the east pointers
Friday 20th October
Seated venue (reserved)
with - The Young 'uns
Each member of The East Pointers – banjoist/vocalist/step-dancer Koady Chaisson, fiddle player/vocalist Tim Chaisson, and guitarist/vocalist Jake Charron – is an accomplished musician in his own right, and their union produces a blend of Celtic tunes, songs and step-dances molded into something uniquely Canadian through a history which goes back generations.
The cousins Tim and Koady Chaisson come from Canada’s Prince Edward Island on the exposed Atlantic coast. Here, through six generations of performances and playing, the Chaisson Family have written themselves into the island’s music history. Influential family members include Joe Pete Chaisson (1914-1981) who helped form the PEI Fiddlers Association in 1975 and establish the Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival in the late 1970s. Now the cousins Tim and Koady Chaisson, joined by Jake Charron, carry the island’s tradition forward through
The East Pointers.
Their debut album ‘Secret Victory’ was released in October 2015 and featured 10 original tracks, all penned by Tim, Koady and Jake. The album received 4* reviews from R2, The Irish Post and Maverick Magazine and more, with Maverick hailing them as the band who ‘have arrived to modernize, revolutionise and change perceptions about Celtic, folk, bluegrass and jigs in one fell swoop.’ They followed this with UK tours in Dec 2015, Jan/Feb 2016 and Jul ‘16, including their debut at Celtic Connections,
a live session for BBC Radio 3, WOMAD festival and live performance from the festival site simulcast to BBC 6 Music
and BBC Radio 3.
2017 opened with the news that The East Pointers were nominated for Roots Album of the Year in the JUNO Awards, Canada’s biggest music awards.
The East Pointers join us at Manchester Folk Festival as one of three special guest artists from Prince Edward Island, Canada. Every year, one country or region is offered an exclusive international partnership with English Folk Expo. So in our festival of English music, you’ll still be able to make some international discoveries. The Eastern maritime provinces of Canada have rich folk inheritance from their Celtic, French and native Mi’kmaq roots, and we’re delighted to welcome this exchange of traditions and stories. We think you’ll love it too.