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Hard Times Come Again

Island musicians premiere Adam Hill’s chamber-folk suite

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The Hard Times Orchestra, an all-star group of Island musicians, presents the world premiere of Adam Hill’s “Hard Times Come Again” on September 18 at The Guild in Charlottetown. Showtime is 7 pm.

Featuring vocalists Cameron MacDuffee and Brielle Ansems, The Hard Times Orchestra consists of a string section performed by the Atlantic String Machine and a rhythm section made up of Chris Corrigan, Nick Doneff and Morgan Saulnier.

Composed by Adam Hill, “Hard Times Come Again” is a concert length chamber-folk suite that draws on oral history and connects the Great Depression to contemporary times through stories of hope and transformation. 

The piece is made up of seven songs with lyrics derived from historical interviews about the Great Depression. The interviewees represent a diverse demographic, young and old, from farmers and salespeople to artists and politicians. Complementing these songs are seven electroacoustic interludes that tell contemporary tales.Hill conducted his own set of interviews with Island artists and combined samples from those conversations with organic and synthetic sounds. The result is an emotionally evocative musical experience that sheds light on what we value and how we lead our lives in accordance with those values.

Best known to Islanders as the bassist in Atlantic String Machine, Hill is also an award-winning composer and songwriter. He has released five albums of songs that have received radio play all over Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, and have spent time on the national Earshot! Folk & Roots chart. Additionally, his compositions have been presented by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra, the Elektra Women’s Choir, and many others. 

Tickets are available at The Guild’s box office, 111 Queen St, Charlottetown and online the