May Day yay!May 1st, 2017
May first has arrived and the list of fun things to do is growing! In some sort of order here is what is on deck. Right some soon is the first festival of the season, County Pop Festival at the wonderful Crystal Palace in Picton on Prince Edward County. Hello good times! The fest features a slew of fine talent including bill & Joel Plaskett and Terra Lightfoot. I am part of a fantastic Leonard Cohen Tribute up in Chelsea/Wakefield, Quebec. We held one spectacular, sold out event already and are set to do another night in Chelsea on June 9th. I will be ranting out a version of The Future as well as countryfying The Chelsea Hotel. Fun! Hugh Christopher Brown is kicking off Wolfe Island Records to unite all of the great albums he has been recording and producing on the island including our Hearts and Lonely Hunters album. Other artists on the label and appearing at the two day event are David Corley, Suzanne Jarvie, The Openhearts Society and more. We may even do a Butterfingers show for the junior chipmunks. And our drummer Wrong Casey Fisher is launching his brewery the same weekend, hic... The Skeleton Park Arts and Music Festival is back for its 11thyear and I will be hosting the days in the Park with Fred Penner as well as appearing in the Hootenanny Revue. The line up is just our now and features our girl Sarah Harmer as headliner on the Saturday night as well as Yuka, Old Man Luedecke, Justin Rutledge and more. What a spectacular event to be involved in yet again. And the wheels are in motion for a very special weekend event I will be curating at the fabulous Opinicon Lodge in Chaffeys Locks in the heart of the Rideau system. I will post more specifics when we get closer to the JUly 7 and 8th date.
And let the spring begin, please...April 6th, 2017
Winter, oh winter. Let us breakup okay? At least for a solid 6 months or so for sure. I am excitement prone about upcoming shows with the Wrongs. I will be letting it rip with the likes of Tara Dunphy, Cam Giroux, Kelsey McNulty and James Taylor starting with a few Kingston area shows. We played together as this line up in December and it really turned mine and Cams heads around after all these years. We played our first of a series of shows together at the Muziikki Cafe in Kingston. It is a funky Toronto style, long, narrow whisky bar with 2 floors and a back patio. Back in the eighties it was The Brock Street Gallery and was owned by my mom and her friend so the show held a special significance for me. Many fine memories of ma and her local artist cabal. Needless to say it was magic evening and by the time we hit the Blacksheep in Wakefield a few days later the desire to play as this line up for a whole was a done deal. I am not gonna lie you, it is a bit logistically tricky for booking shows as Tara lives in London Ontario and the others in Toronto. Me being in Wakefield leaves a 7 hour gap to bring us together but we have a plan, sure we do.
Holy smokes that was fun!November 30th, 2016
Well it was an eventful autumn between touring in the UK with Miss Emily and crossing Canada with the Wrongs, Rueben deGroot and Colleen Brown. So many great shows and wonderful people, my head is spinning still and I am waiting for my soul to catch up. The Uk and especially Scotland was a great experience. Our handler Gord Hunter pulled out all the stops in getting us support from his many great contacts over there. It would be impossible to tour like we do without the good will of music lovers. The same goes for our Canadian tour. Rueben and Colleen know many fantastic and generous people who provided venues, meals and places to stay as well as filled the shows with keen music fans. We posted lots of pics on facebook but I will endeavour to put some in our gallery here. Next up is our annual holiday rock show for charity on December 22nd at the Ale House in Kingston.
The Old CountrySeptember 28th, 2016
My dear old pops talked with a thick brogue having come to Canada from south of Glasgow as a young man. It is with great joy that I return to my people there to play music with my friend Miss Emily. Many thanks to Gord Hunter for organizing the tour. I will post updates and pics as the tour unfolds. It is a busy autumn for us as we head west with Rueben deGroot and Colleen Brown on November first for 3 weeks of shows which beginning Thunder Bay and take us to the coast and back to Alberta in support of Hearts and Lonely Hunters. And not to stop there with news, Sean Kelly, Sarah Harmer and I meet this week to plan our 20th something annual holiday charity rock show. Details to follow. Yar !!
Hearts and Lonely Hunters VINYL and autumn touringSeptember 2nd, 2016
Wowzers it is September and summer is winding down as we wind up for some touring. First up is a UK tour with my bandmate and solo force of nature Miss Emily. We head to Scotland on September 29 and play our way down to London. The dates will be up in detail soon. Then Rueben deGroot and I team up with a shared band of wrongs and rocket surgeons to head west in support of Hearts and Lonely Hunters and Ruebens soon to be released album. Dates will be listed for that soon as we dial in the last bits. The vinyl of Hearts and Lonely Hunters arrived last week and it looks and sounds fantastic if I do say so myself. Copies are available through our site store.
Summer Loving 2016 Loving SummerJune 27th, 2016
Yessiree it sure is nice, sunny and hot finally. We have been enjoying weekend wonders in friendly places the last while including a great island party and just recently the Skeleton Park Arts Festival in Kingston. It is the 11th year of this community arts fest and we had perfect weather, lots of art, music, food, and smiles to go around for the whole weekend. Washboard Hank and I MCd the fest on Saturday and Sunday and also rocked in the Hootenanny with all of our friends.