Reunion music festival in memory of Lloyd Doyle
From December 20–23, Baba’s Lounge in Charlottetown will host a re-staging of the music festival known as Close to the Coast. This event is organized as a memorial tribute to the late Lloyd Doyle who passed away this year. In the early 2000s Lloyd created Close to the Coast as a showcase for young indie bands from PEI and the rest of the Maritimes and their original music. He was also the founder of the Island record label Sandbar Music and a board member of Music PEI. Close to the Coast ran every August for ten years.
Ryan Abdallah, owner of Cedars Eatery and Baba’s, and Pat Deighan, of Trailside Café and Back Alley Music, were both involved in the organization of the original Close to the Coast. Pat also performed at the event in such groups as Eyes for Telescopes and Pat Deighan and the Orb Weavers.
Pat is helping organize this tribute as a way of honouring Lloyd and his years “looking after” local artists as a manager and promoter. Says Pat, “Lloyd worked tirelessly for little money and this is a way to give something back.”
The 2017 version of Close to the Coast will also serve as a reunion for many of the bands who were part of the Sandbar Music scene in those earlier days. Here is the line-up:
Wednesday, December 20: Rob Oakie hosts various guests (8–10 pm); Pat Deighan and the Orb Weavers, The Tuesdays, and more (10 pm to close).
Thursday, December 21: Host Catherine MacLellan with Dennis Ellsworth, Dan Currie, Katie McGarry (7–9 pm); Elephant Rock, Stride, Annapilla, and more (10 pm to close).
Friday, December 22: Host Meaghan Blanchard with Liam Corcoran, Nathan Wiley, Nudie, Nikki Gallant (7–9 pm); Mars Hill, Chamberlane, Fugato, Flush (10 pm to close).
Saturday, December 23: Troy McArthur’s blues band Cheeseburger Slim and the Full Meal Deals (7–9 pm); Double Ought Buckshot, Out From Under, Haunted Hearts, Eyes for Telescopes (10 pm to close).
The organizers are volunteering and the musicians are playing for free. Tickets are in the $10 to $15 dollar range, on sale at the door. Proceeds are going to the Doyle family who will be making a donation to the Hospice Palliative Care Association of PEI.
Baba’s Lounge is located at 181 Great George Street in Charlottetown.