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Weekend Picks: Andrew Sisk, Ermine, and Tom Fun!

This is an exciting weekend for the Saint John music scene.

Friday evening there is an in-store performance at Backstreet Records. Andrew Sisk, über-babe and the talented musician behind Share, performs at 6 PM. He is playing in support of his first solo album “Treelines”, which will be released January 31st.

Saint John legends Ermine are reuniting for a few dates around the Maritimes. The Saint John show will also take place Friday evening at Peppers. On Vinyl will open around 11PM. This is the band’s first show in Saint John since 2008. The band formed in 2001 as super team of local musicians, including Matt Belyea, Mike Belyea, Chuck Teed, & later James Blanchard. The band released two albums, 2003’s “Maps of the Rise and Fall”, and 2006’s “The Murra”, recorded after the band relocated to Halifax. Most of the band members now reside elsewhere around the Maritimes and the world.

photo by Nathan Boone

On Saturday evening Pepper’s hosts Cape Breton’s whimsical wonders the Tom Fun Orchestra. It’s been a few years since this massive indie rock ensemble has played in the port city. Their music incorporates both electric and acoustic instruments including guitar, piano, violin, stand-up bass, accordion, and banjo. You will usually see no fewer than 8-10 members on stage, led by Sydney’s Ian MacDougall. 2008’s “You Will land With a Thud” netted the band multiple awards including ECMA Galaxy Rising Star Award. A second full length album is forthcoming. There are no advance tickets, so arrive early and pay at the door.