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The SideCat acoustic trio purrs up a special blend of original material along with some roots favourites. With varying instrumentation of tenor saxophone, baritone sax, guitar, ukulele, flute and acoustic bass makes for a warm, organic and home-grown sound. The positive chemistry between the musicians comes through in their performance and their music is as genuine as the musicians themselves.
The SideCats are:
Shirley Jackson - vocals, tenor sax, guitar
Dawn Hatifield - ukulele, baritone sax, flute, vocals
Jef Wirchenko – acoustic bass, vocals
Shirley Jackson’s songs are laced with life experience and honesty that cannot be overlooked. The inspiration comes from a life force that has chosen to lend her the words to write the songs and arrange the music not only for the SideCats but also Halifax based band; Shirley Jackson & Her Good Rockin’ Daddys. Growing up in a small Alberta town, Shirley has been blazing trails for women in music for 30 years as a singer, songwriter, drummer, guitarist and an award winning saxophone player. (Toronto Maple Blues recipient 2003, Toronto Maple Blues Award nomination 2013) Since moving to the Maritimes in 1988 she has been leading the SideCats and the Good Rockin' Daddys with three ECMA nominated CD's across the nation performing in theatres, headlining festival stages while inspiring young musicians in a full time teaching job as an instrumental band director.
The SideCat cd release, ‘Makin’ Tracks is an honest representation of Jackson’s song writing abilities and the trios’ live performance. The lyrical wit in ‘Bean Me Up’ and ‘Roll & Tumble’ engage the audience in participation. The light-heartedness of 'Jack's Beanstalk' speaks of those out there who will do anything to get to the top; where 'River of Dust' is written to create awareness to the seriousness of the state of the planet. ‘I Believe’ and ‘Foolish Pride’ looks at love lost where, ‘Blanket of Love’ gives us reason to hope and not give up. ‘Before It’s Over’ encourages one to examine what is important in life and ‘On The Other Side’ shares the belief that there is always so much more.