MIKE MCKENNA JR

“An authentic, golden, raspy voice that sings comfortably over folk-driven rhythmic guitar lines... ...His personal, nostalgic lyrics are wonderfully descriptive giving his music a relatable and also gorgeously humble tone.”— Spotify

BIO

With grit and power in his voice and a unique authenticity in his stories, Mike McKenna Jr is a soulful singer-songwriter from Nova Scotia, Canada who has captivated listeners in his native Maritimes and around the North American folk community.

Mike draws inspiration for his music from his early life growing up in Cape Breton, a region known as much for its rugged and picturesque landscape as for its rich cultural legacy that includes 500-years of colonial history and the accumulated oral traditions of Celtic, Mi'kmaq, and Acadian storytelling. His raspy, warm voice is reminiscent of a folky, Sweet Baby James era James Taylor, or the effortless power of Ray Lamontagne, but his tales of tragic sea voyages and lost lovers are a contemporary throwback to the nautical-themed traditional songs of Nova Scotia, and a revival of this unique style made popular by Canadians like Stan Rogers and Gordon Lightfoot.

Funded by FACTOR Canada, the Canada Council of the Arts and the Government of Canada, Mike's newest release Pacific Northwest Bound (2017) will offer listeners a chance to hear dark and dusted-off Maritime stories and sea shanties from a unique, 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 charming 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. 

PRESS

The East Mag: Living Roots Festival 2018 Lineup

Leesta Vall Records Direct-to-Vinyl Office Session 

Johnny's Garden: Pacific Northwest Bound Album Review

Hearth Music: Best Celtic Music of 2017

Root Music Report: Top 50 Canada Album Chart 2017

Spotify: Currents - Contemporary Folk Playlist

Vancouver Island Music Fest: Performer Review

Spotify Community: Featured Artist on 'The Tip-Off'

Halifax Bloggers: Pacific Northwest Bound Album Review

Roots Music Report: Top Contemporary Folk Albums 2017

Roots Music Report: Top Folk Albums 2017

Blues & Roots Radio: Under the Radar Album Preview

CKCU 93.3 FM: Top Albums - June, 2017

International Americana Show: 'America' on Episode 1721

CJLO 1690 AM: Interview with Genaro Pena - Pacific Northwest Bound Album Release

CBC: East Coast Music Awards 2017 - Off the Beaten Track

Canadian Beats: East Coast Music Awards 2017 - Bluebird North Stage 

Folk Roots Radio: Interview with Jan Hall - FMO 2016

Earshot! Campus Radio Report: CHSR 97.9 FM - Charting on Fredericton Top 30

Spincount: Mike McKenna Jr at Lunenburg Folk Harbour & Festival Summer Tour 2016

CTV Atlantic: Interview with Heidi Petracek

CBC: East Coast Music Awards 2016

CKUT 90.3 FM: Interview on 'Wednesday Morning After'

Quick Before It Melts: Travelin' Man Album Review

International Americana Show: 'Die in the West' on  Episode 1625 - Long Songs Edition

Quick Before It Melts: Favourite Songs of 2015

Grayowl Point: Travelin Man Album Review

Modern Folk Music of America: Travelin Man Album Review

Sea and Be Scene: SOCAN Songhouse Participants

 

 

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