March 7th, 2014
If my calculations are correct, spring should arrive some time in the next few months. To celebrate, I’m going to join the birds and bees and make some noise! These concerted efforts happen:
Friday March 21 – Brantford – Brown Dog Coffee Shoppe
Friday March 28 – Hamilton – Artword Artbar
Saturday March 29 – Toronto – TRANZAC
Saturday April 5 – St. Catharines – Mahtay Cafe
Expect lots of new songs and old jokes. Full details on how to come up and get down are posted on the CONCERTS page.
February 3rd, 2014
“The holiest gimmick:
Here come the Olympics.”
Does anyone else find all the hype artificially generated by the broadcasters, sponsors, and organizers to pump up this five ring circus more than a bit silly? Can the world really find nothing better to do with all that money?
Here’s a new song called “Gold, Silver, and Bronze”.
January 23rd, 2014
Much like a cave-bound hibernating bear, I periodically emerge from my winter slumber for a stretch and a back-scratching session with the exfoliating door jamb. Then a quick yawn and back to work: sleeping for the bear, writing songs for me. Sometimes the difference is hard to spot!
Things are still rolling along under the blanket of snow, and there’s magic being made between the sheets of ice. (To stretch the metaphor to the breaking point, which is often when humour raises its groggy head.)
Songs are being written and plans are being laid for a new recording project later this year. More details to follow, but in the meantime, here’s a suitably sleep-talking demo called “Pull Out Bed”.
And now back to bed, for me and the bear.
December 5th, 2013
Thanks to all those who came out to DE ZOETE UNCHAINED! on Saturday night. It was great fun to share a whack of new songs with you!
And speaking of heroes in over the top costumes, happy Sinter Klaas day to everyone, be you Dutch or otherwise! This year, he brought a ukulele pitch pipe. But only one, so I have to share it with my uke-playing daughter. Sinter Klaas is Dutch, after all!
November 20th, 2013
I’m really looking forward to playing a show with my Haligonian friend Don Brownrigg on Thursday November 21 at The Pearl Company (16 Steven St., Hamilton). I’ll be opening the show at 8pm. Admission is $15, or $10 for students, seniors, and arts workers.
Don has a great new album called It Takes All Kinds (To Make This World, I Find). Click here to stream the album and watch a cool video for the single “Sweet Dream Sleeper”. You can get more Don and buy his album via www.donbrownrigg.ca
November 4th, 2013
DE ZOETE UNCHAINED!
Since releasing Colour Film last year, I’ve developed a thick backlog of new songs. They tend to grow and spread, like moss on an un-rolled stone or mold in a dark corner. And they’re getting all sad and lonely, only being heard by myself and my lucky co-habitants.
So I figured I should shake off the shackles of the past and play a show of all new songs. The chains (and gloves) come off Saturday November 30 at The Artword Artbar in Hamilton. I’ll have a few accomplices along to pepper the porridge and smooth the creases.
I’m sure you’ve drawn in a great big breath and are now worrying about how you’ll be able to hold it until then. Fear not! You can exhale and listen to this wee demo of a new song called Again and Again.