Villages at The Pourhouse with Liam Corcoran!

Villages at The Pourhouse

Villages album release party at the Pourhouse!

The Pourhouse is located at 189 Great George St. above the Old Triangle.

Villages haven’t always been willing to represent their Cape Breton heritage in song. Back in the late aughts, Matt and Travis Ellis, Jon Pearo and Archie Rankin started the indie rock group Mardeen. Avoiding their Cape Breton heritage at all costs, the group fled the island for Halifax, aiming to get in on the city’s penchant for melodic indie rock made by their heroes in Sloan, The Super Friendz and Thrush Hermit.
After releasing several acclaimed albums and EP’s, there was a turning point in that way of thinking. “One late night, a few years back, a singalong of Rankin Family tunes broke out” says vocalist Matt Ellis. “I remember saying to the rest of the band that we need to write something that evokes the sound of home.” Soon after that night, Ellis wrote just that song. It was called Hymn After Hymn and it captured the Maritimes musically and lyrically in a new and authentic way. This song was followed by a quick burst of creative output and the group quickly jumped into the studio to record these songs with east coast stalwart, Joel Plaskett, producing. “Joel has such a strong knowledge of folk music from the UK and Ireland, he really brought our songs to life”. The problem was, these new songs had nothing in common with the edgy indie rock Mardeen is known for. These songs needed their own home.
Inspired by an essay Cape Breton comic artist Kate Beaton wrote about her hometown, the project was named Villages. The group released their first single in October 2016 and have been touring, writing and recording in the time since.
In March 2019, Villages will release their self-titled debut album. Recorded at their home studio in rural Nova Scotia with producer Thomas Stajcer (Joel Plaskett, Erin Costello), the focus remained creating original music that captures life in the Maritimes. The result is a collection of songs combining British folk and Celtic music with the atmospheric arrangements of groups like the War on Drugs and Fleet Foxes.

Liam Corcoran

"Liam Corcoran was the co-founder of the Charlottetown rock group Two Hours Traffic. Before disbanding in 2013, Two Hours Traffic released several albums and toured extensively in North America and around the globe. Many of their songs were placed in television and film and they were shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize in 2008. Since then, Liam has embarked on a solo career, releasing two albums. His most recent album, Nevahland, was the winner of two Music PEI awards."



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