Singer/songwriter :: Victoria, BC
Reflecting back on 2019, an amazing year that started with an invitation to the Singer/Songwriter Residency at the Banff Centre, an experience that transformed the way I think about songwriting. It helped me break through a major writing block and connected me with a whole bunch of amazingly talented folks from all over the world.
Surrounded by the stunning beauty of the Rockies, I was energized, humbled, and inspired to connect with mentors Kevin Welch, Kim Richey, Fats Kaplin, Tamara Lindeman, Dustin Welch and David Francey.
I followed that up with a trip to Eastern Canada to visit with some of my new friends, and check in with our producer Howard Bilerman to finish up the tracks we recorded during the residency at his hotel2tango studio in Montreal. I’ve been writing more new tunes inspired by the road trip, and I’m happy that they’re taking my music in a whole new direction.
In 2018 I released a CD called Songs from the Third Act, a collection of material that emerged from four decades of writing. The title is inspired by a TED talk about the riches to be found in the last stage of our lives, and it’s a reflection on the many roads I’ve travelled to get to where I am today.
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I’ve written songs in just about every genre, but I’d venture to call what I’m doing these days “legacy folk” because I’ve been around for a long time in musician years…
I’ve had many adventures in various confabulations ranging from solo folk, folk-rock and gypsy jazz to covering Billie Holiday with a fabulous lineup of world-class jazz musicians. Along the way I’ve opened for Phil Ochs, Peter Yarrow, Jose Feliciano, and Stephane Grappelli.
This photo was taken during my first time on stage in a seedy club called the Elegant Parlour in Vancouver around the time I was getting ready to graduate from high school. I got hired for my first paying gig that night, and the rest, as they say, is history…
Island Girl * Denman Island BC * 1973