Join hard-working songwriters & cross-Canadian pals Graven (Matty McKechnie) of Nepean, Ontario and Megan Nash of Rural Saskatchewan for a special engagement at the lovely up and coming beautiful music room of McCloskey’s in the South Mountain region of Chesterville, Ontario.
Critically acclaimed Megan Nash has performed at the Regina Folk Festival, Ness Creek Festival, Bengough’s Gateway Festival, and Moose Jaw’s Festival of Words. As an artistic statement, her new album Seeker displays the full range of Nash’s talents as a songwriter, vocalist and producer—the culmination of one stage of her journey while simultaneously beginning the next. Nash was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for Songwriter of the Year in 2016. She has been a two-time nominee for the Prairie Dog’s Best Solo Act and was named Moose Jaw’s Best Celebrity in 2014 and Best Local Artist in 2015 by the Moose Jaw Times Herald readers. Recently interviewed/featured on CBC Q with Tom Power, Nash is a prairie fire tornado of tumultuous songwriting ferocity. I saw her a few years back, in a dusty Manotick United Church, and she blew the doors off.
Growing up, once-rapper Nepean white kid Matty ‘Graven’ McKechnie was a massive teen listener of J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), Stephen Malkmus (Pavement), Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell and old school hip-hop. Having played in suburban garage bands since his mid-teens, he began to adapt and progress with the shifting musical terrain around him while still staying true to his idyllic influences. With his tune Big Lake, Sky Summer voted as a ‘Best of 2017’ track by Ryan Bresee on CKCU FM, Graven’s songs are truly atmospheric, raw, passionate, personal and rare – and with a wild, rotating and circus-like band of hyper-talented individuals supporting him, his music generates interest and intensity. Having opened for and shared stage space with such artists as Slow Leaves, Megan Nash, Dave Gunning, Tanya Davis, The Wooden Sky, The Good Lovelies, Steve Poltz and Al Tuck, Graven is an active player in a few different collectives, and has toured across Canada on three separate occasions. His last record ‘Channelsurfing’ featured drum-work from Dave Marsh (Joel Plaskett, The True Love Rules) and engineering from Charles Austin (Superfriendz, Aqua Alta). His latest record Jaybird is receiving bits of acclaim and airplay on CBC, Live 88.5, CKCU, CKDJ, CHUO and a smattering of stations across Canada. Graven recently played at Marvest (part of CityFolk Festival) in Ottawa alongside acts like Matt Mays, Bahamas, Father John Misty and Broken Social Scene.