With a raspy, warm voice and songwriting inspired by East Coast folklore, Mike McKenna Jr is a singer-songwriter from Nova Scotia, Canada who has captured the attention listeners in his native Maritimes, his current home in Montreal and around the North American folk music community. With a dynamic vocal style falling somewhere between James Taylor and Ray Lamontagne, his tales of tragic sea voyages and lost lovers offer a contemporary nod to the nautical-themed songs of his home province, and a revival of a niche traditional genre made popular by Canadians like Stan Rogers and Gordon Lightfoot.
FACTOR Canada and the Canada Council of the Arts and the Government of Canada have funded Mike's newest release Pacific Northwest Bound (2017), a full length album offering listeners a chance to hear dark and dusted-off Maritime stories and sea shanties from a contemporary, millennial perspective. Working with 2x Felix award-winning producer and CFMA nominated Simon Marion, he recorded this concept album in a small cabin studio north of Montreal, in the village of St-Come; a hub of traditional Quebecois music. The album is now available on all platforms including Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Bandcamp and Soundcloud.
Click the links below to hear songs from Pacific Northwest Bound featured on curated playlists:
Spotify - Currents: Contemporary Folk
Hearth Music - Best Celtic Music of 2017
Music Nova Scotia - ECMA 2017
Canada 150 Music - Canadian Artists