Killick Before It Spreads! Shelburne artist discusses band’s new CD

Vanessa MacNeil
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Killick is celebrating its third album. Submitted

SHELBURNE - “I’ve been wanting to use that for 18 years!” says Pat Melanson of his band’s new CD’s name: Killick Before It Spreads!

Launched in October at the Osprey Arts Centre, Killick Before It Spreads! is the group Killick’s third album.  Their last CD, Collideco, earned the band nominations at the 2014  Nova Scotia Music Week for Acadian/Francophone Artist of the Year.

 Blending traditional Celtic and Cajun sounds, Killick is guaranteed to get toes tapping with their unique style.

“We spent the summer on Nova Star ferry and did a lot of unofficial promotion work for the new album.  It was very well received!  We had one family who timed four crossings with our shows,” says Melanson.  Killick performed on 24 crossings between Yarmouth and Portland, Maine.

The group is currently down to a duo at the moment, with Pat Melanson and Alex Buchanan forming the permanent core of the band, but they’ve had as many as four members.  Sean McClure has recently taken a break from performing with the group to focus on the demands of his carpentry job.  However, reduced numbers hasn’t affected the musicians’ spirits.

“We’ve had great turn outs!  The music is upbeat, happy.  It makes you want to stomp your feet and sing along.  We just finished performing at The Night Kitchen in Wolfville, and they’ve asked us to come back and play a longer set,” Melanson said.

“Performing in a big theatre, where it’s so quiet you can hear a pin drop, terrifies me,” he confessed.  “I’d much rather play in a crowded little pub where people are talking with friends, and they sing along.  They may be sitting there talking, but if you see them swaying then you know you’ve got them!”

The music is upbeat, happy. It makes you want to stomp your feet and sing along Pat Melanson

“We’re trying to spread our wings, and expand horizons,” says Melanson on what’s next for the band.  There are plans in the works for a possible tour of New England, and requests have already been made for the musical due to perform in Newfoundland.

“I’d really like to play in Cape Breton.  Anywhere that people want us!  Our music’s been heard all over.  One woman took one of our CDs with her on a trip to Africa; we have a song called Kilimanjaro. And where did she play it?  That’s right, Kilimanjaro!  How cool is that?”

With songs that vary from serious to silly, the unifying factor in all of Killick’s music is the passion behind it.  Written, produced and recorded in Shelburne, in both English and French, their music embodies lively spirit of Nova Scotia.  Both Collidico and Killick Before it Spreads! are available at the group’s website , and a video for their song Madeline, Madelo is on YouTube.

“It’s been up there for almost two years, and it’s had close to 2,000 views.  I call that Shelburne viral!” joked Melanson.

Organizations: Osprey Arts Centre

Geographic location: Shelburne, Nova Star, Yarmouth Portland, Maine Wolfville New England Newfoundland Cape Breton Africa Nova Scotia

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