Archive for November, 2011

DECEMBER

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Last night I stayed up stuffing CDs. It’s an activity many independent musicians know all about – assembling your own packaging saves dollars, and, if you’re in good company, can actually be pretty fun. Last night we were stuffing the remaining copies of Yet Will I be Merry: Carols and Songs of the Season, the holiday album of lesser-known carols I made with kith&kin back in 2008. kith&kin is myself, my sister Martha, and our mother Kathleen. We sing traditional music, often a cappella. You can hear our songs on the ‘music’ section of this website!

All that CD stuffing is in anticipation of kith&kin’s fourth annual Holiday Wassail on December 15th at the Music Gallery in Toronto. Our Wassail is a HUGE affair, complete with an 8-singer choir, a kids’ Mummers Play, and of course kith&kin’s beautiful 3-part harmonies. It all happens at the beautiful Music Gallery, which is housed inside St. George-the-Martyr Church. The Wassail is a wonderful musical and community event that has come to be one of my favourite days of the year! You can find all the details you need about the event here.

I’m also pleased to announce a special house concert next Sunday Dec 4th in Ottawa, which will be a split Ivy Mairi / kith&kin bill! My great friend Phil Nicolson is helping us put it on. Phil is the host of all hosts, so it should be a spectacular evening. It will be the first time Matt, Lucas, and I have all played together since I’ve been on tour with Bruce Peninsula, so I’m very excited. Space at this concert is very limited, so please email ivymairimusic@gmail.com for more info.

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NO TALKER / BROKEN SPEAKER

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

My friend at the illustrious Broken Speaker posted a wonderful review of NO TALKER last week. Check it out here!

I’m home from tour, but I’ve got some sweet shows coming up next week.

First I’m in Guelph on November 14th doing a house show put on by the awesome folks at Community Music, with Your Neck of the Woods and the Geese who are on tour all the way from Vancouver. Check out both bands, they’re awesome! Facebook event for more details – click here.

On Nov 16th I’m back in Toronto performing in a special show with Bruce Peninsula at the Dakota Tavern. BP is a large band, with as many as 10 members at some shows, but each of us makes our own music, too. On our October tour, we played a number of more intimate shows where we performed revue-style – alternating between acoustic versions of Bruce songs and the songs from our various solo projects. Now that the format has been sufficiently honed on the road, we’re bringing it to our hometown! Don’t miss the Bruce Trail Revue at the Dakota on Nov 16th! Details here

Here’s a video of one of our revue-style songs, The Leaves. We made in St. John’s NFLD with our friends from Heavy Weather.

Bruce Peninsula - The Leaves from HEAVYWEATHER on Vimeo.

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