Plenty of music hitting the Main Stage for Privateer Days

Nick Moase
Published on June 17, 2014

Bethany Fulde of This Ship rocks out in the entertainment tent during Privateer Days in 2013. This Ship is one of the many bands that are taking the stage this year for Privateer Days.

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From swing to rock, local to afar, you can find it all in the Financial Pages Main Stage this year during Privateer Days.  

This year the entertainment tent will cost $10 to get into, up from $7 last year, and will still cover the cost for the entire evening. The increase is due to the rising cost of entertainers and equipment needed to run the stage.

Page says it's a bit of a balancing act in costs, to provide the best entertainment they can at a reasonable cost. However they keep the entrance cost below amount needed to recoup to keep the price low, and finish the funding with grants.

The entertainment gets underway at 5 p.m. Friday night Dave Burbine and Traditional Country, followed by Wayne Snider and Restless Wind.

"At 7 p.m. we have the return of an act that was here two years ago, Bluestar," says Page.

Seeing they were around a few rock bands, Page says the band is bringing a much more rock focused show then they had last time they were here.

This is Page's fifth year looking after the Entertainment Tent, and he does a lot of the scouting for artists prior to booking them by going to the various festivals around the province such as Nova Scotia Music Week and Riverfest.

"I like a show. I like good showmanship but also a good show," he says.

It was at Riverfest that he saw Rob Anderson & the Windathrows. The band is playing Friday at 8 p.m., and is described as a combination of the energy of Big Sugar with the influence of Tom Waits and Matt Good in sound.

There is plenty of local talent come out for the festival as well, says Page.

"We have a great array of local acts," he says. This includes both bands based out of Queens County and those who have local connections.

Two bands with a local connection are This Ship, playing Friday at 9 p.m., followed by Andrew Hunter and the Gatherers. This Ship band member Justin Wiles is from Liverpool, while Andrew Hunter and the Gatherers band member Brian Page is the son of Kevin and Debbie Page.

After Andrew Hunter is Fourth Well, a high energy Celtic Rock band.

Perhaps one of the more unusual acts is The Scientists of Sound, a techno pop duo that performs in lab coats and masks, who will finish off Friday night. They have played in Liverpool before, during Nova Scotia Music Week in 2012. It is quite different than what has been on the Main Stage before, but Page says they put on a good show.

Saturday starts off with music to swing by with the 35 piece Mahone Bay Legion Swing Band.

Next it goes to jazz, with the Clas Larrsson Jazz Quartet.

A bevy of local favourites follow, with Catahoula Brown, a 3 piece blues band out of New Germany, No Borders, Kalin, and Top Notch.

When the tent switches over to the $10 evening pass Saturday night, local Johnny Lake is the first to take the stage with a one man act. Lake has had a long and varied career in the music industry, notably as the guitarist for Dr. Hook for four years.

A new local band taking the stage Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. is the Sponagle Band, led by Wayne Sponagle. They are followed by local band the Fabulous Hats.

Asia & NuGruv is the headliner for Saturday night, taking the stage at 11:30 p.m. The band, numbering almost a dozen members, performs R&B, Soul, Classic Motown and Funky Blues. There lead singer is reminiscing of Chaka Khan, Mary J Blige and Aretha Franklin, and always strives to deliver a show stopping performance.

The final day of the festival starts off with an Ecumenical Church Service at 10:30 a.m. Taking the stage at noon is a new act for Privateer Days, Gospel featuring Healing Waters.

The afternoon is filled with familiar acts such as Amy Grant, the Mersey Band, Saltwater Cowboys, and a band with familiar faces but new name The Pins, formerly known as North of Dixie.

At 6 p.m. is teen band The Tangos, followed by the Chris Martin Trio.

The Sunday night headliner should be familiar to most locals as well. Dave Dobson and Phillip Harding are putting on a two man show to finish off the weekend's festivities.