Rounding Third

Bluestreak album launch at Irish Cultural Centre—Dec 21

(left–right): Larry Campbell, Roger Whitman, Marcella Richard, David Blue and Peter Richards

Bluestreak will launch their new album Rounding Third at 7:30 pm on December 21 at the Irish Cultural Centre (BIS Hall) in Charlottetown. 

Bluestreak formed in 2003 and recorded their first album, First Impression, in 2004. The album received seven PEI Music awards that year. Their next album, Second Nature, won the 2005 PEI Music Award for Bluegrass Recording of the Year. Both albums received ECMA nominations.

In 2020, with a growing number of new original songs in their pockets and a strong desire to play music together again, original band members Larry Campbell, Roger Wightman and David Blue decided to regroup to record a new album. They recruited Peter Richards to bring his dobro and singer Marcella Richard to complete the harmonies and play rhythm guitar. The resulting album is Rounding Third.

Traditional bluegrass talks about life from a simple point of view. The values of everyday people, especially in a rural context, are what make up the lyrical content. How Bluestreak speaks that language—with originality, sincerity, humour and true feeling—is what makes them stand out and what earns them such a warm reception from their fans. 

Rounding Third follows in the tradition of their earlier albums, telling stories of Island life with that feeling, sincerity, humour and originality. 

Lead singer Larry Campbell has one of the most recognized voices in PEI’s folk, country and bluegrass scenes. He started in the late 1980s with the bluegrass group A Touch of Grass, and later played with country rock band Neon Moon before founding Bluestreak in 2003. Larry is also a songwriter for Bluestreak.

Roger Wightman plays the 5-string banjo and was a founding member of Out of the Blue, who were active in the 1980s and 90s. Roger sings the baritone harmony, and in addition to his accomplished banjo picking, makes a major contribution to Bluestreak’s repertoire as a songwriter. 

David Blue is the son of Laurie and Bernice Blue who formed PEI’s first bluegrass band, The Blades of Grass, in 1972. David played on his father’s album Treasured Memories and has played countless shows and festivals since first stepping on stage at the age of 12. He was also a founding member of Out of the Blue and plays a 300-year-old bass that was formerly owned and played by Duke Neilson of Don Messer and his Islanders.

A veteran of the PEI music scene since the 1980s, Peter Richards has performed in groups with Island musicians Chas Guay, Chris Corrigan, Reg Ballagh and many others. He is a studio musician (bass on Darkies Hollow, Scott Parsons, 2019), and in 2015 and 2020, he released albums of his own compositions featuring Island artists as guest lead singers. He was a member of the Wheatley River Band and Charlie Hansen’s Simply Acoustic before joining Bluestreak. 

Marcella Richard has performed across North America and in France (with Angèle Arsenault). She has recorded three French albums, and the songs, written by Marcella and artists from the Maritimes and Louisiana, are still played on French language radio stations. She received a 2002 ECMA nomination for Francophone Album of the Year, and her English album Marcella Richard Sings Roy MacCaull won the Music PEI Country Album of the Year in 2018. Marcella’s voice and guitar complete the Bluestreak sound.

Admission to the album launch is by cash at the door, which opens at 7 pm. There will be a cash bar and CDs available for purchase.