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The Musettes release EP with performance at St. Luke’s

By Jean McLernon on June 20, 2014

The Musettes take the stage at St. Luke’s Church this Saturday for their album release party. The triad of smoking hot redheads is releasing their first EP Wanderlust, and the show promises to be a good one for Ottawa’s folk fans. The group is comprised of Meg LaGrandeur, Rachel Harrison and Lora Bidner, with occasional guest players for drums and the like. The three women met at Cantebury Highschool, and have pursued a friendship as well as a musical partnership in the years since.

Album cover for The Musettes' first EP, Wanderlust.

Album cover for The Musettes’ first EP, Wanderlust.

The trio is no stranger to fame and got their break when their Mumford and Son’s cover of I Will Wait got 35,000 hits on Youtube. They also received praise from Serena Ryder when they took the stage with her in 2011, saying their talent was “unreal”. Now, years later, they release their 5 song EP which was produced by Jonathan Chandler of Amos the Transparent. The group is also having local artist Justice R.F. open for them Saturday night, another local folk musician.

The Musettes have been working on their EP since 2012, and were happy to get it off the back burner and ready for fans to listen to. How did the group feel about finally getting to show their work? “Very excited. We’re just really looking forward to it; it’s been our baby for a long time- a work in progress for many months. So we’re very happy to finally be releasing it to the world.” Meg LaGrandeur says. Their folk sound has elements of pop, and those enjoying an easy listen punctured occasionally by foot-stomping rhythms will feel right at home.

The Musettes are planning to use their newly found momentum and ride out their EP for the rest of the summer and into the fall. “We’re applying for some grants, and we’re hoping to get some funding for touring Canada. We’re looking to do that early fall,” Meg says. Additionally, the group will be back and forth between Ottawa and Toronto playing shows along the way, so fans won’t miss a chance to see their hard work paying off.

The Musettes play this Saturday June 21 at St. Lukes Church (760 Somerset West). Want tickets? You can buy them here for $10, doors open at 7:30pm.Tickets are also available at Vertigo Records and Ottawa Folklore Centre. Keep up to date with The Musettes on their website, or follow them on Twitter.