David Bradshaw
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David Bradshaw

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada | SELF

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada | SELF
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"Tunes at Noon Summer Concert Series Announces Line-Up"

For Immediate Release

Tunes at Noon Summer Concert Series Announces Line-Up

Halifax, NS, July 18, 2008 – Councilor Dawn Sloane, the Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) and the Halifax Regional Municipality, in association with Music Nova Scotia, are presenting a free, summer concert series called Tunes at Noon, featuring Nova Scotian performers from a wide range of musical genres.

Tunes at Noon will take place every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 12:00 Noon – 1:00 pm in Grand Parade in Halifax. The series will run from July 23 to September 5.

"Grand Parade has become the local lunch time haunt for many of the office workers in the Downtown,” said Councilor Dawn Sloane. “Now with the addition of the music series to the park, I'm sure it will be even more popular! Halifax has such a wonderfully diverse music scene and I’m so pleased we (DHBC, Music Nova Scotia) and our sponsors can highlight these artists in such a beautiful setting."

“Tunes at Noon is a great way to get people out of their offices to enjoy their lunch outdoors,” said Paul MacKinnon, DHBC Executive Director. “This is the first full summer without cars parked in Grand Parade so it’s time to celebrate with a free series of great concerts.”

Schedule of Performers:

Wednesday, July 23 – Gypsophilia (gypsy-jazz)

Thursday, July 24 – David Myles (folk)

Fridays, July 25 – Brent Randall (indie/pop/alternative)

Wednesday, July 30 – Thom Swift (roots/country-blues/rag)

Thursday, July 31 – Norma MacDonald (Americana/folk)

Friday, August 1 – Ryan Cook (country)

Wednesday, August 6 – The Sakura Quartet (classical)

Thursday, August 7 – David Bradshaw (folk/bluegrass/fusion)

Friday, August 8 – Steven Bowers (folk rock)

Wednesday, August 13 – Rebekah Higgs (folk-electric)

Thursday, August 14 – Jason Haywood (country/Southern rock)

Friday, August 15 – Ruth Minnikin (Americana/folk)

Wednesday, August 20 – Mike Aubé (folk/blues)

Thursday, August 21 – Ian Sherwood (rock/jazz/folk)

Friday, August 22 – Dan McKinnon (Maritime roots/traditional)

Wednesday, August 27 – The Strangeboys (bluegrass)

Thursday, August 28 – Chelsea Nisbett (urban/R&B)

Friday, August 29 – Beyond Brazil (Brazilian folk/jazz)

Wednesday, September 3 – Kev Corbett (folk)

Thursday, September 4 – The SideCats (roots/world/jazz/blues)

Friday, September 5 – The Stanfields (folk rock/roots)

For more information, visit www.downtowhalifax.ns.ca or www.halifax.ca.

Tunes at Noon is presented by Councillor Dawn Sloane, the Downtown Halifax Business Commission and the Halifax Regional Municipality, in association with Music Nova Scotia, and with the support of C100 and The Coast.

- Music Nova Scotia

"Music Nova Scotia Open Mic Night"

March 5, 2008

Music Nova Scotia Open Mic Night

"Tuesdays will never be the same…"

Music Nova Scotia's inaugural Open Mic Night at The Seahorse in Halifax opened its welcoming arms last night to a couple hundred musicians, industry folks and fans. Several Music Nova Scotia board members came to enjoy the music and meet the members and Music Nova Scotia staff members were on hand to offer information about the industry association. The night produced a palpable electricity of camaraderie and creativity.

"This makes so much sense…"

Three long pages of musicians signed up to play, starting at 7 p.m. The extensive talent ranged from the sweet sounds of Molly Rankin to the strong vocals of newcomer Emily Steeves. The MacGillivray Brothers offered fine harmonies and The Folklore Centre's David Bradshaw showed he can do much more than sell stringed instruments.

Old school open mic player Dusty Keeler offered fine folk tunes and special guest Ryan MacGrath blew away the audience with his epic waltzes. Even the boys from Faded Blue and Kev Corbett jumped on stage to add backup percussion..

"Now, this is art."

In the industry room, photographer and designer Chr!s Sm!th displayed his stylish music photos. Look out for up-and-comer photographer Scott Blackburn next Tuesday, March 11.

The whole event was given the media spotlight by Paul Brothers from MuchMusic's Going Coastal and the boys from East Coast Countdown, who will feature MNS Open Mic Nights on a continuous basis online.

"…and then Shaun Majumder played bongos with MNS board member Bill Appleby."

The night started early and was expected to end by midnight, but the audience demanded more, leading to Music Nova Scotia board member Bill Appleby of Cape Breton belting out some gravelly songs with surprise guest Shaun Majumder (22 Minutes, 24, Unhitched) offering backup on vocals and bongos.

Music Nova Scotia's Open Mic Night will be held every Tuesday night at The Seahorse (1665 Argyle Street, Halifax). It's an opportunity for members and interested musicians to perform short acoustic sets on a Music Nova Scotia stage. But it's also an opportunity for industry folks to get together for a casual meet and greet. There are plans to expand the invitation to full bands, including jazz nights.

Music Nova Scotia staff will always be on hand to offer news and information about Music Nova Scotia.

The music begins EARLY at 8 p.m. You never know who will show up as a surprise guest! Admission is FREE!

If you're interested in playing, show up after 7 p.m. on Tuesdays to sign up with Troy Arsenault. Musicians who didn't get to play last Tuesday will be put at the top of the list for Tuesday, March 11 – so show up early!

For more information, contact Troy Arsenault or Laura Simpson at openmic@musicnovascotia.ca or call the Music Nova Scotia office at (902) 423-6271.

Visit us online at www.musicnovascotia.ca

- Music Nova Scotia


David Bradshaw's first solo CD "No Place" was released in Fall 2008.

"No Place" was nominated for the 2009 Music Nova Scotia Folk Recording of the Year.

Streaming tracks from "No Place" available on davidbradshawmusic.com include:

One Inch South
On the Lonesome Sea
A Lonely Road at Night

A station committed to local talent, 105.9 Seaside FM has picked up "No Place", where "One Inch South", "Cappuccino", and "A Lonely Road at Night" have received play,and tracks from "No Place" have also been heard on CBC Radio One.

When he's not playing live shows of his own or as sideguy to great artists like Carmel Mikol and Kim Wempe, David is hard at work on his next recording, slated for release in 2012.



David Bradshaw is a familiar face in the Halifax music scene, and not just because of his years working at the Halifax Folklore Centre. David can play those fancy instruments too, and just wait until you hear him sing!

David's eclectic background in rock and jazz add an unexpected twist to his old time and bluegrass-influenced sounds. His instrumental talent will blow your mind, and you'll never forget his rich and resonant voice. His songs will get you tapping your toes and humming along, and you'll find yourself pondering his thoughtful lyrics long after the show is over.

David broke onto the scene with his 2008 release "No Place". "No Place" features all original songs and arrangements, and you can really hear his Folklore Centre roots. It was an absolute honour and thrill that "No Place" was nominated for the 2009 Music Nova Scotia Folk Recording of the Year Award.

David received the support of the Government of Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture for the promotion of his CD, and in 2008 and 2009 had the honour of being selected for a prestigious Tunes at Noon showcase on the Grand Parade in Halifax.

David has made a splash touring extensively within the metro area and branching out to Cape Breton, New Brunswick and PEI. CD Release shows at The Seahorse and Celtic Corner were a big hit in late 2008, and there is no question that the crowning achievement of 2009 was David's showcase spot at the 2009 ECMAs in his home town of Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

Last year, David was the first artist to perform at the ECMAs in Sydney, Cape Breton - landing him a front page interview in the Cape Breton Post! Also in 2010, David launched his new website (davidbradshawmusic.com), played dozens of live shows of his own (solo and with a band), and supported a number of well-known musicians as a live side-guy and studio musician - including the fabulous 2011 ECMA Nominee Carmel Mikol ("In My Bones"), 2010 Rising Star ECMA Award Winner Kim Wempe ("Painting with Tides"), and the award-nominated trio Grassmarket ("Port City").

There were a couple of suprises in 2010 that have taken David and his music into new and exciting fields. In local news, David has performed to consistently sold-out audiences as the lead in the Ship's Company Theatre production "Take Me Home - A Musical Tribute to John Denver"- and a fantastic show it was, by all accounts.

In an unexpected but exciting turn of events leading into 2011, David's music has made a splash on the international scene on the Hugo Award Winning science fiction weekly podcast StarShipSofa (www.starshipsofa.com) which has over 7000 listeners per week primarily throughout the UK, US, Canada and Australia. David's song "Tau Ceti Radio" has been used to back a promotional video for a book publication for the podcast. Because of the positive response to the song, the producer of StarShipSofa asked David to do a 1/2 hour monthly music spot on the show. Since then, this spot has received glowing reviews and even scored David a nomination for a Sofanaut award for Best Fact Article. David is enjoying the podcast medium very much, and is looking forward to developing this exciting new audience.

Watch for David's next CD release in 2012, and don't miss all the other places he is sure to turn up. This guy is full of great music, and great surprises!