The Best Gift!

A new and exciting year is well underway, but I still think back to the holidays that passed.  Why?  Although it’s usually a good idea to keep secret which was your favourite Christmas present, I don’t think anyone will take offence if I say that in 2013 it was the gift my son Noah made for me:  this video of a recording of my as-yet unreleased song, Palábras. 

The gorgeous voice singing with me is of course Alison Wearing. We recorded this in our living room for fun in 2006 or 2007. My good friend, coproducer and sound engineer, Carlos Walraven, was the master of technology.  Almost all the gorgeous photos in video are from the Tepoztlán area (with a few from the Monarch butterfly reserve, Cerro Pelon near Zitácuaro, Michoacán).

 

Thank you, Noah!

 

 

 

THREE NOVEMBER SHOWS

I had the great pleasure of performing at SOUNDS in Owen Sound on November 9.  What a brilliant format — featured musician, featured poet / spoken word artist, and an open stage for music and poetry, as well as the “Words from the Audience” poetry challenge, not to mention the occasional sweet  musical surprise like Jessica Stewart and her band of two.  Thanks, Bob and Caroline Menzies, for making this happen, and to the Georgian Bay Folk Society and the Grey-Bruce community for their support of a true celebration of creativity — with an audience that is guaranteed to be warm and welcoming.  Every city and town should have series like this!
Two shows this weekend: Friday, November 22 with the musically-omnipotent Paul Shilton and the uber-talented Alison Wearing at Goettler’s in Dublin (3954 Perth Road 180, Dublin, Ontario).   Thanks to the Kilimanjaro-scaling June Anne Melady and Steve Goettler for inviting us to whoop it up amid the furniture again.
Then on Saturday Paul and I will be doing a set as part of “START The Holidays” at Factory 163 in Stratford at 3:00 p.m.
Here’s a pic of me and my goofy smile at SOUNDS.

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It’s been a while! It was a rich and wonderful summer mostly hanging out with my son Noah, who couldn’t leave town because he was playing the part of The Boy in the superb Stratford Festival production of Waiting for Godot, with the brilliant cast Brian Dennehy, Tom Rooney, Stephen Ouimette and Randy Hughson. Meanwhile, my uber-talented partner, Alison Wearing, has been touring her new book and one-woman show: Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter across western Canada.

UP NEXT, On Sunday, September 29 at 5:30 PM, I’ll be performing in an acoustic triple-bill as part of Stratford’s ‘Culture Days’ at the Festival Theatre in Stratford along with Lara MacMillan, and Yellow Bird and the Open Cages . Hope to see you there!

Looking back, I gave a summer solstice concert at the Sunnivue Farm / R.O.S.E. Land Trust 21st Anniversary celebration in Ailsa Craig. Although I was battling a nasty bug and had to shorten the sets (and was without my co-conspirator Paul Shilton, who was just as sick!) it was a truly memorable afternoon. It was an honour to perform for such a great cause and such committed, socially- and environmentally-conscious people…who “walk the walk.” I thank Alison for helping to fill the program with her stories, not to mention her beautiful voice, which she shared on several of my songs. We made many new friends that day.

Concert for BPEG, Lion’s Head

Back in November I gave a concert in support of the Bruce Peninsula Environment Group at the Anglican Parish Hall in Lion’s Head. I was joined by my friend, multi-talented musician and award-winning composer, Paul Shilton (keyboards, stand-up bass, accordion and trumpet). Paul is a past member of the Celtic group Shaggy Haggis, he has backed up well-known country singer Amanda Wilkinson, and he toured with my “Southern Ontario Small World Tour” in 2011. Paul currently plays with trumpeter Larry Larsen in Larry’s Jazz Guys, and is music director for his wife, jazz singer Barbara Fulton. Paul is a recipient of the Louis Applebaum composition award at the Stratford Festival. His connection to the Bruce Peninsula goes back almost 50 years when his family bought a cottage on Big Bay which they own to this day! Paul is also my next door neighbour in Stratford!

It was terrific playing for all our wonderful friends on the Bruce, for a great cause in a warm, intimate venue!!!

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