November 3 to 5, 2015
Grades 5 and 6
Pre-Information for Teachers
Fortunate Ones is a Canadian pop-folk duo made up of singer/guitarist Andrew James O’Brien and singer/pianist/accordion player Catherine Allan. Andrew and Catherine grew up on opposite sides of the island of Newfoundland. One night Andrew heard Catherine sing harmony with her brother. He sent her a note, and within 48 hours they were singing together on stage.
Fortunate Ones released their first album in February 2015, featuring guest appearances by several talented East Coast performers. Andrew and Catherine consider themselves fortunate to pursue their dreams, thus their name: Fortunate Ones.
Questions/ Suggested Discussion Topics
- How does Catherine’s training in classical piano influence their music?
- Would you recognize their music as being from the East Coast (of Canada)? What are some characteristics of East Coast music? (folk music, ballads and sea shanties; collaborations with other East Coast performers is common)
- What genres influence East Coast music? (Nova Scotia & New Brunswick: European settlers, primarily Scottish, Celtic and Acadian. Newfoundland – more Irish than Scottish, and more English and Cornish influences).
- How do they connect with the audience? How did their songs make you feel?
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