Posts Tagged ‘Matthew Bailey’
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
Last winter I became obsessed with the Tom Petty song "Only a Broken Heart", from the album Wildflowers. My friend Noah Reid and I worked out an arrangement of it and sang it together at various shows and parties that season. In early Spring, Mike Timmins asked me if I'd like to contribute a recording to his new series of cover-song recordings by Latent artists, and I knew I had just the song!
Our version of Only a Broken Heart (which also features Matt Bailey on electric guitar) is now available as a free download as part of the Under Cover project. By clicking here you get a free download of that song, as well as the Cowboy Junkies new cover of the Springsteen classic Thunder Road. You can read more about the Under Cover series on the Cowboy Junkies site here.
Noah Reid is a wonderful musician – he has quietly been working on his debut album, which will be out sometime in the near future – keep your eyes peeled!
Friday, October 10th, 2014
I have a new album !
Slowly but steadily over the past 2 years, my best friend Matthew Bailey and I have been tinkering away at a collection of my songs. Half were written years ago when I was a brand new adult living in Montreal. The other half were written over the past two years here in Toronto. We called the album Nonbeliever and released it surrounded by friends a couple of weeks ago. The mood of this record is a bit of a departure from my past two solo albums. It's moodier and weirder (dare I say!) and the arrangements are sparse but crafted with care. I am really proud of what Matt and I have created, and I'm particularly proud of my singing on the record. As many of those close to me know, I've struggled with voice problems over the past 4 years and have learned a lot about strong, healthy singing – and I think it shows on this record!
I must thank the incomparable Josh Van Tassel for contributing drums and sounds on three of the songs, and to my beautiful sister Martha for playing flute. Most importantly though, I must thank Matt Bailey. He put an incredible amount of work into this project – most of the guitars, keys, and other sounds were lovingly played and recorded by him. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful and creative collaborator and friend in him! (We are currently finishing up a new ep of Matt's music, so keep your ears open for its release, and in the meantime check out his last album here).
My friend Jake Sherman filmed our performance of Thrush at the Nonbeliever release party, and the resulting video is below. Try to ignore the sound of the shattering vase in the first minute – stuff happens! Thanks to Jake for his beautiful work and to our hosts that evening – the amazing Dean family. And thanks to new friend Lukas Horch for the photo at the top. Check him out!
Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
It's finally Spring in Toronto! I wanted to share a video with all of you. This is a trailer for a new web series called FLUSH, which is created by my friends Maisie Jacobson and Natasha Greenblatt. They have been working really hard on it and created the trailer as part of an application to get more funding to finish the series. Please take a second to watch the trailer if you can – the more views they get, the more likely they are to get funding! And they used parts of a new song that I recorded with my best bud Matthew Bailey as the background music! This is the first taste of a bunch of new music I've been working on over the past few months!
I've also got a couple of fun shows coming up in the next few weeks. On Sunday April 13th I'll be singing with Isla Craig and Tamara Lindeman as a trio-version of our all-lady a capella group Soul Sisters Supreme Redux V 2.0. We'll be performing a breakfast show at the wonderful Kazoo! Fest in Guelph Ontario, at Innovation Guelph. More info on that show is here – admission includes coffee and pancake breakfast!
And then on Saturday April 19th I'll be doing a short set with my family trio kith&kin at One Sweet Day, a great event put on by Sierra Club Canada in Toronto's Sorauren Park to celebrate honey bees and beekeepers! You can get more info on facebook here.
Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
It is very cold in Toronto. The coldest winter in years! It's been a big deal for lots of folks, but I've actually been enjoying it a lot – skating on natural ice on Toronto Island with my family and cooking lots of big braises and stews at home! I have a few shows coming up that will bring me out of semi-hibernation – maybe they'll get you out too.
First up, I'll be playing a show of Ivy Mairi tunes with my pal Matt Bailey at the Dakota Tavern on Jan 29th. It's been awhile since I've played my own stuff live, so I'm excited. We're gonna take the opportunity to try out some new songs. We're opening up the show and will be followed by our good friends Animal Parts and Dear Sister – both amazing!! All the details are on facebook here.
Then the following night, on Jan 30th, I'll be taking on a new role playing keyboard in the latest incarnation of Matthew Bailey's band! This will be my second time ever playing keyboards live, so wish me luck on my big solos! That show will be at the Common on College – details here.
And then later on in February I'm taking part in Returning Current at the Music Gallery – a really cool talk/performance being put on by my friend Daniela Gesundheit of Snowblink and renowned acoustic biologist Katy Payne. In the show, Katy will give a talk about her landmark research into elephant communication and humpback whale song. I am part of an amazing choir put together by Daniela that will present some musical moments to illustrate Katy's points, or give context. What we have learned so far about how these animals communicate is amazing – I'm so excited to meet Katy in person and hear her stories! This will be an awesome evening! All the details are here.
Here's a great video by Dear Sister to warm your winter…
Friday, June 28th, 2013
I've been busy working and singing and working and singing this past month and wanted to round it all up right here!
First up my family vocal trio kith&kin have been asked to sing at Harbourfront Centre's annual Canada Day festivities! This is a real honour, and we've so excited! We'll be on the Redpath Stage on Monday July 1st at 1pm.
Another piece of news – I've reached a new milestone – my first-ever youtube cover! You can watch it here.
I've been doing lots of singing with my dear friend Matthew Bailey, and also with Isla Craig's lady a capella group, which features some of my favourite Toronto singers. I'll be singing with Matt at the Island Cafe on Wednesday July 17.
That's it for now! Check out this beautiful video of Isla and the girls at the Music Gallery last month!
Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
We had an amazing show on Friday night with Andy Maize and friends at Hugh's Room – what a special place to play. I love it more and more each time! If some photos from the night resurface, I'll be sure to put them up!
This first week of March is, for me, dominated by one person – my guitarist and best bud Matthew Bailey! I'm playing shows with him every other day this week! Matt put out his debut album, Tendrils (see the beautiful artwork by Raven Julia Shields below), earlier this year, and I was lucky enough to be one of the many great singers featured on the record. Matt is playing two shows this week, and I'll be singing backup. You can see us play…
- On Monday March 4th at the Common on College (hosted by that same Raven Shields – if you've never been to her music nights at the Common, you must go!). This show is with our friend Sean Donald.
And then this Friday March 8th, Matt and I will be playing as a duo at the Holy Oak. We've been invited by our good friend Max Kelly to share in his monthly residency there. We're going to play our own songs, as well as lots of covers and some of our old favourites that have fallen off our setlists over the years. You can get all the info here!
And finally, you can check out Matt's song Until You Arrived on the latest installment of Tim Sweeney's podcast Rock the Shack here. It's a duet!
It's gonna be a good week!
Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
I have no idea where December and January went! The holidays have always tended to be a pretty busy time for me, but this year was the craziest in memory and had me performing regularly throughout december and right into the early new year.
Now that I've had a chance to catch my breath, I want to share a few highlights here (and news of what's coming up next, which is also lots!).
The wonderful Joe Strutt, of Mechanical Forest Sound, made some great recordings at the kith&kin Holiday Wassail at the Music Gallery on Dec 16th. Listen to them here. Thanks Joe!
I don't have any link-able material from the kith&kin shows on Dec 21 and 22, or from the Bruce Peninsula show in Hamilton on Dec 29th – only good memories! On January 4th I performed at Hugh's Room in A Man Called Wrycraft's James Taylor tribute night, and Robert Saxe took this beautiful photo…
And now onto what's next! This Saturday Jan 19th I'll be playing a few songs at the Cameron House as part of the Elsethings Festival – a nation-wide celebration of local music that also marks the release of my good friend Nick Everett's new album, Elsethings. Read more about the festival here.
Then, on January 30, my best friend and collaborator Matthew Bailey will be releasing his first solo album, Tendrils, at the Tranzac Club. My sister Martha and I sang lots on this album and I'm so excited for the big old world to hear it – we're so proud of Matt! You can get a sneak preview of the album here, and watch the new Southern Souls video we did below.
In other other news, my family vocal trio kith&kin has begun recording our long-put-off second album!
Ok lots going on – talk soon!