Friday, May 11 the Pictou County Showcase will include The East River Rats, The Kitchen Criminals, Bailey Mackinnion and Karol Brown.
The East River Rats are a 7 piece high energy Celtic rock hailing from the northern shore of Nova Scotia, Canada. Members include Caleb MacIvor on bass, accordion and vocals, Marree MacKenzie on the fiddle, Cole Yorke on mandolin and backing vocals, Eli Hollett on drums and backing vocals, Greg Stanley on guitar and backing vocals, Jarvis Hale on banjitar, and Brian MacKenzie on vocals, tin whistle, guitar, and bodhran.
The Kitchen Criminals (KC) is a four piece ensemble from Pictou County. Their East Coast, Celtic-Rock sound was largely influenced by two Atlantic Canadian bands, MacKeel, Great Big Sea, Rawlins Cross, Dropkick Murphys and Fleur Mainville. Featuring Bruce Pettipas (mandoline and bass), Hayley MacLeod (fiddle), Sandra DeCoste (bodhrán drum, tin whistle and back up vocal) and Ashley George (acoustic guitar and lead vocal).
15 year old, Karol Brown won last summer Youth Stars of the Future Coffee House Series. Her piano-based contemporary folk style tells stories, shares her point of view and helps her come to conclusions. Brown believes that a good song should make you think, and that is what she is trying to make people do. Over the last year, she has been recording several songs at Ian Kamp's Shoebox Studio