NOVA SCOTIABLES

The Nova Scotiables have built a deserving reputation across western Canada as a high energy maritime revue unmatched by their peers.  Bringing an unconventional approach to traditional, original and contemporary maritime music, this collection of individuals has become a hit - not just on the maritime circuit but with entertainment fans of all ages.

 

In such a short time the group has built a resume that rivals veteran acts.  Blending a tireless work ethic, unbelievable energy and professional composure, 2015 to present they've been working full time with music and standard 9:00-5:00 works.  Avid supporters of charity and local talent development, these 'Scotiables are just as comfortable at festivals in front of 1000's of people as they are in your house hosting an impromptu kitchen party.

 

With the release of now three albums They're Okay(2015), and Live at Fionn MacCool's(2016), and Self Titled Album(2017), folks can finally take home a taste what's made them a significant force in western Canada's music scene.  Available in person at performances or by email, the records capture the band's original music and exemplifies their take on traditional songs that date back centuries. Go get yours while you've got the chance!

 

Pick up your pint...  Lift 'er high in the air - get 'er up, get 'er up, get 'er up there!  Now count out loud;

 

One....

 

Two....

 

Three.....

 

Nnnnoooovvvaaaa Scccooottiiiables!!!!!!!!!!

"Captain" HODGIE THE BARBARIAN

Hodgie was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba November 22nd, 1985 but quickly moved away at the ripe age of 1 to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Moving to Victoria BC when he was 14 years old, this is where he met his best friend, and now artist who would create "Nova Scotiables" logo in the years to come, James Roney.

He would get his first taste in music playing drums with his old friend from high school, Alan Robertson. Music didn't quite stick.... yet. 

His first time on stage was at an open mic at Swigs Pub and Grill. Highly intoxicated he musters up the courage to play some drums with "Covered in Plaid", who was made up of Jae Fortier (now part of "Two Bit Bandits") and Brett Uggerslev. Enjoying himself quite a lot and bringing him back to his memories of acting Hodgie hops on this music boat as a drummer. 

He finds himself in a band called "22x" with friend, and lead singer/guitarist Kevin McMahon. Deciding that being a front man in a band is what he really seems to want to do, Hodgie picks up a guitar and starts practicing. Learning a lot of "Green Day", punk rock, and classic rock songs he stumbles upon learning a song that he knew from his childhood, "The Night Pat Murphy Died". After playing this song live at an open jam, he realizes that this is his ticket!

He plays his first show on his birthday in 2013 with the name "Hodgie and the Barbarians" with Jae Fortier and Josh Wiffno Lassname (currently playing for Mommy Daddy Issues). Not being a full band yet, he wouldn't play another show with the Barbarians until March 15th 2014. Below Deck is where this show would take place with "Hodgie and the Barbarians" comprising of Hodgie, Josh Wiffno Lassname, and Kevin McMahon. 15 minutes before showtime Fiddly-Bits Jess would walk up to Below Deck and meet Hodgie for the first time. Hodgie asks her to play the fiddle that she happened to be carrying with her in the show that they were about to play. Before too long, Hodgie felt that being in a band with his name in the name of the band wasn't something that he liked. "Nova Scotiables" was to be made their official name as of October 31st, 2014. Now, all Hodgie does is play music!

AlL Members

Hodgie - Guitar/Drums/Bodhran/Cajon/Vocals

JC MacDonald - Mandolin/Bass/Guitar/Vocals

Eric Minden - Bass/Drums/Cajon/Guitar

AJ Barager - Guitar/Drums/Cajon/Vocals

Heidi Pittman - Violin/Vocals