The East Pointers: Canadian Celtic-Folk Trio Return To Australia

  • Written by  Penelope Pelecas
  • Saturday, 04 November 2017 11:59
The East Pointers tour Australia from Nov 2017 to Jan 2018. The East Pointers tour Australia from Nov 2017 to Jan 2018.
The East Pointers have announced a string of Australian dates to promote the release of their second album, ‘What We Leave Behind’.

Guitarist Jake Charron tells all. “We are super pumped to get back to Australia, it’s a great place and we can’t wait to show everyone what we have been working on.”

The other band members are cousin duo Tim (fiddler/ singer) and Koady Chaisson (banjoist). With live dates in place, The East Pointers will perform at a variety of venues and festivals across Australia including Woodford Folk Festival.

“We all share a love for traditional and Celtic music, but also a love for modern music like pop and rock.”

“This will be our fourth Aussie tour; Woodford Folk Festival is one we always look forward to,” Jake says.

“We are always excited to come back.”

Drawing inspiration from the world they come from and the world they move through now, ‘What We Leave Behind’ features a lot of sentiment towards the band’s home province of Prince Edward Island.

Single ‘Two Weeks’ will hit home for a lot of the locals. “On the Island many families are forced to split their time, with at least one member having to go out west to make ends meet… it’s so hard,” Jake says.

Other singles include ‘John Wallace’ – about a 19th century shipwreck off the coast of Prince Edward Island – and ‘Hid In Your Heart’ that upholds the band's devotion to documenting everyday life.

When asked what his favourite track was Jake replies: “You know what, it keeps changing. I was previously excited about ‘Two Weeks’ when it first came out but ‘John Wallace’ has recently been growing on me.”

‘What We Leave Behind’ was produced by Gordie Sampson. “We did a lot of writing down in Australia on our last tour. We got to work with one of our heroes, Gordie Sampson, who produced and brought the album to life.”

Celtic grown, The East Pointers serve up a spectacular mix of traditional and contemporary music. “It’s tricky to describe... but it is a combination of Celtic music with a contemporary spin completed with some modern-pop influences.”

With a common love for Celtic and modern music, The East Pointers were formed in 2015. “We actually joked about it for a long time [about forming a band]. We got along really well and we always had a great time together when we crossed paths,” Jake says.

“We thought it would be fun to start a little trio. We all share a love for traditional and Celtic music but also a love for modern music like pop and rock.”

In 2015, The East Pointers won a Juno Award for their debut album ‘Secret Victory’. “It was a massive surprise. We were touring in Australia at the time and we watched the show online. It was morning at the time, so we had a little bit of a mid-morning champagne.”

The East Pointers will be continuing their tour internationally after their Australian visit. “After Australia we will be heading to Canada, the UK and then the United States.”

The East Pointers Shows

18-19 Nov - Mullum Music Festival (Northern Rivers)
24-26 Nov - Queenscliff Music Festival
Thu 30 Nov - Caravan Music Club (Melbourne)
Sun 3 Dec - The Toff In Town (Melbourne)
Wed 6 Dec - The Sepulchre (Hobart)
Thu 7 Dec - Ainslie Arts Centre (Canberra)
Fri 8 Dec - Theatre Royal (Castlemaine)
Sat 9 Dec - Metropole (Katoomba)
Thu 14 Dec - Jive (Adelaide)
Fri 15 Dec - Darwin Railway Club
Sat 16 Dec - Albany Entertainment Centre
Sun 17 Dec - Fremantle Arts Centre
27 Dec - 1 Jan - Woodford Folk Festival (Sunshine Coast)
Thu 4 Jan - Solbar (Sunshine Coast)
Fri 5 Jan - The Old Museum (Brisbane)
Sat 6 Jan - The Factory Theatre (Sydney)
Sun 7 Jan - Lizotte’s Newcastle


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