POGEY

POGEY

 Halifax, Nova Scotia, CAN
BandRockCeltic

Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Nudibranch recording artists POGEY combine original Celtic/Rock tunes with stellar instrumentals. The group performs with genuine spontaneous and spectacular energy. They have the audience the minute they hit the stage.

Biography

Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Nudibranch recording artists POGEY combine original Celtic/Rock tunes with stellar instrumentals. The group performs with genuine spontaneous and spectacular energy. They have the audience the minute they hit the stage.

POGEY’s fourth CD is their most ambitious project to date. This self-titled recording was recorded at Common Ground Studios in Halifax with producer/engineer Christopher Mitchell (Meatloaf, The Rankin Family, Bruce Guthro of Runrig and more). Mitchell’s creative vision and POGEY’s fresh original material helped to spawn an exciting new sound for the group.

In 1997, lead singer Ray Mattie moved his young family to Barrie, Ontario (just north of Toronto) to break into a new music market. The idea was to start an original band with a Celtic/Folk based sound. Unfortunately, after three years of college shows, television features and festival performances, Mattie was never able to find the quality, like-minded musicians to help make this band a reality. To do this, he needed to return home to Nova Scotia. In the fall of 2000, upon his arrival, Mattie called bassist Jonny Grant. Grant agreed to join immediately and 20 minutes later POGEY was born.

As of early 2004 POGEY had solidified a core line up. Warren Robert (guitar/mandolin) and Zach Smith (drums) became permanent members as touring Canada and the US continued. In the spring of 2007 with higher profile shows in hand, POGEY added Colin Grant (fiddle) and Darren McMullen (mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, tin whistle). Rounding out this full scale production are renowned tap & highland dancers Stephanie Turnbull, Jenny Cluett and Stephanie Grant.

The POGEY nine member cast has an impressive collective resume having toured internationally and recorded with the likes of Roger Whittaker, Symphony Nova Scotia, Emerson Drive, DRUM, Richard Wood and more. Their most recent showings include two stellar performances on the main stages of the International Tall Ships Festival Halifax, a home coming concert at St. FX University's Oland Stadium in Antigonish Nova Scotia for over 7000 people, appearances at US Irish Festivals in Newport RI & Fairfield CT and the 2006 Juno Awards Official after party celebration.

These 9 performers are included in the 14 member cast of the musical production Nova Scotia Here & Now - slatted for a national tour in fall 2008.

Lyrics

Keep The Miss

Written By: Ray Mattie

Keep the Miss
Keep the Miss
I don’t know want no part of her
I don’t wanna hear her hiss

Saturday night I’m hanging tight, many years ago
The boys grabbed the scruff of the neck, said come on let’s go
They took me to the drinking place to hook me up for sure
When she grabbed me by the hair, dam I should have known

Chorus

Later in the evening, she took me by the hand
The boys stood there laughing ya, they thought things were grand
She grabbed so tight, she held so hard, she squeezed out all my guts
Her husband looked and laughed at me, “Thank God I’m off the hook”!

Chorus

She took no time to snag me got me running up the ile
Ugly suit, ugly tie, the priest began to cry
He looked up off the alter yelled “O God it’s her again!”
She drove me to the cloth “Oh you poor man!”

Chorus

Solo

After many of years of torture ya she took all of my doe
I took her back to the place, we met so long ago
With any luck some stupid lad will ask her for a dance
I dropped my drink; I ran like hell, “Here’s my only chance”!

Chorus

Chorus

Walk With Me

Written By: Zach Smith

When I’m on the ocean I’ll think of you so kind
To go and join the navy you’d think I must be blind
To your obvious affection, your love so very dear
As I am goin’ a sailin’ I want you to be near

When we were young and courtin’, “please marry me” you’d say
(But) I would laugh and wink at you and tell you “not today”
Had I only known the future that within this very year
The sea would come to take me so far away from here

Will you come and walk with me
We can walk among the heather
Then I’ll go out to sea and ne’er will I see you again
Fare thee well my bonnie lass
Fare thee well through times of trouble
The end will come at last and ne’er will I see you again

The ship they said was sturdy from keel up to the mast
And even in the worst of times they said that she would last
(But) As we left home this morning and as the rains began
A knot grew in my stomach as we lost sight of the land

(Now) Here we are on board her among the ragin’ seas
The wind and hail and thunder has brought me to my knees
When Davey Jones is callin’ and no one can hear you cry
There’s nothin’ you can do but know that you were meant to die

Chorus

They sent a ship from Glasgow to search for those who’d drowned
I knew that you’d be cryin’. You heard no one was found
I wish that I could tell you , though I left alone, to sail upon the ocean
I thought that I’d come home

Halliday's Wedding

Written By: Warren Robert

Instrumental

Lost in a Haze

Written By: Ray Mattie

Back in the streets
Lost in my mind
Retched and cold
People moving everywhere
Walking alone
Passing time
Morning is here
Someone take me anywhere

I’m lost, lost in a haze
I’m lost, lost in a haze
Out of my mind
Stuck in this place
Lost in a Haze

Summer winds
Starless sky
I turn my head
You just walk on by
Music plays
In open air
Too many times
I wasn’t there

I’m lost, lost in a haze
I’m lost, lost in a haze
Out of my mind
Stuck in this place
Lost in a Haze

This dead end street
Brings me down
Without you
It’s time to leave this town

I’m lost, lost in a haze
I’m lost, lost in a haze
Out of my mind
Stuck in this place
Lost in a Haze

Goodbye My Friend

Written By: Ray Mattie

Up on the highway
Where we used to go
I sit and watch the cars go by
Many times
We sat there drinking
Private wine, in summer time
We roamed around
Making noise
Singing songs all night

I remember
The last time we met
At the pub
We’re both grown up
We were laughing
Telling stories
About crazy days and crazy nights
He shock my hand
We parted that night
Fading out of sight

Now those times are gone
And we must move along
I often think
What went wrong?
Goodbye my friend so long

I heard the news
It can’t be true
Him in his car
Not too far
Was there anything
Anyone could do
Who was to know?
His heart would go
A cold harsh December night
Sadness came with light

Now those times are gone
And we must move along
I often think
What went wrong?

Goodbye my friend so long
Now those times are gone
And we must move along
I often think
What went wrong?
Goodbye my friend so long

Discography

POGEY - Jan. 2007
Make Some Noise - Aug. 2006
Welcome to the Show - May 2004
Mail Box EP - Aug. 2003

Set List

Original material is performed for festivals and concerts combined with arrangements of traditional Celtic sets.

Traditional Atlantic Canadian/Irish is frequently added for theme events.