Blues artist, band to rock Marigold

Published on January 9, 2014

Shirley Jackson and Her Good Rockin’ Daddys, from left, Shirley Jackson, Rob MacIntosh, Marc Doucet, Ainslie Jardine, Jef Wirchenko, Dave Harrison and Dawn Hatfield, are set to perform at the Marigold next month.

TRURO – Shirley Jackson and Her Good Rockin’ Daddys are bringing their horn-powered East Coast Blues to the stage at the Marigold Cultural Centre.

With a sound inspired by the early years of rock and roll when horn sections were an integral part of the sound of a swingin’ and rockin’ good time, the blues musicians will be in Truro on Feb. 8, with a showtime of 7:30 p.m.

Jackson is a nominee for the Toronto Maple Blues Awards 2013, horn player of the year and the recipient of the Toronto Maple Blues award in 2003. Shirley Jackson & Her Good Rockin’ Daddys are three time East Coast Music Award nominees, Nova Scotia Music Award nominees and on the list for the top 20 Canadian Blues Album nominees for 2013.

The Calgary International Blues Festival and a recent summer tour to New Hampshire and Quebec laid the ground work for their recent release, ‘When the Money’s All Gone,’ which includes seven originals by Jackson, ranging from bluesy ballads, soulful horns and raunchy guitar features.

The Good Rockin’ Daddys consists of Shirley Jackson on vocals and tenor sax, Dawn Hatfield on baritone saxophone, Rob MacIntosh on tenor saxophone, Dave Harrison on trumpet, Marc Doucet on guitar, Jef Wirchenko on bass and Ainslie Jardine on drums.

Whatever the lineup, Jackson has been leading the Good Rockin’ Daddys into a sound that is reminiscent of the times of the honking and screaming saxophones in swinging dance clubs but stylized by her own song writing and arranging.

Tickets for the Feb. 8 performance are available now at the Marigold Cultural Centre on Prince Street in Truro, by calling the Marigold at 897-4004 or visiting, at MacQuarries Pharmasave on the Esplanade or at