so i survived the marathon. i had tons of songs left over, and they weren't even just the crappy ones either. it was fun because i got to dig out some of the older songs i haven't played in a while. it makes me proud of my little teenagery-early-twenties self and gives me a reason to whip my school-befuddled current self into shape. i wrote some decent songs back in the day.
i also didn't mention about the country show in baddeck either. that was a blast. i really really enjoyed singing patsy cline songs, and my backup band was top notch. the show was right in the barn with the horses and we got to have a tour, introducing us to each one. some of these poor guys had a rough go, but the owners are super awesome people. it seems like the money they make there is just so they can keep their operation going and keep saving animals. i'd recommend keeping an ear out for these folks and attending some of their events over the year.
i was stoked because the barn was just full of chickens and dogs and ducks and ducklings and a goat, just wandering around. super fun to play with horses neighing and roosters crowing, and later i tried to catch some ducklings but they were too quick for me. it was too bad that the show happened during the most insane rain and wind storm ever, but a pile of people still came out and we only got moderately wet inside the barn.anywhoo, typing this extra long post may have something to do with the fact that i have a paper due in an hour and a half and i'm only part way done. check the sidebar and you will see that i am playing in sydney this thursday (it's a long weekend though, so think of it as friday). hope to see some folks out!
so tomorrow i am playing at flavor 19 which is a new-ish restaurant with realllly yummy food. i am a bit nervous about this show because my set is 3 hours long. i've never done that before. i definitely know enough songs to fill 3 hours but i've never played that many all in a row before. at any rate, i hope some people show up and get drunk on mojitos and keep me company.
anyway, the real reason i decided to make a blog post is to show you this lovely song and video of my friend john gill (aka the sea, the stars). i hope to do a video of this calibre soon soon soon to show off my new project's harmonizing skills and general awesomeness. anyway, enjoy this for now:
long time no blog. midterms will do that to ya. almost done and so far i'm still alive so that bodes well. i will live on to sing more songs to you. and i will sing a few tomorrow. in baddeck! in a barn! and they will be patsy cline songs! and my pals will be playing them with me (namely, steve wilton, shane o'handley, kristen read, yvette rogers and maybe a special guest or two). this will be a barrel of monkeys. or horsies. whatever. i hope to see you there.Directions to Rocking Horse Ranch: take exit 9 on the Trans Canada Highway, and turn towards Uisge Ban Falls (away from the village of Baddeck) when you get to the end of the road, hang a right (still as if you are headed to Uisge Ban Falls) and when you pass the entrance to the falls, watch for a dirt road on your left -- there will be a sign directing you to Rocking Horse Ranch.
i bought the new crowdis bridge cd today and it made me think about how much i want to record an album. i want to record something in a fancy studio that sounds super slick. the glitch in this plan is that i am so damn poor. i'm no good at writing grant proposals and i can't save money for the life of me.
i can't plausibly see a way this can happen any time soon until i'm finished school and working as a nurse (at which time i'll have disposable income but probably not much free time), so i suppose i must turn to the supernatural for help. maybe the universe is listening and it'll somehow make it possible. so i'll put it out there. i have my backing band all picked out (my friends are all so amazing). i know what studio i'd like to record in. i have a whole lot of demo songs to choose from. now i just need a miracle!
that was a great gobblefest weekend. caper radio really outdid themselves! on saturday static in action played at governor's pub to a bar filled with crazy people who crowd surfed, jumped on tables, sang along and generally had smiles on their faces constantly. we enjoyed it every bit as much as they did and probably more.
last night i attended the evening show at st. pat's and caught one of the songwriter's circles featuring my pals mikey lelievre, carolyn lionais and sean macgillivray and then i got a special surprise and was asked to play a few tunes myself. it was a really attentive crowd, and that church museum is one of the nicest venues in sydney. but i gotta tell you the thing that made it so special was that carolyn and sean sang along with my songs (and sean even played some guitar for me). these guys will just knock you out with their voices, and they are also two of my favorite songwriters of all time. it's pretty amazing that all of these astounding musicians come from cape breton, and even more astounding is that they are willing to sing with me. to me there is nothing better than 3 part harmonies, and when you have singers like these in the mix, it's like being wrapped in a giant musical hug.
next up was crowdis bridge, featuring my friend ben furey (hear ben's pretty voice on my recording of "inverness" here). they are a kickass bluegrass band, and i highly recommend checking them out. they have a new album out and everything.
all in all it was a great weekend. i had some great food, i swam in the ocean (october 9th, no less!) and played at and enjoyed two great shows that were chock full of friends and music, and friends who make amazing music.
just a reminder that gobblefest is this coming weekend, october 8th and 9th. definitely check it out if you are in sydney. static in action are playing on the saturday at governor's pub (facebook event) with black tooth grinn and the wilds of borneo as well as some more dancy acts on the 1st floor.
here is a hilarious video about it:
and here is an informative video with a great soundtrack (ha ha):
to me, it's kind of special that gobblefest is happening this year. it's a tradition, you know? it's great to see everyone come together and organize, perform at and attend a great event every year that everyone looks forward to. so when you are done your tofurky check out one or all of these 4 great shows. more info can be found at caper radio dot com.
i want to tell you about an exciting show coming up which is being organized by my good friend billie yvette rogers. from yvette:
"so... there is an outfit in rear baddeck called "Rocking Horse Ranch and Rehabilitation" who takes horses who were abused / neglected / destined for the slaughterhouse, gives them a loving home, and runs a trail ride operation and lesson farm, and has some up for adoption.
it costs a lot of money to feed those friends."
so we're putting on a show! it's gonna be on october 30 at the ranch itself and each performer is going to be doing a couple of tunes by their favorite country music artist. i have chosen to do patsy cline, because she rocks. i'd suggest y'all come on out and enjoy some old timey country music for a great cause. and you know what else, it's right before halloween so dressing up country style is encouraged. how fun! check out the events section for more details.
i'm going to reserve the events section on this site for my own gigs but i'll let you know here about upcoming gigs for other bands i am in.
if you are in sydney, you can check out my punk band, static in action at two shows in the near future: we're playing at the upstairs club on september 30th. this show is a fundraiser for gobblefest, which is coincidentally the next show we are playing on october 8th at governor's pub. you really should check out gobblefest, it's a weekend-long festival with local and away bands that occurs on thanksgiving weekend. it's been kind of a traditional event though it seemed to be going the way of the wild turkey (actually i think there's probably still a lot of wild turkeys around - was i talking about the booze? that's probably doing well too. ah well, you know what i meant), but this year caper radio has revived it.
i'll probably be talking about caper radio a lot on here, since it's run by friends of mine and they just happen to be doing an INCREDIBLE job at promoting local music in cape breton. but, since i don't want to use up all my blog content in one day, i will wait til the next awesome thing they do to tell you more about my feelings about caper. check out www.caperradio.com anyway and see for yourself.