“Middletunes” is a culmination of many years of songwriting. As the project will show, I enjoy an eclectic mix of music. The pieces on the CD are a reflection of growing up in an Acadian village on Cape Breton Island, almost 40 years on the South Shore of Nova Scotia and the influences of people I have met and places I have been. I enjoy creating songs and tunes with a strong melody line with lyrics that tell a story or provide a message for the human spirit. Hopefully, you can connect with some of the middletunes on the CD.

Hank Middleton

I would like to offer thanks to all who have allowed me the opportunity to add this CD to my “bucket list”. First of all, I must thank Jude for his countless hours working on the project, using his keen ear, his fine musicianship and his recording skills to coax out the best from all of us. Thanks as well to my family and to all of my musical friends who gave of their time and talents to help me out with this project and thanks to others who did not have the time but encouraged me with this project and supported me with endeavors in the past. A special thank you to all those people whom I have cornered when I announced, “I have this new song/tune I would like you to give it a listen”. Such individuals gave me the courage to continue writing and honing my craft. Most of all, I would like to express much gratitude to my wife who is my primary supporter and my first sounding board whenever I create a piece. She has giving me free reign in pursing my musical passions and providing the necessary encouragement when the musical road was rough.

The Principals
Hank Middleton lead (1,3,5,7,9,10,13, 15, 17) and harmony vocals (1,12,16), lead acoustic and electric guitars, bass
Jude Pelley acoustic guitar(3,17), mandolin (3,11,15, 18, 19), mandola (15), bass (14,15) percussion (7, 11, 18),
tin whistles (15) harmony vocals (1,3,4,5,6,7,9,10,11,12,13, 14,15,16,17), strings (7,17)
recording engineer

Gaye Middleton Lead vocals (6,11)
Greg Middleton Bass (6,11)
Kari Middleton Harmony Vocal (11)
Emily Middleton Fiddle (18)
Joel Middleton Percussion (11)
Ryan O’Connell 12 string acoustic guitar(11, 14)

Musical Friends
Gary Feener drums (1,3,9,13,16,17, 19)
Donnie Mader drums (5,7, 11, 12, 14)
Anna Ludlow fiddles (4,5, 6,11,15,19)
Darren Arsenault lead vocal(14), harmony(17),
Charley Wilson flute (4, 18) tin whistle (18)
Dylan Haines keyboards (1,5, 7, 12, 13)
Gary Mason saxophones (5, 9)
Sharon Jackson lead vocals (2,8)
Janet Rae lead vocals(16) and
harmony vocals(all tracks except 15 and 17
Vonda Laffin harmony vocals (2,3,5,7,8,11,)
Mary Chishom harmony vocals (4,5, 10, 11)
John Barr lead vocals (4,12)
Frank Fisher spoons (18)
Robbie Smith jazz fiddle

Lee Benoit accordian (5)

All Lyrics and Music by Hank Middleton, Middletunes Music,
SOCAN 2011. (Lyrics available at 902-543-2349 or hbmiddleton@eastlink.ca)

Middletunes was recorded and mixed by Jude Pelley at Alonestone
Pruductions, West Dublin, Nova Scotia and mastered by Cater Chaisson. The design and layout
were prepared by Stephanie Pryde with art work by Megan Chandler