Summer blog a bit late...September 25th, 2019
Ahh the lazy hazy days of summer are upon us here in west Quebec. We have had some time to unwind after the flurry of fun that was June & July, what with the smashing success of the Wolfe Island Garden Party followed by another banner Skeleton Park Arts Festival. I barely had time to catch my breath before my old buddy Jack Grace sauntered into town for a batch of fine Honkytonk shows in Wakefield, Kingston and W.I. of course. We ended the weekend at the Wolfe Island Grill patio where the sunset, picturesque evening sparkled on & on. Played so many great songs and were joined by Jason Mercer & Casey Fisher. Clem Chesterfield and Rusty Ford both were featured as well. A lot of dudes in fine shirts. I am off to join Tom Savage, Brock Zeman, and Seamus Cowan at the Cove Inn over in Westport for a night of backslapping fun this Sunday August 4th. Brock and Tom and true workhorse troubadours whos songwriting prowess seems to know no boundaries when it comes to quality and sheer output. I feel like I’m doing more of a revue of my songs as I do not write that much anymore but luckily have enough material compiled over the years that it is fun to revisit songs and bend them to my current needs. Also in August I will be playing the Fairbairn House stage here in Wakefield on Monday the 12th. It is a natural amphitheater by the famous covered bridge and locals and such come out with picnics and drinks to enjoy the show. The series was started by Paul Hampsey, a good friend and talented musician in his own right who saw the potential and pitched it to the proper people. Boom! A new live music scene arises. It is a tough row to hoe these days with live music venues & bands struggling to make ends meet. House concerts and the like are more and more common. I did one recently up this way with Jack Grace and it was a jam packed success. Later in the month I will be putting on a super show for a long time music supporter and her friends & family down Kingston way. It will feature Juno Jenny Whiteley and her partner Joey Wright (my half brother cousin), as well as Tara Dunphy, Kelsey McNulty & Jt Taylor from the Wrongs. That is too good to be true, but it is. Autumn holds plenty of potential for creativity as I am determined to ramp up this new noise band I have got going with some pals here. So far we have worked up a sound and the beginning of some hits. Who knows if it will ever see the light of the stage, I am just happy how the rage makes me feel when we play....
Mid July ReportJuly 21st, 2018
Hello pilgrims! Well what a fun-tastic summer it has been so far for us and hope you too. I have been swimming everyday and walking our super energetic dog all around hells half acre. For us here in Wrongsland the few full band gigs that we play a year as of late have been condensed into a weekend at the Opinicon Lodge at Chaffeys Locks. Between the tight knit group of friends that number a dozen of us, along with a bit of cross pollination/playing with business going on, we make up The Rizdales, Oh Susanna, Carlo, H Chris Brown, Butterfingers! and Lw & the Wrongs. It was our 2nd annual Opinifest at the wonderful lodge and we had perfect weather and a great turnout. The next event up is a show with handsome and talented Tom Savage and pretty (talented) Ms Jenny Whiteley at the legendary Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield, Qc. It is a fine room for songs to shine and between the 3 of us we will have plenty of shiny songs for you. Saturday, August 11th at 8:30 or so. The Blacksheep Inn website has ticket info at: https://www.theblacksheepinn.com
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.