Nash to tour with Yellowknife's Mary Caroline
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Singer-songwriter Megan Nash will be closing out the Festival of Words with a performance at the Cosmo Senior Centre Sunday at noon.
Megan Nash hopes to find inspiration on the road.
“I’m looking forward to getting out there again. I’m still working on songs for my new album,” the singer/songwriter originally from Mortlach said. “It’s nice when you go on the road and you get inspired and you come back home and you can get a few more songs from that experience.”
Nash’s Northern Tour begins Sept. 19 in Yellowknife and ends Oct. 3 in Red Deer. On Sept. 30, she will play at Coffee Encounters in Moose Jaw at 7:30 p.m. She is touring with Yellowknife’s Mary Caroline.
“Two ladies, two guitars … I’m looking forward to playing with Mary Caroline for the first time. I’ve never played with Mary before,” said Nash. “In fact we’ve actually never met, but through our emails and correspondence I get a great vibe from her and I’m sure we will hit it off fine and we’ll have a lot of fun on the road together.”
She said she and Caroline booked the tour dates and locations, which helped “lift the load of that administrative work.” Nash will fly up to Yellowknife and the two singer/songwriters will drive down in Caroline’s jeep.
Nash was in Whitehorse for the Western Canadian Music Awards in 2011. She said it was her first time to the Yukon and at the time she had a friend staying there.
“I just really fell in love with the country. I really love it. I get why people want to live up there. I think sometimes it’s easy for us to dismiss that part of the country because of the extreme temperatures,” said Nash. “It’s still beautiful. There’s something really gorgeous about it. So I’m looking forward to being back up there and seeing the landscape.
“It’s very inspiring and just by listening to Mary’s music I can tell she was influenced a lot by the land. So I’m really looking forward to going up there and maybe getting some of that inspiration myself.”
She added she is also particularly excited about her show in Moose Jaw.
“I’m looking forward to other people getting to hear her music, to get to hear an artist from Yellowknife and hear her songs and have her share her experiences with people I know in the community,” said Nash. “I’ve been playing Moose Jaw for a few years now. So it’s nice when you can freshen it up a bit by bringing in another artist and having them get to experience your community.”
Nash will have an acoustic EP titled,She said, She Saidreleased on Tuesday featuring three of her songs. Caroline is touring to support her second album,Who’s in Control.
For the last little while Nash’s focus has been on her band Pandacorn. The group will have an album out in November.
“I really believe in that music and I can’t wait for people to get to hear it,” said Nash. “So that one’s taking priority at this time and then I’m hoping in December and January to hibernate a little bit in the studio and to get some songs together because I want to release them in the springtime.”
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Sidebar: Tour dates and locations
Sept. 19: Yellowknife — Twist Reso-Lounge, 8 p.m.
Sept. 20: Fort Providence — Snow Shoe Lounge, 9 p.m.
Sept. 21: Hay River — Bull Dog Pub, 9 p.m.
Sept. 24: Calgary — 4th Spot, 7 p.m.
Sept. 26: Sherwood Park — Café Haven, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27 - Saskatoon — McNally’s, 8 p.m.
Sept. 27: Watrous — Danceland, 11 p.m.
Sept. 29: Regina — Artful Dodger, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 30: Moose Jaw — Coffee Encounters, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 1: Regina — The Lancaster
Oct. 2: Swift Current — Louie D’s Lounge, 8 p.m.
Oct. 3: Red Deer — Velvet Olive, 9 p.m.