January 3rd, 2015
Happy New Year. I like how each new year looks from the start – like a frozen pond waiting for your little marks. Hopefully, you do the time and opportunity justice and you can feel good about what you’ve done when the wheel turns through another 12 months.
The past year feels like that. After some great summer touring, I’ve been taking a bit of a break from performing to focus on some new works. Some require a bit more mixing, some require a bit more diaper changing. I’m excited about all of them, and I’m looking forward to letting them see a bit more of the world in 2015.
In the meantime, enjoy the clean surface and make your marks well.
October 31st, 2014
A nice article about the song “Remembrance Day” and my interest in history has been published in Raise the Hammer, a local paper in my hometown of Hamilton. Have a read at www.raisethehammer.org . Thanks to Shiona Mackenzie for writing the piece and to Ian Pettigrew for the pictures.
October 2nd, 2014
It’d be an understatement to say that the music of John Lennon, both with and after The Beatles, has been a big influence and inspiration for me. So I’m pleased to be playing one of his songs at a tribute show happening here in Hamilton on Saturday night, especially since the proceeds will help local musicians record their own songs. Maybe even a few inspired by John. Check out the details at the Facebook event page.
September 5th, 2014
Wow – time certainly does fly. Especially when you’re trying to have fun! It’s already September, and one daughter is off to Grade 1 while the other is almost walking. Let the good times roll!
The new recordings over which I’ve been so assiduously slaving (see picture below) are almost up and walking as well. Not quite sure where they’ll be going, but I’m sure they’ll find their way.
If you live in the Hamilton area like I do, the beginning of September means that Supercrawl is just around the corner. Supercrawl is a multi-day street party, music festival, and arts event in the downtown core of the city, and it really makes me proud to call this place home. This year, I’ll be performing a special set of kids’ songs called “Songs in the Key of Farm” on the Family Area Stage, along with a special guest who just started Grade 1. Details of that performance are on the CONCERTS page, while full details for Supercrawl are at www.supercrawl.ca .
August 5th, 2014
Hard at work in the studio motivating the band.
July 12th, 2014
After a wonderful three week tour in the Netherlands and Germany, it’s great to be back home again. As the Dutch say: “Oost, west, thuis best”. Many thanks to all the nice folks who came out to concerts and sang along – good clean fun! I really enjoyed re-connecting with old friends and making new ones, too.
Here’s a live performance slice from the tour . Thanks again to Rolof Groothoff and everyone else at Raspberry Sessions in Utrecht.