Hall of mirrors

May 5, 2021

What a year it’s been for reflection.

This photo (which now could be very useful in pretending I have a room full of friends here with me while in lockdown) was taken in 2015 by my pal Chris White at the Ottawa Grassroots Festival during a workshop I was leading on fingerstyle guitar technique.

It was lovely to join the Ottawa Grassroots Festival community again recently to perform at their online event.
The best Zoom room is the one that’s filled with music.

If your perception seems a bit distorted in these current times, please know you’re not alone.

I hope you’re finding some grounding moments, as I have, in art and in music. My goal is to keep bringing those things to you.

For the love of…

April 9, 2021

More than a year has passed since I last played music for a live audience.

I miss it so much.

I miss the folk club chili and the state park hikes and the strange requests from border guards and the prayers for fragile flight cargo and the stories at the merch table and the hugs in the parking lot.

I miss the singalongs and the shaky new songs and the songwriters-in-the-rounds. I miss being glad to see people arriving in crowds.

I’ve been making music in the distance. I’ve been making art alone, housebound, locked down. And in the coming months I’ll be sharing it with you. And hoping we can be together like this again soon.

Women of Folkways lives on

February 18, 2021

Four years ago, I was hiking through national parks around Alberta, eating pierogies made by church ladies, and taking Daisy the dog for walks across frozen Edmonton parks. I was supposed to be touring Alberta again this winter with a new album in hand, but of course, things change. But some things stay the same […]

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Winter waiting

February 3, 2021

I rarely check the weather forecast anymore, unless I’m heading out to stand in line outside the grocery store. I used to watch the windchill numbers to gauge how many scarves I’d need to wear on a winter bike ride and eyeball the snowfall warnings before packing up the tour car. This short month already […]

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Unraveling a new year

January 12, 2021

It’s tempting to toss the entire tangled mess of a tumultuous year aside and start tugging on the thread of a brand new spool. But it’s worth acknowledging the knots and snags, the attempts, the failures, the places where we got stuck. How we started and where we are now. I am feeling the claustrophobic […]

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Look for the light in the window

December 25, 2020

In these dark December days, in this very strange year, I hope you are holding on to the traditions that bring you comfort in whatever way you can. This year, I chose David Francey‘s Nearly Midnight, as my “Twisted Christmas/Sad Winter Song” selection. A song about long night drives and sparks of light that glow […]

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