Alan Doyle, Matt Mays, Matt Andersen and Wintersleep to rock Jubilee

Pictou Advocate Breaking News

NEW GLASGOW – It’ll be a bit of a homecoming for the 2017 Jubilee when Sunday night co-headliners Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies and Matt Andersen & The Bona Fide, and Saturday night co-headliners Matt Mays and Wintersleep take the stage.

Saturday night has co-headliners, Matt Mays and Wintersleep. Mays had rocked the river in 2013. After travelling the world, Mays found his sound and created his album Coyote, his fifth album since his self-titled debut. Released in late 2012, it has won three MusicNS awards, been named Album of the Year by the ECMA and won a Juno for Rock Album of the Year.

Jubilee-alumni Wintersleep will also welcomed back to the Jubilee stage. Wintersleep is an indie rock band founded in 2002 from Halifax, and containing some Pictou County talent – and in 2008 were received a Juno Award for New Group of the Year. Their recent album, The Great Detachment, was nominated for a Juno for Adult Alternative Album of the Year.

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Yes, Alan Doyle is back. Crooning alongside Great Big Sea to the Jubilee’s first-ever sold out crowd in 2013, he is back with Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies. So Let’s Go, the band’s latest effort, is filled with upbeat, fun even rowdy rockin’-Newfoundland party anthems with an array of instruments. Dubbed by Doyle himself as “the band that can play anything”, Alan Doyle and Beautiful Gypsies are ready to bring the East Coast music to the Jubilee stage.

Sunday night also has co-headliner and powerhouse blues performers Matt Anderson & The Bona Fide. Joining Andersen on stage making up ‘The Bona Fide’, is Geoff Arsenault on drums, on bass and harmonica Steve Marriner, and on guitar and keys, Chris Kirby.

Sunday night will also see Fortunate Ones, a Juno-nominated Canadian Folk Music Award winning folk-pop duo made up of singer/pianist/accordion player Catherine Allan and singer/guitarist Andrew James O’Brien.

Pictou County Pop Classics, a local band, will be welcomed as Jubilee newcomers, kicking off the headliners for the Jubilee weekend. Pop Classics, who are no stranger to sold-out crowds, is comprised of 42 musicians will be performing everything the 60s and 70s had to offer, from soft rock, hard rock, R&B, fund, soul disco, all in one night. Their two 60s shows slated for May at Glasgow Square sold out in record-breaking time.

The Jubilee roster for 2017 welcomes back many Jubilee alumni, a nod to the success and growth over the years bringing local talent and successful performers.

“In our 22nd year we decided to bring back several fan favourite Jubilee-alumnus to the stage, mixed with well-known East Coast artists and groups,” said 2017 Jubilee Chair Michelle MacLean. “There are a lot of local twists as well in this year’s line-up including introducing Pictou County Pop Classics to the stage, and a little Pictou County reunion for Loel Campbell from Wintersleep who’s originally from Stellarton.”

Gate crasher tickets are on sale today, March 31st via ticketpro.ca. Gate crasher prices are in effect through April 14th, from Adult Gate Crasher for $75; Adult VIP Gate Crasher at $130, and Youth Gate Crasher at $30.

Full line-up details will be shared as artists are signed, including details on the Children’s Jubilee and late night stages. For more information on the event, sponsorship and artist info visit jubilee.ns.ca.