Home from the Olympics!  Whew!

Me and Jamie Robinson cracking away at Minnie White's Viking Jig.

Hi all,

What a time!  It's good to be home, although I'm tired from the red eye flight and jetlagged.  The 2010 Vancouver Olympics were an amazing time right up to the very end.  I'm pleased to announce that Come On In! was a runaway success, with a perfect run of 45 shows to full houses, a gruelling schedule but so much fun and so rewarding.  A heartfelt thanks to everyone in the production crew and cast, as well as the technical staff of the Revue Stage, for all their hard work, talent and positivity.  I miss you all already guys and gals!

Thanks also to the great staff at Atlantic Canada House for setting up a venue that was the spot to be during the celebrations.  It was fitting to spend this Sunday afternoon at the Atlantic Canada House bar watching the Gold medal hockey game, and even more fitting that  it was Sid the Kid of Cole Harbour, NS, who scored the winning goal!   The bar exploded into celebration!  We jumped a water taxi and headed downtown immediately afterwards and the mood there was just electric; I was walking past throngs of people on the sidewalks, randomly putting my hand out in the air and getting high fived by total strangers all the way along!   The whole town was going crazy, in a good way, and it was a total thrill to be on the streets for it.

All that being said, I am super happy to be home!

Vancouver Olympics a Blast!


Hey everyone!

Having a great time here at the Vancouver Olympics, we've been playing to full houses of enthusiastic people,  and the general vibe on Granville Island is very very positive.  We are in between shows so I'm short on time right now, but I wanted to drop a line and thank everyone who's dropped in to see our show Come On In! For those of you in BC, we'll be making an appearance on Breakfast Television tomorrow morning bright and early, so all you early birds can tune in and check us out!

There's a constant buzz of people and action going on all day long and into the night, Atlantic Canada House has definitely been a hive of activity throughout the Games so far, everywhere you go here on Granville Island there's great music in the air, it's pretty wonderful really.  And the sun has been blazing down for most of the last week, which, I have to say, has been awesome.  Vancouver is truly a beautiful city.

The last couple of nights we've been lucky enough to get tickets for the medal ceremonies - here's a still from some video I shot last night during Maelle Ricker's gold medal presentation.  First woman to win gold on Canadian soil!  Pretty spectacular.  We had great seats (thanks Peter!); we're just to the left of the stage and about four rows back, so if you keep your eyes peeled you might even see us whooping it up!

Take care all and I'll check in again soon with more news from Vancouver!


Vancouver Bound!  

Hi all!

I'm writing from Toronto airport, on my way to Vancouver where I'll be performing for the next two weeks at the 2010 Winter Olympics!  I'll be part of a show called Come On In!, which will showcase artists from Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick.  Joining me will be David Myles (NS), Meaghan Blanchard (PEI), and Monique Poirier (NB).  Come On In!, plays three times daily (12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m.) from February 13 to 27, 2010, at Atlantic Canada House on the transformed Revue Stage at the Arts Club Theatre on Granville Island.  It's going to be a blast - if you're in the area come on down to Granville Island and say hello!

I've had my nose to the grindstone recently working hard to finish Learning the Newfoundland Button Accordion Volume 2, and I'm very happy to say that it's very very close to completion!  Volume 2 of the series will focus on more advanced aspects of playing Newfoundland and Labrador's music on the button accordion; we'll look at playing the basses, using ornaments and harmony, playing across the rows, and playing in different keys.  Volume 2 will also include a supplemental booklet with lots of extra information, so combined with Volume 1, it will be a very thorough package for someone wanting to master the accordion music of Newfoundland and Labrador.

I'll be updating the events page very soon as well so stay posted there - it's shaping up to be a busy year: an Arts and Culture Centre tour of Emile's Dream; ten more amazing days with the Tales, Trails, and Tunes Festival; performances at The March Hare; a long-overdue collaboration with Gros Morne Summer Music (which I'm really looking forward to); our tenth Vinland Music Camp in beautiful Killdevil, Bonne Bay; and lots more!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Just a note wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year.  Enjoy your holiday!
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