It's going to be a busy fall 2017: once again joining the Canadian Snowbirds folks for a bunch of shows in September, Gordon Lightfoot Tribute shows in Toronto and northern Ontario, and my 16th season of touring with John McDermott! Plus putting the finishing touches on an instrumental guitar CD by D'Arcy Wickham that I'm producing for him.
I'll be heading to the Yukon, BC, the Northwest Territories & Inuvik for a Solo Home Routes Tour March 1-15, 2017.
Hoping to see a moose, just not in the roadway!
Click on the logo at left for full tour details!
I'll be hosting a Masterclass/Workshop at Folkway Music in Waterloo on Thursday, September 29th from 7-9 pm and it's FREE!
Sunday, October 2nd at 8:30.
Hosted by Jason Fowler
Burke Carroll- Pedal Steel & Dobro
Charles James- Bass
Guests: Jory Nash, Suzie Vinnick, Ariana Gillis, Gathering Sparks, Scarlett Jane & Caitlin Hanford.
Special Guest- David Gillis on Banjo & Ukelele.
Don't miss this amazing annual extravaganza!
"Blow up your TV, throw away your paper..."
I'm thrilled to be headlining Winterfest on Friday, February 12th at The Uptown Folk Club in Edmonton. I'll also be accompanying the rest of the performers in the House Band on Friday and Saturday nights. There's also a Songwriting Workshop on Sunday at noon that I'll be participating in.
www.uptownfolkclub.ca for more information on performers and the festival schedule.
See LIVE section for exact dates and locations (or click on image at right).
www.hughsroom.com for all the details...
And we'll have Gary Craig on drums, John Dymond on bass and Jake Payne on keyboards.
Joining me this year are special guests John McDermott, Jory Nash, Layah Jane, Julie Michels, Michael Johnston & Sam Turton.
And Burke Caroll with be on pedal steel & dobro, and Maury LaFoy returns on bass. Visit www.hughsroom.com for ticket information & reservations.
It's a great group of folks to travel with, and many good times were had.
I'll be reprising my role (2002 & 2010) in the orchestra pit of The Lion King from April 28-June 15th, 2014, playing classical & electric guitars, ukulele and kalimba.
Can't wait to see some old friends from the touring company and get into the "pit zone."
The Smokin' Guitars of Winterfolk
10pm Friday, Feb 15th at Terry O's (185 Danforth Ave.)with D'Arcy Wickham, Brian Gladstone & Noah Zacharin
Jack DeKyser's Guitar Jamboree
1pm Sunday, Feb 16th at The Black Swan (154 Danforth Ave. 2nd floor)
Slide Guitar & Other Cool Sounds
4pm Sunday, Feb 16th at Terry O's (185 Danforth Ave.)
with Mike McKenna & Jason Fowler
7pm Sunday, Feb 16th at Terry O's (185 Danforth Ave.)
Travelling with The Canadian Snowbirds Extravaganza, from Lakeland FL to McAllen TX to Mesa AZ.
A great bunch of performers and behind-the-scenes folks. "Where's the downside?"
January 17-19, 2014 at Hugh's Room, Toronto
This is the 12th year this show has been mounted, and I've been happy to be a part of every show since it's inception.
This year sees some returning favorites (Lori Cullen, David Matheson, Jory Nash, James Keelaghan, Suzie Vinnick, Aengus Finnan) and some new friends who, for various reasons, have never been able to participate in the past (Justin Rutledge, Layah Jane, Kevin Fox, Jacob Moon, Trent Severn).
It once again promises to be a stellar show.
It was a long but highly successful tour this fall, with John, myself, and at various times Brian MacMillan, Christine Bougie and Maury LaFoy joining us on the road.We played right across the country, as well as stopping in Chicago (twice!). 52 shows in total and we're all still friends and looking forward to the next chapter...
Saturday, September 28th is the 9th edition of the annual John Prine Shrine, which I curate and host at Hugh's Room in my hometown of Toronto.
This year's special guests are Jory Nash, David Matheson, Michael Johnston, Nancy Dutra, Paul Langlois (The Tragically Hip) and John McDermott.
Joining me in the band is Christine Bougie (lap steel, drums and guitar) & Maury LaFoy (bass).
It promises to be another great night of music, and one of the highlights of my musical year!
It's been a busy September, touring with The Snowbirds Extravaganza in southern Ontario.
We'll join them in Florida, Arizona and Texas in January-February as well. A great bunch of people and very appreciative audiences make it a great time all around.
A benefit with some musical friends new & old, to benefit the Music Therapy Trust Fund.
I'm gonna play a couple of new songs and a couple of covers I've never done!
Me and about 300 other Toronto artists, politicians and the like were sketched by Tomori Nagamoto as part of his series called Life Lessons. The sketches were displayed during Nuit Blanche on September 29th, 2012.
I'll be hosting a Collings Guitars Day at the new Folkway Music store in Waterloo on January 12th. Come on down!
I've worked with John McDermott since 2003 but this is our first CD with both our names on the front.
It's a collection of old & new songs, sung by both John and myself. There are 2 new guitar pieces as well.
A few guests (Brian MacMillan, Christine Bougie) came by and added some tasty licks.
We're both really happy with the way it turned out. We'll be touring this album this fall, along with John's tribute CD to Thomas Moore.