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Big Announcement: New Album Fundraiser Launches Today!

I am very excited for this day!!  Over the last few years of walking throughout Canada and connecting with wonderful people and communities around the country, it is time to put these stories in songs into album form.  For the first time, I am going to be working with a producer to bring this very special project to life!

Today is day 1 of the fundraiser, and I am thrilled to share this with the world!  The new album is going to be called “All We Ever Need.”  Click on the photo below to visit the page, watch the video, and to learn how you and your community can support and benefit from this project!

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Performance clip from Festival of Small Halls, PEI

Last year aboard VIA Rail I met a man named Edward, almost 90 years old, heading east to Halifax on the train. I asked him what he was planning to do on his trip, and he replied he was headed to the Maritime Museum in Halifax to see the Titanic exhibit.

I asked Edward where it was, and he said he didn’t know. He also said he was travelling out just to go to the Museum for an afternoon, and then was turning back on the train. In my head, I’m thinking, “Man, what if the Museum was closed?!?!  That’s a six trip out, and 6 day trip back!!” Hopefully that wasn’t his case.

Anyways, I asked him what the greatest lesson he had learned in his life was. He replied very promptly…”If you’re gonna do something, do it NOW!”

I sat on that idea for a year until hoping aboard the train again. I got to thinking about Edward, and a tune in his honour showed up at my doorstep. Here’s a clip from the Festival of Small Halls Storyteller’s Circle where I played it for the kind people of Linkletter.

Thanks Edward!  You bring joy to many folk :).  Hope the Museum was awesome!

Fulfilling dreams in PEI

Yesterday  was a great day….sun was shining strong on Father’s Day, and I had my first show in the Festival of Small Halls in Grand River, PEI.  Deeply honoured to be a part of this with an amazing line-up of artists.  Playing tonight in Stanley Bridge, and tomorrow in Linkletter for the Storyteller’s Circle – both of which are sold out!!  Looking forward to these two nights, and loving every minute of it!

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Re-united with an old friend on the train

IMG_2346What a fantastic start to the tour.  The woman in the above photo with me is Elizabeth Taylor.  The first time I ever took the train was in the summer of 2013 with Nova Scotia’s Jen Miller when we were the duo – When Coasts Collide.  During one of our on board performances, this woman came into the room with a violin, sat down, and ROCKED those strings like crazy with us!  We had such a great jam…

We hadn’t seen or heard from each other since…until Friday night when I got on the train headed east.  I was tuning my guitar, looked around, and saw Elizabeth with violin in hand!  She opened up her case, and we played together for the passengers awaiting their journey.  So awesome!!

Then….on the train, I bumped into a few other people I had met in previous years!  Super cool!!  It’s really neat to re-connect with people this way.

Just made it into Toronto, and am heading out to New Brunswick tomorrow!  East Coast….I be coming for ya, and then the legendary Festival of Small Halls in PEI!!!

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Heading out on the train tonight!

SmallHalls - Artist-2I’m very excited to be heading out on my Canadian Summer Tour this evening.  Absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Festival of Small Halls in PEI on the 19th, 20th, and 21st.

Here’s where I’ll be over the next 6 weeks:

June 10-16th – Via Rail Train between Vancouver, BC and Moncton, NB

June 18th – Private House Concert, outside Moncton, NB

June 19th, 20th, 21st – Festival of Small Halls, PEI

June 24th-29th – Marine Atlantic Ferry between North Sydney, NS, and Argentia, NFLD

July 2nd – Private House Concert, Nova Scotia

July 4th – Music Mondays, Alma, NS

July 6th-13th – Marine Atlantic Ferry between North Sydney, NS, and Argentia, NFLD

July 16th-17th – Montreal, QB

July 18th-20th – Ottawa, Oakville, Toronto

July 21st – 25th – Via Rail Train between Toronto-Vancouver

Looking forward to catching up with old friends, and making new ones!!

 

Instructing at the Georgia Straight Guitar Workshop June 3rd-5th

I am honoured to have been selected to be on the instructor team for the 25th annual Georgia Straight Guitar Workshop coming up in June.  This weekend of musical education presents a diverse pallet of new skills to learn, and great people to learn from.  I’m going to be facilitating 2 courses – Bending the Blues, and an intermediate improv/jam class.  These have focus on the guitar, but aren’t completely limited to it.

Click on the guitar below for a list of the classes and instructors.  There’s singing, songwriting, ukelele, guitar, hand drumming (west african and afro-cuban), opportunities to perform, and great people to meet.  It’s also held right near the stunning Crescent Beach.  Check it out:

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Blarney Stone Fridays in May 4-7PM

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Over the last four years of touring to eastern Canada, I have acquired a mass of Celtic inspired songs, and have written my own within this particular flavour.  It has now reached the point where I can now carry an early evening Celtic experience, and will be doing so every Friday in May at The Blarney Stone in Vancouver.  If you’re a fan of oysters and Guinness, they have a wicked Happy Hour during this time in your favour :).

I’m there singing my heart out from 4-7pm.