Back in the big smoke now, and the first order of business was Long and McQuade‘s Attic Sale on Friday morning just past. After a 3 hours wait, finally got in and nabbed a used MOTU 8pre eight-channel ADAT preamp to replace the Focusrite OctoPre I had been renting all summer. Officially ready now for 12 simultaneous channels of recording fun!
Out and About
Friday night was the occasion to catch some fine music in the clubs and I wasn’t disappointed. First off was Mimi O’Bonsawin‘s excellent set at the Dock on Queen, complete with a preview of her latest video. Mimi and suitcase kicking percussionist and partner Ryan Schurman delivered a catchy and eclectic mix of original songs (and one cover) to a small but enthusiastic crowd, closing off a summer of extensive touring and sightseeing in Northern Ontario.
Next up was the weekly Blues Jam at the Salty Dog, where the Sons of Rhythm were featured. Host Mike Sedgwick sat in with this virtuosos trio, further raising the bar, bit follow-up Sal Indigo did not disappoint. I only regret not being able to stay later but a morning commitment loomed.
Nova Scotia Highlights
Those who read last week’s remote blog will know I was travelling in Nova Scotia. Beautiful place and lots to relate, but let me just focus on a few oddities.
First was this guitar shown below made from the type of coal shovel as was employed early last century by miners in Cape Breton. This one, signed by George Jones, is on display at the Miners’ Museum in Glace Bay. By the way, once you visit this place, Merle Travis‘ Sixteen Tons takes on full and concrete meaning.
Another intriguing guitar that I played briefly at Fortress of Louisbourg. The gentleman who allowed me to pick it up explained it was a reproduction of an 18th century guitar. I do not have the expertise to say one way or the other. The guitar was set up with paired strings (like a twelve-string), but without the low E pair. Very Keith Richard!
Finally, not sure if any comment is required regarding the following photograph. This is just outside of North Sydney.
Special Gig Alert
I have the great pleasure to be guesting with Michael Cuddy this coming Saturday, September 29, 9:30 PM, at Relish Bar and Grill. I am a big fan on Michael’s songs, and very much want to do them justice.
On top of that, his latest recordings feature guitar work by Tim Bovaconti, who regularly performs with Ron Sexsmith and Burton Cummings, as well as leading his own excellent group. That’s who I am supposed to cover for!
Piling on, the rhythm section is David Macmichael on bass and Paul Brennan on drums (honorary Cats btw!), some of the best and most tasteful musicians I have ever played with.
So I have my work cut out for me but it will be an inspiring challenge. Please come down to see how well I do, but mostly to hear Michael Cuddy’s eclectic and superbly crafted songs!
Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!