Just finished an amazing four days of intensive writing workshops led by Xavier Lacouture from France, here in the beautiful and scenic village of Tadoussac! Discovered some incredible talents: Amylie, Caroline Savoie, Félicia, KWOL, Katrine Noël from Les Hay Babies, Rod le Stod, and Tina-Ève Provost. Writing and sharing and jamming and eating together brought us so close so fast. New best friends! Last night's show was incredible. Three more shows to go!
Wrote and recorded these songs with students at St. Andrew Junior School! They put on a great show for the little ones from the Antigoinsh Education Center, with singing, dancing, choreography, theatre, and visual arts! Big thankyous to everyone at school and at ArtSmarts GénieArts Nova Scotia!
Big weekend in Antigonish! Played a cameo Robbie Burns day show at The Townhouse Brewpub! Thanks to friends Rob Davenport, Aaron Beswick, Philip Girvan, and Gharrett Patrick Paon for entertaining us with some poems. Haggis pot pie was eaten and Auld Lang Syne was sung drunkenly around the bar. Thanks Rose and Terry, world’s greatest publicans! (Photo : Corey Leblanc, The Casket)
Trying to learn Chinese folk music as we prepare for the monthly Antigonish International Potluck at the St. James United Church Hall! I love these scales and meandering melodies, notes bending like branches in the breeze. (Photo: Ning Wang)
My, my, did the trio have a grand old time, sailing the high seas on NCL Freestyle Cruise liner The Norwegian Dawn playing tonnes of tunes and songs! Sailing down the Saguenay Fjords was one of the most beautiful moments of a cruise that took us up and down the Eastern Seabord between Boston and Quebec City. (Photo : Myriam Cyr)We stopped in Cornerbrook, Sydney, Halifax, St.John, Bar Harbour, Portland, Charlottetown, Gaspé, and La Baie. I played piano, guitar, and bones in the Grand Atrium with fiddlers Ward MacDonald and Gillian Boucher for seven weeks. Our repertoire certainly expanded, and we turned into fairytale characters… no wait! That was Halloween! Little Red Riding Hood, the big bad wolf, and grandma!
With Kim Cruzen in Boston, and JUMP! the sweet band from England! We made friends from all over the world. Here are two drawings I did on our last night, of crew members from South Africa and the Philippines.
With artwork by myself and design by Gillian Boucher! Sign up for the Celtic Umbrella email list and we will let you know when the album is ready!
What an incredible week at KlezKanada in the Laurentien Mountains! There was dancing every afternoon and evening, accordion lessons with the amazing Patrick Farrell, drum circle with Argentina’s inspirational Cesar Lerner, and delicious Kosher food for every meal! I played Yiddish school founder and singer Vela Zlabidovsky of Mexico City in a theatre and creation workshop led by New York’s Jenny Romaine and Daniel Roza. I also joined Daniel Blacksberg’s Big Ears Band, and performed some of my songs at the KlezKabaret. So many magical moments, late nights, and new friendships! I can’t wait to go back! Photos: Stephanie Finklestein & Itzik Gottesman