Live & Local Thursdays
6pm - 9pm
Live and Local: Thursday Music Series at Kiju’s
Aaron Lewis and Kimberley Fraser
Aaron is one of the busiest musicians in CB. He plays in The Privateers, High Society, as well as writing and recording under his own name. Kimberley Fraser is an award-winning fiddler and music teacher from the northside.
Richard is a Sydney-based singer/songwriter and is a popular performer around live music venues here in CBRM. Richard formed his band Rising Waters a few years back and they were an alt-rock/heavy rock band. Richard has modified his song writing to include more folk/country material.
Singer songwriter from Sydney, Cape Breton. She is part of the new wave of Cape Breton songwriters that include the likes of Jordan Musycsyn and Brian Cathcart.
Music-Chameleon Keith Mullins has been playing music all his life. Raised in Cape Breton, NS where his family played all styles of music from the hits to jazz, from Cape Breton fiddling to country, music runs thick through his blood. Keith is a multiple award winning songwriter with a degree in classical music and has studied with master drummers in West Africa and Cuba. He’s toured the world playing with East Coast’s finest musicians and has worked passionately at the art of music, from creation to performance to production all the while maintaining his focus in the pursuit of forward thinking projects. His album “Localmotive Farm” shares the name with his organic farm in Nova Scotia. His album “The Wood Buffalo Youth Song Project” was a collaborative project where he created a CD that the schools could use for fund-raising. His newest release, “Island Sol”, is a doc./album collaboration between Keith and some stellar Cuban musicians recorded at the famous Egrem Studios in Havana Cuba.
Keith creates music from the soul; the instruments he uses to express it – drums, vocal, guitar – are all secondary. Andrew Fedora, Crowdis Bridge.
Bill has been a mainstay of the East Coast music scene for the past 30 + years. He is a great songwriter and released his solo album Allegations and Alligators here at Kiju’s in the winter of 2015. He has a bluesy, country style.
Darrell's musical career began over twenty years ago, playing house parties, and local halls in Cape Breton. Over the last two decades he has released two albums, "First Flight" and "An Evening With Darrell Keigan". From local songs and stories to those taken from Scottish, Irish and Cape Breton history and whether he's playing to a packed hall, or sitting in a living room packed with friends, Darrell's love of music and people is instantly evident.
Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia native Allie Bennett is in his 40th year in the Canadian Music Industry. He has toured Canada, the U.S., Britain, Sweden, Australia, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. As a studio musician, Allie has over 150 album projects to his credit, and his name appears on over 1,000,000 units sold in Canada. He has worked with John Allan Cameron, Rita MacNeil, Stan Rogers, Murray McLauchlan, The Rankin Family, The Barra MacNeils, Mary Jane Lamond, Natalie MacMaster, Ron Hynes, Bruce Guthro, Dave Gunning, Howie MacDonald, Ashley MacIsaac, Raylene Rankin, Jimmy Rankin and many more. Allie was Musical Director for the 1995 East Coast Music Awards. He was also band leader for the 1997 and 1998 editions of the Cape Breton Summertime Review and the 2000 and 2001 productions of Howie’s Celtic Brew. In 2003 he was Musical Director of The Rise And Follies Of Cape Breton - The Second Coming. In 2004 Allie released a fiddle album, his first solo project aptly titled “It’s About Time”, and in 2005 he was presented with the East Coast Music Association's Musicians Achievement Award. He lives in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, where he operates a private music school teaching fiddle and guitar, as well as teaching at the Halifax and Bedford Long&McQuade Lesson Centres. Allie continues to work as a studio musician, and tours occasionally with Dave Gunning, as well as a solo performer. In the fall of 2013 he released a new recording called “Full Circle” which is mostly instrumental with some vocal tracks as well.
Growing up outside of St. Peter’s in a musical family, Cyril MacPhee was immersed in Cape Breton ceilidhs and heavily influenced by his father’s Scottish and Irish fiddling, country and bluegrass music, and folk singers like Stan Rogers. His varied musical influences—from the Beatles to Harry Hibbs—shows in his songwriting and musical style, a truly unique blend of folk, country and Celtic music. Over the past 20 years, Cyril has performed for audiences throughout Canada, the US and in Scotland and Ireland and shared the stage with artists such as The Rankins, Natalie MacMaster, Bruce Guthro, Ashley MacIsaac, Gordie Sampson, J.P. Cormier, Buddy MacDonald, Dave Gunning to name a few. Cyril has released five albums, three with the popular power-folk group Brakin' Tradition and two as a solo artist.
Martin, MacDonald and Wells
Brian Martin, George MacDonald and Duncan Wells are three of the four members of “Four Men in a Tub” – a successful musical comedy troupe that has been performing in summer showcases across Cape Breton for many years. These talented musicians blend great cover songs with original tunes and are sure to be a crowd favorite.