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Family ‘Solidarity:’ Joel Plaskett melds father’s music with his own on new album

After years of floating the idea, the Nova Scotia father-son duo has collaborated on an album for the first time.

By Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press

Musicians Joel Plaskett, right, and his father Bill pose in Plaskett’s recording studio The New Scotland Yard in Halifax on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. [Photo: Darren Calabrese, The Canadian Press]

HALIFAX — More than 30 years ago in the picturesque fishing town of Lunenburg, N.S., a young Joel Plaskett would sift through his father’s record collection and watch him play guitar with a keen eye.

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Exclaim!: Bill & Joel Plaskett ‘Solidarity’ (album stream)

By Sarah Murphy, Exclaim!

Click here to stream Solidarity.

Maritime mainstay Joel Plaskett has enlisted some familial help for his latest record, collaborating with his father Bill on a new LP called Solidarity. Before it arrives next week, Exclaim! is giving you a proper introduction to the Plaskett clan with an advanced stream of the upcoming record in its entirety.

The album hears the pair exchanging their musical influences and ideas, experimenting with a mix of both traditional and unexpected sounds.

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Toronto Star: Joel Plaskett joins forces with father on new ‘folkie’ album

Juno-winner Joel Plaskett teamed up with his 71-year-old dad to make Solidarity.

By Nick Patch, The Toronto Star

Joel Plaskett, left, and his dad, Bill Plaskett, teamed up for their Solidarity album and will be performing at Massey Hall in April. (J.P. MOCZULSKI / FOR THE TORONTO STAR)

When Bill Plaskett first moved his family from Halifax to Lunenburg in the 1990s, it took only a short while — social folkie that he was — before he stitched together a network in the local folk scene and started drinking in the coffee house circuit.

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Father-son team Joel and Bill Plaskett join forces through eras and music in the NP Sessions studio

By The National Post

JUNO Award-winning songwriter Joel Plaskett and his father Bill’s latest album Solidarity is the product of influence from many different eras, sources, and stages of life.

Bill wrote “No Sight Compares” in the early 1970s about a troubled relationship and signs from nature that everything would work out fine, while Joel’s “The New California” was written this past summer at a hotel in Yellowknife where “the Alpine trees and perpetual sunlight on the Great Slave Lake made me think of some magical part of California I dreamt up.” [READ MORE]

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