2016 has been a busy busy year around and I am proud that my final shows of the year will be our annual Black Sheep Inn shows.
Been a very busy summer into fall for me. Weekends have been filled since the end of June. My family is starting to sneer. But alas here I am to tell you I am headed west tmrw for three shows in Alberta.
Thanks to you kind salt water inhalers of Halifax, my show there has sold out weeks prior to us playing a note on that tour.
Much love and thanks.
Dan Ledwell will be accompanying me on all those eastern shows.
Also on that trip we play
The Trailside: PEI
The Union St Cafe: Berwick NS
Jeff Liberty Presents: Kingston Island, NB
And hey this week we got shows in London, Owen Sound and Guelph!!!! Some with Blair Hogan, some full band.
Also coming up:
Small Halls Festival shows
Check the shows page and come say hello and help me buy snow tires.
I am coming out into the world this summer to play a number of festivals and I couldn't be happier to be sharing my record Somewhere We Will Find Our Place with you. I came home after years of touring as a side person burned out from travel and with the concept of touring, but I am pretty thrilled to be spending these precious summer weekends across the country playing songs and sharing laughs with friends. I have much more to announce regarding non-festival shows, but here is what we have for now.
Ok Stittsville Pals:
The week is upon us and the our threw sold-out shows are but two days away. I went through all the day to day details today with the Quitters folks and everyone is super excited.
Please bring your PAYPAL print out with you. We have all the name on a list with the corresponding amount of tickets. It was a tester for sure using PAYPAL and down the road I will tweak this and make it better.
Doors are at 7:30pm and the show will be two sets starting at about 8:15.
There will be CD's and LP's for sale should you care for such products to take home.
Lastly, I thank you all so much for coming to these shows and for the enthusiasm in which the tickets were bought up.
See you soon pals,
I promise this is the last time I will do this. We have decided to add a third show on Saturday, Feb 20th.
Here is a link for tickets: these are more limited as the Thursday show oversold and we had to push 10 or more to this show: This show is sold out.
Sorry for the Paypal crisis this morning, I ended up having to go in twice and edit it to get it working. People got through in the end, but I feel bad for the folks who did not. The support you have shown is incredible and this Paypal BS was a real bummer.
Thank you all so much again.
Hello Again Stittsville:
First of all thank you to everyone who bought ticket for my Feb 19th show: We sold that dang thing out in minutes flat!!!! What does this mean? Well, we have added a second show the evening before. These are also very limited seating and sadly, tickets do NOT guarantee an actually seat for your bum as Quitters has quite limited actual seats, but you will love the atmosphere and standing is good for your posture?
UPDATE: Tickets are sold out for this event.
The forthcoming album 'Somewhere We Will Find Our Place' is set to release on February 19th (moved from the 12th as originally stated).
Celebrations for the release of the record will take place with launch parties in both Ottawa and Toronto. These live performances should not be missed - join us;
February 19, Quitters, Stittsville, ON | TBA
February 25, The Burdock, Toronto, ON (Early) | Tickets
February 25, The Burdock, Toronto, ON (Late) | Tickets
Additional information regarding ticket availability for Ottawa’s show date is forthcoming. Ticket's will be limited so check back soon for more details.
It's been a long journey friends - can't wait to share this album with you.
This is a special announcement for me to make: my 5th record, titled "Somewhere We Will Find Our Place" will be released on February 12th on my own Fixed Hinge Recordings through Fontana North/ Universal Music.
I just wrote this whole post once and deleted by mistake, so here goes effort number 2. As some of you already know, it is coming up on that time that the collective "we" play our annual Black Sheep Inn shows. The 2015 edition will land on Saturday Dec. 19th and Sunday Dec. 20th.
This past weekend I played at the Calgary Folk a festival with Oh Susanna and got to do a couple of workshops of my own as a bonus tag on.
Here I am in the 3rd week of May or whatever it is on the calendar. I have lots of things going on and I have been feeling really solid about the trajectory of the Fixed Hinge Recording world. I think I will also launch that name as my own little label for things I do of the musical varietal. I will of course licence these recording to big massive labels with monsterous amounts of staff to handle the "boom boom, here is Jim" portion of the process.
The word on my recordings is as such: I have a full length record now fully mixed and soon to be mastered, it will be called "Somewhere We Will Find Our Place" and I am super proud of it in every respect: from the music to how is will present visually. I sort of have let other people I know and respect do things and I stayed out of the way for the first time. The result is a recording that brings a new sonic landscape element to the familiar world of my songs. I am too old to try to totally change how I do everything, but I can hand it over and let people guide it. It is a time where I have not cared more about music but also seem to not give a shit as well.
The second recording is going to be an EP called "Tired of Waiting" and it literally was recorded while I waited 5 months on the Alabama Shakes back burner for my record to be mixed. I made this EP in 2 days of recording this past winter with Jonas Bonnetta and a few friends. It is definitely the more intimate of the two recordings and I think with the eventual release of this EP and the full LP will provide a nice ying and yang of what I do and love.
In other worlds I have been working in the production and recording world with some wonderful people and have been hard at making sure I can make other peoples projects and visions sound like music you will love to hear.
What else you ask? Just working on the day to day course of understanding my fragile brain and trying to be kind more than hurt.
Until you read again,
Folks, people In our parts are pretty excited for spring and I don't even think I like going away anymore, but I am here to tell you with an absolute amount of joy I will be playing and singing and then playing and singing songs opening for Oh Susanna in the coming days in the Netherlands. I am not sure how many more times I will even ever go away and be a side person as you just never know how the changing landscape of life will keep changing.
This I do know: I love this life that is music and I have never made more of it in my life, so even at my old age kids, I think I might got lots more to do if I get the chance.
Why you ask do I ramble on and on? Well there was a time long before Facebook and Twitterbook where my website, this .org was the single and sole way other than in person that I would get to say and speak the things that pop in my head. That all started when friends like Jason Wells and Chris Page helped me make a website and taught me how to use said site to say the things that were in my brain. And what thoughts are in said brain tonight? Well, tonight I spent the an hour or so talking to my 6 year old daughter about her feelings of how she has no friends and hates school and sits along the fence alone building castles out of rocks watching other kids do things and wishing she could just home.
So call me ungrateful or whatever you may about my lack of jumping for joy about leaving this family and everyone from Stewart McLean to Gord Downie have told me this is what we have to do, but I am not sure I do, but I do and will but not without missing these kids like hell and making sure everything about their everything can be ok forever.
Right? Right. Now back to these show in the land of tulips: just tap up there on the shows link to find out all the marvellous places this trip will take me from this weekend until April 21st, which is my brother's birthday.
Take care and hold on and hang in and feel ok that all this is a work in progress friends,
Great to announce I will be a part of the 2015 Ottawa International Dragonboat Festival this June.
This festival is a real sneaker and has become a primo FREE event with a bang up line-up.
We are the playing the opening night with Yukon Blonde and other folks playing include: Dan Mangan, The Acorn, Kalle Mattson, Hey Rosetta, Jeremy Fisher and others.
Right on gang,
Woodstock Feb 28
Kingston March 1 Matinee
Living Room / House Shows
Right On ! ! !
I am headed down to Kansas City with Oh Susanna for the Folk Alliance Conference. Aside from eating BBQ, we will be playing music and thanks to some fine folks, I will be playing my own late night showcase on the Thursday evening.
Sitting on the couch here on Boxing Day listening to music and mostly not doing very much at all.
Thanks for all the sweet folks who came out to the Black Sheep shows. They were a treat and a joy.
I gotta house show tmrw right here in my home village, but it is oversold so I will spare you the details.
2015 looks to be an exciting one with lots of projects on the horizon and one of those right out of the gate is the completion of my own record. I will get on a plane first of the year and bend the current mixes into their final shape. No exact date for when this music will see the light of day but I am darn proud of it so there must always be a first step.
Enjoy your holiday if you get one and please be kind and rewind.