SHELTER IN PLACE....WITH YOUR BANJO!!!!

I hope you are all doing well in these trying times. As touring has been shut down for the foreseeable future, I've turned my full attention to teaching these days. 

I've been working on some great lessons that I'd love to share with you if you're interested in. They are live on Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts. 

There are about 20 of them listed here if you want more info - click here

 

News

...Gonna buy two copies for my mother!

Well, it might not be the cover of The Rolling Stone, but I'm very honoured to be featured in the Oct/Nov issue of The Banjo Newsletter!

My great old friend and musical accomplice Scott Prouty interviewed me last spring, and managed to not make me sound stupid! Thanks Scott! If you don't know the magazine, The Banjo Newsletter has been the premiere media outlet for all things banjo for something like  30 years! Big thanks to publisher Donald Nitchie for being so supportive of my music over the years.

 

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a bit of a nut for fishing. It's something I've done my whole life, and there's always been a connection between music and fishing to me. Over the years, on several different albums, I've recorded music that has in one way or another been inspired by fishing and the places I fish. I've always wanted to put them all together in one place, and add some newer ones that I hadn't had the chance to record...the result is "Road to the River" - A Collection of 14 Tunes and Songs Inspired by the Fishing Passion"
 
The album features 9 previously recorded tracks, and 5 brand new ones, and is a benefit for The Elk River Alliance (ERA). Based in Fernie BC, the ERA is a community-based water group that aims to connect people to the Elk River ensuring it is drinkable, fishable and swimmable for future generations. 100% of the profits from this album will go directly to the ERAFernie has become a home away from home for me when I'm on the road and there's nothing I like more than fishing in the Elk River and its tributaries. I know some of the folks who work with the ERA and I respect their dedication and inclusive approach to protecting the water in a way that serves the whole community (not just, but including, fisherpeople). 
 
You can read more about the project, hear the album, and hopefully order a copy (or download) off the website. This is the only place to get it, and once again, all the money from your order goes directly to the ERA. If you know have any friends that you think might be interested in supporting this project, please forward this email along.
 
I think this collection is some of my best work. I'm joined by some amazing musicians such as Andrew Collins, Ben Winship, John Showman, Chris Quinn, Erynn Marshall, Arnie Naiman, Brian Wicklund, Max Heineman, Burke Carrol, Brian Kobayakawa, and Andrew Downing, just to name a few. I hope you'll take the time to check it out!

 

Previous events

Date Event Location
 —  — With The Lonesome Ace Stringband Parkfield Bluegrass Festival, Parkfield, CA Parkfield Bluegrass Festival, Parkfield, CA
With The Lonesome Ace Stringband Nichols Canyon Music, Los Angeles, California Nichols Canyon Music, Los Angeles, California
Solo Show The Local, Toronto The Local, Toronto
With The Lonesome Ace Stringband Beneath the Arch Concert Series, Turner Valley, AB T0L 2A0 Beneath the Arch Concert Series, Turner Valley, AB T0L 2A0
 —  — Teaching Banjo at Sore Fingers Music Camp  
Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves The Tranzac Club, Toronto, ON The Tranzac Club, Toronto, ON
The 20th Annual Banjo Special! The Tranzac Club, Toronto, ON The Tranzac Club, Toronto, ON
 —  — With The Lonesome Ace Stringband Wintergrass, NE, Bellevue WA Wintergrass, NE, Bellevue WA
 —  — With The Lonesome Ace Stringband The Joe Val Memorial Festival, Framingham, MA The Joe Val Memorial Festival, Framingham, MA
With The Lonesome Ace Stringband Crown Finish Caves, Brooklyn, NY 11238 Crown Finish Caves, Brooklyn, NY 11238
With The Lonesome Ace Stringband The Flying Goose, New London, NH The Flying Goose, New London, NH
With The Lonesome Ace Stringband Great North Woods Community for the Arts, Lancaster New Hampshire Great North Woods Community for the Arts, Lancaster New Hampshire
 —  — California Tour with The Lonesome Ace Stringband  
 —  — with Ivan Rosenberg The Local, Toronto The Local, Toronto
 —  — with Ivan Rosenberg The Local, Toronto The Local, Toronto
 —  — with Ivan Rosenberg The Local, Toronto The Local, Toronto
 —  — with Ivan Rosenberg The Local, Toronto The Local, Toronto
 —  — with Ivan Rosenberg The Local, Toronto The Local, Toronto
 —  — BC Tour with The Lonesome Ace Stringband  
 —  — with Ivan Rosenberg The Local, Toronto The Local, Toronto
Looking forward to this workshop on Zoom!
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Looking forward to this workshop on Zoom! Click the image for details

2020 CAMPS and Workshops!

April 13-17 - Sore Fingers (UK) - https://www.sorefingers.co.uk/coursedetail.php?id=20 - CANCELLED - RESCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER

May 15-17 - Banjo Camp North (MA) - https://musiccampsnorth.com/ - CANCELLED - CHECK WEBSITE FOR POSSIBLE RESCHEDULE DATE

June 14-19 - Montana Fiddle Camp (MT) - http://montanafiddlecamp.org/?fbclid=IwAR1I6vFh8lBJfuqDJrQVMM5KP-rPAYmu9Lt-OL0fcolShMwbgRdGsresVFU - CANCELLED - CHECK WEBSITE FOR POSSIBLE RESCHEDULE DATE

 July 5-10 - Common Ground on the Hill - (MD) - https://www.commongroundonthehill.org/home.html - CANCELLED - CHECK WEBSITE FOR POSSIBLE RESCHEDULE DATE

August 10-13 - Targhee Music Camp (WY) - https://www.targheemusiccamp.com/ 

August 16-28 - Nimble Fingers Old-Time and Bluegrass Camp (BC) - https://www.nimblefingers.ca/ 

November 13-15 - Falcon Lake Fiddle Camp (MB) - http://www.falconlakefiddlecamp.com/