This will be the first summer in several years that I'm not playing a bunch of festivals across Canada with Annie Lou - we have a new CD coming out and will be hitting the road with it in the fall. This summer we'll be at the Atlin Arts & Music Festival, close to home and the beautiful mountains of northern BC, and we're excited to share the stage with the likes of David Grisman, David Lindley, some of our talented Yukon friends, and lots more great music.
I'm also putting a lot of energy into a new project these days, called Blue Hibou. This is a collaboration with Hélène Beaulieu, who moved to Whitehorse from Quebec a few years ago and has thoroughly charmed our dusty town. She is an inventive and subtle musician who can switch gracefully from classical guitar ensemble, to ukulele workshops for pre-schoolers, to songwriter extraordinaire, to sweet and plunky banjo parts on old Hank Williams tunes. We are songwriting and composing and collecting songs and guitar duets by Stravinsky, Satie, Bach, etc. Add local indie hero Micah Smith on lap steel and bass, and we have a warm and dreamy mix of sounds. We're recording a demo that will evolve into a full-length disc in the coming months. We're playing some shows around the Yukon this summer. Keep an eye on the upcoming shows listed to the right, because things are still unfolding!