Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Music is Life and Life is Good

It has been a very satisfying couple of weeks for me musically-speaking. The past two weekends offered up some great moments on stage, starting with the May 2nd Songwriter's Circle at The Cove in Westport, ON. I really enjoy this format. Four songwriters on stage, passing the guitar around, sharing songs and stories, and trading licks. On this night, it was myself, along with Chris Brown, Luther Wright, and Seamus Cowan.

The first set, we all played our songs individually, passing my old Guild around, then in the second
set, we all collaborated on each other's songs. This was a lot of fun. I ended up jumping around from guitar to bass, and even piano for one song! I was really impressed by Seamus' singing and his songs. I'd heard Luther and Chris before in this style, but had mostly heard Seamus playing in bands. The acoustic thing suited him quite well.

There is talk that we will do this again. Perhaps on Wolfe Island next time. I hope so.

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of performing at The Pumpkin Pie Concert Series in Battersea, ON. What an incredible vibe! I love church halls and I love listening audiences...and I also love pie, so this was pretty much the perfect gig!

I've performed at many house concerts and small coffeehouse-style venues over the past couple of years touring my solo show, but this was the first opportunity in awhile that I have had to do so with a band. Bonz Bowering ( drums) and Alexander Tikhnenko (bass) did an excellent job holding down the rhythm. Some special moments on stage for sure. I love to play a room where the audience is so attentive. It's nice to have the ability to take advantage of the silence in the room, and play with the dynamic range of the songs. We rode the wave in No-Win Situation for sure - at one point bringing it down so quiet that I was barely touching the strings on the guitar as I was soloing. Then kicking it back up again, eliciting spontaneous applause from the crowd, and sending shivers up our spines.

Music is life and life is good.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Saturday May 2nd - Songwriter's Circle featuring Tom Savage, Chris Brown, Luther Wright, Seamus Cowan

A couple of cool shows coming up over the next couple of weeks in the Kingston area. Hope you can make it out and spread the word to your Kingston/Westport/Perth/Battersea area friends.

First up, this Saturday at The Cove in Westport :

SONGWRITER'S CIRCLE feat. Chris Brown, Seamus Cowan, Tom Savage & Luther Wright
Should me more than once a year but these nights have really turned into something special. Chris and Luther have worked together for years now and Tom helped inspire Seamus back in the day. It's all coming together now.
CHRIS BROWN has produced a who's who of Canadian talent and started with the Bourbon Tabernacle Choir and has been a part of Chris & Kate Fenner duo for a long time.
SEAMUS COWAN is from Westport and his family run The Cove. His bands Bullmoose and Spoon River experienced considerable CanRock longevity and he has played with Spencer Evans and Jazz Night for close to two decades. Notably, he toured with The High Dials of Montreal for two years.
TOM SAVAGE is a road warrior, songwriter a la Dylan-esque stories. Plays guitar with Hendrix poise and Neil intensity. His band Tom Savage Trio have toured Canada lots and the new Foley Mountain Playboys are his bluegrass gem.
LUTHER WRIGHT is a Canadian folk/bluegrass hero. His band Luther Wright & The Wrongs cross many boundaries, states and provinces. The recreated Floyd's The Wall and have toured for about 2 decades now. The Hootenannys he does with Jenny Whiteley and others are legendary.
Snuggle in for evening of orginal songs and creative renditions of classic beauties. Wha-La! Enjoy!-11pm

Then on Saturday, May 9th, I will be performing at the Pumpkin pie Concert Series in Battersea. Playing in a trio with Bonz Bowering on drums and Alexander Tikhnenko on Bass. Going to be some fun and interesting jams happening.

When: Sat., May 9, 2015 - 7:30 PM

Where: Battersea United Church Hall

Advance tickets are $12 ($15 at the door), available at:

Battersea General Store, Battersea
Ormsbee's Mercantile, Sunbury
Brian's Record Option, Kingston

or call 353-2904 or 353-2889 to reserve tickets