I took my first swim of the season. Jumped from the granite into the cool, soft lake. Cut through patches of sun and broke them into a thousand wet pieces, sending the light away from my arms in a luminescent wake. Summer…
This summer I don a 19th century costume to sing in a theatrical concert about early Scottish settlers to Nova Scotia, teach a songwriting workshop and host a song circle for youth at the New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee Music Festival, and work on a variety of other (as yet) secret projects.
Here’s what I’m up to for the next month or so. I hope you have a great summer, Folks!
Ships of 1801 – Theatrical Concert
July 13th @ 7:30pm
Keating Centre, St FX Campus
150th Antigonish Highland Games
July 20th @ 8:00pm
85 Water Street, Pictou NS
New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee Festival
Songwriting & Performance Workshop for Youth
July 27th @ 11am-1:30pm
Pictou/Antigonish Regional Library
188 Dalhousie Street, New Glasgow NS
FREE! Register at 902-752-8233
w/ Dave Gunning, Cyndi Caine, and Jim Dorie
August 3rd @ 1pm
Celtic Circle Performing Arts Centre
195 Forbes Street, New Glasgow NS
FREE! Get info at Jubilee.ns.ca
Photo by Scope Digital Media
There’s still snow in the woods. But the hills are taking on the brick-red hue of birch buds, the streams are hurtling down the from the hills swelled with melt water, and the roads are washboard bumpy… so it must be Spring in Cape Breton.
Every May I come home for a few shows and bring a special guest for you to enjoy. This year, it’s my dear friend and collaborator, Kim Wempe. We’ve done plenty of touring, writing, and performing together over the years.
This year we’re offering an upbeat roots/blues/folk show with brand new songs from Kim’s forthcoming album (many of them co-writes) and some brand new material from my own catalogue. We’re playing in Sydney, North River, and Nyanza. We hope you can make it to one of these little shows. They will be very special. Expect lots of collaboration, hand-clapping, and foot-stomping!
Friday May 3rd
Island Arts Cafe (Cape Breton Fudge Company)
15 Prince Street, Sydney
Tickets $10 advance | $15 at the door
Doors 7:30pm | Show 8:00pm
*Advance tickets available at Cape Breton Fudge Company
Saturday May 4th
North River Community Hall
37 Oregon Road, North River
Tickets $15 (or 2 for $25) advance | $20 (or 2 for $30) at the door
Doors 7:00pm | Show 7:30pm
*Advance tickets available at Bean There Cafe, Baddeck
Sunday May 5th
Herring Choker Deli
Hwy 105, Nyanza (Baddeck)
Limited seats. Reservations required: $25 including hors d’oeuvres
Doors 6:30pm | Show 7:00pm
*Reservations available at Herring Choker Deli
Any questions on the shows? Reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The ground swells, the trees loosen, the stones push their stubborn foreheads up through the yellow grass. The birds eat salt-stained debris from the streets. The snow crawls back to where it came from. Spring.
One of my favourite projects happens each Spring: Music Shapes New Glasgow Concert Series. It’s when I get to go behind the curtain and help organize a great concert series of musicians I love. And this year, I get to play too!
Opening for (the amazing) Amelia Curran
April 5th – 8pm at the Celtic Circle Performing Arts Centre
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
Tickets: $20 + fees. Get tickets here
East Coast Music Week 2013 hits Halifax March 6th-10th. All the madness of hundreds of musicians and delegates will descend on the city. I’m ready as I’ll ever be. Are you?
I’ve got a full schedule of showcasing and business to keep me out of trouble all week. But I highly recommend you get in as much trouble as possible: see as many shows as you can, meet as many new friends as you can, dance a few jigs, and have a Scotch or two for me while you’re at it.
What: Roland Canada Pop Up Stage w/ Kim Wempe
When: Wednesday March 6th @ 12pm-1pm
Where: Loft Furniture, Historic Properties
Hot tip: Come and snap a photo of this set and Roland Canada gives you a chance to win to VIP passes to the ECMA’s!
What: ECMA Roots Room Showcase ft. Colin Grant & Darren McMullen
When: Thursday March 7th @ 10:10pm-10:30pm
Where: Casino Nova Scotia, Schooner Room
Get your tickets here: http://www.ecma.com/ecmw/tickets
What: ECMA Two for the Show Buyers Showcase
When: Friday March 8th @ 10:36am-10:44am
Where: Delta Halifax (Private Buyers Showcase)
What: Songwriters Circle w/ Keith Mullins & Jason MacDonald
When: Saturday March 9th @ 5:15pm-6:45pm
Where: Rockbottom Brewery on Spring Garden Rd
See you at the party, people!
We’ve made it into Round 2 of the CBC Searchlight Contest! You can keep voting daily until Sunday March 3rd! Just click here and VOTE for “The Only One” by Kim Wempe. Thanks for all the support so far!
CBC is searching for the best new artist in Canada. That’s fun. My friend and touring partner Kim Wempe has entered our co-written song “The Only One” into the contest. She recorded it on her new album ‘Coalition’ which is coming out this spring.
Want to hear the song? Click here and scroll about halfway down to find it. If you like it, please click VOTE. We’d sure appreciate the support.
Thanks so much!
p.s. Want to hear more of Kim’s new record and preorder it? Head over to kimwempe.com