I'll be getting on the road in a few hours time to head to my home town of Cow Head, set in beautiful Shallow Bay. Every summer from May to September Cow Head is host to the Gros Morne Theatre Festival, a fantastic festival that has been producing world calibre theatre for over a decade now. I got my start at the festival way back when I was just beginning my career as a musician and actor. Every Monday night of the festival sees a guest artist perform and tonight, yours truly is the guest artist. Should be a great evening! For information on tickets visit www.theatrenewfoundland.com.
In upcoming news, two other shows are on the horizon. On the 14th I'll be heading out east to St. John's for the Soundshift Festival which is taking place there as part of the International Conference on Traditional Music. While there I'll be performing with A Crowd of Bold Sharemen and Wren Music from Devon in England. Our show is called Shore to Shore and explores the connections between the music of Newfoundland and Labrador and the West Country of England. Check the Concerts tab for more information!
Then on the 18th its back to Corner Brook to open the dance/live music/theatre piece Borrowed Black, which I've spent the past month composing music for. Borrowed Black, based on the children's book of the same name, is a dark fantasy of love, death, and redemption and features my ballet-dancing brother, Phillip Payne, as lead dancer. I am beyond excited to work with Phillip and to bring this eerie tale to life! For more information on tickets and showtimes visit www.gmsm.ca!