Pretty Archie
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Pretty Archie

Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Country Folk




"Roots Music Canada Review"

"...debut CD Steel City was recently nominated for Music Nova Scotia’s Country/Bluegrass Album of the Year. They have real high energy performance that is deserving of the recognition they have established quickly" - Roots Music Canada

"'Steel City' Album Review"

Sydney, NS – December 26, 2013 – Pretty Archie is flying out of the gate with Steel City with a polished bluegrass sound with much of the high energy you’d find in any rock show - East Coast Kitchen

"Compilation Album in Support of Mental Health"

see url - Compassion Action

"Cape Breton Folk Rockers on Innovation and Tradition"

Interview about "Steel City" and its influences - The Verb - Regina

"The Coast Radio Feature Artist of the Week" - The Coast Radio 89.7

"Pretty Archie Ready To Release Full Length Album"

see url - Cape Breton Post

"Pretty Archie Showcasing First Recording"

see url - Cape Breton Post


Still working on that hot first release.



Pretty Archie is a Country/Folk/Bluegrass band from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Long time friends Brian Cathcart (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Matt McNeil (Lead Guitar) and Colin Gillis (Harmonica, Bass, Vocals) and Redmond MacDougall (Banjo, Percussion, Vocals) make up this quartet. Always jamming together growing up, they guys decided in May 2012 to form a band. 
The band chose the name Pretty Archie after a local (Cape Breton) character known for playing with 2 strings outside shopping malls in any weather and not always (or ever) in key. The guys thought the name Pretty Archie embodied the love of playing and performing music along with representing their hometown.
Pretty Archie's first full length album was recorded in January 2013 at the famed Grant Ave. Studios in Hamilton, Ontario with well known producer/engineer Bob Doidge (credits include Gordon Lightfoot, U2, Johnny Cash and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings). The debut 11 song LP Steel City was released on March 9th and is available on iTunes. 'Steel City' was been nominated for Music Nova Scotia's 2013 Country/Bluegrass Album of the Year.
Pretty Archie has had the opportunity to be a showcasing artist at East Coast Music Week 2014 along with playing The Horseshoe Tavern, The Dakota Tavern (Toronto, ONT), Stan Rogers Folk Festival (Canso, NS), The Ironwood Stage and Grill (Calgary, ALB) and many more venues across Canada. Pretty Archie is known for their entertaining, high energy, foot stomping shows. Their unique sound (a catchy blend of country, bluegrass, blues and folk components) has lead to the band developing a following that grows after each show they play.

Band Members