Hello and Happy Spring!
As the flowers are blooming
and the weather is getting warmer, I'm excited to give you a bit of an update on
the upcoming year.
As many of you know, I have teamed up with some
longtime friends and wonderful musicians Trent Freeman, Karrnnel Sawitsky and Eric
Wright to form The Fretless--A string quartet that plays
arranged fiddle & trad music: Rad Trad! We have had a busy winter together rehearsing,
recording and touring, and we are very excited to release our new CD 'Waterbound'
on the West Coast of Canada in June. We recorded it with the wonderful Joby Baker
in Victoria, in Dec and have 2 wonderful guests singing with us on our CD; Norah
Rendell of the Outside Track and Ruth Moody of the Wailin Jennys. We are all thrilled with it
and have so many exciting things coming up for the band. Please check us out on
our website at www.thefretless.com and like us on Facebook.
Other exciting things happening
for me are the many collaborations I've been happy to be a part of. From January
to March I had the pleasure of performing with Oliver Swain and The Big Machine. An amazing
and unique musician and performer, I'm looking forward to doing more shows with
Oliver later this year. I also had the pleasure of teaching the BC Fiddle Orchestra
and North Shore Celtic Ensemble for a few workshops while I was on the west coast
in Jan/Feb. What a great bunch of players! The folk scene is alive and thriving
and it's so exciting!
I had a short residency as a guest with the wonderful
band Annalivia from Boston. We played a variety
of shows in New England and it was so much fun! What a great bunch of people and
an awesome band.
Now, I'm writing from the road, as I'm on tour
with The Outside Track. I toured with them a lot
last year, and they are such great musicians and awesome people. It's great to be
on the road with them again. We are touring all over the US, and then headed over
to the UK and I'll have a stop in Ireland as well! It'll be a crazy, amazing and
fun upcoming 3 months of touring.
I've had many requests for
starting a blog or tour diary of my adventures on the road, so I've finally done
it! I'll be posting a tour diary on my website with all my adventures, so please
feel free to check that out and follow my crazy touring life!
Thanks again for all your
support and hopefully I'll see many of you on the road soon!