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My song “The Busker” came to me late last year while in Stanley Park with the wife and kids. I jotted down three verses into my iPhone and found the melody, then finished it off at home that evening. Believe me, this is not my usual modus operandi, but then I never know when, where, or how my songs are going to come. It will feature on my upcoming album due for release this fall.
Since this video was shot by Rod Matheson as part of his EveryDayMusic project, it’s been getting some attention. The song was inspired by my experiences busking down at Granville Island and has now become quite pertinent due to new measures put in place by Granville Island Cultural Society, which include a doubling of busker permit fees as well as compulsory auditions (click here for some background to the story).
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.