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The Stanfields – Live Review

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Walking into Hunter’s Ale House on Friday night, there was no doubt about it: it was going to be an amazing night!  Anticipation was high in the already busy bar at 11:00pm for Halifax band The Stanfields, and I was no exception;  I had seen this group play at Nova Scotia Music Week and I knew exactly what kind of show they were about to offer.   To begin the night, Cape Breton native Carleton Stone took the stage.  With this intense vocals and his backing band, Carleton was certainly a pleasure to watch.  His set brought several people up front to dance and his fun and witty banter made the vibe very laid back and fun-loving.


At around 1am, The Stanfields took the stage.  By this point, it was nearly impossible to move inside Hunter’s and everybody was pushing to the front, waiting for the first chord to play.  The boys did not disappoint with their Irish-style drinking music, making each and every person in that bar jump around and raise their glass.  They played a slew of unbelievable songs involving the crowd favourite “Dirtiest Drunk in the History of Liquor” and a bunch of new material off of their upcoming album.  Some of those songs included “Jack of All Trades”, “Run on the Banks”, “Invisible Hands”, and “Dunvegan’s Drums”.  To add to the entertainment, the band even passed around a bottle of Jack Daniel’s whiskey to quench the thirst of the packed crowd!  The Stanfields certainly know how to create a party atmosphere and made the Hunter’s crowd’s night an incredibly memorable one (or lack thereof).


Friday night’s show was so fantastic that there was just as much of a crowd, and many returning patrons, the following day for part two of Carleton Stone and The Stanfields’ show.  The energy from both groups was just as high as the night previous, and the crowd was just as rowdy as well.  What a weekend!


Jon Landry, lead singer of The Stanfields, had this to say about their weekend in Charlottetown, PEI: “Hunter’s Ale House is like a home away from home for us. The audience and the staff are second to none. We always get pretty excited to see a date on our calendar over there and we cannot wait to get back to do it again and again!”


Come back soon, gentlemen, we’ll be happy to have you!

By : Amandah Turner