I've enjoyed choosing some tunes as FREEBIE FRIDAY giveaways for the past 9 weeks. If you missed out, you can still download a sampler of tunes from each of my 4 CD releases here at Noisetrade.com. In the meantime, I'll be heading back into the recording space and getting back to work on new tracks. I'll be checking in from time to time to give you a music progress report as well as let you know about a fresh new event coming up in the fall. A highlight of the summer was performing "Caledonia" at the… Read more
My old pal Ian McLean coined the phrase "Vitamin M" when it would come time to get paid for a gig. Now I see my life in music as having two kinds of "Vitamin M", one for money and one for meaning. If I get enough of both, I am doing fine. It's always been important to get my music out there and connect and I realize I may have to do that from time to time without one of the Vitamin M's. With that in mind, over the next few months, I want to give you access to some tunes from my catalogue… Read more
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
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 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