CANADA | 2021 PARTICIPANT
Pretty Archie is a Canadiana band from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Childhood friends Brian Cathcart, Matt McNeil, Colin Gillis, Redmond MacDougall and Scott MacLean 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.
Pretty Archie are known for their entertaining and high energy shows. Their honest, heartfelt writing connects listeners with a saltwater perspective on modern living. The music finds common ground in the blurred genres of Country, Folk, Bluegrass and Rock. Pretty Archie have been nominated for multiple ECMA awards and have entertained audiences across Canada. They have also been featured at high profile European festivals: Tonder Fest (DK), Celtic Connections (UK) and Americana UK Fest.