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Horse

The Music
Most bands start out learning and performing cover songs – music made popular by other bands - before embarking on their own writing projects and this was the case with Horse. Their repertoire of covers was chosen from a long list of groups who were “hot” in the 70’s – The Allman Brothers, The Band, Chicago, Jethro Tull, Johnnie and Edgar Winter, The James Gang, Dreams and many more.
The original music that Horse plays was written as a group. Musical ideas were shared freely and each musician in the band made his own significant contribution to the end product. Most times the songs were composed from these basic ideas brought to rehearsals by the band members and then worked on as a group – on some rare occasions a band member would bring in a complete song and then it was a matter of each player adding his part.
In the early years, there were just a few songs written – Together, and Forgotten Woman were two of the most memorable. It was when Paul Barrett, Abbey Aucoin and later Gregg “Phisch” Fancy became part of the group that the writing really started to happen in a big way. Wayne Nicholson remained the sole lyricist and melodist (the one who wrote the melodies) for the group as well as the person responsible for song titles.
The recording industry in Nova Scotia was just starting to take off around the time that the band broke up, so the only “commercial” recording of the band was a single 45-rpm vinyl disc on Big Ear Records. The A-side of this record was Broken Wings a catchy tune with a jazzy tenor saxophone solo in the middle. The B-side was a song called You Were Gone – a piano-heavy recoding that has a great rock groove.
Although Horse songs are all different stylistically, there are certain grooves and tempos that the material can be loosely categorized into. For example the four ballads: Next Time Around, The Rise and Fall, Thinking Of You and Lady Graceful all were quite different from each other although the same in that they were slow songs - or waltzes as they were called in the ‘70s. Southend Sadie, No Need To Explain and Collection could be said to be rock shuffle. There are also the driving rock tunes like Drive Me Crazy, Gathering Storm and Leftover You.
Among the most defining characteristics of Horse material were the longer multi-section compositions. The best known in this genre is Fisherman - a signature song of the band – that starts with a simple piano introduction which builds to a hard rock groove, goes into a 5/4 or odd-time signature section, which is followed by fast 3/4 finally returning to the hard rock groove for the ending.
Several other Horse compositions have a similar format including Folly Mountain Breakdown. Named after the famous country style Foggy Mountain Breakdown, this 15 - minute suite written all in one weekend in a cottage at Folly Lake goes through several contrasting musical styles culminating in a powerful all stops out ending. Other titles in this longer style include Movin’ Along, Straight Ahead, It’s All Over and Blue Sky Ladies - all of which are entertaining, and at the same time musically complex.
Horse fans will remember many of these titles and the band is looking forward to performing them again after so many years. Along with the comical Fly Soup, the jazzy Go Lightly, and the driving rock sound of After All This Time the material described above will be sure to delight everyone who makes it to the gigs.


Showcases:

Fri 04

Rath Eastlink Community Centre

7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

Alana Yorke

Pop, Alternative

Alycia Putnam

Traditional / Roots

Amanda Riley

Modern Country

Andre Pettipas and The Giants

Rock

Andrew Frelick

Country

Andrew Hunter & The Gatherers

Rock/Pop

Anna Ludlow

World/Celtic

Arsoniste

singer-songwriter, synthpop, pop

Asia & NuGruv

R&B, Soul, Funk and Motown

Baroque N' Fiddle String Quartet

World, Celtic, Instrumental, Classical

Beauts

Rock

Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald

Celtic/Roots

Cassie and Maggie

Folk/Roots/Celtic

Ced Marty & Dave

Blues, R&B,

Chaos Theory

Hard Rock/Metal

Charlie A'Court

Blues Rock

Christine Campbell

Rock

City Natives

hip-hop

Classified

Hip-Hop

Còig

Celtic

Dali Van Gogh

Rock

Dan Doiron

Rock/Blues

Décota McNamara

Folk / roots

Devarrow

Folk/Roots/Alternative

DJ IV

Don Brownrigg

Adult Alternative/Folk/Pop

Dub Kartel

Reggae, Dancehall, Pop

E.B. Anderson & The Resolutes

Americana

Erika Kulnys

Singer-Songwriter / Americana / Folk / Alternative / Rock / Pop

Erin Costelo

Soul/Adult Alternative

Fiddles & Feet

Traditional Celtic Dixieland Swing

Fiona Alone

Baroque Pop

Floodland

rock

Gabrielle Papillon

Orchestral Folk/Indie-Folk/Folk-Pop

Garrett Mason

Blues

GHETTOSOCKS

RAP/ HIPHOP

Gillian Head

Celtic, Traditional

Gordie Sampson Songcamp

Hello Delaware

Pop-Rock

Hillsburn

Indie Folk Pop

Horse

Ian Janes

Soul/Pop

Ian Sherwood

Folk / Pop

In-Flight Safety

Indie Rock

J-Bru

Hip Hop

Jason MacDonald

Folk/Celtic/Songwriter

Jason Price

Country

Jay Mayne

hip-hop

Jeff Jodrey

Acoustic Instrumental

Jessie Brown

Rock / Doom Soul

Joe Murphy & The Water Street Blues Band

Blues

Joel Plaskett Emergency

Rock

JONT & THE INFINITE POSSIBILITY

uplifting indie rock

Josh Lake

Funk, Soul, Blues, Inspirational

Keonté Beals

R&B/EDM-Dance

Kestrels

Shoegaze

Kilmore

Rock/Hard Rock

Kim Dunn

Americana/singer songwriter/adult Alternative

LACEWOOD

Pop-Country

Last Call Chernobyl

Metal

Laurenn Marchand

Folk/Pop

Like A Motorcycle

Punk Rock

MAJE

HipHop/Spoken Word

Makayla Lynn

Country

Mardeen

Indie Rock, Indie Pop

Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac

Gaelic, Traditional

Matt Steele

singer-songwriter

McGinty

Maritime / Celtic

Mitchell Bailey

Hip Hop

Mo Kenney

Pop, Folk, Alternative

Mojo Martin

Blues

Natalie Lynn

Pop/Rock

Nicole Ariana

R&B/Urban

Norma MacDonald

Americana/Singer-Songwriter

Nuallan

Celtic

Old Blood

Hard Rock

Orchid's Curse

Metal

Owen Meany's Batting Stance

Indie-folk-rock

Papilio

Roots, Traditional, World, Folk

Party Boots

Pop, Urban, World

Port Cities

Pop, Singer-Songwriter

Pretty Archie

Americana

Quiet Parade

Indie

Rain Over St. Ambrose

Rock

Rawlins Cross

Celtic, Rock, Pop and Worldbeat music,

Ray Mattie

Country/Roots

Reeny Smith

R&B/Soul

Rhapsody Quintet

Instrumental

Ria Mae

Pop

Roxy & the Underground Soul Sound

Funk/Soul/R n' B

Shannon Quinn

Celtic/Folk/Original

The Barrowdowns

Alternative Folk

The Brood

psychedelic rock

The Carson Downey Band

Blues

The Mellotones

R&B, Soul, Motown, Funk and Disco

The Mike Bochoff Band

pop-rock

The Stanfields

Rock/Roots

The State Of Alaska

Féminin

The Terry Edmunds Band

Blues

The Town Heroes

Alt Rock

The Wicked Deadlys

rock

Thom Swift

Folk-Roots-Blues

Three Sheet

Alternative Hip Hop

Thrillah

hip-hop

Tj King

Country Rock

Tommy Green Jr

Acoustic Pop Folk Rock

Troy MacGillivray

Celtic

Villages

Traditional, Folk

Vogue Dots

Electro Pop

Walrus

Rock

Wayne Nicholson and the Eastenders

Willie Stratton

Alt Country

Witchitaw

Southern Country Rock

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