Pretty Archie will make their return to Grimross
$15 advanced/$20 at the door
For tickets email- rootsandsoulmusicroom@gmai
Pretty Archie’s honest, fun loving and at times heartbreaking music finds common ground in the blurred genres of Country, Folk, Bluegrass and Blues. Their unique sound has lead to the band developing a following that grows after each show they play..
Pretty Archie is a Country/Folk/Bluegrass band from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Long time friends Brian Cathcart (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Matt McNeil (Lead Guitar, Mandolin) and Colin Gillis (Harmonica, Bass, Vocals) and Redmond MacDougall (Banjo, Percussion, Vocals) make up this quartet. Always jamming together growing up, they guys decided in May 2012 to form a band. The band chose the name Pretty Archie after a local (Cape Breton) character known for playing with 2 strings outside shopping malls in any weather and not always (or ever) in key. The guys thought the name Pretty Archie embodied the love of playing and performing music along with representing their hometown.
Jason Haywood’s new album Folklore began with the idea of a man walking across a frozen lake in heavy snow, not sure if the sounds he hears are the howling wind, the ghost of his murdered lover or the Devil himself. The song, The Ballad of Clara Leigh eventually emerged from this basic concept. Naturally, when Jason settled on the notion of writing songs about murder, disaster, and doomed love, he knew his songwriting partner of the past 8 years, Trish MacMillan, would be the ideal collaborator.
With The Ballad of Clara Leigh as a strong starting point, Jason decided to explore other possibilities ranging from the spiritual realm, both good and evil, to songs about obsession, delusion, heartbreak and vengeance. Coming from a more traditional country music and Americana background, this album is quite a large step into the unknown for Jason, both lyrically and musically speaking. Where his last album leaned more on a confessional style of songwriting, this album employs a more narrative “storyteller” approach.
This collection of dark Americana songs has been in the works for nearly three years. Even though the road was a long and sometimes arduous one, the journey was well worth taking.