Inn Echo, one of the latest bands to hit the traditional music scene, released a 3-track EP Winter’s End on June 1. This is the first taste of the band in its newest iteration, keeping Karson McKeown on fiddle and Gormlaith Maynes on concertina, seeing Tuli Porcher set down her fiddola for a set and picking up the cello, and introducing Tom Gammons on guitar.
When the band learned, wrote, and arranged these tunes, there was a sense of optimism and excitement associated with the group’s growth and the changing of the seasons. With the dawn of an unexpected pandemic, these tunes have taken on a new meaning.
The first track on the EP is a jig called “27/5” which was released as a single in late May. It was written by Tom and Tuli remotely between Montana and Prince Edward Island during the winter holidays. The second track is a cover of “The Wreck of the H.M.S. Phoenix,” written by Jake Charron and Koady Chaisson of The East Pointers, in which the band shows their soft side for beautifully crafted melodies and emotionally rich harmonies. Finishing off the EP is “In the Nick of Time,” a set of two uplifting reels by Tuli and Karson.
The band feels fortunate to have finished this project just before restrictions would have made it impossible. With the hopes of sharing comfort, optimism, and the sheer joy of music, Inn Echo presents Winter’s End. It is free to stream on all major platforms.