Updated: October 3, 2014

We told you about this very cool project on SABStv's Community ONE Showcase Show (link).  Now you can get a visual on all the fun award winning Cape Breton native Keith Mullins had on his trip to Cuba.

Enjoy the video for the title track "Island Sol" above and check out the details on his new album and supporting tour in the official release below. SABS

KEITH MULLINS on Cape Breton Island

Sweet Release

KEITH MULLINS ISLAND SOL coverPosted: September 23, 2014

(Halifax, NS) – Promoting the release of his latest album, ISLAND SOL (available September 30), multi award-winning Cape Breton folk-soul musician and 2014 Music Nova Scotia Musician of the Year nominee, Keith Mullins announces Canadian Tour, Sept. 26 – Nov. 22.

In January 2014, Mullins along with album co-producer, Chris Kirby, TV producer, Jimmie Inch and cameraman, Ian McInnis went on an epic journey to record and document the making of ISLAND SOL at the famous Egrem Studios in Havana Cuba.

Keith Mullins & Chris Kirby recording ISLAND SOL in Havana Cuba

A former resident of Cuba, Mullins has performed and toured with many Cuban musicians as a percussionist/drummer. For ISLAND SOL, he put together a band of stellar Cuban musicians, including Jorge Chicoy named "The Jewel of Cuba" by Fidel Castro, who played guitar and tres on the recording along with Oliver Valdes Rey (drums), Tony Rodriguez (piano), Avi Garcia (bass), and Silvio Pupo (piano). Canadian musicians included Dwayne Cote (violin), Tim Isaac (cello), Chris Kirby (Dobro, organ), and Jamie Foulds (organ). In addition to lead vocals, Mullins played guitar and Cuban percussion.

KEITH MULLINS recording ISLAND SOL in Havana Cuba

The album also includes co-writes with Canadian songwriting heavyweights, Lennie Gallant, Gordie Sampson and Steven MacDougall. The first single and video is the title track, “Island Sol”

Keith Mullins, Chris Kirby & Jimmie Inch in CubaWith a degree in classical music, Mullins has studied with master drummers in West Africa and Cuba. He has toured the world playing with some of East Coast's finest musicians and has worked passionately at the art of music, from creation to performance.

Keith creates music from the soul; the instruments he uses to express it - drums, vocal, guitar - are all secondary. - The Chronicle Herald

Mullins recently co-wrote “Let You Down” featured on Matt Andersen's latest album Weightless. His solo album, Localmotive Farm (2011) won the 2012 ECMA World Album of the Year and his children’s album, The Wood Buffalo Youth Song Project (2011) won the 2012 ECMA Children’s Album of the Year and the 2012 Music Nova Scotia Children’s Album of the Year. Mullins also won the 2012 & 2013 Educator of the Year at the Music Nova Scotia Awards.

 Upcoming performances include:

Sept. 26  Edmonton, AB  Full Moon Folk (with Charlie Acourt)
Sept. 27  Calgary, AB  SCA Community Centre (with Charlie Acourt)
Sept. 30  William’s Lake, BC Laughing Loon (with Charlie Acourt)
Oct. 1  Prince George, BC Artspace (with Charlie Acourt)
Oct. 4  Vermillion, AB  Alumni Hall Theatre (with Charlie Acourt)
Oct. 10 Calgary, AB  Southwood United Church (with Charlie Acourt)
Oct. 11 Calgary, AB  Commons Church
Oct. 17  Sydney, NS  Governor’s Pub and Eatery
Oct. 18  Sydney, NS Cape Breton Farmers Market (morning show)
Oct. 18  Albert County, NB  Parkindale Hall (evening show)
Oct. 25  Petite Riviere, NS Petite Riviere Winery
Oct. 30 Cole Harbour, NS  Rose and Kettle Sessions
Oct. 31  Halifax, NS Stayner’s Wharf Pub & Grill
Nov. 7 Baddeck, NS  Baddeck Yacht Club
Nov. 8 & 9  Truro, NS   Nova Scotia Music Week
Nov. 13-19 National Via Rail Tour Onboard and at VIA rail stations
Nov. 22  Harrison Hot Springs, BC Harrison Festival for the Arts

***More dates to be announced soon!

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