I hope you are enjoying winter and that everyone had a fantastic holiday season. My new year’s resolution is to write more songs and I have a few sketches that I am refining these days.
In February I am going to be in Memphis for the 24th Annual Folk Alliance Conference where a bunch of folk geeks (including myself) bask in the glory of all that is FOLK. This year I have an official showcase as well as a kickass songwriters circle in the Beaver Suite (sweet!) with the incomparable Mary Gauthier and Samantha Martin.
Talk about quality beaver!
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Thanks to the lovely audience at my Oh Susanna and Friends show who donated just over $500 to The Redwood Shelter.
My song Drunk as a Sailor is part of the soundtrack for Canadian indie darling film Moon Point. There will be a screening on Thursday February 2nd at The Royal Theatre on College Street Toronto. Songs from the film will be performed live!
That’s all for now, may 2012 bring you an abundance of love and blessings.
Hey folks! The Oh Susanna “Soon The Birds” contest is officially closed. Don’t worry if you missed it or didn’t win this time around, we’ve got another one for ya! In honour of Suzie’s OBSESSIONS themed show in Montreal on December 9th, we’d like you to post your obsessions on her Facebook Wall for a chance to win an Oh Susanna Notebook and “Bird in a Bottlecap” Fridge Magnet set. Happy Posting!
Visit Oh Susanna’s Facebook Wall and tell us what your favourite Oh Susanna song is and why. We’ll pick a random post, and the lucky winner will receive signed CD of your choice, a poster and an original Suzie-made fridge magnet!
Hello kind readers….
I can’t believe that December is a heartbeat away and so that means one thing: one month until my big party show “Oh Susanna and Friends”. I think this year will be the 7th or 8th time I’ve done it. I try to do them every year unless childbirth or other stubborn things get in the way. I say it is a party show because I invite a bunch of other singer-songwriters to come and strut their stuff (after I have played a few tunes with my all star band). The audience is always fantastic and so is the music. Past guests have included: Justin Rutledge, Andrew Cash (when he was just a lowly musician and not an MP), Stephen Fearing, Jim Bryson, Ruth Moody (of the Wailin’ Jennys), Michael Ondaatje and Jim Cuddy.
This year we have a kick-ass show lined up so far with:
The Abrams Brothers (www.theabramsbrothers.com)
Matthew Barber (www.matthewbarber.com)
Samantha Martin (www.samanthamartin.ca)
Openhearts Society (featuring Chris Brown of The Bourbon Tabernacle Choir www.openheartssociety.com)
Awna Teixeira (from Po’ Girl www.hazytales.me)
Lori Yates (www.loriyates.com)
For those of you who missed this killer show because you don’t live in Western Canada, the Abrams Brothers and I are doing one Ontario show. The Abrams Brothers are virtuoso singers and pickers and who can barely grow facial hair. Come watch me sing morose songs that sound almost cheerful when they sing and play with me at the River Arts Festival in Dunnville.
The Songwriters Association of Canada hosts an event called Bluebird North named after The Bluebird, a famous club in Nashville where songwriters sing in the round showing off their songs. At Bluebird North a group of songwriters take turns showing off their songs but instead of singing in a hole in the wall club here we get to do it in the lovely hoity toity Royal Conservatory of Music. Pretty swank if you ask me.
CBC CANADA LIVE BROADCAST OCTOBER 11, 2011, Radio 2 at 7pm
Way back in June, Matthew Barber and I played to a too drunk but happy crowd at the Palomino Bar in Calgary. The soundman Bill decided to come up on stage in between the first 3 or 4 songs and complain to Burke, my pedal steel player, in full voice about how Burke’s amplifier volume had changed and how he should adjust it. Their conversations grew so long that I had to interrupt them by starting the next song on the set list – in effect trying to shoo Bill away. Meanwhile, my guitar is feeding back and so I would say,” Bill could you please turn down my guitar?” But he never would. So finally on the third time of asking the audience chimed in “BILL BILL BILL!” Matthew tried to calm the audience down for fear that Bill would retaliate by shutting off the PA altogether. So I must admit that between the drunken crowd and the whacky soundman I had quite a bit of swagger that night. The CBC had to chop out quite of bit of my off-colour commentary. So they made the show sound quite good in spite of the circumstances. Clink the link here to listen now.
Thanks ever so much to the CBC!