CANADIAN trio The East Pointers have been blurring the lines between traditional and contemporary music.
The trio, from Prince Edward Island, initially connected over a mutual appreciation for Celtic compositions and have since taken their folk tunes across the world.
After releasing their second album in September, a follow-up to their 2015 internationally acclaimed and award-winning debut Secret Victory, The East Pointers have embarked on an Australian tour and are stopping by the Top End for the first time.
The NT News caught up with guitarist Jake Charron ahead of their gig on Friday at the Railway Club. Mr Charron said that they were all happy to be back in the county and playing their new music for fans.
“It’s been fun trying to replicate the studio sound in a live setting,” he said.
“We’re trying to make a fuller sound with just three people.”
This means that fellow band member Koady Chaisson has had to undertake some serious multi-tasking.
“Koady has a set of bass petals that he is playing with his feet, while he plays the banjo,” he said.
“And I’m playing more keyboard in the show these days.”
Their recently released album What We Leave Behind reflects on the traditions of Canadian Celtic music but also steps in new directions.
There are undeniably strong folk and country vibes in there, the banjo and fiddle keep course with the Celtic roots, but you can also hear pop music inclinations and an indie-rock predilection that weaves its way into the song structures.
Keeping balance between their traditional-sounding instrumental influences and creating catchy radio-ready songs, The East Pointers appeal to a wide range of listeners and invite them to discover a new love of folk music.
Mr Charron said that the reception to their new tracks has been great. “It’s going really well, it is a bit of a new direction from our last album,” he said. “We’ve put a little more time in to this one.”
Although The East Pointers have toured Australia five times already, this is the first time that they’ve visited Darwin.
“We came to Australia right as the band was getting going and it has been a part of our schedule ever since,” he said.
“Everyone tells us we should try to get up to Darwin, that the people here are up for a bit of dancing and like things that are a bit different.”
The East Pointers will be onstage from 7pm tomorrow at Darwin Railway Club.
Tickets are $15 on the door.