Friday, July 25, 2014

Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women and Song

I'm currently packing all the items that are on my list. I've got food, a tent, bedding, my guitar and various other odds and ends that I will need for the weekend. I'm heading to Lockeport, NS today for the Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women and Song.

Tomorrow is my birthday and I'm performing during a Songwriters Circle with Kim Harris, Alyssa Leblanc & Chelsea Nickerson. It is an understatement to say that I am excitement. I love the fact that this festival's focus is female artists in various formats; music, dance, art! I'm proud to be a part of something that creates opportunities in a world that is male driven. There is a far greater percentage of published male recording artists than female and it isn't because we aren't playing. There is just a smaller margin of available opportunities for women. It has improved over the years, but we still have a long way to go.

I was listening to an interview on CBC with Kate Nash a summer or two ago. She had stated a mind blowing statistic, that in England, only 14% of all published recording artists were female. It blew my mind! While the numbers may vary from location to location, it is a window into the difficulties faced by female musicians. But alas, we are not limited by these things, it just means we have to be a little creative sometimes.

Here is the event schedule! There is still time to get a ticket. I hope to see you there, be sure to say hello!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Tonight: New Music Tuesdays at the Seahorse

I'm currently on my way to Halifax, where I will kick off the return of Propeller's New Music Tuesday at the Seahorse. It is a free show so if you are in Halifax looking for something to do tonight, come on out and listen to some live music. So many great folks playing tonight!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Serenade the Summer

I await this time of year.  I am a musical sun baby who lives in the soil amongst her minion army of tiny plants. I find solace on a blanket in the garden, where I can watch everything grow and serenade softly the seeds I sow.

I work out my ideas, flirt with inspiration, ponder past events and brace myself with excitement for the wave of the future.

At the end of the day I am a simple country girl, whose eyes dance with her imagination, step by step, to the beat of her dreams.

Enjoy the sunshine, we scream for it behind closed doors during the darkest depths of winter. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Guitar tracks are Complete! #GettingErDone

It's time! I can barely contain myself. We're getting this album done! Last week, I recorded rhythm tracks and pretty finger picking tracks to 7 songs.

I often worry too much during recording sessions. I suffer from "Recording Light Pressure"... I named it myself. It's the state of panic that occurs when the record button is pressed. I know it's absurd considering I perform in public, but recording really is a completely different vibe. I get anxious when that button is pressed and only when I'm trying to record guitar or keys. I feel relaxed when I'm laying down vocal tracks. I did fine though. Instead of downright panic, my entire body would tense until the stop button was pressed. But, you can't HEAR my body tensing up so we're good. Aside from that, the process wasn't painful at all. I kind of enjoyed it.

In a little over a week, when schedules slow down, Darbs will come in and lay down some drum tracks. I know it seems backwards but all the guitar tracks were recorded to a metronome, so it's good!

It has been such a long road to get to this point and I am so thrilled to see progress. I am so fortunate to have good people helping me with the process.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Inspiring Times

It would be a lie if I told you that I was a fan of the cold. As beautiful as it may be, I am a sun baby. I do love it when the weather warms, even if it is only Mother Nature's way of teasing us. It is so inspiring to go for a walk in the sunshine and see the bright green that is new growth hiding away. It reminds me that spring really isn't that far away. Along with the new growth, comes the promise of creativity. Songs and stories emerge like daffodils pushing their way through the soil.

The last few nice days have inspired new songs, stories, characters and dreams for the future. I can't wait to share them all with you. For now, I will hide myself away by the wood stove. Practicing in my little nook, waiting for this upcoming winter storm to pass; while I dream of warm weather and the splendor it brings.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Seasons are Changing

A couple weeks ago the Quiet Parade and Ria Mae came and played a show and myself and Cory LeBlanc from Rain Over Saint Ambrose were each asked to play a few acoustic songs to kick off the night. Unfortunately since it was my husbands first night lobster fishing for the season, I wasn't able to stay and enjoy the other bands. I got to share the stage with Ria Mae a couple summer's ago at the Harmony Bazaar Festival in Lockeport and she is absolutely fantastic. The Quiet Parade is always a treat as well! Thanks goes out to Lynn Hemeon for capturing my performance of Sweetheart.

Over the next few weeks I will be getting into the Christmas spirit while the hubby is away on the water providing for our family. Upcoming Christmas Events and a house concert are on my Calendar and in the New Year, I will be ready to pick things up again. I also have an album to finish up and I am very excited for the finished result.