Making their ECMA debut

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Fiddler Matthew Reid is nominated for roots/traditional solo recording of the year for his debut CD, Born to Fiddle. That awards presentation will take place tonight during the Folk and Roots Stage at The Pourhouse, the second floor of The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse.

Amy and Rachel Beck, fiddler Matthew Reid excited to be part of 2014 East Coast Music Week

When singer-songwriter Rachel Beck thinks about the past 12 months, she has to pinch herself to believe that a dream she and her sister have shared is coming true.

“A year ago, we never thought we’d be here, getting ready to showcase during East Coast Music Week but we are. And we’re really excited about it,” says Beck who, with her sister, Amy, will perform on the RBC Breakout Stage at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel today at 6 p.m.

And they won’t be alone.

“We have a couple of great musicians joining us for that showcase. So it’s going to be great,” says Beck, adding the accompanists include Deryl Gallant on upright bass and Bennett Buell on acoustic guitar.

P.E.I.’s Amy and Rachel Beck are among the first-timers at the 2014 ECMAs this year. So is fiddling sensation Matthew Reid, who received a nod for roots/traditional solo recording of the year for his debut CD, Born to Fiddle.

“I never thought that I would actually get nominated. So I’m really happy about it,” says the third-year UPEI science student.

The award will be presented tonight during the Folk and Roots Stage at The Pourhouse, the second floor of The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse.

Since starting the fiddle at age seven, Reid has entertained thousands of people with his music. Often, when he plays, audience members ask him for a recording.

“So I’ve been planning a CD for a long time. I started recording in June of 2011. It took a little while to complete, because of snow storms, but I finished it in 2012.”

Since then, he’s been busy getting word out about his CD.

“I enjoy playing the fiddle and I’m hoping to find some more places to play. I want more people to know about my music. That’s why I’m looking forward to the ECMAs. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people.”

While Reid is preparing his game plan, the Beck sisters are planning their showcase.

“We’ve got our set list all ready. We have 30 minutes. So, we’re mostly playing songs from our self-titled debut album, which we released in October. We’re trying to provide a nice variety in the music in what we do.”

One number they are excited about performing is Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda. The acoustic song featuring the sisters’ layered vocals and a steady drumbeat is a crowd pleaser.

“It’s very rhythmic. We’re also doing songs that showcase acoustic guitar. We’re just trying to put as much variety into it and keep it fun.”

For Amy, the biggest thrill is being the first group to perform, in the set.

“It doesn’t really change what we plan on doing but it’s exciting to be the first ones, getting to set the tone for the whole night. We hope everyone does very well,” she says.

Organizations: Amy and Rachel Beck, RBC Breakout Stage, Rodd Charlottetown Hotel The Pourhouse

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  • Cathy Morrison
    April 03, 2014 - 13:32

    Really wish I could attend Amy & Rachel's performance, especially with Deryl accompanying! It's sure to be great!

  • Henry VIII
    April 03, 2014 - 06:13

    Two great acts! Hope to catch them both this week.