The Arts in a Pandemic

Well. Wow. Yep. Things are sure different now! This time last year it would have been the happy chaos of planning and packing for all the camps, workshops, festivals and shows that would be just about to ramp into high gear. This year, in fact, would have been the most busy work schedule of my life to date, and then the covid hits, and every single one of those jobs no longer exists. I will miss all those wonderful people who also are out of those jobs. As musicians and event organizers, we all find ourselves looking for ways to keep the arts going somehow, and many of us are finding new ways to function creatively (even if sources of funding are difficult to figure out) One bright spot is that we seem to be creating! I’ve finally had some time to write music, working on my teaching books, learning more tech so I can create music videos, making friends with Zoom, experimenting in our recording studio…..and having a blast cooking complicated recipes with my kid in the kitchen! My next plan is to see how many pop-up, covid friendly outdoor gigs I can find…my first gig in three months was at Tractorgrease in Chilliwack, MAN it felt amazing to play again! Jeff Bonner at Tractorgrease is doing a marvelous job with his outdoor stage, several 20 X 20 tents, limited spaced seating, and is doing two separate shows a night so that after the first show, those folks head home, they sanitize the tables and chairs, and then the second show starts an hour later with a different audience. Innovative, and it keeps live music going responsibly. Good job Jeff! Just starting to put feelers out for other outdoor work now, will see how it goes! Some updates on the bands include a name change for Tony O’Hara’s and my duo, formerly known as “Boilie’s Goat” …we are now called “Strong Bow & Wry” after a Facebook contest to rename us. Head to Facebook and check out our new page, and see a couple of new live videos of our tunes! We are available for duo and trio work (the fabulous John Welsh can join in too!) for outdoor shows! There’s also Ari Neufeld, Roads Unknown, Murphy’s Lagh, Pat Chessel, Boris Sichon available for outdoor gigs too, I’m privileged to work with them as their fiddle player! Also check out my new video “Pacing Momentum” on Youtube…I composed it to create a moment of calm for anyone needing a small break from the stresses of our world. We have to take it all a day at a time, my friends!

Summer and Fall 2019!!

Such an incredible summer so far! Started out with the Mission Children’s Festival and a sneaky trip to Gabriola Island, then dove into running the ONTS Theatre Camp for Kids, session one. We created an amazing play entitled, “Al Dente, a culinary caper” that the kids wrote and performed themselves. So so fun! Then on […]

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Happy Fall 2018!

Yep, we’ve hit sweater weather, and I have to admit, I love it! After such an amazing summer of festivals, music and theatre camps, it’s great to get back into the studio and get ready for even more fun stuff! Here’s some neat upcoming fun: I’ll be teaching an adult comedy improv class this fall, […]

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Summer 2017!

I’m so excited and looking forward to all the amazing projects this summer! Loads of fun gigs and camps on the way! I will be running the Opening Nite Theatre camp for Kids in July and August, the July camp is “Adventures in Storyland” for ages 8-11 (sold out!) and the August camp (aug. 21-25) […]

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The 2016/2017 Season is here!!!

Annwyn Studios is bustling with wonderful fiddle students making music come alive in the lesson room! There have been some amazing gigs too, and more to come! Every Sunday I’m always excited to host at Sisto’s with such an array of incredible co-hosts and open mic-ers! Make sure you come see us there! Upcoming co-hosts […]

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The 2015/2016 Season is here!!!

What an incredible summer we had! The Castlegar Fiddle Camp was a blast, amazing new friends and tunes! I ran 2 Theatre Camps for Kids with Opening Nite Theatre which was also a ridiculous amount of fun, we’re doing that again for sure!! Loads of gigs all over BC with wonderful musicians and bands like […]

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Upcoming Events!!

So much coming up in the next few months! I am very honoured to have asked to perform in Ontario once again with the Karen Schuessler Singers! They are hosting an evening called “Come to the Ceilidh” Saturday, 2015 March 28 which will be a kitchen party like no other! Rollicking Celtic music—including favorites like […]

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BC Winter Games Theme song released!

After being commissioned to compose, record and perform this year’s BC Winter Games theme song, it’s exciting to hear it being broadcast! “Bring on the Games” is a group project bringing together professional area musicians, up and comers, and even a youth ensemble comprised of Fraser Valley student performers! We’ll be performing it live at […]

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Summer 2013!!

Here we go, folks! Such an eventful summer lies ahead! Trips to Lopez Island, a tour with the fabulous Tim Readman on Vancouver Island, teaching at the wonderful Hornby Island fiddle camp, “Fiddles ‘n Fun” ….(seems to be a strong island theme here!) Don’t worry, there are still pub shows as well as festival shows […]

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Countdown to St. Patrick’s month!

Several of the bands I perform with are in deep preparation for what we love to call, “The Great St. Patrick’s Marathon” !!! This year, I’ll be playing with Damian Brennan in Murphy’s Lagh, The Streels, Sloe Gin Sideshow and Copper Sky, to name a few! Check out the events page for all the performance […]

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