January was an interesting month. Compared to my productivity and practice in December it was almost a lost month. I know that’s a bit of an over statement but sometimes it can be hard to overcome my inertia and sit down behind the music stand, plug in and get things done.
If you are ever asked to play for an artist at the annual Folk Music Ontario conference your answer will be an emphatic yes! Paid or not you should go! I guarantee an experience you will never forget.
In October I had one of my best musical experiences since my return to music. I played bass for Rant Maggie Rant as well as Barry James Payne’s group String Bone at the Folk Music Ontario Conference (FMOC) at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga.
In a nutshell the FMOC is 3 day event for musicians to showcase their talent to other industry people be it musicians, agents or festival artistic directors. There are official invite only showcases during the early evening hours and unofficial private showcases that take place after hours between 11:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. on a couple of floors of the hotel. Continue reading
One of the groups I play bass for is the Irish/Celtic band Rant Maggie Rant. I’ve been playing with them since their Frost and Fire tour leading up to Christmas last year. I got the call again for series of shows around St Patty’s Day this year.
The best show of that weekend was playing at Hugh’s Room in Toronto. It’s the third time the band has played St Patty’s weekend there so it’s becoming a bit of a tradition. I’ve played Hugh’s Room several times now but this is the first time I’ve played there to a sold out crowd who were ready for a party. Continue reading
There was a time in my high school and college days when I was scared of my shadow and doubted my abilities as a musician. After 20 years running a small business the shadow is no longer an issue although I think self doubt is just part of being a musician for many of us. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get over that part of my personality but I am so grateful to be able to do what I do on a regular basis. There really is nothing quite like a live performance. Continue reading