday December 14th at 6 PM.
Admission is extremely limited so we’re having a contest! Enter at the store.
There are 3 ways to win:
1. Anyone can enter.
2. If you buy any Hey Rosetta! album you have an extra chance to win.
3. If you share or re-tweet this event on Facebook or Twitter you’ll also have a special chance to win.
If you’re a loyal Fred’s customer who pre-ordered “Second Sight”, Hey Rosetta!’s new album, you’re already entered.
Further details available at store.
The contest ends 9 PM Thursday Dec. 11.
Winners will be contacted Friday Dec. 12.
A sterling performance by Toronto’s “The Wooden Sky” drew a strong turn-out of supporters and fans Saturday afternoon here at Fred’s.
30 minutes of blissful vocal harmonies, introspective lyrics, flawlessly subtle instrumental arrangements, and an appreciative audience. Gavin Gardiner possesses one of the most soulful voices on the Canadian folk-rock scene, often leaving the crowd in amazement.
We’re having a time!
Denis Parker & The Modern Saints will serve-up a 40 minute free show this Sunday, November 23 at 2 PM.
Swing on down for a sweet heaping of electric blues as we celebrate Denis’ first new material in 15 years. “The Modern Saints” are John Clarke on lap steel and the Novaks’ Mick Davis and Elliott Dicks as the rhythm section.
Bring the family – that includes the dog! It’s gonna be fun.
CD goes on sale this weekend.
Fred’s is honored to have been the venue for the 2015 East Coast Music Awards launch to be held April 8-12. The Premier of Newfoundland Paul Davis and St. John’s Mayor Dennis O’Keefe gave enthusiastic speeches on the readiness of St. John’s to put on an exhilarating week for the thousands of musicians, industry professionals, and concert goers expected to flood into the capital.
ECMA chair Andrew McLean and St. John’s own Erin Best -ECMA vice-chair and local musician- detailed the economic
benefits and energy that the East Coast Music Week is expected to generate.
The launch was a feelgood event with lots of media, camera crews, city councillors Dave Lane and Danny Breen, Premier’s office and Tourism officials, and the organizers from MusicNL.
Fred’s looks forward to being an enthusiastic participant in East Coast Music Week!
Guitarist extraordinaire, CRAIG YOUNG will perform a 40 minute set here at Fred’s this Sunday, November 9th starting at 1 P.M. as we celebrate the release of his new CD, “Live At The Garrick”.
Craig is a winner of 4 CCMA’s. His last solo CD, “Black diamond strings” was named MUSICNL. Country Album of the year and his duo CD with Duane Andrews, “Charlie’s Boogie” was MUSICNL. Instrumental Album of the year.
Swing by and take in the show. It’s FREE and everyone is welcome.
“Live at the Garrick Theater”