songwriters Archive

September 11, 2013

Star Island – The Isles of Shoals

Just back from the magical Star Island ( )  part of the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire. Writer’s in the Round – poets, songwriters – all meeting to cross-pollinate. It was my pleasure to be a facilitator – teaching is too strong a word. The great difference between this experience and previous songwriting […]

June 18, 2013

Lynn Miles – Downpour

Lynn Miles – Downpour. I’ve been listening to this CD for a few weeks. It’s addicting.  Every song is good – several are great. They make me want to put my guitar down and never again touch it. The only downside is that I wake with those songs in my head, not my own. This […]

February 11, 2013

Goodbye, Gillis Mountain

Last night, a dear friend gave me a copy of Diane Keaton’s biography “Then Again”.  It was bookmarked to an end chapter and my friend asked if I would read those few pages aloud. Those pages listed the small things that fade and sink into memory – children’s play, things found, songs sung. Imagine my […]

February 04, 2013

Bluebird North(east)

What a time at the Music Room on Saturday night. For years now, the Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC) has held song circles named Bluebird North in homage to the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. Great little showcases of writers which (usually) leave behind the schtick and schmooze of the the bid’ness of songwriting. They’re always […]

February 01, 2013

The Voice

Doing a show at the Carleton with Shari Ulrich on May 12th…really looking forward to it. She’s shamefully good…dang. And a great human being.  Details to follow….

December 19, 2012

More Bluebird North info

A couple of links to Bluebird North on February 2, 1013

November 28, 2012

Bluebird North

Just a note to say that I’ll be joining Mel Ferrimond, Ian Sherwood and Erin Costello for a Songwriters Association of Canada event on February 2. See the details in the show section to the right…. Also, I’ll be joining Ann Fearon and Mel at the Singing Kettle at the end of February – details […]

February 29, 2012

John Reischman & The Jaybirds

Here’s the great thing about John Reischman and The Jaybirds: they’re coming to Halifax on March 27th and playing at the Carleton. Truth be told, there are many great things about John and his band, but for me it’s especially good to know he’s coming to town. John and I go back to my first […]

November 21, 2011

Raylene’s new CD – All The Diamonds

  I’m so, so happy to tell you that Raylene’s CD is available on this website. If you go to the Music Store, you’ll find a PayPal button that will allow you     to pay online. I’ll pop one in the mail to you. These are pre-release sales – the CD won’t be in […]

September 23, 2011

back again

Well, sorry for the long absence. Life, as we continue to understand  it. My recent happy experience at the Sherbrooke Songwriter’s Camp was enough to get me through the summer with a sense of satisfaction and joy. Well needed. My fellow “instructors” – facilitators, really – were James Keelaghan, David Francey, Clary Croft and Craig […]