Pretty Archie is an Americana/Bluegrass/Roots band from Cape Breton, NS. They are known for their entertaining, high energy & foot stomping shows. Their honest, heartfelt writing connects listeners with a saltwater perspective on modern living. The music finds common ground in the blurred genres of Country, Americana, Bluegrass and Blues. Their unique sound has lead to the band developing a following that grows after each show they play — across audiences throughout Canada.
Long time friends Brian Cathcart (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Matt McNeil (Lead Guitar, Mandolin), Colin Gillis (Harmonica, Bass, Vocals) and Redmond MacDougall (Banjo, Percussion, Vocals) make up this quartet. Always jamming together growing up, they guys decided in May 2012 to form a band. The band chose the name Pretty Archieafter a local (Cape Breton) character known for playing with 2 strings outside shopping malls in any weather and not always (or ever) in key. The guys thought the name Pretty Archie embodied the love of playing and performing music along with representing their hometown.
Pretty Archie’s latest album‘Sing Alongs & Love Songs’was released in September 2016. The band chose to work with producerJamie Foulds for this project. In doing so, they continue to push thegenre lines of Americana, Bluegrass, Country and Blues — creating a uniquely “Pretty Archie sound”. The 10-song album is a collection of their best songwriting to date, addressing themes of love, loss, life and the forces that drive all three.
Pretty Archie’s first full length album was recorded at the famed Grant Ave. Studios in Hamilton, Ontario with well known producer/engineer Bob Doidge. The debut 11 song LP‘Steel City’was released in March 2013. ‘Steel City’ was nominated forMusic Nova Scotia’s 2013 Country/Bluegrass Album of the Year.Pretty Archie recorded their second album‘North End Sky’at Soundpark Studios with Jamie Foulds. The highly anticipated ‘North End Sky’ was released in January 2015 and was featured on CBC Radio’s “East Coast Music Hour” as “an album to look for in 2015”.