After a protracted absence, it was finally back at Relish this past Sunday for not one, nor even two, but three world premieres: two of mine called I Don’t Know and Burning Bridges, and a cover of one of my friend Michael Sheen Cuddy’s songs. Once again, David Macmichael and Paul Brennan proved why they are the best open mic rhythm section in the city. I hope to repeat these three tunes real soon, maybe even this week. Michael, will you be there to find out which song I did?
Double Header Gig Alert
Mark you calendars for Sunday June 23 from 4 to 8 pm for a rare matinee show at the Black Swan with a first set by the Cats, then being joined for the next two by good buddy Salabama.
I should be well warmed up as I’ll also be part of a an earlier “on the street” multi-artist show at Might & Main. The exact time is tbd but the line up features many past performers at M&M, performing from 9am to 2pm. Should be a fun and busy day. Details and invitations to follow.
Last Tuesday marked a return (as a spectator) to the Linsmore for Indie Tuesday.
First on the bill was a favourite of mine, TC Folkpunk (or better yet TeeCee Folquepunque as will be clear later). It was great to catch TC’s new material and some old favourites. He was in great form and sporting a new Telecaster which is perhaps the best sounding guitar I’ve heard him play to date.
Next was Ghost Town, and band new to me that performed a solid set. Strong ensemble with good vocals.
But the real surprise of the night was the third act, UNT. A power trio, the band launched into great tight metal/psychedelic riffy tunes led by guitarist and lead vocalist Michel Scotta Delorme with Marc Porter and Rick Smith on bass and drums and back up vocals and in French! It was also fun to see Michel favoured a Traynor Bass Master for his amp (yes like the one I let get away in in fit of overzealous purging).
I’ll be posting the blog sans photos for now, but check again later in case I manage to get some of the show.
Be well and Victorious!
Ever so briefly this week as not much is happening due to getting the house back in shape after concrete work in the basement and family gatherings.
Possible recording/mixing later in the week may inform next week’s blog post, and three news songs in the works…
That’s it, be well!
Work continues on the ante chamber to ManCave Studio, which has cramped my style somewhat. Since my last post, the floor has been dug up revealing the lovely shore sand of Lake Iroquois upon which the studio is built.
Glacial Lake Iroquois was a prehistoric proglacial lake that existed at the end of the last ice age approximately 13,000 years ago.The lake was essentially an enlargement of the present Lake Ontario that formed because the St. Lawrence River downstream from the lake was blocked by the ice sheet near the present Thousand Islands. The level of the lake was approximately 30 m (~100 ft) above the present level of Lake Ontario. (Wikipedia)
A short video of the work is included below.
This brought to mind a song by friend and fellow musical traveller Fraz Milne called “Down at the Beach”. Please take a few minutes to enjoy it!
Until next week, be well!