The Road Begins
Hello my friends,
I’m writing you from the hotel lobby of the Yellowknife Inn in (surprise!) Yellowknife, NWT. I am so happy to be up here. I can tell you that the air is very clean and the people are very nice. They had a fish fry for the performers here last night, we all ate and drank and listened to good music on Long Lake (which is also very shallow)… we played a bar set last night at the Black Knight to an enthusiastic crowd and look forward to kicking off the Folk on the Rocks festival today…
We played Winnipeg Folk Festival last weekend, which was a wonderful collaborative experience – they focus on musicians getting together in groups called workshops, and they allow us an hour and a half to figure out how to incorporate eachother’s talents into each song…essentially breeding new bands from single musicians. I was lucky enough to meet and collaborate with (in no particular order) Blind Boy Paxton, Matt Andersen, Frazey Ford, The Weather Station, Ash Grunwald, Liz Longley, Steph Cameron, Brandy Zdan and many other talented folks…It was such a beautiful experience to share the stages with musicians of that calibre as well as my wonderful band. The boys have been on fire lately. Joel, Greg and Matt never cease to amaze me with their talent.
I’m going to post up some pictures of our travels soon so you can come along with us. Monday we fly to Edmonton and continue a little leg in Calgary, Red Deer, then head back to Guelph for Hillside Festival, where I’ll be in a workshop with FRED PENNER. Dream life.
The other show I want you all to know about is essentially my own Mr. Holland’s Opus (yes, I play the part of Richard Dreyfus). On Sunday July 26, 2015, I will appear with my band and the National Academy Orchestra outdoors at Pier 4 in Hamilton. We will be playing selections from my new album, accompanied by said orchestra — and I simply can’t wait. We had one rehearsal and the songs sound better than ever. Truly, a dream realized. Come watch me try to sing while the violins threaten to make me cry.