Perfect Pairings

Interpretations and original songs at The Guild

Perfect Pairings, The Guild’s summer music series, continues on Thursday evenings until August 31. All concerts take place at 7:30 pm. 

Produced by Rob Oakie, Perfect Pairings matches PEI artists with iconic artists. Each show features PEI artists performing interpretations of songs from the iconic artist’s catalogue, as well as a selection of their own original songs. 

Calm Baretta & Talking Heads are the Perfect Pairing on July 6. Talking Heads is one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the ‘80s. With songs like “Burning Down the House,” “This Must Be The Place,” Calm Baretta has an eclectic and wide range of songs to interpret. With synths, electric guitars and over-driven bass lines, Calm Baretta is an experimental, high-energy pop band. Members Josh Carter, Laura Oakie and Nigel Haan will be joined by guitarist Bruce Rooney and drummer Mat MacEachern.

July 13 is Rob & Croz, featuring Rob Oakie and Friends performing the music of David Crosby (Croz), one of the founding artists of the San Francisco folk rock scene and member of bands like the Byrds, Crosby Stills & Nash, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, and more. Joining Rob (mandolin/vocals) are his daughter Laura (keys/vocals), his son Jordan (drums), Ross MacDonald (bass) and Logan Richard (guitar/vocals). Special guest Dennis Ellsworth will sing lead vocals on several songs.

July 20 features the Perfect Pairing of Nudie & Willie. One of the first members of the Outlaw Country Music scene, Willie Nelson forged his own path. He combined rock, pop, folk and jazz with old school country music. Nudie has toured and played in venues across North America. Nudie will share some stories about his encounters with Willie and his band on their 2006 East Coast tour.

Husband and wife Don Ross and Brooke Miller are teaming up to play the music of Bruce Cockburn on July 27. Cockburn has had a career spanning over 50 years and 34 albums. Brooke’s style is characterized by smoky vocals and impeccable fingerstyle guitar work. Don just released his 18th solo album, Water, which features collaborations with Cockburn and other well known artists. He has toured around the globe and in 2021, Don was named one of the top 50 acoustic guitarists of all time by Guitar Player Magazine.

Perfect Pairings in August include Joce & The Pointer Sisters (3), Nadia, Noah & Burt (10), Lawrence & Alan (17), Catherine & Joni (24), and Brielle & Norah (31).

For tickets and more information about the artists and musicians, visit theguildpei.com.