Had an amazing weekend in Halifax, or I suppose I should say, yet another amazing weekend in Halifax. The CCMA (Canadian Country Music Assoc.) had an awards weekend and I had a blast at the show and at a few parties, but the biggest thrill was a wonderful return to the best music pub in the world, The Lower Deck. Beautiful Gypsy, Cory Tetford hosts a regular happy hour there and was nice enough to let me and Kendel Carson crash the gig. We played some of my tunes, some of Cory’s tunes, some fun covers and even brought some old Great Big Sea songs back home to where they were first played on that Holy Stage. What a time. Thanks to all for joining.
Just a quick note here about next week as me and The Beautiful Gypsies are about to play a few places for the first time. We roll to
Albany, NY, September 23
Fall River, Mass, September 24
Hartfort, CT, September 25
Barre, VT, September 26
Concord, NH, September 27
All the details are on the tour page.
As it will be our first visit, I just wanted to give folks a heads up as to what to expect. The band is made up of me, and some of my serious gun slinging friends.
Kris MacFarlane-many folks know him as GBS drummer for over a decade
Shehab Illyas-mighty Nova Scotia bass player
Todd Lumley-the famous Mr. Lonely from Hawksley Workman’s troupe on accordion, and other keys
Cory Tetford-monstreous guitar and mando player, and quite possibly the most gifted singer ever from Newfoundland (and yes, it hurts a little to say that)
Kendel Carson-fiddle Goddess who tours with us, and sometimes John Prine and Spirit of The West. She’s otherworldly on the fiddle and sings and plays guitar and uke almost as good.
We’ll be doing two sets in most or all of the shows. You’ll hear tunes from my solo CD’s, the mighty GBS catalogue, some Newfoundland traditional tunes and usually a fun cover or two. All of this designed to make the greatest kitchen party in the history of Planet Earth.
So if that sound appealing and you can make it to one of the gigs next week, I’d love to see you. I’m happy to sign a CD or book or take a pic, or whatever you might want after the show.
Spin down and Spread the Word.