Punamukwatijk / Dartmouth, Mi'kma'ki / Nova Scotia, Turtle Island / Canada
On his 28th birthday, George Woodhouse challenged himself to write “a-song-a-week” for one year. He failed, statistically at least. After posting the 47th song online, he said “good enough” and struck up band and called it “The Public Service". Much to his surprise, a dedicated audience of online fans came out in a Halifax snowstorm to see the show. It was a strange and wonderful musical chemistry which occurred that night, prompting The Public Service to keep a good thing going. Their debut album, Songs For The Living (2022) is a collection of love letters disguised as folk songs for the people and places we leave behind, not always by choice. The Public Service have now brought their indie-folk act to some of Nova Scotia’s most treasured stages including The Shore Club, The Carleton, and The Marquee. Songs For The Living reached no. 1 on CFBX in Kamloops as well as CFUV in Victoria. The Public Service features Joss MacNeil on vocals, Jan Lapierre on lead guitar, Justin Huston on bass, Andrew MacCormack on drums, and George Woodhouse on guitar and vocals.
TPS was founded on the belief that sharing your gifts with the world is a public service. “When we allow ourselves to create, we inspire, we heal, we connect.”