Coming Up!

Hi all–

First signs of Spring are that I’ve spent the weekend working on booking musicians to play at the Kemptville Farmers’ Market music for this season (looks like I’m back on the board!) and also looking for Farmers’ Markets to play myself–I suppose it would be easier if I just played Kemptville every weekend… but… (wink)

In all seriousness, I have to admit that over the last couple of years, these market music gigs have slowly but surely become my favourite ones… I mean, it is kinda the best of all worlds for someone of my particular set of predilections; local food, farmers, (often friends) a bit of travel but not too much, a warm happy and generally receptive audience, early in, early out… It’s a pretty swell side hustle, all things considered. I’m starting to enjoy it so much that I’m even thinking of starting a blog this season about the various markets I visit… maybe just a couple of paragraphs talking about my favourite treats from each stop, a couple of pictures, highlights… I mean, I’m going there anyway, it could be a fun way to share the experience… So, look for that.

In more current news, I’ve got a couple of shows coming up next month:

Saturday, April 6Moose McGuires, 1pm:

I am playing at the famous Tunes After Noon showcase with host Greg Kelly: Greg has been hosting this songwriter series at various venues for several years now– the current landing spot is Moose McGuires (3320 McCarthy Road, Ottawa) Greg is a dear pal who sang on my first record and we always have a smile for each other… The show starts ‘After Noon’ believe it or not, at 1 pm. We would love to see you Ottawa folks there…

Saturday, April 20 — Kaffe 1870

I’m happy to return next month to a favourite Quebec venue… for this gig I will have Fiddlehead Souperstar Doug Hendry along for help on the harmonies and to call the dances. Libby Hortop will be opening the evening:

“In 2014, Libby Hortop bought an Autoharp off Kijiji on a whim and began writing songs in the simplest, most uninhibited way possible. Her music is one part earnest and one part wise, like that of her inspirations, Joni Mitchell and Joanna Newsom. Libby’s future ambitions include writing for hammered dulcimer and penning French lyrics. She can often be found wandering the woods of Gatineau Park.”

In a final note:

I do have a limited supply of ‘dupes’ (no frills cd copies) of the new album, A Perfect Cliché, for those who aren’t doing the download thing yet… I am happy to mail one to you if you will do two things–

  • Send an email to with your full mailing address, and:
  • E-transfer me $10 to cover the cost of the cd and the postage (more is welcome, but that will cover my costs…).

You can also scroll down on any page on the website and click the ‘Tip Jar’ button to send cash through PayPal if that is easier. Or stop by my house or work, I’ll keep a couple handy in case I see I you. Let me know if you’d like the first album, a bumper sticker or a t-shirt while you are at it and I can mail that your way as well…