Pretty Archie is a Canadiana band from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Long time friends Brian Cathcart (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Matt McNeil (Mandolin, Guitar), Colin Gillis (Harmonica, Bass, Vocals), Redmond MacDougall (Banjo, Percussion, Vocals) and recently added Scott MacLean (Guitar, Mandolin) make up the band. Always jamming together growing up, they guys decided in 2012 to form a band. The band chose the name Pretty Archie after a local (Cape Breton) character known for playing with 2 strings outside shopping malls in any weather and not always (or ever) in key. The guys thought the name Pretty Archie embodied the love of playing and performing music along with representing their hometown.
With their latest release, Hanging On, Pretty Archie showcase a genre-bending mix of folk, bluegrass, country, rock and vintage soul, all underpinned the band’s east coast roots, that’s absolutely impossible to pigeonhole.The end result is a relentlessly hooky set of high-energy songs that telegraph the Cape Breton-based five-piece’s undiminished lust for the road and the unique musical connection they’ve established with each other over countless miles, a lifelong friendship and four previous records, in equal measure.
From stem to stern Hanging On is populated by characters every listener will recognize from their own lives with almost photographic precision; long lost lovers, the best friend you always planned to run away and take on the world with, even that one person at the bar who’s perpetually on their last cigarette
Pretty Archie has played some of Canada’s best events festivals and venues including; The Grey Cup Festival (Ottawa ON), Rogers Hometown Hockey (Dartmouth and Sydney NS), Sudbury Festival of Lights Boreal (Sudbury, ON), Stan Rogers Folk Festival (Canso, NS), Roots Night at Royal Botanical Gardens (Burlington, ON), The Ironwood (Calgary, AB) and The Dakota Tavern (Toronto, ON). The band is also beginning to showcase their unique sound internationally with shows including Denmark's storied Tonder Festival and Scotland's Celtic Connections Festival. Pretty Archie has also had the opportunity to be showcasing artists at Folk Alliance International, AmericanaUK Fest, Nova Scotia Music Week, East Coast Music Week, Folk Music Ontario, NXNE and OSAC. Pretty Archie has developed a loyal following built from their entertaining, high energy, foot stomping shows.
Pretty Archie’s genuine, heartfelt writing connects listeners with a saltwater perspective on modern living. Their fun loving and at times heartbreaking music finds common ground in the blurred genres of Country, Folk, Bluegrass and Blues. Their unique sound and energetic shows leave listeners with a lasting memory