What a brilliant way to cap off a month on the road! The Ottawa Grassroots Festival was blooming and bursting with bright notes and warm audiences. I had a blast in my hometown, opening for Old Man Luedecke on Friday night, playing in a song circle with Connie Kaldor, Old Man Luedecke, and Terry Gillespie on Saturday, and leading a fingerstyle guitar workshop on Sunday. Thanks to Bob Nesbitt and all the volunteers and fantastic folks who put this excellent festival together.

Ottawa Grassroots Song Circle

Song circle at Ottawa Grassroots (photo by Graham Lindsey)

With the unexpected extension of winter that I’ve been experiencing on this tour, it’s nice to see the buds popping open and the sun shining again. I spent several days painting some new works and the folks at the festival quickly snapped up my creations, including this little line of fishing huts in the Quidi Vidi Gut in St. John’s.

15-04-20 Quidi Vidi Gut NL 2

I’m heading back to Toronto to rest up before the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance conference in North Carolina in May, and get back to writing more new songs! And spend some quality time with my bike. I miss my bike.

I gave myself a week off in the middle of this tour so that I could attend East Coast Music Week for the very first time. What a party they’ve been throwing here in St. John’s, Newfoundland! I’ve met some wonderful people, reconnected with old friends, learned a lot in industry panels, and heard a cargo ship’s worth of live music.

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My tour starts again on Wednesday night at Folk Night at the Ship in St. John’s. I’ll be sharing that world-class stage with Geoff Smith from Gunner and Smith.

Two shows down

March 29, 2015

Hello, Nova Scotia! You are just as snowy as reported. Thanks to the folks in Shelburne and Glen Haven for coming out to the first two shows. Next up – Moncton on Tuesday night at Plan B!

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Back to the east coast

March 16, 2015

Dear winter: It’s been fun, but I’m packing up my suitcase again, heading east, and hoping that spring follows me. If you’re in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, or Newfoundland, here’s where you can find me, new songs in tow! At the end of April, I’ll pay my hometown of Ottawa a visit, where I’ll be […]

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New fingerstyle guitar video

February 27, 2015

The good folks at Mossy Gatherings in Owen Sound just posted this live version of Aubrey Falls from my show at the River Cafe this past December: Listen closely – can you hear northern Ontario in this guitar instrumental?

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F-f-f-freezing F-f-f-february

February 23, 2015

Winterfolk lived up to its name, taking place during one of the coldest weekends Toronto has seen in a long time. Luckily, we were indoors playing and enjoying lots of great music. Thanks to the organizers who brought me back this year for another mid-February warm-up. Here I am with Lynn Miles after our songwriters’ […]

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