Spring beginsApril 29th, 2018
Hello there, I am not going to lie to you but I have been saying NO to opportunities to play, but I said YES to playing a benefit for the sea turtle sanctuary down Mexico way last month. It coincided with my pal Jack Graces birthday and we played all the hits. Our kind and generous hosts Odette and Eric made it even easier what with their fantastic casa and beachside, sunset, fresh fruit margarita bar where Jackie boy and I dug up all the good songs and more with our new pal Spencer from Cali who sang Español muy bueno. Yep, that was great. Now summer is emerging and we have some rare, excellent shows coming down the pipe. Stay tuned!
Wolfe Island Records newsMarch 9th, 2018
Hola amigos! I am excited to be part of the Wolfe Island Records collective. Hugh Chris Brown has built up a great group of musicians and bands through his recording and production skills and as he produced our last album and has appeared on Rebuild the Wall, Guitar Pickin Martyrs and Man of Your Dreams it is a perfect fit. My first mission is to head to Sayulita Mexico to perform at the Amino Benefit for Campamento Tortuguero with my pal Jack Grace and friends. Then we are working on another Wolfe Island Garden Party event June 15 followed by the Skeleton Park Arts Festival which has me returning as MC. Also in the works in the 2nd annual Opinicon Lodge fest July 7th. Whew, that is all for now.
Hello!October 4th, 2017
Well, autumn is here in the hills after a super fun summer. We have slowed down the performing as the empty tour dates section shows, but that is all good in the grand scheme of things. I have really never taken any time off of playing live since the pre Internet days so the strange sensation is oddly pleasing, yet bizarre. I recently came into possession of a fine new Martin acoustic guitar though and could not be happier about the current line up of the band with Tara Dunphy and Kelsey McNulty in the ranks. So it is a stable foundation to leave fallow while I see if I can come up with something worthy of your attention. Hugh Christopher Brown has got Wolfe Island Records chugging along and I am going to continue my collaboration with him and many of the other musicos I call family. So stay tuned for future magic!
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.