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Conferences may be the new Industry themselves

Everybody loves a conference.  It’s a chance to geek-out with a bunch of like minded individuals and an opportunity to enjoy your community or find your place within your professional community.   Ojibway Artist Nick Sherman, sings his heart out at Mundial Montreal.  The town who hosts the conference gets to share in the significant […]

The Power of a Singer, a Festival and a Song

Hallelujah

Today seems like a good day to relate one of my favourite stories I have heard from the Festival I book, Vancouver Island MusicFest. It’s been a hard week to say the least. The election in the U.S. knocked the breath out of so many of us. But I think we have all heard enough […]

Confessions of a Rack Jobber

Rambling Reflections on one of many long-gone music industry jobs

I recently attended the Folk Music Ontario Conference in Ottawa where I got to see lots of old friends and make some new ones. I have a love-hate relationship with these Music Conferences. Sometimes they are like family reunions and other times they reek of desperation and despair that remain embedded within the DNA of […]

Bruce Cockburn 70s Documentary

A great Visit to what was perhaps a more thoughtful time...

Check out this fascinating documentary made by Bill Usher while he was Bruce Cockburns drummer in the 70’s. It’s a backstage visit including some great live recordings as well. Should be required listening for any young musicians today; searching for a reason to be – from a time not-so-long ago yet seems ages away in […]

The Great Plagiarism Plague

Conversations with a Melancholy Elephant

 I borrowed the title for this weeks blog from my favourite writer, Spider Robinson. I am blessed to count this brilliant man as one of my friends. We often swap emails sharing ideas about music, life and everything. Spider never fails to get my mental wheels turning (and sometimes grinding) with his ideas. Not only […]

Jamming Etiquette

warning...some things never change

Way back in 1998 I wrote an article for a local rag called ‘Cosmic Debris’ that was a feature on Jamming Etiquette. For some reason, over the past few months and out of the blue, I’ve had a few people mention to me how useful the article was. One guy even told me he gives […]

The Current State of Folk Music

does it matter as much as it did?

I just returned home from a wonderful week where I was mentoring at an event called ‘On The Road’ – hosted by the BC Touring Council followed by an industry event called Pacific Contact. I hosted a discussion there with my old friend Peter North, Artistic Director of the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival […]

Is Music itself The Message?

or is Music an excuse to bring people together?

Recently, I had the good fortune of being the Winter Music Camp Director at the Folk Alliance International Conference held in Kansas City, MO in Feb. The Folk Alliance Conference and Winter Music Camp has become (at least) a four-headed kitten, unlike any of the other Conferences I am aware of. It’s a gathering of […]