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Vancouver album release to be held at St. James Hall, April 21st! Free album with ticket purchase before March 31st!

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Click the above flyer for early bird tickets, and a free album!


All We Ever Need is here and available to the world!

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I am so thrilled to announce that my new album project “All We Ever Need,” after 4 years in the making, is out and available on every kind of music platform imaginable.  Below are links to a variety of sources where you can find it, listen to it, share it, purchase it, whatever your preference may be.  Just click on the below link to go where you want to go :).

Enjoy!

Album art above designed by Celestial Folk star – Bre McDaniel

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Another rung around the tree

If I were a tree, then today, I would magically sprout a new layer of external shell.  You could cut me in half, count the layers, and discover my age.  Pretty wild when you think about it.  Looking at the inside of a tree is like looking at a story board for a book or movie.  Every line/layer is packed with information, stories, emotions, lessons, and experience.

However, these layers don’t just show up on their own.  The ground holds the base of the tree stable, allowing it to root and grow.  The rain and surrounding micro/macro creatures do what they do to help bring nutrients.  The sun shines on the leaves, provides energy, encouragement, and advice on where to go in its life.  It takes a forrest to raise a tree :).

These last few years, I have opened up to the wonders of collaboration.  For a long time, I tried to do everything on my own, and definitely added some tough layers to my stump!  When I look back today on how much stronger I have become from focused/intentional work with others, co-creating, and admitting that I need help, I feel an overwhelming sense of appreciation and gratitude.

Thank you to everyone in my forrest!  If you are reading this now, you have had a profound impact on me, and the latest rungs I have acquired are entirely because of you.  They are the best I have ever had, and all I can say is thank you!  I couldn’t have got here on my own.

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Like a human bone that becomes stronger and more dense as a reaction to bearing load, so do


New live video for “Thank You,” entered in CBC Searchlight 2017!

Exciting news! CBC has just started their 2017 round of Searchlight, a national program that helps bring new Canadian music to your lovely ears. I have entered it this year, and have put in a new song and video in lieu of my upcoming album release “All We Ever Need.” The song is called “Thank You,” featuring the amazing Chris Couto on Djembe, and is one of the most dearest to my heart.  This is the video I submitted:

(Video filmed and produced by Kale Beaudry http://klphotograph.com)

Searchlight works as a mixture of judges opinions as well as crowd voting. You can vote once per day, for any and as many artists as you like. I am one out of 12 in the “Folk,” category for “Vancouver City.”

Click the “Searchlight Vote Now” picture below to vote for “Thank You.”
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Round 1 goes from today till February 27th at 3pm. The prizes for this are pretty special, and include mentorship, a chance to write a song for Canada’s 150, and some incredible performance opportunities with CBC’s festivals around Canada Day in Ottawa.

I am inviting you to participate in this journey with me, however far it goes. You can vote once per/day at the above link, and I appreciate all and any help. If you connect to it, or think of someone else who might enjoy this song and its message, feel free to share!

*For the Facebookers out there, feel free to join the EVENT PAGE  and follow along for some entertaining, humourous, and uplifting daily voting reminders.

Lastly, there are a few other artists that I know and have personally played with before that are in my category. They are well worth looking into. If you feel inclned, vote for them too. They are fantastic people, and amazing musicians, and you can vote for as many artists as you like:

Natalie Ramsay
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Thank you for time!

 


Bring your Soxy to The Roxy, Jan. 11th!

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Cool news!  I was invited to come play at The Roxy this Wednesday with some solid musical forces from around Vancouver.  I’ll also be making a special announcement to do with an upcoming music video about mismatched socks, so if you’d like to be a part of something very cool, come by the Roxy.

In lieu of this, I’m also doing a sock drive for those who could use some extra foot warmth out in the cold.  If you have some solo socks kicking around, and you don’t use them, bring them on Wednesday night, and I’ll make sure they find a good foot home.

Let’s have a good old Soxy night at The Roxy ;).

 


First song from “All We Ever Need” released on compilation album to support local food bank

I am so excited about this post today!  I am absolutely thrilled to announce the release of “Thank You,” the first song shared from my Spring 2017 release “All We Ever Need.”

The song has been added to a digital compilation album with 28 other incredible artists and bands in support of the food bank this Christmas.  This project was the brain seed of a special friend and musician, Luca Fogale, and I am so honoured to have my first track off the new community focused album put out this way.

29 songs by 29 artists, by donation, all going to a great cause!  Give the gift of music to your friends and family by clicking on the album cover below (A Bit of Light, Vol. 1) to purchase and help people out this season.

Happy Holidays all!!

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The Acoustic Guitar Project 2016 Success!

Wow……Thursday November 17th at St. James Hall – What a night!!  Still buzzing from a heart felt evening of incredible performances, impromptu jamming, and wonderful stories.

The Acoustic Guitar Project is the epitome of everything I love doing – Bringing a bunch of rad people together in a beautiful space through a form of shared creativity.  Nothing charges me up more than this!  Thanks to all the artists that brought this round of the project and night to life.  Here is where you can find them:

Sadie Campbell Music – http://www.sadiecampbellmusic.com/
Kristina Lao – http://www.kristinalao.com/
Joline Baylis – https://jolinebaylis.bandcamp.com/
Chicken-Like Birds – http://www.chickenlikebirds.com/
Tanya Gallagher – https://www.facebook.com/tanyagallaghermusic/

Thanks to all the great folks that came out to support the event, The Rogue Folk Club and volunteers for hosting the night, and to all the Sponsors (Corduroy Lounge, Eva Munroe, Float House, Tapestry Music, Craft Beer Market, The Rogue Folk Club) who donated a prize to the night.  The signed ukelele in the picture below (donated by Tapestry) was bought in the auction, re-donated, re-bought, and raised a good chunk of funds all by itself!  Rough estimates of door and separate donations are just over $2000 – all of which will be matched by the city, so the night is putting a minimum of $4000 back into repairing St. James Hall!  Amazing!  Also big thanks to Roundhouse Radio for the interview with Sadie Campbell and I.

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*This Sunday I am a part of another unique night at The Wise Hall downstairs lounge in East Vancouver, which will also be a fundraiser for St. James Hall.  This night, 12 artists will be sharing the stage, and covering each other’s music for an event titled “Second Hand Songs.”  It starts at 8pm, is $5, and will make for a very special evening.  Let’s keep the ball rolling :)!

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Album Recording Finished!!

WHAAAAAAAAAAAA????  Exsqueeze me?  Baking powder?  haha.  Yup, you read correctly!  After 90+ hours of recording over the month of October, my upcoming album, All We Ever Need, has been completely laid down!  It was a marathon that literally came down to the last 5 seconds of time I had in the studio, and what has resulted is absolute magic!  As we speak it is going through the mixing stages, followed by the mastering process, and I am so thrilled to hear it on the other end.

So many highlights throughout this experience.  One of them was having the likes of master percussionist, Chris Couto of Kutapira (and many other groups), lend his skills on conga and djembe for a couple of songs!

Big thanks to all who played on this (Shera Kelly, Blake Williams, Darren Beattie, Chris Couto, and Jon Anderson), and for all who helped contribute to make this kind of album a reality.  There are some wonderful surprises in store for you all :).

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Back in the studio with Mr. Blake Williams!

Pumped to be back at Protection Island with Jon Anderson today and tomorrow, continuing solid work on All We Ever Need.  Had the honour of having Bodhran superstar, Blake Williams join in for a very special tune.  Judging by our feet, I’m sure you can guess what song we were plugging away on….:).  It’s all sounding so so good!!!

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Recording of All We Ever Need has begun!!

Happy Thanksgiving all!

I can’t think of a better day to post this.  I began the recording of my new album  (All We Ever Need) with Jon Anderson on Friday and Saturday, and will continue on and off throughout this month and early November.  The first couple of days have been fantastic, and it’s sounding pretty sweet!  Brought in a couple of characters to contribute their musicality to a couple of tunes (Darren Beattie and Shera Kelly), and as you can see below, they know how to candidly pose for a camera :).

I am so thankful for all the support that made the recording of this album possible!  It’s been an overwhelming experience to hear back how it is already taking shape.  You guys and gals are gonna love it!

Enjoy the weekend, and more updates soon!

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New Bard’s Blog about tattoos, family, and The Tragically Hip

Hope you guys enjoy this one :).  Click on the photo for the blog:

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Say what you need to say

Greetings!

Something happened recently that made me what to share a story.   I was sitting in a sushi restaurant the other day, and overheard a woman telling her friends about an old math teacher she had.  She said that when she got older, this teacher stuck out in her mind as someone who really took the time to connect, and had a profound influence on her life.  She had thought about going back to visit to her old teacher in her hometown to express her gratitude, but kept putting it off.

Many years later, she was chatting with a friend from high school, and this particular teacher came up in the conversation.  The woman said “I’d love to go say thanks to him.”  Her school mate then told her that the teacher passed away 5 or 6 years previous.

The woman was crushed, and then told the people at the table that she really wished she had said what she wanted to when she thought about it originally.  The missed opportunity left her feeling sad, but motivated her to sit down one afternoon to call or email anyone she felt she wanted to thank in some way.

5 years ago today, my Dad (Garry Averill) passed away, and “Thank you,” is something I feel lucky I got to say to him before it was too late.  In honour of my Dad, I’d like to encourage anyone who reads this to call someone that has had an impact in your life, and express your thanks.  It means a lot for them to know, and will feel great for you to say.

Don’t wait – you may not get the chance again.

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Roundhouse Radio Interview and article in 24 Hours

Wow!  Last day of the All We Ever Need Fundraiser (6 hours left!!), and had two awesome forms of publicity come through.  Also, we just hit $7500!!!  Click on the photo below to listen to an interview and a couple of songs I played with Cory Price of Roundhouse Radio:

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Click here for a written article I did with Joe Leary of 24 Hours:

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Last day of All We Ever Need Fundraiser!

There has been a great swell of motion in the campaign these last few days, and it all finishes off tonight at 11:59pm!! Any last contributions or support can be made here – http://fnd.us/allweeverneed?ref=sh_f5k600

I’m going in to Roundhouse Radio in Vancouver to do an interview about the project today, and to play a few tunes.  It will be at 12:30 PST, and you can listen in by clicking the photo below!  Thank you all so dearly for the support and encouragement!

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All We Ever Need breaks $6000 this morning!

The momentum is flying right now!!  Had a huge day yesterday, and a couple days left!  Click on the photo to participate:

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All We Ever Need Fundraiser breaks $4000! Campaign deadline this Thursday July 28th!

Great news!!  We just broke $4000, and have a few days left of the campaign to go.  If you were holding off to contribute or share, you have until this Thursday night at 11:59pm to do so.  There are some awesome perks, and all help will be payed forward in many many ways.  Click the picture below to go to the campaign page to share or support:

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A must do walking experience in Old Montreal

As an avid walker, I see a great deal of details around the country.  This literally cooked my nogan!!!!!  This is history and walking on a whole nodda level!!  Introducing Cite Memoire!!  It’s the world’s largest outdoor projection installation, is totally free to listen to with an app, and you can access pubic free wifi downtown.  Simply amazing!!


CBC Cape Breton Interview – Minstrel of Marine Atlantic: Folk-singing ferry performer sings of love and loss

Click on the photo for the article:

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Introducing a Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers Cover – Salt Water Joys

Early in my walking tour, I was introduced to a legendary Newfoundland band named Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers.  Other than having the greatest band name in the world!!!… they are incredible writers and performers, ranging from comedy, commentary, and hit you deep in the heart powerful.  This one really struck a note with me, and I thought me slide would do it justice.  I’ve waited a few years for the right moment to do this near the ocean in Newfoundland, and yesterday……that moment greeted me kindly.

Without further adieu, here is a Newfoundland gem – Salt Water Joys, by Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers, written by Wayne Chaulk.  Hope you enjoy this version:


All We Ever Need Fundraiser just hit $2000! Next up – $5000!

Thank you so much to all those who have helped lift this project off the ground and getting’er rolling!!  Keep sharing with those who love community, and connecting with other human beans :).  Click on the photo to share!

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3 year walking tour anniversary today!

IMG_8870Happy Canada Day!!  Exactly 3 summers ago, I took “I’d Rather Walk,” to the trails, and this crazy stroll around the country began.  This was the first bridge I crossed.  Very symbolic in many ways, as it was a crossing into a whole new path of discovery of Canada, it’s people, and all the connections in between.

With the launch this week of the All We Ever Need Fundraiser , it feels like Canada Day has become a bench mark date for embarking on new adventures, and I couldn’t be more excited to take the next leap.

Thanks to all who have supported, contributed, and shared  the campaign so far.  We’re close to $2000 in under a week, and I am really stoked about that!  More exciting updates to come :).

Have an absolutely wonderful day!  It’s a great one to celebrate with your family, friends, and community!

 


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!


Before I die….