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Joel Plaskett and father, Bill, celebrate Solidarity in Halifax

The two musicians, Joel, from a rock background, and Bill, with his folk influences, release their new album Feb. 17 and perform in Halifax in April.
Bill and Joel Plaskett play the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax on April 20 in support of their upcoming album Solidarity.

Bill and Joel Plaskett will perform in support of their upcoming release Solidarity at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax on April 20 at 8 p.m.

Special guest is Peterborough fuzz-folk duo Mayhemingways.

Solidarity (Pheromone Recordings), slated for a Feb. 17 release, blends Bill Plaskett's traditional folk background with Joel Plaskett's long rock history.

Bill describes the album in a news release as “a touch of the traditional mixed in with the new, and a lot of the unexpected, arrived at through experimentation.” 

Juno Award-winning songwriter Joel cites his father Bill, an accomplished musician and co-founder of the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, as one of his biggest musical influences.

“I grew up around him playing guitars and his love of folk music, particularly music from the British Isles and Ireland is something I've inherited from him, artists like Bert Jansch, Richard Thompson and Paul Brady. Conversely, I have introduced him to some of my favourite records by artists like Those Bastard Souls, Led Zeppelin and Gillian Welch," Joel says in the release.

Bill says the pair spent a lot of time “figuring out what to play and what not to play, listening critically to each other and talking about the results. And then figuring out themes, motifs and connections.”

This results in “a complementary but different melodic sense that creates a guitar weave that is unique to us,” says Joel. “Between the six-string, tenor and tiple guitars, the bouzoukis and mandolas, there are a lot of ringing strings on this album. Wouldn't have it any other way."

Describing the title track, Solidarity, Joel says, "I wanted a song Dad and I could sing together that connected our individual journeys and our personal politics. The word solidarity came to mind and didn't leave.”

Click here to listen to Solidarity.

Tickets go on sale on Friday at noon and are $39.50 in advance and $44.50 day of show (including tax and CIF) at the Dalhousie Arts Centre box office, 902-494-3820 and online at Sonic Concerts. Additional fees may apply. 



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