Shelburne Summer Music Festival! Presenting our third annual music festival in the Osprey’s parking lot by the floating docks. Join us for a relaxing and fun Friday and Saturday with a great music lineup including Joe Murphy & the Water Street Blues Band, the Urban Surf Kings, Brite-VU, an outdoor screening of Eric Clapton live at the Royal Albert Hall and a collection of talented local musicians.
Also, bring the entire family! We are organizing a Kids Craft Activity Tent and a Sidewalk Chalk art contest! Presented by Art Studio 138.
As always, enjoy BBQ food, a full bar and a comfy table and chair setup.
In the event of rain the festival will take place inside the Osprey Theatre.
Adult Tickets: Fri $20|Sat $20|Both $30
Student Tickets: Fri $7|Sat $7|Both $12
SONGS AT SEA LEVEL 2016 LINEUP:
Friday, August 12
5-6 PM: Philip Harding and Dave Dobson
David Dobson began his professional music career in the Liverpool band Sandy Road. After a move to Halifax in 1980 he continued in the music business nonstop doing studio work and playing thousands of shows.
Philip Harding’s father encouraged him to play the guitar at an
early age, accompanying fiddle tunes and Hank Snow songs. Throughout high school his life revolved around listening to records and playing for dances in various bands he formed. One particular band known as the Notch Brothers became well liked and performed all over Nova Scotia in the mid to late seventies.
The two met again by chance in the summer of 2013 and have been playing together since.
6-7 PM: The Ragged Island Roosters
Together, Allan Crosby and Alex Buchanan form this roots/blues duo. Both piano-based songwriters, they have been working on a soulful collection of music. They may only be two people, but with rockin’ piano, harmonica, and drums, the Ragged Island Roosters have a full-band-sound sure to get you moving!
7-9 PM: Joe Murphy & the Water Street Blues Band
New Brunswick Joe Murphy has been fronting the Water Street Blues Band for many years. Joe accompanies his powerful voice with his blues harp, slide guitar and accordion. He has played with many legendary blues players such as Otis Rush, Johnny Copeland, John Lee Hooker, Pinetop Perkins, and Johnny Sansone, to name a few. Locally in Halifax, Joe has played with just about everybody and when visiting performers come to the Maritimes, other performers sometimes fill in to complete the show.
9-11 PM: Outdoor Screening – Eric Clapton: Live From The Royal Albert Hall (2015)
Our first-ever outdoor screening at the Osprey! This year at Songs at Sea Level we’re bringing Eric Clapton to the stage with a live concert screening from the Royal Albert Hall. Filmed and shown in full HD quality, this will truly be a spectacular new experience at the Osprey! We’ll have popcorn and a full outside bar to accompany the concert film.
“Eric Clapton’s performance quality is, like the cliché goes, much like a fine wine; it only grows better with age. That holds true in the case of the now 70-year-old rock and blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, who recently put on a two-hour-long show in celebration of his seven decades on Earth at South Kensington’s Royal Albert Hall.”
Saturday, August 13
5-6 PM: Killick and Chett Buchanan
Killick and Chett Buchanan will share the stage to kick off Saturday’s lineup.
The mighty Killick duo! Pat Melanson and Alex Buchanan perform a mixture of Celtic and Acadian styles with a multitude of musical instruments – mandolin, accordion, guitar, banjo, piano, and bagpipes! Killick will be debuting a collection of brand new original songs this year at S@SL.
As a child of Shelburne County, Chett came of musical age in the mid-seventies while he was in junior high school. He used song-writing to help him learn how to play guitar, as every time he learned something new, he would try to use it in one of his songs to “make it his own”. Chett’s first group experiences were in high school, and he continued to play throughout college and university. During his musical career, Chett has been a part of the Mucktown Racetrack Band, The PoorBoys, and the Winsome Blues Band. He now plays guitar on sessions at HarbourTone Productions and is a member of the Ghost Town Heroes.
6-7 PM: Mike Elliott, Bruce Reid, Peter Healy
Three great local folk-rockers sharing the stage!
Mike Elliott and Bruce Reid are usually seen with the Poorboys or Heavywater, but also play as an acoustic duo. Both avid songwriters, Bruce has a powerful voice that pushes songs to a new level, where Mike is often found accompanying other musicians on guitar, mandolin or Dobro.
Most of you know Peter Healy as an actor, director, and playwright. Certainly, these talents contribute to his love of fun and mischief, which he greatly encourages in the children he directs. But Peter has also been playing music around Shelburne County for over 40 years, and he is an expert on the stage. His musical roots lie in pre-WWII blues, post-WWII Country and 1960’s folk, and his lyrical idol is John Prine. Following these influences, Peter tells stories through his songs, leaning toward the hard and bitter side of human nature, with a lot of strange humour and touches of irony thrown in the mix.
7-9 PM: Urban Surf Kings
Think of the beach blasts of Dick Dale, the leather jacket rumble of Link Wray, and the biker fuzz of B-movie heroes Davie Allen & the Arrows. Mix them together and you have Urban Surf Kings! They have 11 releases to date, including their April 2009 seven-inch EP, Ski School. With a fan base that extends around the world (including North & South America, Europe, Asia & Australia), Urban Surf Kings may be the busiest surf band in Canada.
9-10 PM: Brite-VU with Stephen Elliott
Comprised of lead vocal and guitar Robb Medwid, bassist Greg Erkvaara, drummer Steve DeWolfe and most recently Stephen Elliott lead guitar and vocals this band has continued to grow and harness their strengths to provide a powerful, and dynamic sound with a varied melodic wave. Stephen Elliott grew up in Shelburne County and is well known in the area for his previous band, Vapor and the very successful annual “Vaporized” concert at the Osprey. He has also performed many times with his father Mike Elliott.