May 12, 2017 - Carman Active Living Centre, Carman, MB
May 13, 2017 - The Glesby Centre, Portage La Prairie, MB
May 18, 2017 - Times Change(d), Odd Couples w/Campbell Woods, Winnipeg, MB
May 20, 2017 - Johnny's Social Club, Flin Flon, MB
May 22, 2017 - Timber House, Dryden, ON
May 25, 2017 - Raven & Republic, North Bay, ON
May 27, 2017 - Dakota Tavern (w/ Sarah Jane Scouten), Toronto, ON
May 28, 2017 - The Cornerstone, Guelph, ON
May 29, 2017 - Mahtay Cafe, St. Catherines, ON
May 30, 2017 - Richmond Tavern, London, ON
May 31, 2017 - Gore Street Cafe, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Jun 1, 2017 - The Foundry, Thunder Bay, ON
Out of the Elements and into the Lab
Kevin Roy with Amie Peterson (left) and Laurel Thomsen (right)
Fire & Water has come and gone...hopefully it won't come to 'guerrilla jamming' techniques to get booked in future years.
This festival is a real celebration of music, art, good times, and great people. I've always loved the spontaneity and collaborations at these types of festivals. This year we were privileged to get an extra impromptu set with the extremely talented Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen. What better way to spend a cool, rainy Sunday evening than under a tent with patio heaters and bluegrass standards. Mark it on your calendar next year, this festival keeps getting bigger and better every time!
In between festivals and local shows we also just wrapped up the pre-production sessions for some recording that will be taking place in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more information on this project. See you at Shine On in a few short weeks!
Fire & Water
Jul. 28/13A few weeks back I got the chance to spend a couple days with friends in Lac du Bonnet, a fascinating community rich in history. It was a real pleasure to hear stories and share music with locals and friends. I haven't had the chance to talk that in-depth about Canadian History since my days studying it in University.
Anyway, after a few songs, a few stories, and a few drinks we ended up getting booked to play the Fire & Water Music Festival which takes place August 2nd-4th in the town of Lac du Bonnet. Hope to see you there!
Nickel Creek on the Assiniboine River
Jul. 8/13The days before the Winnipeg Folk Festival are typically spent strategizing and mapping out how to see all the acts you're anticipating and assembling your arsenal for festival survival/'Guerrilla Jamming'. However, this year has been a little different. My festival experience has started four days prior with a series of workshops and sessions with four of this years acts, including: Sean and Sara Watkins (formerly of Nickel Creek with Chris Thile), Tony Furtado (no relation to Nelly, but a damn fine slide guitarist and banjo picker), and Dan Bern (a wonderful writer and performer). Each of these artists has brought a wealth of knowledge and offered guidance and perspectives on many elements of creating music.
These performers are guaranteed to satisfy those hungry Folk Festival appetites this year, be sure to check them all out! (below: Pickin' and singing with Sean and Sara Watkins)