Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Yes, it has been a great year. Great gigs in Qualicum, Sooke and Deep Cove. The highlight of the year: the Quartet's appearance at the Filberg Festival near Courtney-Comox. There's nothing like a captive audience of 150 music fans surrounded by ocean and lush parkland. A wonderful audience, a great arts and crafts venue and some pretty good singing back at the hotel later in the night.
My personal best moment: when Marc Jordan, Murray McLauchlan, Ian Thomas and Cindy Church brought their "Lunch at Allens" partnership to the festival. I interviewed Murray in my previous life as a radio producer, met Ian Thomas at one of his gigs in Montreal (met his brother Dave, too) and spent many an evening listening to Marc at Edgerton's, a famous Toronto waterming hole that helped spawn the likes of Sting and the Police years ago.
Another great moment: the Comox Music festival, in particular Eric Bibb with his father the legendary Leon Bibb. Both were in fine voice as we gathered fotr a good old Sunday Gospel Music Hour and the senior Bibb's pride in his son was plain to see to everyone.
What are we doing right now? Freshening up the group a bit by working on some new tunes and a few instrumentals. Our hope is to hit the road again in the New Year. And who knows: perhaps a new CD in 2010.