Driving down to upstate

February 19, 2019

Freezing rain, gale force winds, and snow storms – my British Columbia tour had it all. I’d never seen Vancouver’s firs and cedars covered in white.

Pacific Spirit Park, Vancouver, BC

I managed to move through the necessary international airports, with only some delays, slipping in and out right between the worst of the weather.

After five days in a hotel in Montreal, doing the Business of Folk Music at the Folk Alliance International conference, I’m preparing for two shows coming up in upstate New York, in Akron and Binghamton. I’ve got a couple of new songs to share and a determination to tug at the mid-winter darkness.

Snow storms and surprises

January 27, 2019

Touring in January can be a gamble. That’s why it was especially heartwarming to see so many full rooms on my recent dates in the Northeast USA.

It was a real treat to sing some harmonies with Jesse Terry at the first show of 2019 in Teaneck, NJ at Ethical Brew.

Jesse Terry at Ethical Brew

My show in Bethesda, MD had to be cancelled due to a snow storm! The first gig casualty of winter – a risk we all take – but it’s always better to be safe when the roads get slippery. With my unexpected time off in Teaneck, I popped over to Ron Olesko‘s radio show “Traditions” for a chat and some live music.

The Reston/Herndon Folk Club was a delight and remains the only folk club I know of that takes place in a 24-hour diner.

Susquehanna State Park

I spent a few days relaxing near the Susquehanna River, before sharing the stage with Susan Cattaneo in Darlington, MD for the wonderful folks at Deek Creek Coffeehouse.

Finally, I went to Washington, DC for the first time to accept my Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest award and perform my Silver Award-winning song, Not So Silent, at the event. Much to my surprise, I discovered I had also won the prestigious Director’s Award! Many thanks to the Songwriters’ Association of Washington for this honour.

Mid-Atlantic Song Contest

January 8, 2019

I’m delighted to announce that my song Not So Silent was selected for the Silver Award in the “Folk Acoustic” category of the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, presented by the Songwriters’ Association of Washington. And I’m even more delighted that I get to play the song live at the gala awards event in Washington, DC on […]

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Holiday cheer

December 21, 2018

As the darkest day approaches, I’ll try to add some light to the Winter Solstice with seasonal tunes played live on the radio! Tune in to AMI’s Kelly & Company between 2:00pm – 4:00pm on December 21 and you might catch me playing a few songs and instrumentals between segments on their festive kitchen party […]

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Rest, writing, and residency

December 10, 2018

It’s been busier than expected around the homestead since I wrapped up 2018’s tour schedule. There were a few pop-up holiday gigs, lots of painting commissions, and a beautiful afternoon singing on Leela Gilday‘s gorgeous new studio album. But I’ve also been hard at work writing new songs and renewing my mind and body so […]

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Edge of the ocean, end of the year

November 14, 2018

I’ll be tying off 2018 with four dates on the East coast of Canada, singing my way on the rails there and back. The Ocean was the first train route I performed on seven years ago, and I’m looking forward to the trip one more time before I take the rest of 2018 off to […]

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