LABRADOR WEST, N.L.
The past few years have been busy and successful ones for the Fortunate Ones. Classified as a Canadian Indy folk duo, it’s been full steam ahead since their debut album “The Bliss” in 2015.
Fortunate ones are Andrew James O’Brien of St. John's and Catherine Allan of Corner Brook. Allan was part of O’Brien’s band when he was touring alone but the collaboration, as Fortunate Ones soon became a logical step.
With other albums came lots of performances and of course recognition.
Their first album ‘The Bliss’ was shortlisted for a Juno in 2016, and won the Canadian Folk Music award for Vocal Group of the Year at the 11th Canadian Folk Music awards.
When the group planned a cross Canada tour it was exactly that.
“We have played from Victoria B.C, and in every province to our current locations in Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and New Brunswick,” O’Brien told The Aurora. “Then we arrive in Labrador City for a show on Nov. 15 and then visit a number of locations across the province ending up in St. John’s on Nov. 24.”
It’s been fantastic so far according to O’Brien.
“Catherine and I try to bring an honesty to the stage, we lead with our hearts and the audience appreciates it,” he said. “On many occasions on this tour audience members were singing along with the songs, they know the songs and the words.”
While O’Brien and Allan write the songs, “Hold Fast” has had a lot of collaborations with people like Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea, Tim Baker from Hey Rosetta, Meg Warren of Repartee, Good Lovlies, and others.
“They all added their musicianship,” quips O’Brien.
Along with O’Brien and Allan they will be joined by drummer Nick Clarke Coultis and sound person Justin Waddleton.
And as a bonus, traveling on tour with Fortunate Ones is Dartmouth singer songwriter Mo Kenny, known for her amazing stage presence and incredible lyrics.
Fortunate Ones are on stage just one night in Labrador West Nov. 15. Tickets are available through the bands website, or the Arts and Culture centre website.