Touring with Alan Doyle
I remember the first time meeting Alan Doyle, through mutual friends of ours at the Duke of Duckworth in St. John’s. He was such a celebrity to me that I LITERALLY couldn’t look him in the face. I couldn’t believe I was meeting him. We’d listen to Great Big Sea albums on family trips growing up, so his voice is firmly planted in so many amazing memories of mine. But what is really special to me is that as a person, Alan has been so giving to Andrew and I – from advice and support to writing and recording with us. It’s true that it’s called the music industry but it’s clear as day that it’s so much more to him than just business. And he’s given us so much strength to keep pursuing what we’re doing.
Alan has been such an important part of Newfoundland’s cultural landscape for so long that it feels as though he’s always been here. His music, and the music of Great Big Sea, has been our soundtrack growing up in this province.
It’s a surreal feeling to go from fan to peer to friend with someone who has unknowingly played such a role in shaping your creative taste and cultural awareness. Great Big Sea were instrumental in paving the way for the musicians that followed them. They gave us the courage to bring the diverse music of Newfoundland and Labrador to a national and international stage with confidence and conviction. They turned the nation’s attention to the east coast and showed that world class music and art was being made in the coves and harbours of Newfoundland. Bands like Hey Rosetta!, The Once, Amelia Curran and so many more have followed in GBS’s footsteps, proudly sharing their own spin on the heritage of our province.
We were very lucky indeed to co-write with Alan for our new album. It has been a fantastic learning experience, and made it clear to us how important mentorship is. Alan’s generosity of time and energy spent with us has really been a driving force behind our recent efforts. The boisterous, affable and giving person you see on stage at his shows is the same person who willingly gives so much to other artists coming up behind him. Alan looms large in the Fortunate Ones narrative – co-writing, recording our demos, lending advice, sharing knowledge and experience freely without any expectation of return. He is an example of kindness and selflessness that we try to emulate in our own lives.
To be able to share stages across Canada and the US with such a great friend and mentor feels like a dream. We’re playing some stunning venues and watch sidestage, with joy, night after night, the all-or-nothing performances that have become Alan’ calling card – a true honour.
March 2nd, 2018 by Katie Phillips
FIRST SINGLE ‘NORTHERN STAR’ AVAILABLE NOW
Today’s the day: HOLD FAST starts making its way into the world! We are thrilled to share the first single from the new album, called Northern Star. It’s a bigger and bolder sound for us – dynamic peaks and valleys, and a story of forward momentum, the journey, and one’s sense of home, highlighted by a driving rhythm.
Catherine was moved to write the chorus of Northern Star after hearing stories of refugees moving to Canada, and imagining what that journey must be like…The loss of one’s home, and having to uproot after trauma. The song reflects the need for some kind of compass, guidance and purpose on an uncertain path. When Andrew wrote the verses separately, not knowing the point of her inspiration, the chorus and verses aligned in a way that was surprising and exciting.
There’s a quickening of the blood / Inside the hammer of your heart
To know where you are going / You’ve got to find out where you are
And if you’re looking for something extra special, check out our pre-order packages that include everything from our favourite local coffee and handmade mugs to our favorite game night essentials to personalized lyrics made just for you.
HOLD FAST! We can’t wait to share this year’s journey with you.
-Catherine and Andrew
January 26th, 2018 by Katie Phillips
HOLD FAST ALBUM COVER REVEAL
We are so excited to share the cover of HOLD FAST with you! Vanessa Heins has shot some of the world’s biggest and brightest artists including Bill Murray, Blue Rodeo, Lights, Hannah Georgas and so many more — and we could not be more thrilled about our collaboration with her for our 2018 release.
The shoot took place at Neighbourhood Studio in Toronto. There’s nothing like a great photo to give your confidence a little boost and we’re sending high fives to Vanessa for knocking the album cover photo out of the park!
January 26th, 2018 by Katie Phillips
US DATES ADDED TO 2018 TOUR
Cat & Andrew
January 26th, 2018 by Katie Phillips
PRE-ORDER new album HOLD FAST
Over the summer, we went back into the studio with producer Daniel Ledwell in Lake Echo, Nova Scotia and recorded a new album! We will be making a series of announcements in the coming months.
December 5th, 2017 by Fortunate Ones
2018 TOUR DATES + NEW MUSIC
We’re thrilled to announce we’ll be hitting the road supporting our buddy Alan Doyle on his Canadian album release dates in 2018. These shows are in some of the most beautiful venues in Canada. This tour is particularly special as we’ve been doing some writing with Alan – one song that Andrew cowrote called Fall is on Alan’s new record A Week At The Warehouse, and Alan has also cowritten some songs that will be on the new record that we’re currently working on.
Here are the tour dates! Click over to fortunateones.ca/shows to grab tickets.
FEB.20 Peterborough ON
FEB.21 Kitchener ON
FEB.22 Kingston ON
FEB.23 Montreal QC
FEB.24 Toronto ON
FEB.25 Ottawa ON
MARCH 4 Winnipeg MB
MARCH 6 Saskatoon SK
MARCH 7 Regina SK
MARCH 8 Edmonton AB
MARCH 9 Calgary AB
MARCH 10 Vancouver BC
MAY 1 Fredericton NB
MAY 2 Saint John NB
MAY 3 Moncton NB
MAY 4 Halifax NS
We’ll be debuting new material on this tour as well… MORE ON THAT SOON!
Cat & Andrew
September 29th, 2017 by Fortunate Ones
HOLIDAY EP “ALL WILL BE WELL”
6-song holidy EP including 2 new original Christmas songs
available on CD and digital – pre-order at www.fortunateones.ca/music
Christmas is our favourite time of year. When the air gets cold and leaves start falling we resist the urge to prematurely spin Bing Crosby, sing Silver Bells through the halls and watch our favourite Christmas movies. We love the season, so it wasn’t a stretch for us to get into the holiday spirit to record this EP.
Produced by Mark Neary (The Once/Amelia Curran), All Will Be Well was recorded in St. John’s, Newfoundland. We had some wonderful local musicians play on the EP, including Andrew Dale (The Once), Phil Maloney (Hey Rosetta!), and Emilia Bartellas (The Dardanelles). This collection of songs is a tip of the hat to a handful of classics that we love, but also an opportunity to put into words and music our own feelings about the season.
The songs on the EP have special meaning to us, and our goal was to capture the joy and nostalgia that we feel for this time of year. For us, Christmas is a time of year for reflection, appreciation and gratitude and we hope that these sentiments come through the music on All Will Be Well.
RELEASE DATE: November 4, 2016
TITLE: All Will Be Well
November 4th, 2016 by Michelle Conceison
NEW VIDEO for Lay Me Down
This is the video we shot with our MuchFact Award that we received as part of the Juno/Slaight Master Class we did last fall. The wonderful team at Brought to You By really brought the mood to life. Big ups to all hands involved!
June 29th, 2016 by Fortunate Ones
JUNO & ECMA nominations!
Great news – we’ve been nominated for a JUNO award in the category of Contemporary Roots Album of the Year for our album The Bliss! Words can’t describe how excited we are to be recognized in this way, on our first album no less. We have an incredible team of people working constantly to help us along- (ahem – Michelle Conceison, Rose Cousins, Steve Butler, Joanne Setterington, Cara Heath…) not to mention Dan Ledwell who helped us create the album. Hurray!
See the full list of nominees here! junoawards.ca/nominees
We’ve also been nominated for 5 East Coast Music Awards including Album of the Year, Group Recording of the Year, Rising Star Recording of the Year, Songwriter of the Year & Song of the Year! We’ll be performing at the Awards Gala on April 14 as well, which is a huge thrill!
Tickets for East Coast Music Week & the Awards Gala are available here http://ecma.com/festival/tickets
February 4th, 2016 by Fortunate Ones
HOLIDAY SINGLE “Come On! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance!”
We recorded a holiday song by Sufjan Stevens called “Come On! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance!” We made it in St. John’s back in September, had a great time doing it, and are happy to share it with you!
“I’ve been a huge fan of Sufjan Stevens for quite a long time. His song “The Dress Looks Nice on You” was on the first mp3 player I ever had, and it was subsequently one of the first songs I learned on guitar. His music is so special to me. When I first heard “Come On! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance!” I couldn’t get it out of my head for weeks, and it quickly became one of my favorite holiday songs.” – Catherine Allan
“We began searching for a holiday song to record, and we knew that we wanted to keep it fun and upbeat, and didn’t necessarily want to record a Christmas standard. There is a quirky, lighthearted timelessness to Sufjan’s song and we wanted to bring it into our musical wheelhouse while still maintaining that levity and joy. We tried to capture the nostalgic and warm feeling that the best of the classic Christmas songs have. We had a great time recording this tune (in September!)” – Andrew James O’Brien
November 23rd, 2015 by Michelle Conceison
Canadian Folk Music Award: “VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR”!
Fortunate Ones named “Vocal Group of the Year” at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards, on Sunday November 8th at Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta. Nineteen award categories were presented at the gala. The Eastern Canadian provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island won 17 out of 19 category awards this year with artists from Newfoundland and Ontario receiving the most honours, each taking home five awards.
From the CFMA press release: “St. John’s Newfoundland’s Catherine Allan and Andrew James, whose group is called Fortunate Ones, known for their exquisite harmonies, won Vocal Group of the Year for The Bliss.”
November 8th, 2015 by Michelle Conceison
SURPRISE VIDEO for “Oaks and Willows”
“Oaks and Willows” Video: https://youtu.be/rIbdB44L-m4
Released Friday November 6, 2015 at 12pm Eastern
by Fortunate Ones and the team at Brought To You By – because it had to happen.
In the spring of 2015, we reached out to film/video production company Brought To You By to discuss creation of a music video for one of the “focus tracks” from THE BLISS. The company came back with three concepts for us to choose from.
Their work was smart. Professional. The image/story boards presented showed a true understanding of the aesthetic of our art and the meaning in our music. We were moved.
That was only the beginning.
Three days ago, we woke to an email in our inbox from Tatjana Green of Brought To You By with a link to a music video for “Oaks and Willows.” She, her business partner Matthew Barnett, and their team were so inspired by the song, and ideas that came to them from that song, that they felt they simply HAD to make a video for it. So they did. They had been working on it for months. We didn’t know!
A snippet from Tatjana’s email:
“Hope you have been keeping well. We’ve been thinking a lot about you and the Fortunate Ones since we hope to create some great films for you soon. We have a little surprise that the team has been working on for quite a while – and thinking about since we first proposed doing the Oaks & Willows concept presented a few months ago. The song has been on everyone’s playlist and resonated with each team member in a different way – be it stemming from a place of loss of a mother, father, lover, wife etc. – it only seemed fitting to allow for the visuals and ideas to come to life for everyone. We took it upon ourselves and our limited free time to find a way to shoot the concept for the song. Everyone involved came on board from our network (NY, Virginia, Toronto and the outskirts) for free to support the idea and bring it to fruition. It’s obviously a song and holds a lot of meaning that each can resonate with and feel deeply about. …”
They ALL came together to shoot and make this video. As a team project, labor of love.
Case study about the making of the video: www.broughttoyouby.tv/portfolio/oaks-willows
The video hit us like a train. We were in a hotel room in Ontario, in the middle of a month long tour, and this stunning, artful creation knocked us off our feet. To see our music elevated visually like this was completely overwhelming.
The song “Oaks and Willows” was written after the funeral of a close family member. During the service the church was divided in two halves- family on one side, friends of family on the other. The friends were quite stoic and reserved while the family on the other side was visibly upset. The juxtaposition of the two sides was quite striking and conjured images of the strong and immovable oak verses the malleable and movable willow. The stark contrast between the two sides and the somber atmosphere was profound.
The song is so personal. Knowing that it inspired a group of people to create such an incredible piece of art is moving to us.
It’s one of the best gifts we’ve ever been given. We’re so grateful to the Brought To You By team that it’s hard to put into words.
November 6th, 2015 by Michelle Conceison
Fortunate Ones are performing THREE Holiday shows in St. John’s at Cochrane Street United Church from DEC 10-12! Tickets can be found here.
October 22nd, 2015 by Fortunate Ones
NEW VIDEO + HOLIDAY SHOW!
Fortunate Ones have launched a new video for their single Solitary Sparks! The video was created by the producer of their debut album, The Bliss, Daniel Ledwell. Exclaim.ca premiered the video – click here to see the article!
In addition, Fortunate Ones announced a St. John’s Holiday show on December 11 presented by MightyPop. Tickets available at through Holy Heart Theatre’s box office – click here to purchase tickets online!
October 16th, 2015 by Fortunate Ones
Fortunate Ones win JUNO Master Class!
Fortunate Ones have been selected as winners of the inaugural Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class! Finalists were selected by a jury of Canadian musicians including Sam Roberts, Max Kerman of Arkells, Kardinal Offishall and producer Gavin Brown. The winners receive a trip to Toronto for a week-long customized artist development program, and a trip to next year’s Juno Awards in Calgary. They also receive a showcase opportunity during Junofest, a chance to perform at the Juno Gala, a $10,000 MuchFACT Online Music Video Award, studio time at Slaight Music Recording Studios and more.
September 15th, 2015 by Fortunate Ones
Fortunate Ones nominated for 3 Canadian Folk Music Awards!
The nominations for the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards were announced on Wednesday September 9, and Fortunate Ones have been nominated for three awards including Emerging Artist of the Year, English Songwriter of the Year & Vocal Group of the Year for their debut album The Bliss.
Also nominated is producer of The Bliss, Daniel Ledwell.
The 11th Annual Canadian Folk Music Awards will be held in Edmonton, Alberta November 6-8, 2015. http://folkawards.ca/2015/09/canadian-folk-music-awards-nominees-announced-3/
September 9th, 2015 by Fortunate Ones
BOTH singles reach #1 on CBC Radio 2 Top 20!
|LAY ME DOWN – 8 weeks on chart, Debut Jul 17, #1 for two weeks (Aug 21 & 14), #2 for three weeks (Jul 21 + Aug 7 & 28)
SEP 11 – #6
AUG 28 – #2
AUG 21 – #1
AUG 14 – #1
AUG 7 – #2
JUL 31 – #2
JUL 24 – #10
JUL 17 DEBUT #18
|THE BLISS – 8 weeks on chart, Debut Jan 23, #1 for one week (Feb 27)
MAR 13 – #6
MAR 6 – #2
FEB 27 – #1
FEB 20 – #2
FEB 13 – #3
FEB 6 – #5
JAN 30 – #10
JAN 23 DEBUT #18
August 28th, 2015 by Michelle Conceison
Fortunate Ones in Top 10 for JUNO Master Class!
August 28th, 2015 by Michelle Conceison
FESTIVAL REVIEW: Stanfest
Newfoundland’s the Fortunate Ones was the first act out of the gate on Friday, and the duo of Andrew O’Brien and Catherine Allan acknowledged the work and dedication that went into getting Stanfest back on its feet for 2015.
“It’s an honour to be the first performers on this stage this year, we were supposed to be here last year and we were so sad when they had to cancel,” said O’Brien, who joined Allan in some bracing harmony.
Singing tunes from their debut The Bliss, the Fortunate Ones focused on the positive and the benefits of being faithful and determined, perfect traits for Stanfest organizers and attendees.
– The Chronicle Herald, Halifax NS
July 4th, 2015 by Michelle Conceison
Fortunate Ones announce summer festivals tour
May 27th, 2015 by Michelle Conceison
SHOW REVIEW: Lithium Magazine
“I was blown away by the fact that so much sound was made by just these two people.”
March 1st, 2015 by Michelle Conceison
THE BLISS peaks at #4 on iTunes Singer-Songwriter Chart
March 1st, 2015 by Michelle Conceison
ARTICLE: The Telegram “Follow the bliss”
February 11th, 2015 by Michelle Conceison
REVIEW: BestFan – “a catchy and cozy album”
February 10th, 2015 by Michelle Conceison
COVER STORY: Newfoundland Herald
February 9th, 2015 by Michelle Conceison
FIRST PLAY: CBC Music “a wonderful onion of a record”
“a wonderful onion of a record that reveals new layers with each listening”
Hear the album FIRST and read more at: http://music.cbc.ca/#!/blogs/2015/2/First-Play-Fortunate-Ones-The-Bliss
February 2nd, 2015 by Michelle Conceison
PREVIEW: CBC “10 albums you need to hear this month”
“…they’ve made one of the most anticipated debuts to come out of St. John’s, NL…”
Read more on CBC Music >>
February 1st, 2015 by Michelle Conceison
EASTERN CANADIAN ALBUM RELEASE TOUR + NEW VIDEO!
Toronto, ON – December 11, 2014 – Newfoundland’s Fortunate Ones are kicking off the launch of their debut album, The Bliss (out February 10th on Old Farm Pony Records) with a run of dates in Eastern Canada! Starting with a string of performances in their home province, Fortunate Ones’ Andrew O’Brien and Catherine Allan are bringing their Folk Pop goodness from New Brunswick, PEI, and Nova Scotia, to Quebec and Ontario, through February and March.
A behind-the-scenes look at Fortunate Ones and the making of The Bliss…
Produced by multi-ECMA winner Daniel Ledwell (Jenn Grant/Don Brownrigg), and recorded in Nova Scotia, Fortunate Ones’ The Bliss will be released by JUNO Award winning songwriter Rose Cousins’ label, Old Farm Pony Records on February 10, 2015. The Bliss takes listeners out of the house, the car, the trail they’re running, and brings them on a magical escape for 40 minutes full of stories of hope, strength and heart. The Bliss is a culmination of beautiful pop melodies, with lush harmonies and infectious choruses. The album features guest appearances by East Coast favourites Jenn Grant, Don Brownrigg and Kinley Dowling.
Catch Fortunate Ones with special guests in February and March!
UPCOMING TOUR DATES
February 11 – Gander, NL – A&C Centre – TICKETS
February 12 – Grand Falls-Windsor, NL – A&C Centre – TICKETS
February 14 – Stephenville, NL – A&C Centre – TICKETS
February 15 – Corner Brook, NL – A&C Centre – TICKETS
February 17 – Labrador West – A&C Centre – TICKETS
February 20 – St John’s, NL – Holy Heart Theatre – TICKETS
February 21 – Bonavista, NL – Garrick Theatre – TICKETS
February 24 – Moncton, NB – Plan B
February 26 – Saint John, NB – Magnolia Café
February 27 – Hunter River, PE – Harmony House (downstairs)
February 28 – Margaretsville, NS – Evergreen Theatre
March 2 – Halifax, NS – The Carleton
March 5 – Montreal, QC – Petit Campus
March 6 – Wakefield, QC – The Black Sheep Inn
March 7 – Sharbot Lake, ON – Sharbot Lake Country Inn
March 8 – Peterborough, ON – The Garnet
March 11 – Toronto, ON – The Dakota Tavern
March 12 – London, ON – London Music Club (front room)
March 15 – Sudbury, ON – Townehouse Tavern
December 11th, 2014 by Michelle Conceison
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR ALBUM RELEASE TOUR
FORTUNATE ONES CELEBRATE RELEASE OF DEBUT ALBUM WITH TOUR OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR! THE BLISS – FEBRUARY 10, 2015 – OLD FARM PONY RECORDS
Toronto, ON – December 4, 2014 – Newfoundland’s Fortunate Ones are kicking off the launch of their debut album, The Bliss (out February 10th on Old Farm Pony Records) with a slew of tour dates at home! From one side of the province to the other, including a stop in Labrador, Fortunate Ones’ Andrew O’Brien and Catherine Allan are bringing their Folk Pop goodness to where their hearts are this February. Watch the video they made for the title track, The Bliss, shot during a tour stop in Bonavista, Newfoundland this past summer! Pre-order the album at FortunateOnes.ca, and receive a download of the title track right away – listen now!
Produced by multi-ECMA winner Daniel Ledwell (Jenn Grant/Don Brownrigg), and recorded in Nova Scotia, Fortunate Ones’ The Bliss will be released by JUNO Award winning songwriter Rose Cousins’ label, Old Farm Pony Records on February 10, 2015. The Bliss takes listeners out of the house, the car, the trail they’re running, and brings them on a magical escape for 40 minutes full of stories of hope, strength and heart. The Bliss is a culmination of beautiful pop melodies, with folk harmonies and infectious choruses that have every audience singing along. The album features guest appearances by East Coast favourites Jenn Grant, Don Brownrigg and Kinley Dowling.
Catch Fortunate Ones with special guests in February!
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR TOUR DATES:
February 11 Gander, NL – A&C Centre – TICKETS
February 12 Grand Falls- Windsor, NL – A&C Centre – TICKETS
February 14 Stephenville, NL – A&C Centre – TICKETS
February 15 Corner Brook, NL – A&C Centre – TICKETS
February 17 Labrador West – A&C Centre – TICKETS
February 20 St John’s, NL – Holy Heart Theatre – TICKETS
February 21 Bonavista, NL – Garrick Theatre – TICKETS
* Download tour poster
* National tour dates to be announced soon!
December 4th, 2014 by Fortunate Ones
FIRST LOOK: Exclaim! announces album, premiere video
“As for lead single “The Bliss,” it serves as an introduction to the album’s stories of “hope, strength and heart.”
Watch the video and read more at: http://exclaim.ca/Music/article/fortunate_ones-bliss_video
November 26th, 2014 by Michelle Conceison
DEBUT ALBUM “THE BLISS” – RELEASE DATE FEB 10!
FORTUNATE ONES TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM “THE BLISS”
FEBRUARY 10, 2015 on OLD FARM PONY RECORDS
“Fortunate Ones are fully contemporary, yet when you watch them you can’t help but feel you’re watching the ‘next in line’ of great Newfoundland entertainers.”
–Tom Power, CBC Radio
Toronto, ON – November 19, 2014 – Maritime love is all over this debut release from Newfoundland’s Folk Pop duo, Fortunate Ones. Produced by multi-ECMA winner Daniel Ledwell (Jenn Grant/Don Brownrigg), Fortunate Ones’ The Bliss will be released by JUNO Award winning songwriter Rose Cousins’ label, Old Farm Pony Records on February 10, 2015. The Bliss takes listeners out of the house, the car, the trail they’re running, and brings them on a magical escape for 40 minutes full of stories of hope, strength and heart. Pre-order the album at FortunateOnes.ca, and receive a download of the title track right away – listen now!
“Eastern Canada is known for producing great talent, bolstered by a supportive community. The Atlantic Provinces have a unique advantage of being close knit and kindred. We want to help each other succeed. Fortunate Ones have created a beautiful debut in THE BLISS. They’re just getting started and are already ahead. I’m excited to welcome this very talented duo to Old Farm Pony Records.” – Rose Cousins
Their debut album, The Bliss, is a culmination of beautiful pop melodies, with folk harmonies and infectious choruses that have every audience singing along. Produced by Daniel Ledwell, it was recorded at Lake Echo on Nova Scotia’s eastern shore during the early months of 2014. The album features guest appearances by East Coast favourites Jenn Grant, Don Brownrigg and Kinley Dowling.
Both from The Rock, the duo, made up of Mount Pearl’s Andrew James O’Brien (singer / guitar) and Corner Brook’s Catherine Allan (singer, pianist, accordion player), met in the capital, St. John’s. Andrew received a nomination at the 2012 East Coast Music Awards for his solo album, Songs For Searchers, having toured extensively across Canada and the UK, with Catherine accompanying him. It was during this time that they realized the direction their music was naturally leaning towards and decided to form as Fortunate Ones. “We put a name on something that was naturally occurring, and then we took steps to follow it up,” recalls Andrew. “We would share equal duties vocally, musically, and conversing with the audience. It wasn’t Andrew James O’Brien with Catherine Allan anymore – it was already Fortunate Ones.”
Plain and simple, they consider themselves fortunate to pursue their dreams. Their name reflects shared experiences with audiences. It is about connecting people of all kinds, to make strangers friends, to elicit feelings of joy, hope, sadness, and contemplation – and the spirit that we are all in this together.
Old Farm Pony Records – Rose Cousins founded Old Farm Pony Records in 2006 to release her own records – with hope to eventually grow the label to support other artists she loves; to be a home for friends with good songs and strong work ethic. Influenced by its kind, Eastern Canadian roots, OFPR is about collaborative community, built through music. Offering marketing, distribution, licensing, and operating services, it is OFPR’s intention to provide personalized/curated support and guidance to its artists.