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 .
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.
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.
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.
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 .
Hard at work in the studio motivating the band.
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.
The next stop on the tour is a special concert this Saturday 5 July in Ijsselmuiden, the town where my father grew up, with my brother Johan singing harmonies. My friend Arjan Brandsma will open the night with a set of his great songs. After the show, we’ll watch the Netherlands – Costa Rica match in the World Cup. Promises to be a good night!
The concert takes place in the Kampen Boys Choir building at Blekerijweg 1a, Ijsselmuiden, and it begins at 20.00u. Admission is free with a hat going around for small donations to help cover tour costs. I’m looking forward to a gezellige evening!
Following the retro throw-back trend, I’m making this Euro tour a “Grand Euro Tour” in the tradition of the “Grand Tour” fad that swept through the upper reaches of society a few hundred years ago. So I’m visiting lots of important historical sites, experiencing local culture, and ingesting all the delicious food and drink I can. I’m also playing a bit of music, here and there!
The German portion of this tour has been great fun, with me often attempting to speak Deutsch (by way of my knowledge of conversational Dutch) and usually only succeeding in making an ass of myself. What could be better? But the shows played and people met continue to be a delight, so no complaints here. I’m feeling rather grand.
Check the CONCERTS page for the remaining tour dates and details.
The Euro tour is up and rolling with fun times for all! More details on eating salted licorice and raw fish to follow.