Circle Like a Square
What's in that Irish air? During a work stay in Belmullet on the west coast of Ireland in 2008, Tony spent his evening enjoying the local talents performing in the pubs around town. The atmosphere and friendliness of the community married with the Celtic style music made being away from home more palatable. He befriended Red and Kevin, local performers who invited Tony to come up and sing in an open mic affair. A couple of Guinnesses, a bit of nerve and Tony was soon bitten by the performing bug. Inspiration for his songs The song "Miss Broadhaven Bay" was written and recorded by Tony during his stay in Belmullet in October 2008. He has spent most of his life in Atlantic Canada where Newfoundland and Nova Scotia play a major influence on the stories in his songs. Songs like "Moratorium" and "Tassels in the Sun" were inspired by many Newfoundlanders struck by the loss of the cod fishery and those forced to move away for work. Songs such as "Silent Cradle" tell of the pain and sense of loss of the community from the tragic murder of thirteen year old Karissa Boudreau in January of 2008 in Bridgwater at the hand of her mother. "Sable and the Sea" capture the pain and sense of loss after and the loss of a large part of the Lunenburg fishing industry during the August gales in 1926 and 1927. Lime Light Although Tony hasn't had the opportunity to perform often due to his work schedule, he's been short-listed twice to the top 10 while performing at the ESSO Talent Show during Natal Day festivities in Halifax for his songs "George the Blacksmith" and "Dunn Bayou". "George the Blacksmith" is a track on his new album "Circle Like a Square". He also won tickets for a Neil Young concert in Halifax on December 2008 by a contest submission to the CBC show "Main Street". His submission was a satirical spoof of the Conrad Black episode using the Neil Young song "Out on the Weekend" as the base song. The making of his first album "Circle Like A Square" The majority of Tony's working life in the marine construction/offshore industry has been away from home and busy with little opportunity for music. An association of talented and professional musicians for recording purposes in Halifax was virtually non-existent. When the recording bug hit, this void was filled when he entered the Echo Chamber and started to work with Charles Austin. Here he was introduced to talented musicians such as Brain Murray, Erin Costello, Ian Mosher, Serge Sampson, Gina Burgess, Rob Crowell and Kelly Sloan. They are literally instrumental in giving his first album it's unique sound. Tony gives much of the credit for the development many of his new material on the album to the tranquility during the winter month alone in the Lonely Rock Seaside Bungalows in New Harbour, Nova Scotia. His album title "Circle Like A Square" finished recording in October 2009 and is to be released later in 2009. Tony's appreciation for different styles of music is broad but anything that tells a good story and is easy listening will get a thumbs up, especially if it has a bit of either harmonica, fiddle or mandolin in the piece. Harry Chapin, John Prine, Neil Young and Murray McLachlan are a few of his favourite artists.