“After the one extravagant gesture of creation in the first place, the universe has continued to deal exclusively in extravagances, flinging intricacies and colossi down aeons of emptiness, heaping profusions on profligacies with ever-fresh vigor. The whole show has been on fire from the word go. I come down to the water to cool my eyes. But everywhere I look I see fire; that which isn't flint is tinder, and the whole world sparks and flames.”
― Annie Dillard
There is just something about this time of year - when summer turns to fall - and the dew seems to linger a little longer through the morning hours. It was a good summer - a busy one - but I felt like we worked hard and covered a lot of ground. I’m thankful for all of the shows that we got to play - from Ontario out to Saskatchewan and back. We got the chance to bring these songs to a lot of smaller communities that we hadn’t before. We also got to play at some great folk festivals along the way, Mariposa Folk Fest, The Regina Folk Fest and the Gateway Music Festival which was one of the first festivals that I had ever played at! We saw so many good friends and met many more over the course of the tour. It was definitely one for the books.
It always takes me a while to adjust to being home. To get reacquainted with being in one place instead of a moving vehicle - to find beauty in the stillness of home rather than the views from a car window. It takes a while, but I get there. Then I begin to remember how to live like a normal person - shower once daily, make bread once a week - make an extra loaf for a friend to trade for ginger juice so you can fight off the cold that you got out on the road, go for a walk in the woods - you’ll feel better if you do. It takes time, but I get there.
These days I am full of anticipation. Both for the changing of the seasons and the changes that life has for me. My partner and I have been waiting a good many months now, to meet the newest little addition to our family, and now we only have a matter of days left to wait - but alas we wait. Over the course of the past year or two, I have been working on writing new songs, never knowing quite how they will all fit together, but I’ve got a set of songs that feel like a record to me and within a months time I’ll be back in the studio to hit the record button. I’m really excited about recording these songs because I’m going to be joined by a couple of musicians that I’ve long admired. I’ll also be joined by a couple of longtime band members who’ve toured with me out on the road. All that record making news ain’t nearly as exciting as the first part.
The next few weeks will be pretty quiet and spent around the home, but I’ll be headed back out on the road this fall starting with a brief stint at the Folk Music Ontario Conference in Toronto, ON. After which I’ll be playing some regional shows in and around Ontario during October, November, December, and a winter residency in my hometown on Orillia, ON.
I’m excited to see where the coming months take me. Hopefully this road will cross our paths somewhere along the way.
Thanks for following along folks,
Keep well and speak soon.
Fall Tour Dates
September 21 - Burk’s Falls ON - First Friday Coffee House
September 22 - Maynooth ON - The Arlington
September 23 - Uxbridge ON - Second Wedge Brewing Co
September 27 to 30 - Toronto ON - Folk Music Ontario Conference
October 13 - Toronto ON - Barhop Sessions
October 21 - Guelph ON - Guelph Roots House Concert w/ Scott Cook
October 23 - Toronto ON - Cameron House w/ Richard Inman
November 2 - Maryhill ON - Commercial Tavern
November 3 - Sarnia ON - House Concert
November 4 - London ON - House Concert
November 9 - Ottawa ON - Few Acres Farm Concerts
November 10 - Montreal QC - Rick’s Room House Concert
November 23 - Utopia ON - Utopia Community Hall
November 24 - Port Carling ON - Muskoka Place Gallery
December 1 - Gravenhurst ON - Sawdust City Brewing Co
December 2 - Orillia ON - Zachary Lucky’s Songwriter Sundays, The Brownstone
January 5 - Toronto ON - PH8 House Concerts
January 6 - Orillia ON - Zachary Lucky’s Songwriter Sundays, The Brownstone
January 27 - Calgary AB - Speakeasy Garage
February 3 - Orillia ON - Zachary Lucky’s Songwriter Sundays, The Brownstone