Andrew Waite and The Firm | May 25
This Island group delivers rich harmonies and explorative soundscapes featuring Andrew’s original songs. Their debut EP is Burning Through the Night.
Villages | May 26
Villages are a folk group from Cape Breton, NS whose original songs feature poetic storytelling over modern yet traditional sounds. Their latest CD is Hymn After Hymn. Jon McKiel is a singer songwriter from Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Jenni & The Hummingbird + Atlantic String Machine | May 27
Inspired by the simple melodies and cinematic soundscapes of Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi and enchanting music of Norwegian artist Aurora, Jenni pulls from her influences to create sounds that resonate from the heart and include all nuances of the emotions experienced in life.
The Atlantic String Machine is made up of 5 professional string musicians with considerable professional experience in a number of musical genres. They present a wide range of music—classical to jazz, pop, world music and their own compositions.
Nudie | June 1
Nudie inhabits present-day PEI but his music belongs to classic country prior to 1974. His latest album is Everything’s Different in the Night.
Nathan Wiley | June 2
From Summerside, 3 time ECMA award and 5 time Music PEI award winning artist Nathan Wiley first earned acclaim for his 2002 debut Bottom Dollar. His last record, Bandits, is a six song EP that was nominated for 4 Music PEI Awards.
Roxanne Potvin + Nick Zubeck + Anya | June 3
From the bright, candy-striped grooves that lure us in at the outset of For Dreaming, to the dark lavender hues of mélancolie that infiltrate the album like stiff spirits in our pink lemonade, Roxanne Potvin reminds us that, not only will she always carry a stash of R&B to hit us up with, but she also has a few other tricks up her sleeve. Opening this show will be Anya and Nick Zubeck.
Christine Campbell & Blake Johnston | June 8
Christine Campbell is a powerful performer known for her unapologetic mastery of guitar, piano and bluesy rock vocals. Blake Johnston is best known as guitar-slinging powerhouse vocalist for The Stogies. Blake has now branched off to showcase his soulful side and has been sharing the stage with Christine Campbell.
Logan Richard | June 9
Logan Richard has now decided to go solo after playing in a number of successful local bands. Drawing from his past in blues bands and experimental rock bands, he is taking these sounds and using them in developing his own sound.
Jill Chandler + Jeffery Straker | June 10
Chandler's songs come from a place of love, a place of truth and a place of loss. With catchy melodies and poetic lyrics, her songs tell her story. A combination of both folk and pop, her music invites the listener to join her on the journey. Chandler is currently finishing recording her first EP, for release this coming year.
Singer-songwriter-pianist Jeffery Straker performs over 100 shows per year across Canada and abroad. He’s recorded for CBC radio’s ‘Canada Live’, had a music video chart in the top 10 nationwide and has toured internationally playing piano in places as far away as Mexico, Chile and Peru.
Pete Richards | June 15
On Friday, June 15, guitarist and songwriter Pete Richards returns to Trailside to perform songs from a new, upcoming album, as well as a few of his greatest hits. He’ll have Matt Bridges on drums and Isaac Williams on bass, with a special guest or two to be announced. And more stories.
Liam Corcoran + Museum Pieces | June 16
Liam Corcoran, co-founder of the PEI indie-pop group Two Hours Traffic, embarked on a solo career, releasing ROM-DROM in 2015. His latest album is entitled Nevahland.
Singer-songwriter Tyler Messick of the Museum Pieces has a passion for uncovering archaic ballades of the British Isles and rural America and performing them in his unique style of orchestrated psych-rock.
Adyn Townes | June 17
At the place where endings become beginnings, you'll find Adyn Townes (formerly Andy Brown). His music is challenging, alternative indie-folk with raw and honest lyrics.
Thomas Stajcer + The Laurels + David Woodside | June 21
From Halifax via hockey-stick making Hespeler, Ontario, Thomas Stajcer released his debut single last year, entitled "Sad Cowboy," a playful half autobiographical, half fantastical take on making the move East and what lays beyond. The country & western release includes B-side ballad "Love Me Now Or Never Again,” a co-write with Joel Plaskett, and both cuts feature an all-star cast of Halifax musicians. Stajcer is currently working on his debut EP Will I Learn To Love Again? — a tour of doubt and regret that culminates in that ultimate question.
Old Man Luedecke | June 22 & 23
You can hear the listening on Old Man Luedecke’s album Domestic Eccentric. You can hear the cabin in the Nova Scotia woods where it was recorded. You can hear the conversation between Old Man Luedecke and Tim O’Brien, like-minded artists in love with folk and roots music.
Alicia Toner with Fast Eddie Thomas | June 24
A singer, fiddler, actor, musician, Alicia Toner has been entertaining audiences with her diverse skill set for years. Classically trained in violin and voice, she has toured Canada and several European countries.
Tim Baker of Hey Rosetta! | June 27 & 28
Tim is best known as the writer and frontman of the much-acclaimed Newfoundland group, Hey Rosetta!. They are a JUNO-nominated, Polaris-shortlisted, heavily-awarded band that's been creating poetic, powerful alternative music for over a decade.
Dennis Ellsworth | June 29
Dennis Ellsworth writes songs in a variety of styles. In 2014 he was named one of Canada’s top 10 new artists by the CBC Searchlight Contest. He recently released his fifth solo LP, Things Change.
TBA | June 30
Martin Simpson | July 4
Gordie Sampson | July 6 & 7
The Burning Hell — Power Party | July 11
Laura Cortese + Mel Parsons | July 12
Dylan Menzie | July 14
Union Duke | July 16 & 17
Tim Chaisson | July 18 & 19
Ashley Condon | July 20
Lennie Gallant | July 21 & 22
Carmel Mikol + Ted Simmons + Scott MacKay | July 23
Madison Violet | July 24 & 25
Morgan Davis | July 26
Rachel Beck + Elise Besler | July 29
Alfie Zappacosta | July 30
Trailside Music Café & Inn is at 109 Main Street in Mount Stewart. Doors open 6:30 pm with music at 8 pm. Tickets available at www.trailside.ca, Back Alley Music or call 902-394-3626 for reservations.