Pretty Archie is a Canadiana band from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Long time friends Brian Cathcart (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Matt McNeil (Lead Guitar, Mandolin), Colin Gillis (Harmonica, Bass, Vocals) and Redmond MacDougall (Banjo, Percussion, Vocals) make up this quartet. 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.
Pretty Archie's latest release 'Sing Alongs & Love Songs' was made available on September 23rd 2016. Bringing on Jamie Foulds to produce this project, Pretty Archie continues to push the genre lines of Folk, Bluegrass, Country and Blues creating a uniquely Pretty Archie sound. The 10 song album is a collection of their strongest songwriting to date, addressing themes of love, loss, life and the forces that drive all three. ‘Sing Alongs and Loves Songs’ is nominated for ECMA's 'Country Recording of the Year' and was also nominated for Music Nova Scotias 2017 ‘Americana Album of the Year’ and ‘We Dont Live Forever’ the first single from the record, was nominated for Music Nova Scotia’s ‘Music Video of the Year’.
Pretty Archie released ‘North End Sky’ in January 27th 2015. The highly anticipated album was released was featured on CBC Radio 2's "East Coast Music Hour" as an album to look for in 2015. 'North End Sky' was nominated for ECMA's 'Country Recording of the Year'. 'North End Sky' was also nominated for Music Nova Scotia's ‘Americana/Bluegrass Album of the Year’ (2015).
Pretty Archie's first full length album was recorded in January 2013 at the famed Grant Ave. Studios in Hamilton, Ontario with well known producer/engineer Bob Doidge. The debut 11 song LP ‘Steel City’ was released on March 9th 2013. ‘Steel City' was nominated for Music Nova Scotia's 2013 Country/Bluegrass Album of the Year.
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). Pretty Archie has also had the opportunity to be a showcasing artists 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.