September has started with rain and more rain and we had to move the Lunenburg Heritage Bandstand Concert inside. The sun came out about 10 minutes after the show was over — good to see that Murphy's Law hasn't been repealed. It was a pleasure to play both Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival and the Bandstand Concert series and I want to say thank you to the good people at the FH Society for inviting me to participate in both events. I love living in a town which has its own folk festival.
Now that the summer is winding down (I refuse to believe it's over yet), it's time to start getting ready for October and November happenings. Given the whirlwind that was August, I'm happy that there is very little on my calendar for September. I will be playing and playing and playing to get ready for a fall tour and also to finalize the music for the new album (as mentioned in last month's post).
October sees me off on my travels to attend a couple of conferences (Folk Music Ontario and North East Regional Folk Alliance) and play some gigs over a 6-week spell. The tour will take me through Quebec, Ontario, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachussets, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine and Prince Edward Island. More details on dates and locations will be coming out soon. My most recent purchase was a GPS to help me navigate.
The tour will be a big adventure. In order to play in the US, I acquired a P-3 visa which is good for a year and I'm planning on doing more in 2014 in support of the new CD. I have a few opportunities out west and in between the practice sessions, I'll be spending my time arranging dates. Ah, the glamourous life of an independent musician.
But before September is over, I have one more gig booked. I'll be down at The SeaDog Saloon in beautiful Shelburne, NS on Sept 27 to play the Friday Night Hootenany. Come on down to Dock Street for some good food and good tunes. There may be a couple of others that I'm working on as well. I'll keep you posted.
In the meantime, enjoy the musical journey, wherever it takes you and I hope to see you along the road.
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