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ASHLEY MACISAAC IS BACK WITH NEW ALBUM “CROSSOVER”
On June 14th 2011 Ashley MacIsaac will release Crossover, an album that is Ashley at his best. Being the result of over 3 years, 6 different studios, countless international concerts and the combined efforts of Ashley and musical friends such as Quinn Bachand and Mary Jane Lamond, Crossover is Ashley’s first album of this style in ten years!
All of these elements have led to this fun album with Celtic crossovers such as the beautiful “She’s A Rare One”, sung by Mary Jane Lamond. “I begged Mary Jane to sing my favorite old Gaelic song,” MacIsaac recalls, “finally she did and it was worth all the begging! Mary Jane Lamond is indeed a rare one.” There is also the bittersweet ballad “White Velvet”, the lyrics of which MacIsaac credits as an inspiration for the entire album is coupled with music influenced by his Catholic upbringing. Of course we can also expect electrifying, fast paced Power Rock Fiddle songs like Poka Rokin. “This was my dad's favorite Cape Breton step dance tune which I kicked up one powerful notch!”
Throughout the recording period Ashley had decided that he wanted to follow up in the same vein as his first major hit record Hi How are you Today?. And while having made 7 more albums and ventured into many different genres since then, the album manages to echo his first big hit while also containing different styles which span the range of influences and musical textures that Ashley has discovered throughout his life.
“I’m just a Cape Bretoner making my music and speaking from my soul for all the world to hear.” Already considered something of a local legend and prodigy by the time of his impressive 1992 debut Close To The Floor, Ashley really broke through in to the mainstream with 1995’s double-platinum genre-bending Hi, How Are You Today?. International radio play and a regular slot on MuchMusic made Ashley an instant Canadian icon.
Recent highlights in Ashley’s career include a feature performance in the opening ceremonies at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and tours with the likes of Philip Glass and The Chieftains. He has played on the Conan O’Brian show and Carnegie Hall and performed with the White Stripes for their Under Great White Northern Lights Canadian tour which was turned in to a documentary.
CURRENT TOUR DATES:
June 11 Windsor ON - Riverfront Plaza Carousel of Nations Festival
June 23 Toronto ON - Cadillac Lounge CD Release Party
July 21 New Richmond QC - Inter Nation Art Festival
July 30 Montreal QC - Montreal Highland Games and Celtic Festival
Aug 5 Pembroke ON - Waterfront Festival
Aug 21 Windsor ON - Expo Centre
Sept 2 Welland ON - Festival Merrit Park
Oct 7-12 Celtic Colours Festival NS
Oct 22 Sault St Marie ON - Kiwanis Theatre
Oct. 25 Brantford ON - Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts
Oct 26 Alliston ON - Gibson Cultural Centre
Oct 27 Markham ON - Markham Theatre
Oct 28 Brampton ON - Rose Theatre
Oct 29 Oakville ON - Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
Dec 17 Victoria BC - Royal Theatre with Victoria Symphony