Well, May was an absolutely fantastic month. Before heading off to the New England States, I performed in the always-fun Bootleggers Ball in Charlottetown. There were so many fantastic musicians playing that night; it was an honour and an absolutely blast to be on stage with them!
Jon Matthews and I were in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts from May 12th-29th, and it might possibly be one of the most fun tours we’ve ever done. We kicked off with a school show (fourth & sixth grades) and a private house concert in Houlton. Let me tell you, kids always make you feel like rockstars. We got raucous applause just for tuning when they were coming into the gym! Houlton Southside School, you are a fantastic group of kids.
From there, we spent some time in New Hampshire, including our first time at the lovely Adams Memorial Opera House in Derry and a fabulous return visit to Tuftonboro. We spent a few days in Massachusetts, where we did several gigs, including a hugely successful fundraiser for our very good friend Gabe Pean. Jon got to have some studio geekage when we went into Charlestown to do a recording session, and then we landed upon 430 Bayside in Ellsworth, Maine. One of my favorite things about Steve’s place in Ellsworth is that not only does he always have copious amounts of wine on hand, but he puts our faces on the bottles!
Wine bottles @ 430 Bayside
There are some videos on YouTube from that night’s concert, but we also made our own mini “danger pay” video, playing tunes perched on the balcony… You can check it out here.
Following our visit to Ellsworth, we spent the weekend in New Hampshire, with shows in Nottingham, Plymouth & Lebanon. Nottingham is home to one of the most acoustically pleasant places we have ever played; so pleasant, in fact, that I think Mr. Matthews and I may head down there this fall to do some recording! We made it to Plymouth after that and had a fantastic time at The Flying Monkey with the one and only Eddy Quinn. What a unique venue, definitely a gem. From there, we invaded Dan & Carla’s house for a house concert and even stayed for a little longer… (That’s what happens when you offer, Dan!)
We finished off our run with some dates in Maine at the Skye Theatre and the Unity Centre for the Performing Arts, and spent some quality time with one of the greatest people of all time, Phill McIntyre. We even had a surprise visit at Skye from our adopted family (or did they adopt us…), Gabe & Maggie Pean!
Phill McIntyre, Gabe Pean, Cynthia, Maggie Pean, & Jon
Phill, Jon & I took the liberty to give a wee plug for the Festival of Small Halls…
PEI Loves Small Halls... and so does Maine!
And while we’re posting pictures, check out this stage at Skye Theatre. It’s such a great venue. All of you folks in Maine, check it out. Fantastic line-up of artists all year round. It’s a magical place.
Rocking out at the Skye Theatre
We ended our tour with a wee detour to Melrose, Massachusetts to play for a birthday party! Yeah, we do that! So all in all, we had a fantastic 2.5 weeks on the road, met lots of wonderful people and were welcomed by the most gracious hosts everywhere we went. Thank you to all of you who made our trip so memorable.
What’s next? Lots of stuff! The Brackley Beach Ceilidhs kick off on June 27th. I have some fantastic shows lined up this month with the Festival of Small Halls, and I’ll also be making a guest appearance at the Moncton Highland Games with Mason’s Tender. The summer line-up looks like so much fun! Check out my schedule for all the details.
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