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SEARSON LIVE AT THE NEAT CAFE

An intimate evening with Searson, live from The Heart of The Ottawa Valley

PRE-SALES BEGIN SEPT 6TH

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Canadian Celtic pop trio – sisters Colleen Searson (fiddle) and Erin Searson (piano and tenor guitar) plus multi-instrumentalist Kian Byrne – will officially release Live at The Neat Café, their milestone, 10th full-length album, as well as their first live performance DVD, on September 27. Both recordings document their performance in front of a live Ottawa Valley audience at the historical Neat Café Coffee Shop in Burnstown, Ontario. The album includes a mix of traditional and original instrumental and vocal selections, and will be available on Spotify, Apple Music / iTunes and all platforms where music is streamed or downloaded. The DVD is available to media upon request. 

 

Hailing from the Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada, and immersed in the Ottawa Valley music tradition their entire lives, sisters Colleen and Erin Searson have been performing and competing in music and step dance contests since a very young age, which proved to be beneficial in making them the accomplished musicians they are today. Searson have honed their craft since high school by performing at a variety of events across Canada, the United States, and Europe. The sisters’ love of incorporating their Ottawa Valley music with Celtic, East Coast, Scottish, and various other genres caused them to expand their musical horizons, and the result is a sound all their own, which includes poignant compositions by both women. "The most satisfying part of performing live is seeing our fans singing along to songs that we’ve written, and requesting fiddle tunes that we wrote," Erin says, and Colleen chimes in, "Absolutely. There’s nothing better than seeing the audience emotionally involved in your live show."

 

Searson’s ambitious new album Live at The Neat Café is a collection of 12 songs with a welcome and four song intros. There is little overlap in the musical selections between the full-length audio CD and 60-minute live-performance DVD from this celebration concert. The DVD also includes behind-the-scenes clips and interviews with the band.

 

 Giving Canada’s old time sounds a renewal into modern roots; seamlessly blending spirited fiddling, energetic dancing and gorgeous harmonies.  


 
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Giving Canada’s old time sounds a renewal into modern roots. Seamlessly blending spirited fiddling, energetic dancing and gorgeous harmonies.

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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.     Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseila investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays. 

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseila investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays. 

News & Updates

We are very excited to be getting very close to releasing our new album…A lot of hard work will finally be paying off. So many friends and family have helped us to get this far in the project. We can’t wait to share with you!

Looking Forward to heading back to Folk Alliance 2019 in Montreal February 14th - 16th 2019

Looking Forward to heading back to Folk Alliance 2019 in Montreal February 14th - 16th 2019

Holy Smokes!
We Are Getting Ready To Record Our 10th SEARSON Album!

Here's your chance to be a part of this project in the most unique way possible. We are recording our 10th album, live, at the beautiful & historical NEAT COFFEE SHOP in Burnstown, ON.  We want to share our little corner of the world with you.  But, even more exciting, is that we are also filming a live DVD of this special day & performance.  We would love to see familiar & friendly faces in the crowd, so we can watch & re-watch & re-watch this special moment forever! We will be performing 2 separate shows for this event! A matinee, and an evening performance. So join us, for what is sure to be one of the most memorable events in our musical career! 
 

SEE YOU SOON FOLK ALLIANCE

SEE YOU SOON FOLK ALLIANCE

WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO BE ATTENDING FOLK ALIANCE INTERNATIONAL THIS FEBRUARY IN KANSAS CITY!

WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO BE ATTENDING FOLK ALIANCE INTERNATIONAL THIS FEBRUARY IN KANSAS CITY!

 
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Searson will be ringing out 2017 by celebrating Canada's 150 with a new album and a special hometown concert.

Home for the holidays, Canada's pre-eminent Celtic pop group is in the midst of releasing their ninth studio album, “Homegrown,” a tribute to those Canadian artists, songwriters and instrumentalists who have influenced the band. To close out the year, Searson will be hosting an album release show at the Wilno Tavern on Saturday.

“We love composing our own tunes and songs, and that’s still a big part of our live performances even with this new album coming out,” said Colleen Searson, who plays fiddle and provides vocals. “But there’s something special about putting together this mix of Canadian favourites that represents what we’ve grown up with and aspired to.”

“Homegrown” features six tracks in which Searson covers songs from Bryan Adams, Neil Young, Chantal Kreviazuk, Robbie Robertson, Natalie MacMaster and Denis Lanctot. The album aims to take the listener on a journey from coast-to-coast with the soaring vocals, rich string arrangements, and exquisite piano that Searson has become known for. Produced and engineered by Colin Wylie at the Old Church Recording in Douglas, “Homegrown” includes Richard Irwin on drums, Fraser Gauthier on bass, and Wylie on guitar.

“We've never done cover songs before so it was really interesting to delve into other people's music and do our own version,” explained vocalist Erin Searson, who plays piano and tenor guitar. “It was more nervewracking than I expected because there are such high expectations.”

With 2017 being the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation, the group wanted to do something unique. The project was quickly put together beginning in January when the sisters went through a list of artists and narrowly their choices down to six. The tracks were laid down over a few sessions in June.

“We feel so strongly about our Canadian heritage and where our roots have come from,” remarked Erin. “We are proud of our country so this was our small part to do something special.”

Each one has positively influenced them not only in their decade-long career but growing up in the Ottawa Valley as well. For instance, the sisters still remember going to the Pembroke Oldtime Stepdancing and Fiddling Contest to see Denis Lanctot perform. They have also toured the world, primarily the United States, Germany, Denmark, Portugal, Switzerland and the Caribbean, and seen the impact that Natalie MacMaster has made.

“Natalie has done so much for celtic music around the world,” added Erin. “She's a strong female musician, a really good influence and she embodies everything we believe in.”

The next year will be a busy one for the sister act. In February, Searson will attend the Folk Alliance International in Kansas City, Missouri. The annual conference is the world's largest gathering of the folk music industry and community. They will be returning to Alaska in the spring and are also scheduled for some dates in Europe over the summer. While their Ontario dates are still up in the air, the group will be back at the Neat Coffee Shop in Burnstown in the fall.

“We loved that venue,” noted Erin. “It's always nice to a local show. We grew up here and it's great to play for a hometown crowd.”

“Homegrown” is available on iTunes. Copies can be ordered on the Searson website at: www.searsonband.com. Searson will be perfoming at the Wilno Tavern in Wilno on Saturday, Dec. 30. Showtime is 8 p.m.

SChase@postmedia.com

 

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LOOKING FORWARD TO SHARING THE STAGE THIS SUMMER WITH SOME OF OUR FAVOURITE BANDS IN THE WORLD. ALASKA, HERE WE COME!

LOOKING FORWARD TO SHARING THE STAGE THIS SUMMER WITH SOME OF OUR FAVOURITE BANDS IN THE WORLD. ALASKA, HERE WE COME!

KILLER NEW SETS FOR STAGE COMING YOUR WAY! :)

KILLER NEW SETS FOR STAGE COMING YOUR WAY! :)

KILLER REHEARSAL DAY IN ERIN'S "HEATED" GARAGE

KILLER REHEARSAL DAY IN ERIN'S "HEATED" GARAGE

WE DO NOT WANT TO LEAVE LONDON

WE DO NOT WANT TO LEAVE LONDON

COLLEEN'S HAPPY MOMENT?

COLLEEN'S HAPPY MOMENT?

HELLO NOVA SCOTIA!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO COLLEEN! WHAT AN INCREDIBLE YEAR. CHEERS TO YOUR LIFE SO FAR!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO COLLEEN! WHAT AN INCREDIBLE YEAR. CHEERS TO YOUR LIFE SO FAR!

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country    Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseila investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseila investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

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A WONDERFUL EVENING IN EGANVILLE! MANY GREAT MUSICIANS CAME OUT TO ENJOY THE FESTIVITIES.

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CHECK OUT THE SNEAK PEEK OF OUR NATIONAL TELEVISION TAPING WITH CBC CALLED   "STILL STANDING" .  WE WILL BE FEATURED REPRESENTING THE HISTORY AND CULTURE OF OTTAWA VALLEY FIDDLING & STEP DANCING. STAY TUNED FOR OUR AIR DATE COMING THIS SUMMER!

CHECK OUT THE SNEAK PEEK OF OUR NATIONAL TELEVISION TAPING WITH CBC CALLED "STILL STANDING". WE WILL BE FEATURED REPRESENTING THE HISTORY AND CULTURE OF OTTAWA VALLEY FIDDLING & STEP DANCING. STAY TUNED FOR OUR AIR DATE COMING THIS SUMMER!

 
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Stars Above The Farm

by Searson

Their latest album, Stars Above The Farm (2015) is a 12 track album that has brought the sisters back to their musical roots. Writing both vocal and instrumental tracks, the album is a nod to their upbringing in such a rich and vibrant musical culture. The album was recorded at Skylark Studios with Jordon Zadorozny as Producer. Two highly acclaimed Canadian Fiddle champions join Colleen on the album. April Verch, on the track Cuddy's Waltz which was wriiten by Colleen & April Verch. And, Voyageurs, is a lively traditional style set where Pascal Gemme joins Colleen for a few Quebecois tunes.