Shot this summer in one hour with my bassist, James Forrest (also known to some from recent tours as “Agent Many Trees”).
Story: Me and James played an impromptu and very fun house concert in Edmonton this past summer. Director Steve Ashworth was in the audience and was so inspired by “On Your Street” that he immediately organized a video shoot for us — for free! — by calling in favors from camera men, editors, etc. We had only one hour to shoot it so it was pretty intense!
Thanks to Ponytails and Horseshoes for donating hair styling, James Kershaw for once again donating make up services to me, Shoshona Kish for lending me her red dress, Brett Manaluck for donating his camera and immense talent, David Kelso for editing and keeping track of everything (Steve included!), and to Steve Ashworth for directing.
Yep, a brief stop in the big Aus city. Sharing the bill with Melanie Horsnell, who is AMAZING, and one of my top most favorite Aus artists. Please pass this info on to any Sydney folks you may know. I can’t wait for this show! And can’t wait to see the Sydney gang again! And can’t wait to get out of this airport where I confess I have missed my flight out of Tas (semi long story) and spent 3 hrs working on this newsletter, among other less exciting things….
Melanie Horsnell, Ann Vriend, and Jason Walker
The Raval (above the Macquarie Hotel in Surry Hills)
For more details see the flyer to the right of this newsletter or call the Raval at 02 8262 8868
Not keeping you very abreast of the (what seems like) hundreds of press things that have been going on — mainly because I have been so busy DOING them! (and oh boy getting around by car on the other side of the road has been good for the adrenalin levels).
But here’s one in Drum Media (see jpeg to the right).
Got a phone call from an old lady in Tasmania today who saw one in a Tas paper — so apparently there was a story in there, too. I told her my website but she said she’d never used the internet. But somehow she got my phone number! Wow.
If you missed the last newsletter I also made the front page of The Australian last month– see my website for the hyperlink. I’ll get organized one of these days and post the rest…
Other Aus Dates
Here’s deets for the rest of the Aus shows. It’s been amazing so far! I am learning Australian at an alarming rate, thanks to my new mates here. For instance, I def have been chucking my fair share of u-eys (sp?) this week, due to my first bout of driving on the tour (and yes, I have a GPS but still find myself screwing up anyways– am discovering there are Elizabeth Streets in every friggin’ town in this country! And not all of them have ABC stations on them). Also there is a Perth in Tasmania, which is not where I thought Perth was, but then there is one in Ontario, too, which is also not where one would expect Perth to be.
Date: April 14, 2010 Venue: Woonona Bulli School of Arts Address: 479 Princes Hwy, Woonona, NSW 2517, AU Description: solo, show 8:30 pm
Date: April 15, 2010 Venue: The Clarendon Guest House – http://www.clarendonguesthouse.com.au/ Address: 68 Lurline St., Katoomba, NSW 2780, AU Description: triple bill with Jason Walker (8:00 pm) and Melanie Horsnell Band (9:50 pm), show 8:50 pm, Tix $20
Date: April 16, 2010 Venue: Bon Amici’s – http://www.myspace.com/bonamicicafe Address: Shop 13-14, 191 Margaret St., Toowoomba, QLD 4350, AU Description: double bill with Brianna Carpenter, show 9:00 pm, Tix $10
Date: April 17, 2010 Venue: Brisbane Jazz Club Address: 1 Annie Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, QLD 4169, AU Description: duo; doors 6:30 pm, show 7:30 pm, Tix $15 members, $20 Non-members, $17 Concession; contact Malcolm Wood at (07) 3391 2006 / 0407 063 375
Date: April 18, 2010 Venue: Peregian Originals, Peregian Beach Surf Club Address: 7-11 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach, Sunshine Coast, QLD 4573, AU Description: solo, show 2:00 pm
Date: April 18, 2010 Venue: The Troubadour – http://www.thetroubadour.com.au Address: 1st Fl., 322 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006, AU Description: triple bill with Ben Stewart and Brianna Carpenter, show 7:30 pm, Tix $15
Date: April 20, 2010 Venue: Ric’s Bar – http://www.ricsbar.com.au/ Address: 321 Brunswick St., Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006, AU Description: double bill with Eleanor Angel, show 8:30 pm
Date: April 22, 2010 Venue: Premiers Bar, Brisbane Conrad Treasury Casino (Top of the Mall) Address: 21 Queen Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000, AU Description: solo, show 9:15 pm
Date: April 23 – 25, 2010 Venue: Mount Beauty Music Festival – http://www.musicmuster.org.au/ Address: Beauty Ave., Mount Beauty, VIC 2699, AU Description: solo
Yep, there are also some Alberta shows on the horizon. Full details and ticket info will be announced soon– but for now let’s just say that I will be recording my next studio album with my band IMMEDIATELY following these shows. I will be bringing the whole band with me so that we can air the songs out in front of you before we go into the studio and record them. (Plus of course we’ll be playing some favorites from the other previous albums.)
The band is going to be stellar!! And it will include background harmonies and trumpet by Coco Love Alcorn, who will also be opening the shows. We toured together in Feb. and it was SUPER fun! She was nominated this year for 2 East Coast Music Awards and is amazing!
PLUS: we will be RECORDING THE AUDIENCE for at least 2 songs on the album for which I have written crowd background vocals and percussion parts. So, if you show up and participate and write your name down after the show your name will be in the liner notes. Yep, there will need to be an extensive liner notes booklet but I will make sure it’s printed on recycled paper. More on this later. But for now make sure to mark these dates down in your calendar:
Date: May 23, 2010 Venue: House Concert Address: Medicine Hat, AB, CAN Description: details TBA
Date: May 26, 2010 Venue: Cantos Music Foundation – http://www.cantos.ca Address: 134 11 Ave. S.E., Calgary, AB, T2G 0X5, CAN Description: with band, for details contact Greg Curtis at email@example.com / 403-543-5115; opening act: Coco Love Alcorn – www.cocolovealcorn.ca
Date: May 27, 2010 Venue: TBA Address: Drayton Valley, AB, CAN Description: with band, more details TBA; opening act: Coco Love Alcorn – www.cocolovealcorn.com
Date: May 29, 2010 Venue: Myer Horowitz Theatre Address: 8900 114 St. NW, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2J7 CAN Description: with band, details TBA
Expanded “Little House Concert on the Prairies” Tour
(FULL SHOW DEETS BELOW)
VANCOUVER– JAN 17
OKANAGAN– JAN 18 OR 19– TBA
ROSSLAND (Kootenays)– JAN 20
TWIN BUTTE– JAN 21
LETHBRIDGE– JAN 22
CALGARY– JAN 23
HINTON– JAN 24
STONY PLAIN (just West of Edmonton)– JAN 30
SASKATOON– JAN 31
YORKTON– FEB 1
WEYBURN (1 hr southeast of Regina)– FEB 2
MORDEN (just south of Brandon)– FEB 3
WINNIPEG– FEB 4
THUNDER BAY– FEB 5
SAULT SAINTE MARIE– FEB 6
LONDON– FEB 7
OAKVILLE (between Hamilton and Mississauga)– FEB 10
WAKEFIELD/OTTAWA (Quebec side just outside of Ottawa)– FEB 11
INVERARY (Just outside of Kingston)– FEB 12 – SOLD OUT!
OWEN SOUND– FEB 13
TORONTO– FEB 14 or 15, TBC
This all began months ago with some people in Stony Plain, Alberta, inviting me to perform a house concert out at their log cabin at the end of January. Other house concerts in the area got added, and then my bass player James Forrest (a.k.a. Agent Many Trees) told me he was going to need to get himself and his car from Vancouver to Toronto this winter, and I got this idea that it would be great to use that opportunity to do some house concerts with him along the way, at least for the prairies portion of his trip.
So, I came up with the name “Little House Concert on the Prairies Tour”, which I was quite proud of.
However, the tour has expanded in both western and eastern directions to include places that simply are not on the prairies. So, the name is not really that accurate anymore. (But humor me, isn’t that still a great name? My parents read me the Laura Ingalls Wilder books when I was a kid. Nostalgia.)
The weather, on the other hand…. let’s just say I came up with this idea when it was unusually balmy (for Edmonton) in November, and the roads were dry. This was also before my own car broke down on the side of the highway last month in – 28 degree weather on the way to a very high paying gig.
It all turned out ok: we were rescued by a person who happened to have a (broken) life support system in his Ford Escort (see my up-side-down video on FB for more details), so, to quote Ma from Little House on the Prairies: “All’s well that ends well” (the life support system was not needed, anyway, by the way).
This time we will not have a life support system on board, but, due to Agent MT’s change of plans, we are going to RENT a car rather than take his OR my “can’t believe it still runs at all” ’96 station wagon, which has caused me enough grief lately! (See recent FB posts).
So have no fear, we shall arrive in prime form across this frozen land, to many a destination, almost all of which are house concerts, and a few of which are on the prairies.
Hope to see you all soon!
FULL TOUR DETAILS:
Date: January 17, 2010 Venue: The Railway Club Address: 579 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, BC CAN V6B 1Y4 (604) 681-1625 Description: Double bill with Kate Reid – http://www.katereid.net – doors 7 pm, show 8 pm, tickets $10
Date: January 20, 2010 Venue: Old Fire Hall – http://www.oldfirehall.ca Address: 2115 Queen Street, Rossland, BC, CAN (Kootenays) Description: with bassist, tix $12, 8 pm
Date: January 21, 2010 Venue: Twin Butte General Store Address: Box 461, Twin Butte, AB, CAN T0K 2G0 Description: with bassist, 8:00 pm, $10, 1-888-976-7378
Date: January 22, 2010 Venue: House concert Address: Lethbridge, AB, CAN Description: with bassist; contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details and map or call Judy at 403 328 8126. Doors 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm start, $15 at the door. BYOB event.
Date: January 23, 2010 Venue: House Concert Address: 539 Markerville Rd. NE, Calgary, AB, CAN Description: with bassist, 8:00 pm, $15, BYOB, side door (this is the studio where I mixed and recorded some of my last album! Steinway piano!), email Alan at email@example.com for confirmation or more info
Date: January 24, 2010 Venue: Hinton Alliance Church Address: 147 Swanson Drive, Hinton, AB, CAN Description: with bassist, for tickets call Byron at 780-817-7741 or 780-865-3975. Doors 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm start, $20 tickets, fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity.
Date: January 30, 2010 Venue: Dawn and Kev’s Log Cabin (House Concert) Address: Stony Plain, AB, CAN (Just West of Edmonton) Description: with bassist, 8 pm, call or email Kevin for directions, 780 884 2372, firstname.lastname@example.org, tix $20
Date: January 31, 2010 Venue: House concert Address: Saskatoon, SK, CAN Description: with bassist; for more details contact Gillian by email at email@example.com or call 306-382-5714
Date: February 1, 2010 Venue: Patrick’s Place (House Concert at B & B), www.patrickplace.com Address: 88 5th Ave N, Yorkton, SK, CAN Description: with bassist, for details contact Margaret at firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: February 2, 2010 Venue: Pump Jack’s Address: 596 18th St., Weyburn, SK, CAN S4H 3B3 (Just southwest of Regina) Description: with bassist, 8 pm
Date: February 3, 2010 Venue: House Concert Address: Morden, MB, CAN (Southeast of Brandon) Description: with bassist, email Jeannie at email@example.com for tickets and details, BYOB event
Date: February 4, 2010 Venue: The Cyrk – http://www.thecyrk.ca – House concert Address: Winnipeg, MB, CAN Description: with bassist, double bill with Kerri Woelke, for more details and tix contact Darek at firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: February 5, 2010 Venue: House concert Address: 205 Marks St. South, Thunder Bay, ON, P7E 1L9 CAN Description: duo with bassist, contact Dave at 807-472-5909 for details. 7:30 pm $15, $10 for students, kids free
Date: February 6, 2010 Venue: Loplop’s Lounge and Gallery – http://www.loplops.com Address: 651 Queen St.E., Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 2A6 CAN Description: duo with bassist, triple bill with Andrea Ramolo and Cindy Doire
Date: February 7, 2010 Venue: East Village Arts Co-op – http://www.eastvillagearts.com Address: 757 Dundas St. E., London, ON, CAN Description: double bill with Leah Morise, tickets $8.00 in advance at Grooves, $10 at the door, doors at 7:30 pm, show 8:00 pm. For tickets contact Grooves at 519-640-6714 or email email@example.com
Date: February 10, 2010 Venue: Moonshine Cafe, http://www.themoonshinecafe.com Address: 137 Kerr Street, Oakville, ON, L6K 3A6 CAN (b/w Hamilton and Mississauga) Description: double bill with Coco Love Alcorn, local opener “Marty the Martender”
Date: February 11, 2010 Venue: Blacksheep Inn – http://www.theblacksheepinn.com/ Address: 420 Riverside Drive, Wakefield, PQ J0X 3G0 CAN (20 min. outside of Ottawa) Description: songwriters in the round: Coco Love Alcorn, Lindsay Ferguson, Ann Vriend. Show 8:30 pm. Tix $10, available at http://www.ticketweb.ca or call 1-888-222-6608
SOLD OUT! Date: February 12, 2010 Venue: Rankin Gallery Address: 3248 Round Lake Road, Inverary (just outside of Kingston), ON Description: double bill with Coco Love Alcorn. Show 8:00 p.m. – by reservation only: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-353-6650. Suggested donation $20
Date: February 13, 2010 Venue: House Concert Address: Owen Sound, ON, CAN Description: double bill with Coco Love Alcorn
Date: February 14 or 15, 2010 Venue: house concert, TBC Address: Toronto, ON, CAN Description: double bill with Coco Love Alcorn
Before I head home Coco, myself, and probably some other Canucks will head from Toronto to Nashville and Memphis to do some showcasing. (What are we showcasing? In theory, some musical talent, but who knows. I expect to be quite under-slept for over a month at this point so anything is possible.)
Anyway, I absolutely can’t wait to see some of the people I met last year in Nashville, and also to attend the Folk Alliance Music Conference in Memphis. I had so much fun last yr at that conference, jammed every nite on the balcony, wrote a song with Agent Beard and others, spent an awful lot of time in the hot tub, and that is also where the idea for the Double Agent Tours began! (Not in the hot tub, but at the conference in general).
Who knows what will happen this time! If Shai is coming can someone please tell him to bring his melodica again!?
Ah, shucks, all this anticipation will mean we’ll probably just end up having quiet conversations about taxes and go to bed early every night. Anyways, here’s the deets:
Date: February 16, 2010 Venue: 12th and Porter – http://www.12thandporterlive.com Address: 114 12th Avenue North, 37203-3605 Nashville, TN, USA Description: showcase on Billy Block Show, details TBA
Date: February 18 – 21, 2010 Venue: Folk Alliance Music Conference Address: Memphis, TN, USA Description: Official Showcase in Sweet Beaver Suite #1821 on Friday, February 19th at 1:30 am
After Tennessee I return home to Edmonton for a few days to host Bluebird North and pack my suitcase full of SUMMER clothes. Then I will get on a very long flight and 2 days later arrive in Australia, where I will be touring non stop for 2 months.
Aussies, the VERY WHITE person arriving March will be me. This skin has not seen vitamin D for a VERY LONG TIME. In fact, due to the fact that I’ve been wearing longjohns all month it’s safe to say I have a negative amount of tan, if there is such a thing.
On a more important note: to get a keyboard from one show to the next I will be needing to rent– or as they say in Aus, “hire”– a car, which is going to be expensive– so in case anyone knows someone who could let me rent/hire one in Melbourne, Tassie, Sydney, or Brisbane at a discount rate let me know (I am very good at driving on the right– and by right I mean left– side of the road by now).
Here’s the Aus itinerary:
Date: March 3, 2010 Venue: Speigeltent, Adelaide Fringe – http://www.spiegeltent.net/ Address: Adelaide, SA, AU Description: double bill with Emily Smart & The Clever Girls, 7:00 pm show
Date: March 4, 2010 Venue: Grace Emily Hotel – http://www.myspace.com/graceemilyhotel Address: 232 Waymouth St., Adelaide, SA 5000, AU Description: solo
Date: March 25, 2010 Venue: The Edinburgh Castle Hotel – http://www.thecastlehotel.com.au/main.html Address: 55 Courtney St., North Melbourne, VIC 3051, AU Description: triple bill with Tash Parker and Lydia Phillips
Date: April 3, 2010 Venue: The Palais – http://www.thepalais.com.au/ Address: 111 Main Rd., Hepburn Springs, VIC 3461, AU Description: triple bill with The Baker Suite and Emma Wall
Date: April 4, 2010 Venue: The Empress – http://www.theempresshotel.com.au/ Address: 714 Nicholson St., Fitzroy North, VIC 3068, AU Description: triple bill with Jolene Moran and Emily Smart & The Baker Suite
HOBART AND TASMANIA:
Date: April 6, 2010 Venue: The Republic Bar – http://www.republicbar.com/ Address: 299 Elizabeth St., North Hobart, TAS 7000, AU Description: double bill with James Parry
Date: April 8, 2010 Venue: Brookfield Vineyard – http://www.brookfieldvineyard.com/ Address: 1640 Channel Hwy, Margate, TAS 7054, AU Description: double bill with Rosie Burgess, 8:00 pm show
Date: April 13, 2010 Venue: The Raval – http://www.raval.com.au/ Address: Level 1, 42 Wentworth Ave., Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW 2010, AU Description: triple bill with Melanie Horsnell Band and Jason Walker
Date: April 14, 2010 Venue: Woona School of Arts Address: Sydney, NSW, AU Description: solo
Date: April 15, 2010 Venue: The Clarendon Guesthouse – http://www.clarendonguesthouse.com.au/ Address: 68 Lurline St., Katoomba, NSW 2780, AU Description: triple bill with Melanie Horsnell Band and Jason Walker
BRISBANE AND QLD:
Date: April 16, 2010 Venue: Bon Amici Café – http://www.myspace.com/bonamicicafe Address: 191 Margaret St., Toowoomba, QLD 4350, AU Description: double bill with Brianna Carpenter
Date: April 17, 2010 Venue: Queen Street Mall (and Brisbane Jazz Club) – http://www.queenstreetmall.com/ Address: 12/15 Adelaide St., Brisbane, QLD 4000, AU Description: duo
Date: April 20, 2010 Venue: Ric’s Bar – http://www.ricsbar.com.au/ Address: 321 Brunswick St., Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006, AU Description: double bill with Eleanor Angel, 9:00 pm show
Date: April 23 – 25, 2010 Venue: Mount Beauty Music Festival – http://www.musicmuster.org.au/ Address: Beauty Ave., Mount Beauty, VIC 2699, AU Description: solo