Island overflowing with young musical talent

CAMPOBELLO – You’ve probably read a couple of recent Saint Croix Courier articles about some talented young musicians from Campobello. Well, the island is truly overflowing with young talent, and this week we bring you Declan Seeley, a 17-year-old from Campobello Island who loves the music of the 60s and 70s, and uses his talents to keep that music alive.

Seeley’s main instrument is the guitar, and he said that is what he focuses on the most. But, it isn’t unusual to see him playing the drums, mandolin, bass, and even a six-string banjo, which he described as a banjo that can be played the same way that one would play a guitar.

“Guitar is my main focus,” said Seeley. “That’s what I get the most joy out of playing. But, drums are pretty fun, I’ll give them that. They’re not that tricky. Most people say you need to coordinate and stuff, but I don’t really find you need to.”

Seeley also plays the harmonica and guitar together when he is channeling his favourite musical artist, Neil Young.

“If you know me, you know that I won’t shut up about Neil Young,” said Seeley. “I don’t really know how to explain my love for Neil Young. It came from my grandfather. He’s the one who introduced me. He’s the biggest Neil Young fan you can find. That’s a musician. A band that I love is The Band. Big influence too.”

Music truly runs in Seeley’s blood. He said his entire family is musical, and this is where he gets his own talent. He has only been seriously playing for a year and a half, but music has been part of his life from the day he was born. His grandfather introduced him to the stylings of Neil Young and the like, and his interest in this style gives hope that Young, Lightfoot, and others like them will continue to be popular with future generations.

“Songwriting inspiration comes from people like Gordon Lightfoot and Townes Van Zandt, he’s the one that wrote ‘Pancho and Lefty’.”

Speaking of the future, what does the future hold for this talented young musician? Seeley said he would love to be able to pursue music as a career, but he also knows it is not always a sure thing. While he is not exactly interested in attending university, he figures it will be the best way to get his music out there.

“I’d love to do this as a living, but as you can imagine, it’s not the best thing to get money rolling in,” said Seeley. “I write songs too. I write songs and play a bunch of instruments. I might get somewhere, but it’s a tough business.”

If you would like to hear Seeley and Landen Murray singing and playing, check out their YouTube channel, Declan Seeley & Landen Murray.

sarigreen@stcroixcourier.ca