Archive for September, 2011
Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
We’ve had such a great time out East! Right now we’re nearing the end of our 14-hour drive from Halifax to Ottawa. We’re going a tad stir-crazy, but our tour-family love can’t be broken! iPhone scrabble matches, and hoola hoop breaks help too….
Last night we finished off our run of East Coast shows with a last-minute house show organized by my friend Nick Everett (he’s an amazing musician! Check him out here!) The show was a great potluck at Nick’s home in Halifax. The great Willie Stratton opened the show, and then the Long Haul and myself shut the night down! What a Monday! Halifax people are the best!
We played two other great house concerts while we were in Nova Scotia – one in Antigonish, and another in Lunenburg on the South Shore. Both were really cool places to visit, as I have roots in the province. My dad was born on the South Shore, and I got to catch up with family outside of Antigonish. Big love to my friends Connie and Rebecca Roher (check out her art here!) for organizing these two shows. At the Lunenburg show, we were lucky enough to have our good friend (and South Shore baby) Jennah Barry play a set. Keep your eyes peeled for her new record, which should come out sometime next year. It will be amazing!
But the biggest love goes out to my tour-family, Matt, Lucas, and Kirty. We are having the best time! Here they are looking frozen after a night at a Quebec campground….
Tomorrow night we’re home briefly for a night off, then we’re off to Trois Rivieres, Prince Edward County, Montreal, and Wakefield next weekend!
Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
What a great weekend it’s been! We were at the Dakota Tavern on Thursday night celebrating the release of my new record NO TALKER, and what an amazing time it was! A sold-out house full of all my nearest and dearest! I have to give a huge thank-you to my amazing band – Matt Bailey, Lucas Gadke, Mike Brushey, and special guest Michael Eckert on pedal steel – who really made the night. And of course to the wonderful Dakota for having us.
Thursday’s great vibes left us with tons of excitement as we begin our tour this weekend. During the next 3 weeks I’ll be touring around Ontario, Quebec, and out to the East Coast with one of my favourite Toronto bands the Long Haul, which features my two bandmates Matt and Lucas. We’ve already had amazing shows playing for loved ones and new friends in Orillia, Port Perry, and Peterborough, and today we leave for 4 shows out on the East Coast! For full tour dates, see the TOUR section of this site.
My good friend Kirsten Scholte, who sings in the Long Haul, was kind enough to host us for the afternoon at her family home outside Orillia before our show. I rambled the fields with her hilarious dog Dani. Country living people!
See you in New Brunswick!
Saturday, September 3rd, 2011
It’s been a busy summer but, at long last, my new record NO TALKER is finished!
We’re celebrating with a big release party at Toronto’s Dakota Tavern this THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH! It’s an early show – 8-10pm, so don’t be late!
I’m so proud of this album, and I’m happy to say that we’ll have the full band in tow – Matt Bailey on guitar/mandolin, Lucas Gadke on bass, and Mike Brushey on drums. We’ll also be joined by our good friend Michael Eckert who will be guesting on pedal steel! AAAAND the whole evening will begin with a solo set by my great friend Sean Donald. Check out his beautiful music at www.myspace.com/seanpatrickdonald.
Here’s the beautiful poster, courtesy of the wonderful Sasha Plotnikova….
I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS NIGHT!!