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.
Turn it Up!May 30th, 2016
It will be a go-er this week with four fun shows in the area and this steamy, full on July weather that is rocking us with the heat. I am starting the music fun by playing a solo gig this Thursday down the road on the patio of Le Hibou in scenic Wakefield, from 6:30 until 8-30. Then Dan guitar Curtis is meeting me at the Stonewater pub in Gananoque, the heart of the Thousand Islands on Friday to step it up as a duo (8-11). Saturday it is all in, full 6 piece band at the Toucan in Kingston with our buds Rocket Surgery. We will play first and then watch them wow the crowd. And that should get us ready for Sundays blaster as we are closing off Westfest at Laroche Park in Ottawa. We hit the stage at 9:30 and you can see the whole festival line up at: www.westfest.ca