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OUT OF HIBERNATION 

Yes it's the end of hibernation and no it wasn't just the wickedly cold winter that has kept me quiet.  The last 6 months have been a busy creative time - keeping my head down inside my songwriting notepads and my head down staring at my loop pedals working on my performance chops.  Here’s what I've been up to:
 
ADVENTURES ALONG MY CRAZY PATH IN THE WORLD OF MUSIC
• A productive songwriting trip to Nashville with 5 cool new baby songs.
• Five Robbie Burns gigs, lots of Haggis and elevated cholesterol!
• A big… Read more

SONGS IN THE AIR 

As someone who has been writing songs for many years, I've always been fascinated by the mystery of pulling songs out of the air. If you read Paul Zollo's book, "Songwriters On Songwriting", you'll hear this described in many different ways by the songwriting greats over the years.  One of the things I love to do is listen to a group of "songwriters in the round" - 4 on stage at one time - take turns talking about that beautiful struggle of how they danced with the song before it came together, and then… Read more

ALBERTA, ALBERTA 

Alberta, Alberta what a trip you were! Big thanks to all the kind folks who hosted my concerts and looked after us. Steve & Karen Gosse & the Uptown Folk Club in Edmonton, the Blayones in the Big Red House in Peace River and Vic Close and the amazing crew at Fish Creek Concerts. Thanks to Andy Donnelly's Celtic Show at CKUA and Neil & Jerad @ CIXM in Whitecourt. I traveled home with many fond memories and three special souvenir songs written with the inspiring and talented Erin Haley, Dana Blayone & Sherry… Read more

SIMPLY THE WEST 

I recently returned from another action-packed Canadian Country Music Weekend in Edmonton where I am always happy to reconnect with my fun and friendly dysfunctional family:)  I performed at the Songwriters Series out there for my fourth time.  It's one of my favourite things - to be in the round with other writers as we swap songs and stories in front of such an attentive audience.  

When I get the chance to travel across Canada, sometimes different provinces can feel like entering another country with its… Read more

"FACING THE MUSIC" 

Sorry, I didn't mean to frighten you with these pictures. There's no hiding what I actually look like when I'm diving into the music :)

I feel very fortunate to have had opportunities to do just that in many different places already this summer, including a mini-tour of the East Coast in July, re-uniting with my old guitar pal Troy McLaggan.  Thanks to all the presenters, hosts & agents that have given me the chance to sing my songs over the past few months and make new friends along the way.  

While I have… Read more
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