The East Pointers will put a Canadian Maritime spin on Celtic music this St. Patrick’s Day
Published 5:48 pm, Thursday, March 8, 2018
MADISON — Ready to go Canadian to get your Irish fix on St. Patrick’s Day?
The East Pointers, a nimble-fingered Celtic band from Prince Edward Island in the Canadian Maritimes, will raise a ruckus on March 17 in the latest entry in the Fire in the Kitchen acoustic music series.
Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for kids of high school age and under. The show takes place in the North Madison Congregational Church (1271 Durham Road). For reservations or information, call 203-668-3735 or visit fireinthekitchen.org.
“I guess it’s a Canadian St. Patrick’s Day, perfect for folks who want Celtic music but want a change from the normal Irish traditional,” said organizer Charlie Shafer. “The East Pointers are certainly that, routinely playing festivals around the world and filling 1,000-seat concert halls.
“It’ll be fun,” he said, adding that The East Pointers “hold to that unique musical tradition of the rowdy maritime house party.”
The East Pointers are fiddler/singer Tim Chaisson, banjo player Koady Chaisson and guitarist Jake Charron. In their music — and on their second album, “What We Leave Behind” — they “write about real life, sketching out its joys and sorrows in vivid strokes,” according to a bio on their website. “That palpable authenticity makes their instrumental tunes practically cartwheel and infuses their lyric-driven songs with poignancy.”
That’s also why listening to “What We Leave Behind,” produced by Nova Scotia-raised singer-songwriter and producer Gordie Sampson, “is akin to meeting up with an old friend,” the bio said.
The new album is a follow-up to The East Pointers’ JUNO Award-winning 2015 debut release, “Secret Victory.” (The Juno Awards are the Canadian equivalent to the Grammys.)