Halifax rocker excited to hit blues fest stage

Raissa Tetanish
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BIBLE HILL – Christine Campbell is “pumped” about this year’s Dutch Mason Blues Festival.

Christine Campbell belts out a tune at the Kempt Shore Maritime Acoustic Festival on July 18. Campbell will once again hit the stage at the Dutch Mason Blues Festival, which runs from Aug. 8 to 10 at the Truro Raceway.

Campbell, a Halifax based musician, is hitting the mainstage to kick off Friday’s festivities at the 10th annual festival from Aug. 8 to 10, which will also feature the likes of Monster Head, Gregg Rolie, Monkey Junk and David Wilcox.

“Last year I had headlined an afternoon and it was such a blast,” said Campbell. “I played with a six-piece band and it was the first time playing with a band since I went solo.”

She will once again perform with a band this year and is looking forward to the event.

“Especially being on the bill with everyone else. I’m hoping to break out some new tunes and I feel pretty pumped about playing with this band.”

Being from Charlottetown, Campbell said she has a small-town sense to her and loves living in the East Coast. She said Truro is one of her favourite places to play.

Over the past year, Campbell has performed numerous shows in Truro, including at the Split Crow and with Charlie A’Court as part of his Blues Meltdown.

“The support in Truro has been great. Everyone has been super supportive and it’s a place I always try to get back to,” she said.

Campbell has been working on some new material lately, traveling to Nashville and being in and out of the studio.

She spent some time at the Kempt Shore Maritime Acoustic Festival this month where she and A’Court, a MacCallum Settlement native, performed ‘Can’t Stop the Clock,’ a song that has been posted to Campbell’s YouTube channel.

“(The acoustic festival) was great. There was so much music everywhere,” she said. “I’d go to bed at four in the morning and had to be up at 11. I had 10 alarms set and four people ready to wake me up.”

During the five-day festival, Campbell had her own performances, however joined J.P. Cormier, Bill Elliott, A’Court and The Hupman Brothers for a guitar summit Friday afternoon.

“That was my first time on stage with J.P. Cormier and I was a little intimidated by him,” she admitted.

When it comes to her new album, Campbell said “real” recording will start in November, with the hopes of a fall release.

For more information on Campbell, visit http://christinecampbellmusic.ca.

For more information on the Dutch Mason Blues Festival, including to purchase tickets, visit www.dutchmason.com/festival/sandbox/ or call 1-866-993-8824.

 

 

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AT A GLANCE:

WHAT: 10th annual Dutch Mason Blues Festival

WHEN: Aug. 8-10

WHERE: Truro Raceway and Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Grounds, Bible Hill

FEATURING: Christine Campbell, Wild T & The Spirit, Monster Truck, Rick Derringer, Garrett Mason, Joe Murphy, The Dutch Mason Blues Band, Paul Deslauriers Band, Royal Southern Brotherhood, James Cotton & Darrell Nulisch, Doyle Bramhall II, Gregg Rolie, Monkey Junk, Head of the Herd, David Wilcox, and more

MORE INFO: www.dutchmason.com/festival/sandbox/ or call 1-866-993-8824

Geographic location: Truro, Charlottetown, East Coast Nashville MacCallum Settlement Nova Scotia Southern Brotherhood

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