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Let the Good News Ring launches Nov. 28

Wolfville musician Kimberly Matheson has produced a new Christmas compilation that will be launched with two concerts this weekend.
Wolfville musician Kimberly Matheson has produced a new Christmas compilation that will be launched with two concerts this weekend.

WOLFVILLE - Back in August 2014, Wolfville musician Kimberly Matheson was dreaming of Christmas music.

"Wouldn’t it be fun to make a Christmas album of original songs with local singer-songwriters and The Hupman Brothers Band as the session band," she said to Ryan and Scott Hupman.

The two brothers agreed and Ruby Throated Records was created to showcase what Matheson calls the “incredible talent the Annapolis Valley” has to offer.

The new recording, Let The Good News Ring: Christmas songs from The Annapolis Valley will be showcased in two Wolfville concerts Nov. 28 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“There are some amazing musicians and songwriters here,” she says. “I’d like to get the word out to a wider audiences about these artists.”

She adds that it is very difficult to sell music these days due to streaming.

“That taken the legs out,” Matheson said. “But I think a Christmas album might sell. Everybody loves seasonal music.”

She produced the 14 original songs in varying musical styles on Let The Good New Ring over 14 weekends. Over dubbing was added later in the Hupman’s studio.

Matheson reached out to a number of county musicians to participate in the project.

“Everybody said ‘yes’,” she said. “It doesn’t get any better than that. I hope people come out and share the good news.”

The first contribution was Mike Abue’s Zombie Christmas. Matheson’s personal favourite is a birthday tune by Ariana Nasr. Caleb Miles penned a brand new song.

“It’s the most awesome Christmas compilation ever,” she said.

 

Did you know?

Matheson has completed three albums herself. She believes music flows out of the weekly open mic nights at Tan Coffee and Paddy’s Pub, along with Night Kitchen.

"Wouldn’t it be fun to make a Christmas album of original songs with local singer-songwriters and The Hupman Brothers Band as the session band," she said to Ryan and Scott Hupman.

The two brothers agreed and Ruby Throated Records was created to showcase what Matheson calls the “incredible talent the Annapolis Valley” has to offer.

The new recording, Let The Good News Ring: Christmas songs from The Annapolis Valley will be showcased in two Wolfville concerts Nov. 28 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“There are some amazing musicians and songwriters here,” she says. “I’d like to get the word out to a wider audiences about these artists.”

She adds that it is very difficult to sell music these days due to streaming.

“That taken the legs out,” Matheson said. “But I think a Christmas album might sell. Everybody loves seasonal music.”

She produced the 14 original songs in varying musical styles on Let The Good New Ring over 14 weekends. Over dubbing was added later in the Hupman’s studio.

Matheson reached out to a number of county musicians to participate in the project.

“Everybody said ‘yes’,” she said. “It doesn’t get any better than that. I hope people come out and share the good news.”

The first contribution was Mike Abue’s Zombie Christmas. Matheson’s personal favourite is a birthday tune by Ariana Nasr. Caleb Miles penned a brand new song.

“It’s the most awesome Christmas compilation ever,” she said.

 

Did you know?

Matheson has completed three albums herself. She believes music flows out of the weekly open mic nights at Tan Coffee and Paddy’s Pub, along with Night Kitchen.

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