The East Pointers: Tim Chaisson on fiddle, Koady Chaisson on banjo and Jake Charron on guitar in Newcastle in March 2017. Picture: Jim KellarLike a folkband of guerillas, the Canadian trio known as The East Pointers will touch down briefly in Newcastle on January 7, stir up a storm and be gone, most likely before nightfall.
The East Pointers, who originally hail from Prince Edward Island in far north-eastern Canada, are currently playing their fifth tour of Australia. This weekend they are on stage at the Woodford Folk Festival where they are truly embedded. Fiddle playing vocalist Tim Chaisson was married at Woodford early on New Year’s Day two years ago. His banjo-picking cousin, Koady Chaisson, has partnered with Chloe Goodyear, a Queenslander who is also a programmer for the Woodford festival.
In between a hectic agenda from mid-November that has seen them play festivals at Mullimbimby and Queencliff, and headline shows in Darwin, Adelaide and Fremantle, the trio have played a set of shows as the onstage band for The Wiggles.
“I don’t know where it’s going,” Koady says. “It’s an absolute blast.”
The band tours 10 months a year, playing festivals throughout the world, always coming home to Nova Scotia in the northern summer for their favourite summer gig- the Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival and music camp.
“At this point we are trying to make hay while the sun shines,” Koady says. “We really want to grow it as much as we can. We love what we do and want to do more.”
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In September the band released its second album, What We Leave Behind, madein Nashville with the assistance of Canadian songwriter and producer Gordie Sampson. It includes songs written in Australia, namely the stunning 82 Fires, about being surrounded by fires while touring Tasmania in 2013.
The East Pointers are trendsetters in new trad folk music, mixing the old and the new with expert, versatile musicianship. Foremost, they wear their Canadian roots on their sleeve, encouraging crowds to get up and dance, and doing a few jigs on stage themselves. They played a memorial showto an enthusiastic nearly sold-out crowd at the Unorthodox Church of Groove in Hamilton in March.
The East Pointers play Lizotte’s on Sunday, January 7, at 1.30pm.