It may still be snowing in Nova Scotia but Festival Season is upon is. The MG will be at some great festivals this summer including Full Circle Fest, Lunenburg Folk Fest & The Northern Lights Bluegrass & Old Tyme Fest in Ness Creek, Saskatchewan. Not to mention an old fashion Broad Cove Hall hoedown with our long lost pals The Unseen Strangers. See y'all soon. - The MG


The Modern Grass is delighted to be nominated for an East Coast Music Award. The Modern Grass will be at the 2015 ECMA's and will be showcasing on Saturday at 930  on the Music Nova Scotia Stage.

 Also coming up: The MG  is pleased  to announce their first run of shows in 2015. Folk Fiesta with Rose Cousins & Jennah Barry, a Bedford house show, a south shore barn burner with our favourite pals  The Unseen Strangers and some VERY  exciting festival announcements for the summer. stay tuned!



Merry Christmas !

The Modern Grass have been hibernating this winter and will stay quiet until March 2015, but fear not! The MG will be back in full force this spring. Stay tuned for show and festival announcements in the new year. 


Thanks for a great year, Happy Holidays

- The Modern Grass


The MG is hitting the road this fall for a string of dates down the Eastern Seaboard. 

October 2 - Jon Cooper's Fiddle Shop 
594 Congress Street, Portland, ME

October 3 - Portsmouth Book and Bar
40 Pleasant St, Portsmouth, NH

October 4 - Vinegrass Music Fest
Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod

October 5 - Club Passim
Cambridge, MA

In February 2014 the Modern Grass released City Ghosts, the highly anticipated follow up to their award winning album High on the Mountain. City Ghosts is a reminder of the group's dynamic nature and their uncanny ability to navigate space, time and a plethora of musical genres, uninterrupted. 

City Ghosts features the mandolin playing of Joe Walsh as well as Wes Corbett on banjo. 

The Modern Grass continue to emphasize the importance of contrast both musically and lyrically. Hard driving bluegrass flows into tender ballads, groovy blues, and dramatic instrumentals. Accompanied by earnest social commentary, introspective songs of love and loss, and raw poetry; City Ghosts is modern and nostalgic, refined yet organic, chaotic but soothing



The fall is nearly here. Yesterday I saw a lone tree all rainbowed, leaves changing. It has been a swell summer for The Modern Grass. The band has been busy roaming around the maritimes and beyond. This weekend we head out on the last run of the summer and then prepare for a trip to the Eastern US in the fall. Excited to soon get (finally) some copies of 'City Ghosts' on vinyl. Check out the shows section for some updated maritime dates and some US tour dates as well.

Early this summer we hung out in the mud with the cows and chickens and the fellas from Heavy Weather and Pope Productions and made some music videos. Tune in to CBC Television on August 30th to catch the debut of Heavy Weather Presents Vol. 3.  Enjoy the last two weeks of summer and we will see you soon. 



'City Ghosts' is officially released

You can purchase your physical and digital copy of City Ghosts at Bandcamp.

You can download purchase City Ghosts here: itunescdbaby.

 The Modern Grass, fresh off a U.S. tour, are happy to announce the release of their new studio album 'City Ghosts' online and in select Canadian stores.



After three amazing weeks on the road The MG is happy to be home in Nova Scotia. A big thanks to all the new friends and fans from the West Coast who helped make our tour one of the best. Some highlights were rattlesnake hunting and fresh lemons (in February) in California, bar fires and the high desert in Oregon, 72 hours of straight pickin at Wintergrass and we even got to share a bill with Tim O'brien and Darrell Scott. 

 - MG Music

Home and rested, the MG brings their brand new album, City Ghosts,  to Canada and unveils maritime dates. Stay tuned in the next few weeks for more news on upcoming festival appearances, Vinyl, a live Modern Grass video, and an upcoming TV appearance!

 Upcoming dates

April 10th - The Company House - Halifax, NS

April 26th - The Celtic Circle - New Glasgow, NS


June 7th - HALIFAX CD RELEASE - The Company House - Halifax, NS

June 27/28 - Folly Fest - Gagetown, NB

Aug. 25th - Ship's Company Theatre - Parrsboro, NS

Sept. 20 - Luckett Vineyards - Wolfville, NS 










City Ghosts Drops March 25th

Modern Grass Music is pleased to announce the release of 'City Ghosts'. Recorded live off the floor in two days at CBC Studio H and produced by the legendary Karl Falkenham with Tom Terrell, City Ghosts is a reminder of the Modern Grass's dynamic nature and their extraordinary ability to navigate space, time and a plethura of musical genres, uninterrupted. 'City Ghosts' features Rose Cousins and Jennah Barry on harmony vocals as well as Joe Walsh (formerly of The Gibson Brothers) on Mandolin and Wes Corbett (Joy Kills Sorrow) on Banjo.


The Modern Grass continue to emphasize the importance of contrast both musically and lyrically. Hard driving bluegrass flows into tender ballads, groovy blues, and dramatic instrumentals. Accompanied by earnest social commentary, introspective songs of love and loss, and raw poetry; City Ghosts is modern and nostalgic, refined yet organic, chaotic but soothing.







The Modern Grass is headed back to CBC Studio H this February to record their third full length studio album. 


Since the release of 'High on the Mountain' in 2012, the Modern Grass have toured relentlessly from Newfoundland to the Yukon and Milwaukee to Washington to bring their unique blend of roots music to the people. 'High on the Mountain' received international acclaim including two Music Nova Scotia awards for Roots Album of the Year + Country/Bluegrass Album of the Year. 


The MG has a bag of new tunes that we are excited to share. This album will feature the MG as you have never heard them before. Featuring heartfelt and roadworn songs + blues, bluegrass, folk & Jazz - Modern Grassified.


By pre-ordering your album(s) now you will save money, but more importantly you are helping us bring this collection of songs to our fanbase the way they should be heard...recorded with the most state of the art recording equipment and talent this province has to offer. This will be win/win for everyone involved.


We love you all and appreciate your support. - The Modern Gras


Become a Backer! Pledge Here












 The Modern Grass will soon be setting off for a tour of the U.S. Pacific Coast. February seemed to be a perfect time to enjoy some of the mild west coast weather. TMG will be hitting select towns and cities In California, Oregon and Washington. The tour will finish with their second appearance at the Wintergrass Music Festival in Bellevue, Washington - North Americas premiere bluegrass music festival. Throughout the tour they will be debuting songs from their highly anticipated soon to be released new album (Title TK).





The MG's newest christmas release, Swingin' Around the Christmas Tree...Live is available online now! Check it out here

AND here is a video from last years Fort Massey Church featuring Jennah Barry and The Modern Grass singing and playing 'White Christmas'.


The Modern Grass is back at Fort MAssey Church this December for their fourth annual Christmas special. This years concert will feature some very special guests. 

Stay tuned for Advanced Ticket information. Tickets are $15 advance/ $20 at the door














Sad to say that our gig this Sunday in Wallace is cancelled, but worry not, we are adding Sunday, Dec 15th 2pm at the Chatterbox Cafe in Pugwash




The Modern Grass is pleased to announce a string of dates around the maritimes in support of their fourth Christmas album ' Swingin' around the Christmas Tree...Live ' This years album features the fabulous Jennah Barry. Jennah will be making a couple of on stage appearances in December with The MG.




Swingin Around The Christmas Tree...Live! will be available throughout December at these locations as well as online. Release dates is Dec. 3rd, Stay tuned for details!























Announcing The Modern Grass with Catherine MacLellan @ Fort Massey Church in Halifax Sept. 27!


Visit Etixnow (link below) to purchase your tickets ahead of time!


MG Music presents a night of original folk, bluegrass honky tonk & blues featuring Catherine MacLellan and The Modern Grass. Don't miss your chance to catch this one time collaboration between two award winning maritime artists at the beautiful Fort Massey Church.





The Modern Grass is at Celtic Colors 2013! Check out this years exciting lineup at  


The Summer is well under way for us and we are happy to say that we have been moving around lot already and had a blast in Woodstock & St. Andrews, NB and at Full Circle, Privateer Days and Folly Fest. We are going to be at a ton of exciting festivals this year so please check out our shows section for our 2013/2014 schedule. 



The Modern Grass is pleased to announce a string of shows around the Maritimes this summer. We will be playing at some great festivals in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and travelling to the Milwaukee Irish Festival. Check back in June for some extra special announcements and some new show/festival updates. ;)





Tom Terrell of The Modern Grass will be opening for and accompanying Rose Cousins in PEI at the Trailside Cafe next week, May 15,16,17. Stay tuned for more announcements and collaborations this summer.






Tom Terrell rambles, spins favorite vinyl, sings songs, and forgets words, with Megan Clark






The Modern Grass will be in Toronto this weekend for an appearance at Canadian Music Fest 2013 ! The MG will be at the Rivoli on Music Nova Scotia's Tiki Lounge on Saturday March 23rd, and has just announced a second show at 80 Gladstone on Sunday March 24th @ 8:30 PM.  Don't Miss your chance to see the MG in TO ! 










‘ YOUR HEART TURNED ON ME ’ - Award winning NS artists Rose Cousins & The Modern Grass team up for a night of folkgrass at Fort Massey United Church in Halifax, as the city celebrates 25 years of East Coast Music.


Your Heart Turned on Me - Rose Cousins & The Modern Grass. 


March 8, 2013 7:30pm-9pm (doors 6:45pm)



















I have been receiving alot of emails asking where to find our christmas music. Well the wait is over. Our Holiday Merch Page is finally up and running!  Please Visit WWW.THEMODERNGRASS.BANDCAMP.COM to stream music from all three Holiday Albums. You can purchase physical or digital copies from directly from here. Happy Holidays !!  


Join The Modern Grass and very special guest Jenna Barry on Sunday Dec. 9 at Fort Massey church in Halifax for a night of live music Featuring orignal arrangements of all of your favorite Holiday music. The MG will have copies of their brand new third Holiday Album 'Swingin' Around The Christmas Tree Vol. 3'. 







Thanks Music Nova Scotia and all the voters!










The Modern Grass is officially playing at Wintergrass this February in Washington State !! Check out for more info and a lineup.....David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Darol Anger, the seldom scene...yes please. Stay tuned for details on helping us get to Wintergrass in 2013. 









Sept. 4th, 2012


The Modern Grass has been nominated for three Music Nova Scotia Awards!Country/bluegrass recording of the year, Roots/traditional recording of the year, and Group recording of the year.


If you are a MNS Member please go here and vote for the modern grass!


In other news, it has been almost 2 months since an update, The Modern Grass rambled across the country this summer with great success. We met so many great people, and played so many great shows. We want to thank everyone who helped out with High on the Mountain and the tour that followed. 


We are looking forward to another busy year with some big news involving an international tour and some great canadian festivals for 2013, as well as a new album, and a fresh take on the music we all love to play. Stay tuned!


Check out this great review of High on the Mountain by Indie roundtable




July 15th, 2012


Alberta!  We made it safely through the gulf islands and rambled north through BC and Picked up our favirote Newfoundlander Matt Hornell who will be performing with us all across Canada. The West coast showed us some mighty fine sights and the people were incredible...Last week we headed south through the rockies and landed in twin butte Alberta where we played and stayed with Jenny and Phil at the Twin Butte general Store. There is no place like Twin Butte, it is a must see and we will be back again and again if they'll have us. Got a chance to fly fish in the Waterton river with the sun rising and the mountains jutting up like razorblades in a big old prarie sky, and pulled in beautiful brown trout...We are currently in Calgary after a hoedown with the bitterweed draw in Olds, AB. We'll be heading south to lethbridge for a couple dates and hanging around Alberta until South Country Fair next weekend before heading East on the road home! Check the gallery for new photos from the tour and the gigs section for some gig updates. Giddyup!





June 18, 2012


Yeehaw. Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival was amazing. the yukon and everyone involved was amazing, especially some of the pickin with frank sullivan and dirty kitchen, blue highway, the gibson brothers, and all sorts of others. The Modern Grass is on Vancouver Island after a few days of rest on the mainland and a show at the Riverhouse in Delta,  preparing for a tour of the gulf islands and Vancouver Island. Stay tuned for photo and video blogs from the tour and a page on the website from the band seamstress and artist in her own right, Maggie MacCormick, with one of a kind recycled western wear.



May 24th, 2012


High on the Mountain is available for download through cdbaby on our STORE tab


The Album will be up on Itunes and no time, and available for purchase through The Modern Grass at a venue near you this summer. Please check out the HOTM tab for info on the album, more info and the making of to come!


May 9, 2012


Be sure to tune in this Saturday to hear The Modern Grass on CBC's Canada Live ! (Radio 1 & 2) and then on sunday for a special feature on the Modern Grass on CBC's All the Best (Radio 1).




The MG is in Newfounland !


May 9 - Corner Brook - McHugh's Bar
May 10 - Grand Falls-Windsor - Kelly's Pub
May 11 - St. John's - The Ship
May 12 - St. John's - The Ship
May 16 - Twillingate - Anchors Inn
May 17 - Grand Falls-Windsor - Kelly's Pub
May 18 - Trails, Tales and Tunes Festival - Norris Point
May 19 - Trails, Tales and Tunes Festival - Norris Point
May 20 - Trails, Tales and Tunes Festival - Norris Point




The Modern Grass presents 'High on the Mountain'. The brand new album will be released early this may, and the Canada wide tour from Gros Morne National Park in Newfounland to Mount Robson in the Yukon and everywhere in between begins May 9th. Stay tuned for upcoming music videos, the new album and The Modern Grass Live in a city near you. Here is a teaser from our good friends at Analog Songs....







Thank you to the Lunenburg Folk Society for voting for The Modern Grass and inviting us back for the Lunenburg Folk Festival this summer. Yeehaw! Look out for The Modern Grass this Friday at the Evergreen Theatre, and then on Saturday at the Company House with The Becky Siamon Band and Willie Stratton.




Check out the Modern Grass live at CBC studios in November 2011! Also, look out for the Modern Grass this march 31st at The Lunenburg Folk Fiesta, come cast your vote to get us a spot in the 2012 Lunenburf Folk Festival!  




Look out for the Modern Grass in the Maritimes this spring. March 10th @ Lanes in Liverpooll, NS , March 29th @ JazzEast House concert series, April 6th @ The Evergreen Theatre in the Annapolis Valley, April 7th @ the Company House with Willie Stratton and the Becky Siamon Band , April 13 &14th at the ECMA's and finally the Petite Riviere Winery on April 21st.


May- Newfounland with Matt Hornell....June- Yukon - BC with stops all the way back to Nova Scotia.