Feels like fall

September 13, 2019

Things are in full sweater-wearing songwriting swing over here. It’s the best time of the year at the farmers’ market because the peaches are still around but the melons and apples are out too and this abundance of fresh local fruit makes me happy in a way I need to store and recall in the depths of February.

I’ve been spending a lot of time writing, which is a natural and welcome conclusion of touring an album for two years. I find that I’m using so many of the lessons I learned when I was at the Banff Centre residency, most notably the idea of seeing a song to its end – when I get an idea, to run with it and not give up until the song is done. I look forward to some periods of uninterrupted writing time that will be coming up as the weather gets colder. It feels like being a kid let loose at camp. The freedom of time and play and experimentation – a luxury in creation.

Folks close to home can come see me play later in September in Ontario, including this special songwriters in the round show at the Pearl Company in Hamilton, with Corrina Keeling and Jeff Giles:

The last few weeks of summer shows ranged from extreme heat and tornado warnings to hungry mosquitos to camping crowds on hilly terrain. All part of the special setting of outdoor live music! I have loved playing for you, sprawled out in grassy fields, against shield rock, under tents and tarps.

Here’s a shot from the Lounge Stage at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival song-swapping with Travis McKeveny and The Promise is Hope:

Next up are a couple of shows in the Midwest US – Stoughton, Wisconsin and Peoria, Illinois. Come out and listen to some new songs.

One On One Plus One

July 15, 2019

I recently had the opportunity to play this beautiful Laskin guitar on stage at Hugh’s Room Live in Toronto, as a guest at Christine Lavin‘s concert. Before the show, Christine and I caught up backstage and we recorded an episode of her radio show One On One Plus One, which airs on Folk Music Notebook, […]

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Countdown to Home County

July 4, 2019

Festival season is in full swing and I can’t wait to kick my summer off with this fabulous free fest in the heart of London, Ontario. See you at Home County!

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Stay home and go big

June 2, 2019

I’ve been watching the season change and grow, as marked by the tree outside my apartment window. It’s been nice to reconnect with my home, to write at my dining room table, to read on my couch, and to cook in my kitchen. I experimented with a bigger canvas for my latest painting, this 12×24 […]

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My Baby Can Fix a Bike – the single

May 2, 2019

To celebrate the month of May, the rise of spring, the coming of Bike Month events all over the world, my love song for bike mechanics can now be streamed on Spotify to your heart’s content! My Baby Can Fix a Bike was previously only available as a bonus download when purchasing my 2017 CD […]

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