You can’t rush a good thing.
And while you’re waiting you canwrite a lot of poems.
Dear lovers of art, of life:
As some of you may know, I have justfinished recording a new album. Some of these songs were written three years ago, some of them three months ago. The most important lesson I’ve learned making records over the years is: You can’t rush a good thing.
First, I chose to wait for proper funding. Then for producer Sandro Perri. And finally, for engineer John Raham at Afterlife studio, Vancouver, who keeps the tape reel sweetly hissing.While I was waiting, I wrote a lot of poems.
In April we sprung into action. I was a true pleasure to play with Colin Nealis (bass), Dan Gaucher (drums), Jesse Zubot (violin), Peggy Lee (cello), Henry Lee (viola). We finished off the vocals and woodwinds at 6 Nassau studio in Kensington Market, Toronto, with Ernie Tollar on flutes & reeds and Jeremy Strachan on bass clarinet.
We’re now in the mixing phase! I can’t wait to get the music to you, but so far what’s made this record what it is, is patience. I’m hoping we can all have a listening party together in October of this year.
Coming up real soon, I’ll be performing at Tiny Lights Festival in Ymir BC on the weekend of June 12-14. If you’ve never been, this is a sweet festival worth travelling to, and it’s a beautiful road trip.
Album release tour plans are taking shape for Canada and Germany in late 2015 into 2016. Let me know if you have a venue request!
Many well wishes for a fruitful growing season, and dear thanks for your support and love of music-making!
A new record is written. Funding has arrived. Autumn is me practicing my fingers off. Winter is luxury microphones. Something is coming, a gift to the world.
Meanwhile, I’ll be at the Folk Music Ontario conference next week, happily connecting with the National folk-roots community. A hotel fully booked with laughter.
Here are my showcase times for those who are filling their dance cards:
Thursday, Oct 16 – 8:00pm, Official Showcase, Plaza B
Friday, Oct 17 – 12:00am – Flohil’s Friends, Room 355; 2:10am – Fresh Folk, Room 350
Saturday, Oct 18 – 11:00pm – Babes for Breasts in the Round, Room 340; 12:30am – Fresh Folk, Room 350; 1:30am – Folk’n Genius, Room 344; 2:00am – Best in the West Song Circle, Room 349
My dear German friends Wooden Peak’s release their album Polar Revisited today, including a song that I performed entitled ANORAK. Really enjoyed this collaboration – you can read more about it here. Please visit the Wooden Peak website and download ANORAK or the whole whopping album for free. You can also stream the track here.
I am pleased to announce the release of a new single, Anorak, a re-interpretation of the original by German experimental duo Wooden Peak that I created in collaboration with German electronic artist Alexander Binder.
Wooden Peak recently released a full-length record entitled Polar. They have now compiled a response album entitled Polar Revisited
on which each track is covered or remixed by different members of their wide reaching musical community. The album is supported by independent German label Analogsoul
While on tour in Germany in January 2014, I recorded my parts for this new version of Anorak at the Wooden Peak studio in Leipzig. The tracks were then sent over to Alexander Binder for audio sculpting. The resulting track is an explosion of sound by two artists who have never met!
Today marks the pre-release of Anorak.
Hear it HERE
! For more info, visit the Analogsoul
site. The full release will take place on June 20, 2014 at which time the entire Polar Revisited will be available for free download from the Wooden Peak
I write to you from a treehouse on the Montreal plateau from which perch I am gathering together details for the recording of my upcoming solo album. Things are getting exciting and that’s all I can say for now. AND! I will soon announce an Ontario/Quebec tour for June/July 2014 with one of my favourite singer-songwriters.
Meanwhile, please enjoy this live performance of new song Paradise, from the upcoming record. It’s from a show opening for the Alin Coen Band in Kiel, Germany in January and it features members of my musical family abroad: Jan Frisch (guitar), Hannes Huefken (bass), Fabian Stevens (drums), filmed by Henriette Grueber. Enjoy!
Germany 2014 tour dates are now listed under Shows! The list continues to grow as I’ll be supporting Alin Coen Band from Jan 16-Feb 1 and tacking on some solo shows in Berlin, Hamburg and so on. Will post as confirmed! Tell me your ideas! Wir sehen uns bald Deutschland!
Friends, I’m delighted to announce that I will be returning to Germany in January 2014 for a string of dates supporting my dear friends, the Alin Coen Band. I will post the dates and cities very soon, just a few loose ends to tie up in the plans.
In other news, I have an album’s worth of new songs and am scouting out the best possible way to capture them and hurry them straight to your divine listening ears!I have undergone some intense writing periods over the last year and a half and the results are deeply satisfying and very personal. I’m so thankful for good friends and fellow artists who keep me convinced to keep going.
“You’re not crazy, you’re a poet!”
Peace and love. e.
Summer road tripping has begun after some intensive solo rehearsing in the dome. Going to be trying out some new songs tomorrow night, the first of my summer dates. Promise to snap some pictures! Wish me luck xx
June 13 – The Wild Scallion, Penticton BC (solo MEB w Chimney Swallows)
June 15-16 – Tiny Lights Festival, Ymir BC (MEB, Morlove)
June 18 – House Concert, Gibsons BC (MEB w Chimney Swallows)
June 19 – Cranberry Community Hall, Powell River BC (MEB w CS)
June 20 – Merlin’s Sun Theatre, Victoria BC (MEB w CS)
June 21, 22 – Campbell Bay Music Festival (MEB)
July 26-27 – Kispiox Music Festival, Hazelton BC (Morlove)
August 2-4 – Artswells Festival, Wells BC (MEB, Morlove)
Further Details under ‘Shows’
I’m overjoyed to announce that my band Morlove will release our new album Old Tomorrow on Tuesday April 23, 2013. Find all the details, videos, pics, album stream at www.morlove.ca.
Here’s the album cover – the artwork is a real quilt made for us by Toronto textile artist Louise Dixon.
We will immediately jump in the band wagon with dates in BC, AB, ON and QC between April 24-May 22, 2013. Hope to see you somewhere along the way!
Here is a list of the tour dates:
April 24 – Cumberland BC – The Cumberland Hotel
April 25 – Victoria BC – Merlin Sun Theatre
April 26 – Shawnigan Lake BC – O.U.R. Ecovillage
April 27 – Errington BC – Errington Hall
April 29 – Vancouver BC – The Media Club
April 30 – Sunnybrae BC – House Concert – contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details
May 1 – Invermere BC – Buds Bar and Lounge
May 2 – Calgary AB – The Cliff House with Kris Ellestad – contact email@example.com
May 3 – Edmonton AB – The Haven
May 4 – Jasper AB – Jasper Legion
May 5 – Chase BC – Golden Ears Coop Farm
May 16 – Kemptville ON – The Branch
May 17 – Ottawa ON – The Gallery Studios
May 18 – Toronto ON – TBA
May 19 – Hamilton ON – The Baltimore Hotel with Wax Mannequin and The Donefors
May 21 – Iroquois ON – St. John’s Anglican Church
May 22 – Montreal QC – Casa Del Popolo