SEARSON

New Album + DVD Out September 27

LIVE AT THE NEAT CAFE

"Searson were just terrific – really knew how to work the crowd...sent chills up my spine when I heard the fiddle player – wonderful!"

~ Music director at Colorado Irish Festival

TORONTO,27th Agust,2019- – Canadian Celtic pop duo – sisters Colleen Searson (fiddle) and Erin Searson (piano and tenor guitar) – will officially release Live at The Neat Cafe, their milestone, 10th full-length album, as well as their first live performance DVD, on September 27. Both recordings document their performance in front of a live Ottawa Valley audience at the historical Neat Cafe Coffee Shop in Burnstown, Ontario. The album includes a mix of traditional and original instrumental and vocal selections, and will be available on Spotify, Apple Music / iTunes and all platforms where music is streamed or downloaded. The DVD is available to media upon request. For more information please visit www.searsonband.com

Hailing from the Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada, and immersed in the Ottawa Valley music tradition their entire lives, sisters Colleen and Erin Searson have been performing and competing in music and step dance contests since a very young age, which proved to be beneficial in making them the accomplished musicians they are today. Searson have honed their craft since high school by performing at a variety of events across Canada, the United States, and Europe. The sisters’ love of incorporating their Ottawa Valley music with Celtic, East Coast, Scottish, and various other genres caused them to expand their musical horizons, and the result is a sound all their own, which includes poignant compositions by both women. "The most satisfying part of performing live is seeing our fans singing along to songs that we’ve written, and requesting fiddle tunes that we wrote," Erin says, and Colleen chimes in, "Absolutely. There’s nothing better than seeing the audience emotionally involved in your live show."

Searson’s ambitious new album Live at The Neat Cafe is a collection of 12 songs with a welcome and four song intros. There is little overlap in the musical selections between the full-length audio CD and 60-minute live-performance DVD from this celebration concert. The DVD also includes behind-the-scenes clips and interviews with the band.

As befits a group steeped in Celtic-rooted musical tradition, Searson devote one-third of their live album to fiddle-tune sets. The opening set, "Bright Nights" is a high-energy romp to set your toes to tapping, and get your hands clapping. "Da Tunes" is short, snappy, and features some very fast, very precise bowing. "Fiddle Jam" is the most clearly traditional of the bunch, and sounds like something you might hear in a session on any given weekend afternoon, in any given Irish pub. How much can you do in two minutes of playing music? If you’re Searson, "Rough Cuts" proves that you can run through three or four wild-ass fiddle tunes that would set any of those pubs hopping like mad!

At the other end of the scale, "1847" is as close as Searson come to a straight-ahead pop song, but the fiddle keeps them grounded, and the tribute to their ancestors is clearly a heartfelt one. The Searson family immigrated from Ireland to the Ottawa Valley in 1847. The Searson sisters are the sixth generation to grow up on the original family farm in Hyndford, Ontario. The song describes the challenges of life for the first Searsons that came over, with all they had to endure in order to farm and feed their families.

"E&C," a simple piano-and-fiddle duet, where the first half is so achingly beautiful it might just inspire you to shed a tear. So simultaneously sad and pretty, it’s the very definition of “bittersweet.” Then it segues into a lively, pleasant second-half fiddle-tune set, almost like a celebratory New Orleans funeral parade returning from the graveyard.

"Runaway" is about the necessity of parting from a dysfunctional loved one, and the strength required to do so, in order to pursue a better life. People think the woman leaving is only running away, but don’t understand how strong she has to be to do it, and how bad it was to get her to leave. It’s a powerful piece for the post-#MeToo era, and the a cappella chorus near the end really seals the deal.

"On My Way," a stately piano ballad reprised from Searson’s very first album, was originally sung by their father. The lyric is about what Joni Mitchell called “the urge for going,” and the equal and opposite desire to return home once again – as is appropriate for this often-touring duo.

In May 2015, Searson filmed a brand new national series for CBC called Still Standing. They’ve hosted three bus tours in Ireland with their Kansas City friends, The Elders and continue to tour across Canada, the United States, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Portugal, and Spain.