Mike Aube
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Mike Aube

Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada | SELF

Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada | SELF
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter

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Jan
28
Mike Aube @ Union Street Cafe

Berwick, Nova Scotia, Canada

Berwick, Nova Scotia, Canada

Dec
31
Mike Aube @ Union Street Cafe

Berwick, Nova Scotia, Canada

Berwick, Nova Scotia, Canada

Dec
27
Mike Aube @ Paddy's Pub

Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada

Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada

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Mike Aube’s songs might be played in the tradition of contemporary folk, but he plays them with a certain youthfulness that enables him to bring his own signature to the genre.

Born in New Brunswick, Aube had at one time pursued a career in education, working as a teacher before a quarter-life crisis saw him abandoning his career in order to pursue music. He took off to Windsor, NS and recorded his debut album, Aberdeen Street, which received critical praise as well as airplay on CBC and college radio.

With Aberdeen Street being released in 2006, Aube followed it up with 2009’s Cluster Folk. In addition to the clever name, it provided a fresh batch of playful and catchy folk with enough country influence and references to east coast living to make it clearly Canadian, but not in a hokey way.

Most of Aube’s upcoming shows are taking place in and around his hometown. All that’s left to do now is convince him to venture outside of the valley and treat the rest of us to his music. - Canadian Musician Magazine


Aberdeen Street: Mike Aube (featuring Rust Bucket)
CD Review by Allison Lickley

Whether the sun is shining through your window on a Sunday afternoon or you’re starting a road trip, the newly released Aberdeen Street should be the soundtrack to your scene. Mike Aube’s debut solo album is just the right combination of great guitar lines, contemplative lyrics, and dry humour; you’re bound to find yourself slowly nodding your head and smiling to the music.

The esthetic elements in Aberdeen Street are only part of its appeal. Aube’s folk/blues songs address issues concerning the earth, war, existence, and love. “Civilized”, “Aberdeen Street”, and “The Only One” are all great examples of his ability to incorporate a message without compromising other aspects of the song. Lines such as “I don’t know who I am / but I sure know what I’m not” demonstrate Mike’s skill for presenting essential questions in a beautifully simple medium.

The contemplative aspect of the album is counter balanced nicely with light-hearted tracks such as “Dashboard Jesus” and “The UFO Song”. Mike’s dry humour and clever writing, as exhibited in these songs, will make you tap your foot and laugh out loud. This is an album that you will appreciate on different levels with each listen.

Aberdeen Street is available at the Just Us! Cafes in Wolfville and Grand Pre, and will be officially released June 24th, 8 p.m. at the Al Whittle Theatre.
- The Grapevine


"A voice of smoke and honey, great songs and groovy playing"

"It [Mike's debut CD, Aberdeen Street] contains some of my all time favourite songs."

- Andy Flinn - The Grapevine, Wolfville, NS


In the key of Aube
April 7, 2009

...We finally managed to get Mike Aube into our living room this weekend, and at our suggestion, he brought his wife Kelly and their adorable daughter, Joni along. You can tell that Joni loves her Dad’s music – she has her favourites (Like the Hoppity Song – which she asked for several times after he’d had the room rocking with it…) and she claps enthusiastically after each and every song. Mike’s two sets were filled with 99% original tunes, taken from his first CD Aberdeen Street which was supported by his band Rust Bucket and new tunes from his upcoming CD Out of Reach due out in June. Mike’s seasoned performing skills kept the room focused as he entertained with an extensive repertoire of songs – old and new. These are the Days…. Aberdeen Street….Pennies and Peanuts….Keep Right (except to pass)…Shape of a Heart…lots more including the aforesaid Hoppity Song (written by Five for Fighting’s lead singer) which had the two three year olds and everyone else yelling “hi!” with gusto! The title track from the upcoming CD – Out of Reach - is hooky and I can “hear it” as a theme for something…or playing in the background on a TV show radio…

Mike’s musical friends contributing to the new CD include The Hupman Brothers… another great Valley act…watch http://acousticroof.ca/concert listings for a show with the Hupmans coming up this fall! - Acoustic Roof


Discography

Cluster Folk(LP, 2009) and
Aberdeen Street (LP, 2006) have received airplay on CBC, college radio, and local artist spotlights on mainstream stations.

Cluster Folk college charting: #6 CJAM (Windsor, ON); #16 CKDU (Halifax, NS); #18 CFRC (Kingston, ON); #28 overall / #8 Roots CFBX (Kamloops, BC)

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Bio

Part guitar-slinging poet, part joker, part environmental crusader…Mike Aubé is a multi-dimensional songwriter who is grounded in roots traditions, but with hints of funk and rock influences.

The New Brunswick-born folkster held a brief career in teaching, until his quarter-life crisis led him to pursue the music bug that had been implanted in him by folk-rock rebels of the 60s. Mike honed his performance chops by playing acoustic rock covers in bars with his former band, Rust Bucket, while quietly crafting songs behind the scene. In 2006, with the help of Rust Bucket, he released his debut full-length, Aberdeen Street, which continues to delight CBC listeners and live audiences with quirky, upbeat, literary tunes, dashboard religious figurines and a UFO abduction.

Mike’s recent release, Cluster Folk, delivers more good, clean fun with tales of love gone right, love gone wrong and the dangers of falling asleep in front of the TV. Drawing from folk, rock, funk and bluegrass, Cluster Folk is a rambling jaunt that veers a little to the left of the ordinary.

“We really had fun making this record. We didn’t try to mould it into one specific sound – where the song called for bluegrass, we did it bluegrass; where the song called for funk, we brought in a four-piece horn section. But there’s still an underlying folkiness to it, thus the name Cluster Folk”.

With a “voice of smoke and honey”, interesting chord progressions and an easy stage presence, Mike is poised to become one of Maritimes’ finest performing songwriters. He has shared the stage with some best in Atlantic Canada, including Dave Gunning, JP Cormier, Jon McKeil and Sherry Ryan.