Archive for October, 2011

Feel Me Closer

Monday, October 24th, 2011

I’m five days from the end of my 3-week tour with Bruce Peninsula and Toronto is in sight! Be sure to greet us at our homecoming and CD release party at Lee’s Palace.

We had an amazing time at the Halifax Pop Explosion this weekend. I played my first solo set in many months, and it felt so good! I must say that HPX fans are something else – the Bust Stop theatre was positively buzzing by the time I went up at the fashionable hour of 8:30PM!! It’s not too often that you meet such a punctual audience, and one that actually listens no less! Halifax is the best place! I’m reminded a little more each time I go.

Toronto is now in my sights, and the first thing I’ve got to look forward to is a very special show at Hugh’s Room on October 29th. The show features Latent Recordings’ finest Cowboy Junkies, Finlayson/Maize (of Skydiggers fame), Cootes Leland, and myself. I’ll play the show as a duo with Matt Bailey on electric guitar and mandolin. I’m so excited to share the stage with musicians who have been such an inspiration and source of guidance to me in this crazy creative business! A few months ago, I covered the Skydiggers song “Feel You Closer” for Mitch Fillion’s website Southernsouls.ca. A tribute to my Latent family!

BRUCE PENINSULA - IVY MAIRI 'Feel You Closer' by The Skydiggers from Mitch Fillion (southernsouls.ca) on Vimeo.


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HPX!

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

I’m writing from NEWFOUNDLAND!

That’s a photo I took from the Newfoundland ferry this evening as we arrived! I’m out here on tour with my friends in Bruce Peninsula, an amazing band that I’m lucky enough to be a part of. We’re touring the East Coast for the next two weeks until the Bruce Peninsula LP release party at Lee’s Palace in Toronto on October 27th! Details about that are here.

While I’m out east, I’ll be playing my own set at the Halifax Pop Explosion! I’ll be playing solo, which I haven’t done in a while, so I’m really excited. The show is on October 22nd at the Bus Stop Theatre. I play at 8:30pm, but you should also stick around for Bruce Peninsula’s set at 11:30! Full show details are here.

It’s been a busy Fall for me so far, with constant touring on my own and with Bruce Peninsula. I should mention that we finished off the Ivy Mairi/Long Haul tour in September with a great weekend of shows in the Montreal/Ottawa area, ending on a beautiful evening in Wakefield, Quebec, at the Blacksheep Inn. Here’s a photo from the squaredance/concert event we did at By Chadsey’s Cairns winery in Prince Edward County (for those who don’t know – I moonlight as a squaredance caller!!).

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