FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE (April 26, 2012)
MATTHEW HORNELL (NL) & THE MODERN GRASS (NS) – HIGH ON THE MOUNTAIN:
NEWFOUNDLAND TOUR; MAY 9 – 21, 2012 .
(Performances in: Corner Brook; Grand Falls-Windsor; St. John’s; and Norris Point, Gros Morne National Park.)
On Wednesday May 9th, 2012, Matthew Hornell (NL) and The Modern Grass( NS) will begin their two week tour. The tour will begin in Corner Brook, NL continuing to Grand Falls-Windsor, NL, St. John’s, NL, and the Trails Tales and Tunes Festival in Norris Point, NL.
In the past few months, Hornell has been spending time in Halifax working with local friends and musicians to craft the final material of hi sophomore album. The new LP will be recorded at The Old Confidence Lodge (Chad Vangaalen, Matt Mays, Joel Plaskett) and will feature world-class performers: Tom Terrell (piano/harmonica/vocals) Andrew Sneddon (resonator guitar/steel/vocals), Adam Pye (bass), Matt Gallant (percussion/vocals). The musicians, the studio, and the new direction of Hornell’s material are all indicators of a strong, eclectic sophomore album
Recently, Matthew Hornell and his new pals have been keeping very busy – multiple ECMA showcases including the Gala Awards Show, performing to sold-out shows at the Seahorse in Halifax, NS (Slowcoaster / The Idlers & Mark Bragg) and touring around the Maritime provinces. The High on the Mountain: Newfoundland Tour will be the Islanders first chance to enjoy the country, bluegrass, roots and sweet picking of Mordern Grass (NS).
The Modern Grass presents there second studio album ‘High on The Mountain’. H.O.T.M. was recorded live in 2 days at CBC Studio H in Halifax, NS. The record was produced and engineered by Karl Falkenham. In his years at the CBC Karl has worked with musical icons such as Ray Charles, Herb Ellis, and David Grisman, and produced a Juno award winning blues album for Garrett Mason. The Modern Grass will take the album on the road this spring/summer with over 50 dates across the country from Whitehorse to Gros Morne be sure to catch the Modern Grass, High on the Mountain, in a city near you.
Concert details, HD video, and information on performers can be found online at www.matthewhornell.com and www.themoderngrass.com . Hornell and his new lineup are start their two week tour in Corner Brook, NL on May 9th and ending in Gros Morne National Park at the Trails, Tales and Tunes Festival May 20th.
Matthew Hornell is a singer and a songwriter from Newfoundland and Labrador. His debut album Matthew Hornell and The Diamond Minds was awarded four Music NL Awards – including Entertainer of the Year and the Rising Star Award. Spending over half the past year touring, Hornell has been spending time learning and wielding the music that will create his sophomore album.
Matthew Hornell is a constant entertainer and consummate performer. With the release of his debut album and his extensive touring history Hornell has firmly established himself as a vital new voice in the songwriting community of Atlantic Canada.
THE MODERN GRASS
The Modern Grass was born in early 2011 and is already kicking up dust in the Canadian music scene with a successful Canadian tour and a debut album nominated for Music Nova Scotias’ Best Country/Bluegrass album of the year. The MG is acoustically inspired jazz, bluegrass, gypsy, blues, classical and folk music. The Quintet pays tribute to a number of musical traditions, but leaves plenty of room for innovation and improvisation. Complex arrangements translate seamlessly, and Terrell’s down home songs and lyrics are a sharp and comforting contrast to the tasteful, yet avante garde musicianship. The Modern Grass is a breath of fresh air.
“The Modern Grass” features violinist extraordinaire Donald Maclennan, (TZE, Mishras Dream, Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers) hard driving Double bass player Adam Pye ( Laura Merrimen, The moonshine Ramblers, The Bluejam Grass Band), Halifax premier resonator guitar player, Andrew Sneddon (Laura Merrimen, The moonshine Ramblers, The Bluejam Grass Band), the fastest banjo picker this side of the Mississippi, Dan MacCormack, and Tom Terrell. Terrell has released 4 full length Albums and 1 Ep, all of which were released through his own label. With his trademark harmonica and guitar sounds and incorporation of blues, jazz, country and soul, Tom Terrell has built a distinctive musical persona.
More information available at www.matthewhornell.com / www.themoderngrass.ca