Hi friends — I’m back in the province of my birth for some release shows. It’s good to be on the prairies… that ever far-reaching sky does wonders for the soul. We’re staying with our dear friend Sweet Baby James. He is following in his Auntie Cara’s footsteps and has started rocking out on guitar!
“Here’s a picture of him strumming and singing “Can’t Touch This”
… I need to teach him to sing “Give it Up” hee hee 🙂
Summer was good, and I wish it were longer. Fall had a rough start… some very sad news, an unexpected death in the family while on the road. Still out there sharing with others, music can be very healing.
Highlights of the past few months:
– hanging out at Mabel Lake with Al and Peg Hiebert — so remote and quiet.
– doing a tweener on the mainstage at the Canmore Folk Fest. So many old Calgary friends at that festival! The finale was quite hilarious — “The Mary Ellen Carter” has never had such a funky percussion section before (thanks to the great Mexican, African and Latino percussionists on stage)
– performing at the Festival of Friends in Hamilton, ON — what a great group of volunteers. Seeing my good friends Larry, Joe, Melody and Andrew
– performing at the Sunshine Music Festival in Powell River, BC — there wasn’t a lot of sunshine but loads of wonderful folks, and a stage that faced the ocean. Ate great food with the Kifts (I love them!). Meeting new friends Todd Butler and Billy Manzik.
– singing in Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria — what a room! 3 pipe organs! What’s up with that?!?! Eating salad with Geanine… Rowing with Joan… b-fasting with Chris and Tracey.
– doing a triple bill with Bob Kemmis and the Gentle Infidels in Vancouver — what a fun evening! Our label head Steve Dawson came out and sat in on a few songs.
– eating fabulous vegetarian cuisine at the Ashcroft Opera House
– Andy’s Garden Concert in Rossland – what a place for a concert! No bears were invited 🙂
Hope to see some of you at our “TLF” release shows — we just finished several weeks in BC and are continuing to places further eastward. Peace, light and hope to you all —