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NEW SINGLE & LYRIC VIDEO - HIGHWAY HOME 

Highway Home is one of my favourite songs from my "Underneath" record and will be my latest single going out to radio. I put together a "lyric" video for you to check out. It was filmed using my Iphone this past November as my wife and I were driving through the hills of Kentucky at sunset on our way to Nashville.  It was a November sunset that just wouldn't quit! Whether it's heading to a physical location or a place in your heart that feels like home, I hope this song helps you get there.

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FROM THE ROLLING HILLS TO THE FLATLANDS 

Looking out the window of the plane, the stunning vista of candy floss clouds and Saskatchewan flatlands is a far cry from the rollings hills of the Scottish Borders where I grew up.  And yet, each has its own distinct beauty.  I write this from Regina SK where I am showcasing at the provincial arts conference (OSAC), as well as writing and recording with some local artists.  It's been a whirlwind over the last few weeks, partly due to a live performance video shoot that was a memorable experience.  You can…Read more
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FREEBIE FRIDAY TUNES / SASKATCHEWAN SHOWCASE 

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 theRead more
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"VITAMIN M" 

FREEBIE FRIDAYS
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
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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
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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
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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
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"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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"ONE SECOND LOOK" is hitting the airwaves 

"One Second Look" - a song I refer to as three chords and an epiphany - is going out to radioland today.  I hope the radio folks will take one second listen & have that epiphany to add it to their playlist!  Have a listen on the player at the bottom of the page and click here to read about the story behind this deceptively simple little song in my previous blog.  I'll keep you posted on where it's being played on a radio near you. Read more
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