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March 15th, 2014
Vote for “Never Promised You Nothing” for ECMA Award

The East Coast Music Association celebrates the hard work of maritime artists every year. I love to see my friends doing well and it’s fun to have a small part in helping them do great work.

This year two good friends are up for ECMA awards for projects that I contributed to. Rachel Davis, of late a world traveler with the band Coig,  put out a gorgeous solo album this year called Turns. She was kind enough to record my song “Over the Mountain” and sang her heart out on it. That album is up for Rising Star Recording of the Year and Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year.

I co-write three songs for Kim Wempe’s 2013 release Coalition and she recorded two of my songs as well. She’s up for Pop Recording of the Year and Fan’s Choice Video of the Year. The video that’s up for the award is a song I wrote a few years back called “Never Promised You Nothing.” You can  watch the video then VOTE once a day for that video here:

http://www.pei2014.ca/ecma/ecma_video

 

Thanks for your support folks!

See you at a show real soon:

Saturday, March 29th
Song circle with Matt Hornell, Ronok Sarkar, and Gabriel Minnikin
The Company House, Halifax NS
2202 Gottingen Street
Doors 7:30pm / Show at 8pm
Tickets $12 at the door

p.s. Work continues on my new album. I’m so excited to share this new work with you. It’s a good thing I’m so great at keeping secrets;)

February 23rd, 2014
A break in the weather: upcoming performances in Nova Scotia

I woke to the sun this morning. An open window. The sound of birds. Gold light cutting across boney trees, grey and white now almost invisible to me, so prevalent in January and February. But this little gold light wakes me up and I feel hopeful.

I have three lovely shows coming up to celebrate these shy signs of spring. I do hope to see you there and give you something to smile about, to feel, to ponder.

New Glasgow, NS
Friday, February 28th at 8pm

Glasgow Square Theatre – Green Room
w/ Ria Mae & Kim Wempe
$20 – Tickets HERE

Windsor, NS
Saturday, March 1st at  8pm

Mermaid Imperial Arts Centre 
w/ Ria Mae & Kim Wempe
$20 – Tickets HERE 

Sydney, NS
Thursday, March 6th at 7pm

International Women’s Day Event
Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design – The Loft
w/ Shauntay Grant
FREE w/ donation to the Ann Terry Project
Info HERE

May I also share this beautiful poem from artist Carlo Spinazzola, who I never had the chance to meet, but who left many beautiful things behind. It seems just right for this time of year…

p.s. Work continues on my new album. It’s turning out to be a very special creation – almost more a short story collection than a music album, but still rich with sound. Can’t wait to share it with you…

 

 

 

 

 

January 12th, 2014
In the Studio

It’s every bit as secretive as it looks. It’s a dark room with a lamp, an odd collection on vintage gear, a bit of clutter, and a Baldwin piano. It’s the studio I’m working to craft my new album. For now, I’ll keep it a secret. But check back soon for lots of news on the project. Can’t wait to share it with you…

The piano room at Echo Chamber Sound in Halifax, Nova Scotia where I'm making my new record.

October 17th, 2013
Folk Music Ontario Showcases

In the middle of a cross Canada tour that can only be described as whiplash inducing (our trio has experienced 14 hour drives, seasonal allergies, new band growing pains, traffic jams, and …. three family deaths in the past three weeks), we stop for a weekend in Mississauga, Ontario where the annual Folk Music Ontario (formerly OCFF) Conference takes place. I’ll be playing showcases with Kim Wempe and some of my own solo shows.

These shows require a delegate pass and aren’t open to the public. But if you’re a buyer, agent, artist, or friend, here’s where to find me this weekend:

Friday Oct 18th
2:30am-3:00am
Little Acorn – Bohemian Roots
w/ Gabrielle Papillon
Room #202 Delta Hotel

Saturday Oct 19th
10:45pm-11:10pm
Kim Wempe Official FMO Showcase
Hazel McCallion Ballroom, Delta Hotel

11:30pm-12:40pm
ECMA Showcase Stage
w/ Kim Wempe, Meaghan Blanchard, Ian Foster, Gabrielle Papillon, & Molly Thomason
Hazel McCallion Ballroom, Delta Hotel

1:30am-2:00am
La La Land Showcase
Room #207, Delta Hotel 

More details at: http://www.folkmusicontario.ca/folk-music-ontario-conference/

September 27th, 2013
The Cabot Trail Writers Festival – Collaboration with Otis Thomas

As part of their 5th anniversary celebration, the Cabot Trail Writers Festival invited me to write five new pieces of music in collaboration with composer and luthier Otis Thomas. The works are all based on books by various authors who’ve been featured in the festival. This project has been pure pleasure. I’m so grateful to the festival for dreaming it up.

Join us for the debut performance of this work on Friday, October 4th at the North River Hall.

Friday October 4th
North River Hall
37 Oregon Road, St. Anns
7:30pm 

Tickets $25. Purchase here

To make these songs, I gathered a tall pile of books from authors who were part of the Writers Festival in the past five years. I took them off the shelf in no logical order and read them with no real mission. I just took them in.

Always unexpectedly, something would strike me. In the middle of a page. In the middle of a sentence. That would be it – the seed for the song. I’d keep it in my mind then, wrapped up like a little treasure you hide away in a tiny drawer. I’d wait awhile. Then, a few days or weeks later, sit down at my piano, take that little treasure out, put my mind to its tiny facets of dark and light, the way a jewel gives and takes light, and write.


I sent the writing to Otis and he sent me back tunes. Finally, we wove them together in several writing and rehearsal sessions in Otis’ workshop where he builds his instruments. Little by little, these five distinct pieces emerged. Otis is a master of many things: the massive science of carving a tree into a violin, and the gentle art of creating a composition. It’s been an honour to work with him.

We can’t wait to share these songs with you.

*Big thanks to the Cabot Trail Writers Festival and Arts Nova Scotia for supporting this project