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‘Dark & Amber Rosin’ CD release at Lot 16 Hall Saturday evening

Courtney Hogan, left, and Keelin Wedge are shown at their CD launch held earlier this month at the Old Triangle in Charlottetown. A second launch is planned for Saturday at the Lot 16 Community Hall. Nancy Hogan/Special to The Guardian
Courtney Hogan, left, and Keelin Wedge are shown at their CD launch held earlier this month at the Old Triangle in Charlottetown. A second launch is planned for Saturday at the Lot 16 Community Hall. Nancy Hogan/Special to The Guardian - Contributed

Courtney Hogan and Keelin Wedge are kicking off their final CD release party for “Dark & Amber Rosin” close to home at Lot 16 Community Hall on Saturday May 25, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 at the door. CDs and 50/50 tickets will be available. Everyone is welcome to join the two Island musicians for a night of Celtic and traditional music, with fiddles, guitars, step-dancing and songs.

Hogan and Wedge are best known for being part of the popular P.E.I. band, Fiddlers’ Sons, but the two young musicians were playing music long before that. Even before they were 10 years old, they’d often find themselves competing against each other in local music competitions and performing as solo artists at shows, benefits and ceilidhs all over the Island.

It wasn’t until a few years ago that their paths crossed again when Wedge teamed up with Hogan and bandmates Eddy Quinn and John Webster to become part of Fiddlers’ Sons. During a winter rehearsal kitchen party, the two decided to collaborate on a new album together and that was the beginning of “Dark & Amber Rosin”. The title would be better known as a term describing a fiddle bow necessity than the dark and amber haired fiddlers, but they’re working hard to change that.

The making of the CD is as authentic as would be expected from downhome local artists. The music selection and rehearsals were done during winter nights at Hogan’s old farmhouse in Emerald, and the entire CD was recorded at Wedge’s own recording studio in Wellington.

“We had a lot of fun putting this CD together” says Hogan. “It kinda started out as joke one night, but Keelin having the resources to record the entire CD at her studio, made this project a lot more viable. Things really came together well working with such a talented partner.”

The CD features a blend of slow airs like “Beautiful Dreamer” and “Sheguindah Bay”, along with foot-stomping fiddle tunes like “Cotton Eyed Joe” and “Big John McNeil”. Wedge also does a melody of guitar picking tunes and vocals on “Tell Me Ma” and “I Went to The Market”. And a kitchen party CD created in the middle of winter on P.E.I. wouldn’t be complete without the popular song about a kitchen party in the middle of an Island winter - “The Ballad of St. Anne’s Reel”.

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