A Day In The Life

of a musician producer

It’s been awhile since I wrote to you. Things have been very busy – life changing you could say, with the passing of loved ones and the coming of new souls (grandchildren!) into the world. What’s actually important becomes the most often revisited topic of the day. Time is indeed limited here on this mortal […]

The busyness of business. Music Showcases.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Inside the Winnipeg Folk Festival

a conversation with Artistic Director, Chris Frayer

Ever wondered what goes on inside the head of a Festival Artistic Director? This is the first of a series of ongoing interviews I will be doing here at Sideguys and Session Men on all things Festival. Chris Frayer has been the AD of the Winnipeg Folk Festival for 12 years. He’s a great guy […]

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 […]