Folk artist hitting Stan Fest stage this summer

Raissa Tetanish
Published on June 25, 2014
Ian Alistair Gosbee, whose father is from Truro, is performing on the stage at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso this year. Gosbee will perform on July 4, just before Great Big Sea's Alan Doyle hits the stage.
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TRURO - Ian Alistair Gosbee is excited to finally have a chance to perform on the stage at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival.

Gosbee, whose father is from Truro, will take the stage in Canso this summer just before Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea fame.

"I'm really excited," said Gosbee, a Halifax resident. "A few years ago, there was another contest I applied for but didn't get accepted. With my last album, I got some recognition and won some awards, so I now have more of a fan base."

He said the contest, ‘Tweener,' was for a spot on the July 4 bill. He placed fifth in the contest, giving him the opportunity to perform just before Doyle goes on.

"With this contest, people were allowed to go online and vote," he said. "This is my first time ever being there."

The 38-year-old grew up in Amherst and took his first music lesson - on the violin - at the age of seven in Springhill. From there, he expanded his experience and released his third album in a year - ‘Life Gets In The Way' - on Dec. 12, 2012.

While he grew up in Amherst, his father played the bagpipes in Truro, and he still has many family members in the area.

Throughout the course of his musical career, he's performed on the stage with many, including opening for Blue Rodeo in the 1990s, and East Coast artists such as David Myles and Matt Anderson.

"I really like the crowd interaction. I like connecting a song that I wrote with others," he said.

Having been playing most weekends for the last while, Gosbee, the IT manager at Feed Nova Scotia, is looking forward to a little bit of vacation around the festival.

He'll then head back to the studio in the fall to work on his next release, expected sometime late in the fall or early in the New Year.

Since releasing ‘Life Gets In The Way,' he has earned top 10 placements on numerous Canadian charts, along with airplay on regional radio stations. His fan base comes not only from North America, but the U.K. as well.

Growing up on 90s rock, Gosbee said he was a fan of the likes of Bryan Adams, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and the Gin Blossoms.

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