I hope everyone is having a great summer! I have been having a lot of fun working on some new songs and feeling very creative! Like most musicians, I love recording and therefore I am thinking about getting back into the studio again and working towards a new CD. These things take time (and money!) so I will keep posted on any progress I make. Thank you for your continued support!
On another note, my friend Helen Austin has a new CD coming out in September, which promises to be different from her previous CDs and I am very much looking forward to hearing it. Keep a look out for it on i-tunes.
I also heard a rumour that my other musical friends, (and favourite songwriters) Judy & Bruce Wing have another CD in the works. I never get tired of their music, so I can't wait to have another one of their CD's in my music rotation!
Another year is nearly over, and it is a time both of refelection and of looking forward to the coming new year and all the opportunities that may bring.
2011 has been an awesome year for me both personally and musicially. I performed in France and the UK which gave me some much needed musical inspiration and personal vacation time. I have also been spending many hours learning clawhammer banjo and the love affair is still going strong even after a year. This new instrument and new style of playing is a constant amazement to me and is both an ongoing joy and occasional frustration.
I would like to wish you all a seasons greeting in whatever form that takes for you and hope that 2012 brings all good things to you and yours!
Thanks for listening!
A lot has been happening lately and I have been very tardy at updating the news here.
Our Voices Three show at the Sid Williams Civic Theatre was a sell out! Thank you to everyone that came out - we all had a blast and as a bonus we raised $5000 for charity!
Now the Voices Three show is done I have been hard at work learning frailing banjo. It is so much fun (and not as easy as it looks!) - it is going to be a long learning process but one I am looking forward to.
Gigs are lining up for the year, and have lots of good shows happening up and down the Island and now a festival in the UK, Roots North, for the end of September - hopefully more UK dates to follow.
I also had some more TV commercial placements which was fun - one for Nike and some for the Mechanics Bank - it is always fun to see how they use your music!
Okay! back to the banjo.....
Well, tis the season and the sunshine is a welcome relief from the cold and rain. It has been a fantastic year with some fun performances and new friends.
I hope that the festive season is a good one for you all and that 2011 is all you would wish it to be. Thank you for your support!
What can I say? The Vancouver Island MusicFest was incredible! I got to share the stage with some amazing musicians…Mae Moore, The Beez, Rakish Angles, Don Amero, Todd Butler, Judy Wing, Baskery, Dave Harris, Lester Quitzau, Richard Caissie, Helen Austin, Gary Preston & Anita Bonkowski to name just a few. If you are not familiar with these performers I encourage you to check them out!
I count myself very lucky to have not only amazing friends but also really, really talented ones. My dear friend Judy Wing sang harmony vocals with me on my concert stage - she has the most amazing voice. I hope we will get to hear her and her husband Bruce perform at MusicFest in the near future. I also had the wonderful Gidd Hampton on guitar. It was nice to have the support of friends on stage (and in the audience!)