I’m now half way through the Canadian tour, which happens to be coincidentally split into two distinct halves geographically. First half was in the East, second in the West. I got to Vancouver two nights ago, tired and emotional after a big month out East between Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. The Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival wrapped up the East Coast proceedings for me. It was a beautiful celebration of music, family and community. Two of my friends from the East Pointers, first cousins Tim and Koady Chaisson, are now official members of the board helping to organize the festival after their uncle Peter died (at the festival) last year. So now a couple of Peter’s sons and some of their cousins, including Tim and Koad, have taken on the fest to continue their family’s traditions. It’s a crazily beautiful thing and they nailed it. So much work and so much heart. I was honoured to be there. It was also the first year of the Rollo Bay Fiddle Fest Music Camp and I was lucky enough to be the songwriting instructor for the three days.
Quite poetically, almost, I accidentally killed my phone on the last night and lost all of my photos and voice memos from the week. I’d last updated the first morning of the music camp. I was devastated at first to have lost them but I feel like it was probably a timely reminder for me to slow down and absorb everything, to really relish every second of weeks like that. I’ll never forget how it felt to be there, how beautiful the country is and what a delightful gathering of humans congregated for the week playing some incredible music all day and all night. I don’t need photos for that. The one above I sent to my brother and his partner (as swaps for photos of my nephew…). It’s one of three that I have from the whole week.
East Coast mob are incredibly hospitable, very funny and have some of the best accents I’ve ever heard. It was a big month for me and I look forward to returning as soon as I can. I have a feeling it’s the start of a long relationship with that part of the world, however often I’ll actually make it over there. It bit me. It’s in the blood. And I left with solidified friendships, started in Australia, and a bunch of beautiful new friends. So, so good.
I’m writing this in Vancouver, beautiful in a very different way. Canada is so big and diverse. I had a great gig in East Vancouver last night and today I head off with Cat and Jane, my British Columbia Rhythm Section (BCSR), for a run of shows in all sorts of beautiful places.
I’m writing this in Toronto. It’s hot. I’ve been on the road in Canada for almost a month. That’s hard to believe, it really is. Touring is a funny game. It can move incredibly fast and then incredibly slowly. It can be the best of times. And it can certainly be the worst of times. I find that I think a lot about big picture stuff while I’m on the road. Maybe it’s because I’m removed from the details of life that can be so consuming when I’m home. Maybe it’s the way that a new place can blow your eyes and your heart wide open when you least expect it. Maybe it’s because, when I’m touring, I question what home is, what family is, what I want and who I am. Jeez. Heavy. But it’s true. Like I do about most things I haven’t experienced, I used to glorify touring. Before I did it regularly. I remember being in Byron Bay for the first time, on tour supporting Mia Dyson. My darling friend Angus Diggs was drumming in the band at the time. We were all out on the balcony of a beautiful Byron hotel after a show, among the palm trees. I was there with Adam, my touring bro for years. It was our first lap around the country. I felt like I was in a dream. I said to Gus, somewhat wistfully no doubt, “I can’t believe I’m here”. He leant back on the railing as he looked at me, raised one of his expressive eyebrows and simply said, “First time here? You’ll be right”. I didn’t understand what he meant. But now I do. He was saying, with that one raised eyebrow, and that lazy lean, that I’d get used to touring. That the sheen would eventually wear off and I’d start driving into places like Byron Bay cursing what shits me about the place instead of being open to its possibilities. Angus and I are both cynics. I know now what he meant.
So, is the grass always greener? Probably. I continually remind myself that I’m a lucky idiot to be able to do what I do. I can make my own hours, I get to meet and work with many varied and wonderful people. I’m writing this in Canada, FFS. My relationship with my career is like any formative one. Once the shininess wears off and the flaws and scars begin to reveal themselves, the real relationship begins. The real learning. The most meaningful stuff. And it’s the time you risk and simultaneously find out the most about yourself. Thank you Canada, you are an incredible teacher.
Here we are, folks, I’ll be hitting the road from late August with a wicked touring band to bring you “All The Bridges” in LIVE FORM!!
I’m writing this in sunny Toronto about to embark on a big Canadian tour. I’m SO excited to get back on the road after a couple of months of set up. And very excited to be bringing these new songs from “All The Bridges” to new and familiar audiences.
So I can’t wait to get back to Oz, totes match fit, and tour to all these lovely places. If we’ve missed your town I’m really sorry but I’ll do my best to get there at some stage!! Here are the dates. South West WA, you’ll notice that there’s a little gap between the September shows and your shows but we’re comin’ for ya in December!!
Wednesday 31 August – Club Mullum, Mullumbimby, NSW Thursday 01 September – Junk Bar, Brisbane QLD Saturday 03 September – Darwin Railway Club, Darwin NT Sunday 04 September – GYRACC, Katherine NT Wednesday 07 September – El Questro, Durack WA Thursday 08 September – Gulliver’s Tavern, Kununurra WA Friday 09 September – Divers Tavern, Broome WA Wednesday 14 September – The Junkyard, Maitland NSW Thursday 15 September – Lizotte’s, Newcastle NSW Friday 16 September – Django Bar, Sydney NSW Saturday 17 September – Howler, Melbourne VIC Sunday 18 September – Beechworth Town Hall, Beechworth VIC Wednesday 21 September – Red Room, Ararat VIC Thursday 22 September – Sookie Lounge, Belgrave VIC Friday 23 September – Wheaty Hotel, Adelaide SA Saturday 24 September – Red Hot Music, Devonport TAS Sunday 25 September – Caravan Club, Oakleigh VIC Friday 16 December – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River WA Sunday 18 December – Fremantle Arts Centre – Sunday Music, Fremantle WA
Ticket links are on the Shows page of this website.
I can’t wait to head out on the road again to launch “All The Bridges”, starting in Canada!
Sun June 19th, Festival of Small Halls , Grand River, PE
Mon June 20th, Festival of Small Halls, Rollo Bay, PE
Fri 24th June, Herring Choker Deli , Baddeck, NS
Sun 26th June, Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society Sunday Bandstand Series, Lunenburg, NS
Thu 30th June, with Laurenn Marchand @ The Company House, Halifax, NS
01-03 July, StanRogersFest, Canso, NS
Wed 6th July, Roaring Girl Records Showcase The Dakota Tavern, Toronto, ON
07, 08, 09 July, Graffiti’s Bar and Grill, supporting Ron Hawkins, Toronto, ON
15-17 July, Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival, Rollo Bay, PE
Wed 20th July, The Wise Hall & Lounge with Miss Quincy and Hollow Twin, Vancouver, BC
Thu 21st July, Riverside Bandshell, Riverside Park, Kamloops, BC
Sat 23rd July, The Elite, Penticton, BC
Tue 26th July, Fernando’s Pub , Kelowna, BC
Thu 28th July, The Legion, Prince George, BC
29 Jul – 01 August, Artswells, Wells, BC
Wed 3rd August, The Occidental Quesnel, BC
Fri 5th August, Cumberland Showcase with Tereza Tomek, Cumberland, BC
Sat 6th August, Quadra Legion, Quadra Island, BC
Sun 7th August, Hootenanny at Logan’s Tavern, Victoria, BC
Mon 8th August, Nanaimo in the Park, Nanaimo, BC
Tue 9th August, Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, B
Thu 11th August, Duncan Showroom, Duncan, BC
Fri 12th August, Hive Emporium, Gabriola Island, BC
Details for all gigs are in the shows section of the website.
Australian tour dates will be announced next week. See yas out there somewhere soon!!
I’m so stoked to report that, thanks to over two hundred incredible pledgers, my Pozible campaign to raise funds to support the release of my new album has been successful!! We reached the target more than a week before the end of the three-week campaign and I couldn’t be more chuffed and grateful to my wonderful crowd. Thank you!!!!!
There’s still two more days to pledge through the campaign:
Got a bit happening today. The new album, due for release on the 1st of July, is called “All The Bridges” and I’m launching a Pozible campaign today to help raise funds to release it. If you click HERE you’ll be taken to that campaign and you can have a look at all the ‘rewards’ which basically just means ‘stuff you’ll get for pledging’. It’s a chance to pre-order the album and there’s lots of other interesting stuff in there too… Here we goooooooooooo!!!
There’s a bunch of announcements coming up next week, starting on Monday 18th… I’ll give you a clue, it’s NEW ALBUM related!! Wooh!!
And on Thursday I’ll be playing pretty much my last solo show in Melbourne before I take off overseas and then return in September to tour said album… I’ll be playing with my good friends Miss Quincy (CAN) and This Way North at the Shebeen on Thursday evening. More coming very soon…
Well I’ve had a great summer, toured with some amazing people, played some great festivals, had MANY swims. And now as Autumn slowly envelops South Eastern Australia I’m hunkering down at (my brand new) home for a couple of months in preparation for the release of my fifth studio album in July and all of the exciting touring to launch it.
I will, however, still be playing a few shows around Victoria between now and mid June. This Friday I’m playing an opening set for brilliant Canadian songwriter Frazey Ford at the Caravan Music Club in Oakleigh. In fact, I’ll be spending a bit of time at the Caravan over the next few weeks. My good friend Suzannah Espie and I will be playing a special double bill show there on Friday April 15th and I’ll also be opening a gig for songwriting legend Don Walker and the Suave Fucks on Saturday June 4th. That’s sweet though, I love that place. And Pete always stocks the bar fridge with the kind of wine I like…
So, I’m going to sit back, enjoy the footy and the best time of year to be in Melbourne, in my opinion. And I’m looking forward to sharing this new album with you. Got a single announcement coming up very soon… xx
Can’t wait to open this show for these legends, Digging Roots from Ontario, Canada and then sing some BVs with them tonight. I’ve just been on the road with Mia Dyson playing keys so it’s time to dust off the guitar and get my fingers toughened up again!! This is the start of a couple of months of pretty local shows for me before I head off OS and the NEW ALBUM COMES OUT!! Can’t wait to get it out in the world.