Canadian singer-songwriter Mike McKenna Jr. enchants his audience with his raspy, intimate voice, indie folk/Americana tones, and songs laden with captivating storytelling. Originally from Cape Breton Island, NS, Mike now resides in Montreal, QC, but continues to bring us the nostalgia of his home through carefully chosen poetry, protest songs, and true stories about life and death in Nova Scotia’s coastal, working-class communities.
Mike’s latest record At The Edge of the World (April 2020) was met with incredible support both in Canada and internationally. It was nominated for Contemporary Album of the Year by the 2021 Canadian Folk Music Awards, 2020 Album of the Year by Blues and Roots Radio, and was featured on Spotify Editorial playlists including Renegade Folk and Contemporary Folk, on Mahogany’s YouTube playlist, in The Bluegrass Situation, Americana UK, Canadian Beats, Roots Music Canada, The East and more.
Produced by 23-year-old Berklee graduate, Victoria’s Quinn Bachand (Rosier, Kittel & Co, Brishen) the album delivers a wider, fuller sound than his previous records, lead by Mike’s incredibly raw, soulful vocals and surrounded by a beautiful mix of electric and pedal-steel guitar, electric bass, vocal harmonies, strings, piano and drums. It also passed through the talented hands of two of Canada's top analog specialists; mixing engineer Jon Anderson (Andy Shauf, Rosier, Foxwarren) and Grammy-nominated mastering engineer, Juno/Polaris winner Philip Shaw Bova (Father John Misty, Feist, Bahamas).
“This is clearly a significant record for McKenna and the community in which it is rooted. For the rest of us it is a peephole into a world we know little of and a thoughtful comfort from beginning to end.”
- Americana UK
“From past events, McKenna has distilled a mythology; tiny components that became something more than the sum of its parts.”
- The East
“Highly touted as someone to watch in the intersecting worlds of indie folk and Americana.”
- Penguin Eggs
“Mike McKenna Jr has soul in his voice, strength to his tones and an overall demeanour that makes for some outstanding music.”
- Vinyl Chapters
Mike has had the opportunity to play renowned festivals and venues touring North America such as RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, Montreal Folk Fest sur le Canal, Vancouver Island Music Fest, Rockwood Music Hall, National Arts Centre, Club Passim among others and has shared the stage with the likes of Hawksley Workman, William Prince, Michael Daves, Ashley MacIsaac, Old Man Luedecke, Good Lovelies and more.
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