The last four days I’ve been hanging out with this amazing dog Abbie. She’s the happiest best guide dog I’ve ever met. I’ve been an instructor up here in Sisters Oregon for the song camp. I taught two classes-
1. Let Freak Flag Flyyyy
2. Performance Skilllz
They let us come up with our own class titles.
Then on top of that I do 4 mentoring sessions a day and work with people on their songs. It’s a lot of intense listening and the ages range from about 15 to 70. There’s about 300 students here that camp out and the food is top notch. They have a saying here: The songs are good at food camp.
What they do is they get a bunch of the performers from the Sisters Folk Fest (Eric Bibb, Phil Madeira, Devon Sproule, Darlingside, Heather Maloney, Anais Mitchell and many more) to come in four days early and we teach. It’s extremely rewarding to hear all these song and see some of the people sing in front of a microphone for the first time.
Anyways- they do it each year and this is my second year teaching. Now I’m off to play two sets in an auditorium at Sisters Middle School and then Sisters High School.
The actual folk fest starts tonight and I play 3 times this weekend.
One of the students is blind and this is her dog. Even though I’m allergic I couldn’t quit hanging with this pup. Look at her!
So my mind is blown and I’m seriously amazed by some of the talent and the new friendships.
Sisters Folk Fest
I’ll be in Los Angeles soon. Very soon. Like Sept 14th soon. Do I have friends in LA? If so then please spread the word. I haven’t played Los Angeles in ages. Why why why? It’s time to get back to that city of angels and get my Hotel Cafe groove on. Drive up or drive down or hitchhike or bike. Or walk. Or crawl. Even if you live in San Diego I would like it if you traveled up.
Get your tix here
Today I bet a man from London 100 quid that I could catch his dart toss in my teeth. It was close and I may have cut my tongue but dadgummit I won the wager. The only glitch is that I’m in Fayetteville Arkansas and the banks are all closed until Tuesday so I can’t exchange the money until Wednesday because I’m closed on Tuesdays. So I’ll gladly pay you Wednesday for a hamburger today. Normally I’d pay you Tuesday but you’re dealing with unusual circumstances.
I’m headed to Fayetteville! See ya tonight
Just finished visiting my Auntie Sylvia in Dartmouth. I love her! She’s living in a retirement home now. She’s my Ma’s older sister. I’m happy to announce that at the tender young age of 86 she met a guy and found new love. His name is Ches (yes Ches) and she introduced him to me as her “boyfriend”. She’s a widow and this makes my heart extremely happy for her. She has a spring in her step and she’s sharp as a needle. What a great visit. Sigh. It’s never too late.
I was on Global TV Halifax this morning. Don’t even know how I woke up. Watch here!
I have a lot of unread emails. One day I’m going to hole up in a hotel room for a month and weed through them and make some room for a vintage coffee table, bureau and chesterfield I recently purchased at a flea market in Annapolis Royal. Until then I will live with this madness.
“Calling Dr. Bombay, calling Dr. Bombay. Emergency! Come right away!”
One time I stood in front of a garage door and I yelled things at people as they walked by. Sometimes people yelled back and other times they just walked away faster. Eventually I was chained to the fence and told to be good but I ended up going on a hunger strike until my neck got skinny enough to slide out of my leash and I was free. Now I’m back to barking and yelling things at passersby. The moral of the story is that spots don’t change their lions or something like that.
Thank you Mount Stewart, Prince Edward Island. Great crowd last night at The Trailside Inn. I love when people rally on a Tuesday night. Place was at capacity and the food was so good. They must grow potatoes here because my potatoes tasted like the best potatoes I’ve ever had. Fresh from the womb potatoes. This place is beyond pretty.
So now I’m fixing to leave PEI and head over the bridge to Nova Scotia. Specifically Truro. I play The Marigold Theater tonight Aug 27 at 7:30.
Then? My final Nova Scotia show is Thursday Aug 28 in Halifax. I play The Carleton for Halifax Urban Folk Festival. That’s tomorrow night.
Friday night Aug 29 I’ll be in Norwalk Connecticut along with Toad The Wet Sprocket at Norwalk Concert Hall.
Saturday and Sunday Aug 30 and 31 I’m playing Fayetteville Arkansas for Fayetteville Roots Festival.
That’s all I can remember for now. Did I mention how friggin pretty PEI is? So pastoral and peaceful with lazy breezes.
Gotta shower. Later gator.
I’m here! Prince Edward Island. Show time 8pm tonight. Food starts at 6pm and it’s good!