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The Muddle is a popular new Wolfville band

Wolfville-based band The Muddle is comprised of a trio of Acadia School of Music profs - Mark Adam on drums, bass player Nic D’Amato and keyboardist Jeff Hennessy.
Wolfville-based band The Muddle is comprised of a trio of Acadia School of Music profs - Mark Adam on drums, bass player Nic D’Amato and keyboardist Jeff Hennessy. - Contributed

WOLFVILLE, N.S. - In just 10 hours 100 tickets for the first CD release concert by Wolfville’s newest band, The Muddle, had disappeared.

Mind you, they were given away. But as keyboardist Jeff Hennessy notes being, “totally blown away by how quickly these tickets went even if they were free. The room capacity is 100 but I told the staff there to expect maybe 75.”

The Muddle, a trio of Acadia School of Music profs, including Hennessy, Mark Adam and Nic D’Amato, will be playing for a portion of its public on the evening of Jan. 24.

They are flattered and grateful at the interest in the album release party at the Church Brewing Company, but Hennessy said he feels badly for those who couldn’t get tickets.

He recommends staying tuned to the band’s Facebook page for notices about upcoming shows. And, of course, the album will be available for purchase or streaming on Jan. 25th.

A number of local musicians and Acadia instructors, like Jeff Torbert, took part in the recording. Bluegrass performer Rick Spinney, a neighbour of Adam’s, added banjo. The album was envisioned three years ago but has been an active focus for this busy trio for about two.

Hennessy is currently Dean of Arts at Acadia University, but he has a long history of playing with bands locally. In fact, he plays with three right now - The Sundries, Bluesmobile and The Muddle.

Jokingly, Hennessy says, the name came from the notion of a garage band as a middle-aged muddle.

Adam, the drummer, was also producer for the self-titled album. It was created in his straw bale studio, Music in the Woods, atop the South Mountain.

He recently produced an album for Canning performer Kim Barlow called How to Let Go, and is working on another with Carmen Braden.

A native of Edmonton, Alta. Adam is a popular percussion instructor and he leads the university’s percussion ensemble.

Born in New Jersey, D’Amato was a freelance bassist in New York City before he moved to the Valley several years ago. He says he got to perform with countless artists across vast stylistic borders, playing gigs spanning more than 30 countries. He has released a solo record, Nicholas D’Amato’s Royal Society – Nullius In Verba with Buckyball Records).

Since moving to Wolfville, he’s become the bass instructor at Acadia University. In addition, he leads the school’s jazz big band and small combo programs.

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