April 28th, 2015
With spring upon us, I’ll be spending many of my waking hours over the next few weeks driving a tractor, helping my farmer wife sow her wild oats. So to speak.
But I’ll take a wee break this Thursday afternoon to play a few songs on an internet music show hosted by my Englishman-in-Italy friend Jack Stafford. Tune in online via TheJackStaffordFoundation.com . The fun starts at 3pm Eastern Time. Then it’s back to singing while I slave on Maggie’s farm.
March 2nd, 2015
I’m pleased to announce I’ll be playing at JUNOfest 2015, a live music pre-party for the JUNO Awards in Hamilton. Just in time to air out the new songs I’ve been recording! The show is on Saturday March 14 at The Casbah (corner of King and Queen). I’m the first act on at 9pm, followed by Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs , Dear Rouge , The Bros Landreth , and The Devin Cuddy Band .
I’ll have a full band in tow to pepper the porridge. Promises to be a great night, provided you like your porridge peppered. Tickets are at www.ticketfly.com .
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 .