The East Pointers

The East Pointers touring Australia

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On the back of winning Ensemble of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in December, Prince Edward Island’s The East Pointers announced they were touring Australia in 2017. Having already played Tasmania, WOMADelaide (and WOMAD NZ), and Victoria earlier this month, the band will travel up and down the East Coast, playing rural and metropolitan shows throughout NSW and QLD.

Simultaneously, the upcoming Juno Awards sees the trio nominated in the category of Traditional Roots Album of the Year for their beautifully immersive debut album Secret Victory. The album features 10 brand new original tracks written by guitarist Jake Charron, fiddler Tim Chaisson and his cousin, banjoist Koady Chaisson.

With Secret Victory, The East Pointers unwrap new possibilities in a musical style that dates back centuries, yet is still relevant on multiple, divergent continents. “That’s something The East Pointers are trying to accomplish – breathe some new, original life into traditional music,” confirms Tim Chaisson, whose solo career as a singer, songwriter (see 2015’s acclaimed Lost in Light) is thoroughly established. “A lot of times, people think of it as music for an older generation but we’re hoping to introduce a whole new generation of listeners.”

With their adrenalized and ridiculously hip performance, beautiful songs, free-wheeling, feisty instrumental jigs, stomps and reels and heart-breaking harmonies, The East Pointers are torchbearers for a new wave in traditional Celtic music. They brought the house down on their 2016 tour of Australia, gracing the stages of more than 25 festivals and venues across the country. The rest of their Australian tour is sure to raise the roof yet again!

Australian tour dates

21-Mar | Brass Monkey, Cronulla (NSW)
22-Mar | Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong (NSW)
23-Mar | Camelot Lounge, Sydney (NSW)
24-Mar | Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle (NSW)
25-Mar | Wauchope Community Arts Hall (NSW)
26-Mar | Cedar Bar, Bellingen (NSW)
30-Mar | Bellevue Hotel: Townsville Folk and Acoustic Music Club  (QLD)
31-Mar | Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns (QLD)
1-Apr | Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast (QLD)
06-Apr | Club Mullum (Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club) (NSW)
07-Apr | Eatonsville Hall (NSW)
08-Apr | Old Museum, Brisbane (QLD)
09-Apr | BLEACH* Festival Mudgeeraba Hall (QLD)
27-Apr | Armitage Centre Toowoomba (QLD)
28 Apr – 1 May | The Planting Festival (QLD)


The East Pointers have toured tirelessly and consistently spanning Europe, USA, Canada and Australia since the release of their debut album Secret Victory in 2015. Ontario guitarist Jake Charron and 7th generation Prince Edward Island musicians Tim (fiddle) and Koady Chaisson (banjo) make traditional music seem ridiculously hip. An adrenalized, roof-rattling, performance monster, the trio’s excellent debut album Secret Victory was penned mostly while touring in Australia.

Even before releasing Secret Victory, The East Pointers knew they were onto something, having accepted the 2015 Music P.E.I. Award for New Artist of the Year, and Roots Traditional Recording of the Year awards. They were also nominated for Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year at the 2015 East Coast Music Awards.

They’ve since been awarded Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2016 Edmonton Folk Festival, won Touring Artists of the Year at the 2016 Music P.E.I Awards, and won Ensemble of the Year at the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards.


“The East Pointers are one of the hottest young traditional folk bands on the planet.” – Geoff Wood, RN Rhythm Divine, ABC, 2016

“These three guys bring something wholesome and real to the genre.” – Sebastian Skeet

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