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Thanks to VIMBC for putting on a great weekend of fun and informative seminars about the music biz. I have come away with many new friends as well as some publishing interest following my showcase performance. And thanks to the lovely and talented Deanna Knight for being my travel buddy.
Photo by Alec Watson
With my third album now in the works, I felt it was about time I got my back-catalogue in order. My debut CD, Pacific Time, was only ever circulated among friends and family and at early live shows. Now, 9 years after it was first recorded in my bedroom using a laptop and microphone, it has been professionally mastered and packaged and officially released.
Shortly after settling in Vancouver in 2002, I began to immerse myself in Canadian and British Columbian history and culture as I worked toward becoming qualified as an elementary school teacher. During this time, my new environment inspired me back to songwriting and, in 2004, after taking a course in using multi-track recording software, I produced Pacific Time. The album features 10 tracks: some written in England, some in Canada. The level of production is quite minimalist with some guitar, harmonica, and vocal overlays, and I’ve been told by many that this adds to the album’s charm. One fan even went so far as to tattoo lyrics from the album’s title track across her back, but I’ll save that story for another post.
For a limited time, download “Shadow of the Stone” from Pacific Time by clicking here
The van and I have returned to the mainland after a successful tour around the bottom half of Vancouver Island with stops at Port Alberni, Ladysmith, Coombes, Nanaimo, Duncan, Salt Spring Island, and Victoria. The relaxed island vibe seems to go well with my music, and I came away feeling very supported with offers of accommodation, bookings for gigs and festivals, and lots of new fans.
One of the highlights for me was returning to Duncan Garage Showroom, which streams and archives all of its shows.
Now that my third album is underway, I’ve been busy getting my back-catalogue in order. It was almost a decade ago when I recorded my debut album, Pacific Time, shortly after emigrating to Canada from England and settling in Vancouver. Initially, the CD was reproduced at home and only ever circulated among friends and family and at early live shows. As I write, the 10 re-mastered tracks are being professionally packaged and will be joining me on my Pacific Time tour of Vancouver Island. I’ll be playing 6 intimate shows on The Island from 21st to 28th March performing songs old and new.
It started about this time last year with a crowd funding campaign, and ever since I’ve been squirrelling away every cent from gigs, CD sales, royalties, etc. Late 2012 I had the good fortune to be introduced to producer John Ellis, and last weekend we were in the studio recording bed tracks for eight of the 11 tracks that will appear on the album.