HANT’S HARBOUR, NL — A musician from Hant’s Harbour already has a busy start to 2018.
Brian Tuck is originally from Hant’s Harbour, where he grew up playing the acoustic guitar, training his vocal chords and performing at Christmas concerts and other such events as a young boy. Now, Tuck is preparing to release a second full-length album with his pop rock band Fairgale, his first project as a solo artist, and begin touring as a member of one of his favourite bands.
After moving to St. John’s to pursue post-secondary education, Tuck and his friends formed the band Fairgale, in which he plays the drums and provides some backing vocals. The band has released one record and is preparing for an April release date for its second. However, this is far from the only musical endeavour Tuck has taken on.
“I think I’ve always wanted to release a solo project, and I’ve been thinking about doing it for a number of years now,” he told the Compass. “But maybe a few months ago, I finally said ‘okay, I’m gonna do it.’
“I turned my spare bedroom upstairs into a studio, and just cranked out a record.”
This project is significantly different than what Fairgale listeners may be used to. Tuck has decided to return to his musical roots for the record, focusing on the traditional Newfoundland music he grew up with in Hant’s Harbour.
The album, titled “On These Waters,” features several original songs by Tuck, as well as some covers of classics such as “Nancy Spade” and “West Country Lady,” with a full band performance on most of the songs played and composed entirely by Tuck himself save for some outsourced fiddle tracks by a musician from New Brunswick.
“It’s a lot of familiar sounds – Newfoundland music with some Celtic and Irish influences mixed in there, but still with a modern twist as well,” Tuck said of the project, which he hopes to release in the coming weeks. “I think it’s going to be pretty diverse. I’ve got some more party-anthem type songs, as well as some softer songs with just acoustic sounds and vocals. I’m pretty excited about it.”
This release is not the only bit of excitement coming up in Tuck’s musical career. Recently, Tuck was offered a position as the drummer for the band Shanneyganock – a group he listed as one of his biggest influences as a musician in Newfoundland.
“These are some guys I’ve been listening to forever. I grew up with that kind of music, you know?” he said of the 16-year-old band from St. John’s. “I got a call out of the blue last year from Chris Andrews – completely cold call, I didn’t know him before this – asking me if I wanted to possibly be their drummer, because they were looking for one. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity.”
Tuck said the initial rehearsal went great, and he almost immediately formed a connection with the rest of the band. After some gigs throughout the holiday season of 2017, they’ve recently gotten back together and are preparing for a west-coast tour in March.
“It’s amazing timing, really. When I started working on this solo project, I was really focused on getting back to my traditional roots, and three months into that process, I get this call. Really coincidental, but so far it’s been a great experience.”
Tuck released the first single from “On These Waters” via YouTube on Wednesday, Feb. 21, titled “Rise Up.” Tuck says this is the first step to releasing the project and looks forward to a busy 2018 as he juggles a solo career, his upcoming project with Fairgale and his new seat behind the drums for Shanneyganock.
“Everything’s just been going really well lately, so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what the year brings me.”