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For Morgan MacDonald, inspiration was close at hand for his new EP.

click to enlarge Morgan MacDonald shows love for the locals
  • Morgan MacDonald shows love for the locals

Local. It's probably the best word to sum up country/folk musician Morgan MacDonald. From Chester, Nova Scotia, MacDonald's releasing his debut EP Back to the Wilderness in Halifax on June 27. And he's not short on local influence. "I really enjoy what's happening locally," MacDonald says. "As much as there's bands from all over the place that I really like, I feel like saying that I was influenced by The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Neil Young---even though it's true---might be a little redundant."

Instead he says he's inspired by the likes of Steve Gates, Acres and Acres, Tanya Davis, Amelia Curran and Old Man Luedecke, to name a few, and he's got an EP stacked with Haligonian talent, including producer Paul Aucoin.

"The people that I have the chance to play with is probably my favourite part of music. Other than getting to know people and getting to travel----getting to meet people and listen to such great artists in an intimate environment," says MacDonald. "I've always enjoyed seeing live music---it's kind of hard to beat."

Growing up on the south shore, MacDonald says his parents were both avid music fans. "You know, family events, camping and whatever, there's was always lots of music around." And once he came to Halifax, he definitely got in with the right crowd. Hanging out with Acres and Acres and Caledonia, he says they encouraged him to start developing songs. He started playing at parties and eventually started opening for them, and it's only progressed from there.

Now with a four-track EP under his belt and about to embark on a cross-Canada tour, he says he just wants to play for more people, travel and build up more of a fan base. "To be honest, I feel good about the songs but I'm very much getting started as a songwriter," he says. "Some of the other local artists, like Old Man Luedecke and Amelia Curran, they are really great at using simile and telling stories from different perspectives, which I definitely want to do." --Sarah Mateshaytis

Morgan MacDonald w/ Dark for Dark, Greensleeves, Wednesday, June 27 at The Company House, 2202 Gottingen Street, 8pm

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