Pictou musician’s band livestreaming concerts for new album

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WHITEHORSE – A musician originally from Pictou will be live online Friday night.

Whitehorse band Major Funk, which features Adrian Burrill on vocals and trumpet, is releasing its debut full-length album March 19. Due to pandemic limits for in-person events, the band is hosting two livestream concerts to help celebrate the release.

“It was the fall of 2019 when we decided it was time to polish our songs up and get into the recording studio,” said Burrill. “We write collaboratively and we have a lot of creative energy.”
The full-length album, titled Is That You?, features nine of the band’s funk songs. The album also features another Pictou musician, Andrew MacKelvie, on saxophone. MacKelvie is currently studying at Memorial University in Newfoundland.

With the album being recorded during the pandemic, Burrill says he and his bandmates had to decide when to release it. Usually, he says, album releases are in collaboration with a tour, however, touring isn’t feasible under the pandemic.

“We decided to shift more toward the online option and keep our fingers crossed after it’s released that we’ll be able to take it on the road.”

Until pandemic restrictions are eased, the trumpet player says the band will continue working, so they’re heading back into the recording studio. Along with Burrill and MacKelvie, Major Funk features Etienne Girard on bass; Selina Hayligers-Hare on vocals, keyboard and guitar; Anders Graholm on drums; Toby Moisey on saxophone and flute; and Brent Gallant on guitar.

“We have a whole bunch more songs we’re working on, and we have plans to record again this summer,” he said. “We wanted to keep working. We have a lot of creative energy.”

Major Funk’s livestreams will begin at 11 p.m. AST on March 19 and 1 a.m. AST March 20. The livestream will be a pay-what-you-decide option. The performances will be recorded and posted to the band’s YouTube channel in the near future.

For more information on Major Funk, including how to watch the livestreams, visit the band’s website. The band can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Spotify.