Very excited to announce our album release tour dates. For the first time, my brilliant string band will be out on the West Coast performing songs from our new record The Cape, which was engineered and produced in Toronto by Andrew Collins, and mastered by David Travers-Smith. Also look for Ontario, Quebec and New England CD release shows!
It’s time to put out another record and we could really use your help! The Cape is our 2nd full-length record, made over the winter at Sytesound Studio in Toronto, by Juno-nominated producer Andrew Collins. You’ll hear 11 original songs, arranged beautifully by myself and the Brilliant String Band.
As always, look for perks involved and keep an eye our for CD Release shows coming to a town near you!
AND THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!!!
On February 1, I boarded a train for Saskatchewan and am now sitting cozy and warm in the living room of Kristen Berkel and Jonas Hrebeniuk, the owners of the Bruno Arts Bank and originators of the first annual Picker’s Cup!!! This is Saskatchewan’s original Tournival (music festival and 3-on-3 hockey tournament) and not to be missed by anyone who is in driving distance from this tiny town on the Prairies, located 45 minutes east of Saskatoon. Just look at the line-up!
I’ll be performing at the festival as part of a winter prairie tour, with several dates in Manitoba. I’d love to see your rosy cheeks this blustery month!
2.12 The Cavern, Winnipeg MB – opening for Andrew Neville and The Poor Choices.
2.13 House Concert, Winnipeg MB – w/ Ingrid Gatin and many more. At the Telfer House and hosted by Micah Erenberg.
2.14 House Concert, Lac du Bonnet MB
2.15 to 17 PICKER’S CUP, Bruno, SK
I’m very excited to be going on the road with the talented Mr. Ryan McNally from Whitehorse, YT this month. We’re going to be doing duets of our own tunes and a lot of old time and blues that we’re so fond of. It would be lovely to see old friends and meet new ones, so come on out and we’ll sing your wintertime blues.
Montreal: Grumpy’s Bar January 23 (5-7pm)
Wakefeild: Kaffe 1870 January 24 (8pm)
Ottawa: House Concert January 25 (7:30pm)
On the Winter Solstice, in one of the most affluent areas of the country, where I went to high school, my intrepid pal David Newberry is organizing a night of music for the Dundarave Festival of Lights to fund-raise for The Lookout Shelter on the North Shore. I have the honour of playing this year with my sister Anna, so stay tuned to see which other talented Vancouver musicians David will have warming up Christmas on the beach in West Vancouver.
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Track number 2 on Magpie Waltz, a little ditty called Palm of My Hand, has been featured in the film Lawrence and Holloman, based on Morris Panych’s play and directed by Vancouver’s Matthew Kowalchuk! This film is getting great acclaim everywhere it goes, including Official Selection at the Vancouver International Film Festival and the Edmonton International Film Festival. Way to go Matthew for putting out your opus. The critics love it! I can’t wait to see it. How I wish I could have been there at VIFF this year.
I also recorded Keep On the Sunny Side, in the Carter Family style, for the film. Enjoy!
Check out the film at http://lawrenceandholloman.com/
Well, I guess I ought to come clean with everybody… After nearly 3 glorious years of calling Montreal my home, I’m relocating to Toronto for the fall where the Brilliant String Band and I will be recording our second album at Andrew Collins’ Sytesound Studio. I can hardly wait! Don’t worry, I plan to be back in Montreal on a semi-regular basis as we rehearse our new tunes!
Since June, I feel like I’ve hardly set my feet down anywhere and happily so. We’ve been all over BC and Alberta, where we played South Country Fair and many a fine concert along the way. Sam Masterton and his pup Beau were my constant companions for that leg of the trip. Got home for one day before getting on a plane to Kentucky. Morehead Old Time Music Festival and Clifftop WV we’re the best!!! My pals in Montreal’s All-Day Breakfast String Band placed in the top five in the traditional band competition and darling Clelia Stephanini won the fiddle competition. Alas, I had to leave before I got to see it, but it was easy enough knowing I would be reunited with my Dutch-twin sister, Kristen Berkel and the talented Quintin Bart for the Fire and Water Music Festival in Lac du Bonnet MB. Dammit! Was that fun! New favourite music: Matt Epp, Mariachi Ghost, and T.J. Dawe.
After that, I had a few days down-time with my grandma then got on the train to perform all the way from Winnipeg to Vancouver. What a gorgeous train trip! Oh, and the food! ViaRail hits it out of the park. The staff are kind of the best part though, not to sound too warm and fuzzy, but it’s true!
After landing in Vancouver, I went to the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival (much thanks to Ted Crouch), where Harpoonist and the Axe-Murderer blew everyone away. The Crooked Brothers just keep getting better, I loved their show. Bruce Cockburn was an enormous highlight. I felt more Canadian just watching him from the very front, with his green guitar and his Greek-goddess fiddle-player. Princeton Traditional Music Festival got a dose of old-time and Cajun from me on my sweet little Martin 0-18 (my newest treasure!)
Got to Nimblefingers Bluegrass and Old-Time Workshop that same day, and spent a week learning from one of my heroes, Brad Leftwich. Such a kind and gentle man, and an expert old-time fiddler! Hope to visit him in Bloomington, Indiana to trade some gardening for a fiddle lesson. Sam Masterton and trusty Beau showed up during the end of week Honky Tonk dance (first annual, shall we say) and we got on stage at the festival the next day. Guitar and dobro duo is quickly becoming my favourite sound. Thanks a million times to Craig and Julie Korth, Lee Watson and all the other performers, including Riley Baugus and Alice Gerrard! That’s why I love old-time, those folks might perform at the Grammy’s and the like, but are always humble enough to stop and say “Hello” or in Riley’s case just sit down and jam with you for hours in the sun.
Well, that brings us pretty much up to speed. Things are great with me, can you tell? But enough about me, what about you?