Rankin to Rock the Lobster

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PICTOU — As the weather begins to improve, showing sure signs that summer is on its way, another sure sign is the lineup for the Pictou Lobster Carnival’s 85th event coming up July 5 through 7.

Be prepared to Rock the Lobster with unmatched entertainment Friday through Sunday with something for everyone as the celebrations mark a momentous year for the event.

Festivities open Friday night with country rock band Witchitaw, with three Nashville recorded albums and a nomination for country album of the year at the Nova Scotia Music Awards for their latest album “The Ride”. Makayla Lynn, dubbed “one to watch” by Rolling Stone Magazine, will take the stage as well. Garnering herself the coveted number one spot on CMT’s 12 Pack Countdown, this 2018 East Coast Music Award and Music Nova Scotia award winner will have all of your toes tapping.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. Friday night entertainment continues with the ever-popular Matt Minglewood, a Lobster Carnival favourite, rocking his blues and country high-octane show followed by False Pretense to round out the opening night.

As the festivities continue on Saturday, children will be enthralled with Shelley Bean and the Duckety Mucks as they weave their web of humour and interactivity with Atlantic Canadian folk music and, of course, puppets.

Saturday night plays host to the show-stopping, multi award-winning Jimmy Rankin. This renowned Canadian songwriter, who has become synonymous with the East Coast sound, will be bringing his latest album Moving East to the stage featuring tall tales, bittersweet ballads and the classic folk-rock sound Rankin helped pioneer. Rankin, along with local acts, the Rabbit Town Blues Band and Dirty Rokkin Scoundrels, will complete an epic Saturday night at the Pictou Lobster Carnival.

And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the Pictou Lobster Carnival has a memorable Sunday afternoon line up to close out the 85th year that includes The Barra MacNeils, Rum Ragged, The Collective, Mike and the MacPhersons, and the Kitchen Criminals. Widely regarded as one of the greatest live concert acts in the Celtic world, The Barra MacNeils will bring their deeply-rooted Celtic music, culture, dance, language and history to the forefront. Including multiple lead vocalists, beautiful sibling harmonies, and an unprecedented instrumental prowess, they’ll have the entire family dancing a jig.

Weekend passes will be going on sale at local venues. Stay tuned so you don’t miss out on all of the fun.

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