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The Pearl EP Reviewed 

4.0 out of 5 - TOP ALBUM 

By Jamie Robash 

(As reviewed in nomoredivision.com, an indie-music blog.) 

As if to test their love even further, husband and wife Kris MacQueen and Livia MacQueen decided after fifteen years of marriage to start a band together. To me the whole idea sounds about as good as playing a round of golf during a lighting storm. However for The MacQueen’s the idea seems a natural progression for each of them to make, sharing now their art as they have their lives for so long. The couple recorded their debut EP The Pearl in the basement and living room of their home in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. 

And as if some unseen force were trying to test their will and dedication to making an album together, they recorded the album as the street right in front of their house was being torn up by heavy machinery, something that would have been enough to drive most people mad. But the pair persevered, crafting five quiet and lustrous songs rooted in folk and alt country. 

The EP opens with the “The Pearl.” Built upon a slender acoustic guitar melody, “The Pearl” derives its power from Livia MacQueen’s creamy country twang, backed by Kris MacQueen’s soft echoes. “The Pearl’s” lyrics are hinting at religious allegory though the song itself doesn’t come off as preachy. The opening verse, “For so many years I've wandered / Looking for any way to spend / Every penny of my unearned fortune / Trying to buy what I couldn't comprehend” suggests a longing for a more spiritual life. On “Tear it Down” the pair sing together in a beautifully sad harmony about a relationship that has gone sour, over a slow gypsy-styled guitar and bare bones percussion. 

The pair pick up the pace a bit on the alt-country rambler “Sweet Child” which leads into the slow wielding gypsy-jazz of “Gallows of Desire” which The MacQueen’s recorded with the assistance of Tony Divito on drums, Geoff Smith on electric guitar and Andre Gignac on the upright bass. The MacQueens close out The Pearl with “The Telling and the Show,” a breathy acoustic and heartfelt ballad that once again showcases their beautiful harmonies. 

There is no denying that the MacQueen’s both together and separately have an immense amount of talent. But talent alone is not always enough. Luckily the pair also has a lot of heart. It is this heart one hears most of all deep down in the fibers of these songs, and what, in the end, makes The Pearl such a rare and beautiful find.

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Harriston Library, 88 Mill St, Harriston, ON

There will be an opening set by singer/songwriter Cara Smith, followed by a couple of sets of music from us. There will also be a selection of great deserts, coffee and tea available. This is also a licensed event.

Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at Harriston Home Hardware or over the phone at (519)338-2497. Send us an email at klmacqueen@gmail.com to reserve a ticket for you if you live out of town.

Single Malt Sessions - Featuring The MacQueens, No Borders Project, and Nick & Pam

Monagrams Coffee, 16 Ainslie St South, Cambridge

Three DUOS in the Round - The Single Malt Sessions continue!!!! Email: argyle@sympatico.ca to reserve your spots - space is limited.

Featuring: 1/ The MacQueens (Kris & Livia), 2/ Pamela Davies and Nick Gush 3/ The No Borders Project (Bob MacLean & Randy Jackiw)

At Monigram Coffee in Cambridge - Nov 24 - doors at 7pm. $20.

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The MacQueens w/ David Storey and Steve Royall - An evening in the Round

Elora Acoustic Cafe, 0536 Wellington Road 18, Elora

The Elora Acoustic Cafe presents an evening of Nashville in the Round featuring David Storey, Steve Royall and the MacQueens. Open mic from 8-9:15. The Round Feature starts at 9:30pm.

Recommended admission $5 at the door.

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Silence, 46 Essex Street, Guelph, ON

On July 4th we're the featured performers at Silence's Open Mic night. Sign up for the open mic at 6. Performance stars at 7pm! Cover is $5 or PWYC.

The MacQueens w/ Sing Me A River

Silence, 46 Essex St, Guelph

An evening of Folk, Roots and Harmony with The MacQueens & Sing Me A River at the fantastic Guelph music venue, Silence. Saturday May 12, 2018 @ 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:30pm $12.00 advance or $15.00 at the door. Seating is limited.

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Langmuir, London

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