PEI Bluegrass concert

Two new bands at Beaconsfield Carriage House—Mar 3

(left–right): The Bad Hoss are Sarah Cummings, Denise MacLeod, Blake Crockett and Robin Ettles

The PEI Bluegrass & Old Time Music Society fundraising concert scheduled for 2 pm on March 3 at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House in Charlottetown will feature two new Island bluegrass bands, The Bad Hoss and Whitecap Drive.

Members of the group The Bad Hoss are Blake Crockett, Denise MacLeod, Sarah Cummings and Robin Ettles. Crockett plays guitar and sings. He has played previously with Old Stone Station and Janet McGarry and Wildwood. MacLeod plays fiddle and sings, and has been a member of Bluefield Grass, Bluegrass Revival and Janet McGarry and Wildwood. Cummings plays banjo and has played with Rising Tide and Bluefield Grass. Ettles is an experienced touring and freelance musician. Their sound combines folk, country and bluegrass elements.

Four seasoned Island musicians have recently formed as Whitecap Drive, a band specializing in country, bluegrass, and oldtime music. The members are Troy McArthur, Kim Tuplin, and Harold and Marnie Noye.

McArthur is a multi instrumentalist, singer and songwriter who is known to Island audiences from Rattlesnakin’ Daddies, Saddle River String Band and the West End Blues Band. Saddle River String Band won PEI Music Awards and an ECMA Bluegrass Album of the Year Award in 2008. He’ll be playing banjo with the group. 

Tuplin, who plays guitar, is known to audiences as a singer who shared the stage with popular Island entertainer, the late Roy MacCaull. This duo released four recordings with original material by each of them.

Harold Noye sings lead and plays mandolin and guitar while his wife Marnie Noye plays the upright bass. They have been performing for over 30 years with A Touch of Grass, Jericho Road, Dusty Roads and Dunromin. During those years, their bands re- leased seven recordings with Harold’s solo album, Dusty Roads, being nominated for Country Recording of the Year by the PEI Music Association.