We are just about to take off once more, flying across the Atlantic Ocean, this time to 'Canada's Best Kept Secret' a.k.a St. John's, Newfoundland. It is the last leg of this Canadian journey, and what a way to cap it off! It's been about four years since I was back on "The Rock" -celebrating the release of my second record "Monkeys Under Stars"- and I am genuinely thrilled to be returning to one of my 'home away from homes.' If you haven't made the trek to Newfoundland it is HIGHLY recommended but SHHHHH!! Don't tell anyone!
Keeping up with blogging has not been my forté. Sorry about that (to the loyal readers) I guess it's just easier to take care of it when I am not on tour, sleeping in various beds, waking up to various blends (and strengths) of coffee (the stronger the better!!) There is however SO much to write about now that I can't seem to find the time! When I get back to my living room/office/dining room/studio,I will make sure to do a proper highlight blog, featuring photos of places, faces and more.
In the meantime, I will share some shots that were taken at this year's Ottawa Bluesfest, where I had the great honour (and how!!) to share the stage with some of my favourite players (Chris Hopkins on Bass, Brock Zeman on Acoustic Guitar, Blair Michael Hogan on Electric Guitar & Mandolin and Steve Foley on Drums.) Having this crew of characters alongside me and my songs meant that I didn't have to play my guitar! What a new experience for me, the freedom of singing without having to think about anything else made for one of my favourite performing experiences. I did strap on my guitar for a new song and in those few short moments I ended up losing my balance (throwing out Swiss Chocolate to the crowd, with my right hand ~I am left-handed~ and "The Fall" took me, my guitar and the mic stand DOWN!) A special shout out to Brock Zeman for pulling me back up in such haste...you are my hero for that! Thankfully, I never saw any shots of said misfortune(phew!)
So now I am in St. John's and will be singing TONIGHT at The Black Sheep on Water Street with Sean Panting... Stoked to be sharig a night of sound with one of my faves... On Wednesday The 11th I'll be singing at The Ship as part of Folk Night. Next week is the 40th Annual St. John's Folk Festival which sadly I did not get chosen for BUT the music is incredible, the line-up is stellar!! Ahhh sweet sweet Summer 2016...Have fun Xoxox
p.s Main photo credit goes to the talented Steve Gerecke