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December 12, 2023 / The Maritime Anchor / Shaylynn Hayes talks with Stewart

What’s it like being an Atlantic Canadian group?

Atlantic Canada has a wonderful history of both professional musicians and amateur players and singers as well. A vibrant community of many cultures and styles exits and is
very much part of an east coast scene. We were very fortunate to grow up at a time when there was a lot of live music going on. I think we certainly developed a distinct style and
attitude to music by growing up in Atlantic Canada. It really helped us to develop our style of music.

Do you feel there are significant challenges in Atlantic Canada for musicians?

The main challenges Atlantic Canadian artists are probably linked to the cost of transportation. It has become very expensive to tour and our proximity to major markets makes
it challenging.

Read the full interview here