The Fortunate Ones debut video

Tara Bradbury
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It’s fitting that the Fortunate Ones are releasing their brand new video on this particular week.
Made for their song “Carry On,” the tune could apply to all of us who’ve spent the past few days in the cold and dark.

The Fortunate Ones — Catherine Allan and Andrew James O’Brien — are debuting their new video, “Carry On,” on The Telegram website today. They’ve also announced a show at the LSPU Hall in St. John’s Feb. 8. — Submitted photo illustration

“It’s about what the two of us have been going through, carrying on and persevering,” explains Catherine Allan, who makes up the duo with Andrew James O’Brien.

“It’s a kind of New Year’s reflection sort of song,” adds O’Brien.

O’Brien established himself as a singer/songwriter with his 2011 record, “Songs for Searchers,” which earned him three MusicNL awards (Pop/Rock Recording of the Year, Rising Star of the Year and Male Artist of the Year), as well as an East Coast Music Award nomination in 2012 (Pop/Rock Recording of the Year), and the attention of the members of Great Big Sea, among others. Allan, a former flight attendant with a French degree from MUN and a history of playing music with her brothers, had been part of O’Brien’s band from the beginning, playing keyboards and accordion and lending her voice to vocal harmonies.

Back in the spring, the pair came together as an official duo, co-writing and performing songs as equals, and O’Brien says that’s the way it’ll be from now on. Instead of a solo career, he says he wants to present something musical that’s not focused solely on himself. Fortunate Ones will continue performing tracks from “Songs for Searchers,” as well as new material.

“It kind of made sense for us to put our name on it,” Allan says. “Nothing has really changed. I might sing a little more.”

O’Brien and Allan have been writing new material for the better part of a year, and have played gigs from here to Alberta (and in the United States, as the opening act for Great Big Sea), as well as England; thrilled, they say, with the crowds they’ve been receiving. They’ve got a pile of new songs written and ready to start recording in the coming weeks; a few of them written in collaboration with Great Big Sea bassist and former Moxy Fruvous member Murray Foster. They’re hoping to have their debut album out this year.

Managed by Bob Hallett, O’Brien and Allan have become good friends with all the GBS members, and have even recorded song demos at the home of Alan Doyle.

“They’re good friends but they’re really great guys, as well. They really care about helping people who are following what they’ve laid down,” O’Brien says about the band.

O’Brien and Allan — who are in a romantic partnership as well as a musical one — are excited to debut the video for “Carry On,” which was produced by filmmaker Roger Maunder of UpSkyDown Films and filmed during the actual recording of the song. Visit to see it.

The Fortunate Ones have announced their first show at home in awhile: they’ll play at the LSPU Hall Feb. 8 with special guest Kat McLevey. Tickets are $20 and are available now on the LSPU Hall website at or by calling the Hall at 753-4531.

Twitter: @tara_bradbury




Organizations: Great Big Sea, UpSkyDown Films, Hall

Geographic location: Alberta, United States, England

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