Goodbye 2016 and remember … it’s not your fault!

rambling reflections from someone who is still here

We lost a lot of good ones this year. Great musicians from all genres of music. To their fans, they were important because of how their work reverberated with what we were each going through at the time. Listening to their music reminds us of where we were and are at. Watching their lives allowed […]

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 […]

Kansas City Lightning

The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker

I have never read any of Stanley Crouch’s books before but this one has turned me into a fan of his writing. As I recently have taken on the job as Music Camp Director for the Folk Alliance Winter Music Camp to be held in Kansas City, MO. in February, I have taken it upon myself […]

Inside the Edmonton Folk Music Festival

a conversation with Producer, Terry Wickham

In part two of my ‘talking to the folks who run Folk Festivals’ series I had the opportunity to chat with Terry Wickham from the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. Watch Here   Terry gives us a bit of his history along with ideas on what makes a Festival work and how he programs one of […]

The Guitar Man

Interviews with Amos Garrett

  Having just attended the Ry Cooder/Ricky Skaggs concert recently in Vancouver, it struck me there are very few guitarists who have such an original voice (i.e. like Ry Cooder), that they move beyond being proficient professionals into what we might think of as musical geniuses of our time. Amos Garrett is one of those […]

Rhythm and Booze

controlling musicians through drink and pills

I was talking to an old friend and colleague today and we were both wondering why it is that some of us are still lucky enough to be here? You get to that point where you wake up one day and think,  “Gee, I did a lot of really youthful, stupid things early in my […]

Can you hear the music in their words?

language rhythms reflect the music

I am an autobiography junkie. I read them and listen to audio books as I travel. I think it’s an important part of my job as a Festival Artistic Director to constantly follow the pursuit of an amateur musicologist. That means studying the histories or her-stories of roots and world musics of all kinds. And […]

Maddy Prior and Maggie Bell Together

Two UK Music Divas Reminisce

  Listen to the interview by clicking here  It happened at this summers Vancouver Island MusicFest. Beloved Canadian media personality and owner of Stony Plain Records, Holger Petersen, lead Maddy Prior and Maggie Bell down memory lane in a fascinating interview shared by two women who have contributed an astounding legacy to UK music history. […]

Simple Dreams



51mI1gqoxJLThere is only one word needed to describe Linda Ronstadt and her musical career and that word is “Grace”.  I have always been a fan of Linda and her career trajectory – she was never one to follow fads or do what most people would consider as ‘safe’ for a pop star. But this book gave me an entirely new respect for her as a person and an artist. The music she has chosen to perform over the years always harkens back to her family roots in one way or another and it seems as though she remained true to herself and her friends throughout, not an easy thing to do when the music industry devils are knocking at your door!

Linda should remain a huge inspiration to any woman who wants to do things her own way in the business but she should be an inspiration to men as well!

I highly recommend this book.

” Someone once asked me why people sing. I answered that they sing for many of the same reasons the birds sing. They sing for a mate, or to claim their territory, or simply to give voice to the delight of being alive in the midst of a beautiful day. Perhaps more than the birds do, humans hold a grudge. They sing to complain of how grievously they have been wronged, and how to avoid it in the future. They sing to help themselves execute a job of work. They sing so the subsequent generations won’t forget what the current generations endured, or dreamed, or delighted in. “

Linda Ronstadt – Simple Dreams 

Get It Here

All The Rage



We are a few days away from the Vancouver Island MusicFest so I don’t have time to do a full Blog this week but I did want to tell you about this great book.

Ian McLagan was booked to play our Festival this summer but sadly, we lost him a few months back. One of the most beloved Sidemen on our times, you can see why in this great book. Ian talks candidly about his history as a musician who lived smack dab in the middle of the British Rock Movement and then later, as part of the Austin music scene.

I last saw Ian play when I was lucky enough to be on the bill as a sideguy to the wonderful Austin singer/songwriter and sometimes sideguy himself, Bob Livingston . We were all playing at a big outdoor farmers market in Austin and it was wonderful to get to see Ian and his band in such a laid back atmosphere.

A great, honest read for anyone who is a fan of the Small Faces, The Faces, the Stones, Bonnie Raitt or simply in the life of a great musician and sideguy!