OK... you've been asking us for a tour diary, so I'm going to try and make one here. If you'd like to comment/add to the stories, please
e-mail me and I'll try and add your thoughts too...
February 6th, 2009
A new year begins- time to take a look at new songs and new arrangements... time to work on concert schedules and touring for the Spring and Summer. Sometimes these "dark months" seem like a gift to the creative spirit.
Brad has given our website a facelift for the new year, while we're planning a party for our new little baby (Room to Breathe) at some point soon... (before we start to get too busy).
Over the next little while we'll be working on our schedule, but we already know that we'll be back in Pictou for the Hector Festival this year, that we'll be performing at Keltic Lodge a few times, and that we'll be performing some very special concerts with the men's chorus, Nova Voce in the Fall. We have some wonderful open invitations for concerts and collaborations, so now is the time to get those all in order...
But its also a time to bundle up by the fire and write... I love "Foreveruary" for that.
September 10th, 2008
Fall is coming... you can feel it in the air. We have had a whirlwind end-of-the-summer and we're going to be having a crazy Fall and WinterFire season once again. I can't believe we're really going to the Magdalen Islands- what a treat! We're also going to be playing at the Deep Roots Festival for the first time, and I can't wait to hear all the other fabulous musicians and maybe get in on some jam sessions. We have wanted to play for this festival since it first began, and we are so excited that we're finally going to get a chance to play it!
We've also been booking up our WinterFire tour once again believe it or not, and we are going to be returning to some of our favourite spots. It is so nice for us when thigns just fall into place like this!. Especially since we are hoping to have some time to work on a new recording project... No- I'm not promising anything yet!, but we are certainly having fun working away in the studio.
We will be fairly busy over the next little while, and I do try and keep the newsletters coming, so there's always a lot of updating to be done, but I will try and write on the diary every once and a while to let it know I haven't forgotten it!
I hope you're all enjoying this glorious last gasp of warm weather and bright colours that signify the coming Winter!
July 21st, 2008
Oh my poor neglected website!!! How I have missed you! We've been so busy that I haven't had time to write in this diary or update the website for way too long. We have been on a bit of a journey, traveling to Ontario and Quebec and playing on the train as we traveled. I am going to try and put some new pictures up on our photo page, but I don't have long since we're on our way to Pictou tomorrow to host the Sounds of Summer series at the deCoste Centre again (yay!). I am going to make this diary entry short so I can have time to send out another e-mail newsletter, update our photos and get ready to go.
Before I leave you... can I just say what a treat it was to travel by train to Montreal? Bring back the golden age of the steam train I say! It felt like we stepped back in time to an era where people mattered and things moved just a little slower so that you had time to savour each moment. If there is a chance to us to play our way to Montreal again we'll be hopping on it, you can be sure. Thank you VIA! (check out the photos page for pictures...)
May 13th, 2008
Wow things have been so incredibly busy over the last little while that I haven't had a chance to update the website. We had an absolutely wonderful time at our concerts in New Brunswick and then at the Saltscapes Expo. Then last weekend we played for a lovely Mother's Day brunch and here it is almost time for our concert in Birchtown (near Shelburne) and then we're headed into July.
July is going to be really exciting time for us with the wonderful event in the Halifax commons showing support to our troops in Afghanistan and then our trip to Quebec and Ontario. All the details are starting to fall into place for that trip, but we only have a few things confirmed, so we'll try and keep you posted about where we'll be playing. we're just so honoured that St. Brigid's has chosen to have us open their brand new summer concert series and we're glad that we are able to be in Montreal for the Celtic Festival as well.
We have been practicing a lot and writing and arranging new songs over the last month or so and we have lots of new material to take on the road with us, which is great. It _does_ mean that we'll have to start thinking about another CD, though, which is exciting and daunting, inspiring and terrifying all at the same time. One of the major difficulties we're facing though (as are many Maritime musicians) is the need for physical CD distribution. Sadly "Landwash Distribution" has had to eliminate their distribution of CDs, and we (and many others) have been left with no distribution once again. We have had wonderful dealings with all the folks at Landwash and we wish them all the best in this very difficult time. And here's to finding a new way to get our CDs out into the stores...
I really should go, I need to update our myspace and facebook pages too... the more networking opportunities we get, the less time I seem to have to write music. If the website is looking outdated and the myspace pages have been the same for weeks, just remember that means I'm probably off writing music and playing my harp (which is, after all, what I love to do best!). Before I leave you, I hope you are all enjoying the onset of Summer in its many wild and wonderful forms and I hope to see you somewhere along our road...
April 4th, 2008
We played for the David Foster Charity Gala last Saturday night, and what a honour it was to have been chosen for such a prestigious event! There were over 1400 guests for dinner, and the lineup of talent was unprecedented. We had no idea what we were getting into (thank gooodness!) until we were on stage playing to a huge crowd that included the fabulous musicians who were to present the concert after supper. We were one of three Nova Scotian musicians to be featured that night, the other two being Lennie Gallant and Gordie Sampson. Also performing were Lionel Ritchie, Natalie Cole, Sinbad (the comedian), Leah Daniels, Jamia Nash (an 11-year-old power house voice that had to be heard to be believed), Kenneth (Babyface) Edmonds, Eleanor McCain, Craig Sharpe (the Canadian Idol contestant from Newfoundland), William Joseph and of course David Foster himself. The back up musicians included Symphony Nova Scotia, the Halifax Boy's Honour Choir and Cantatrice along with an incredible house band that David Foster has built up over the years.
In true Ardyth & Jennifer style we move from red carpet to lugging sound without a blink of an eye (and thank goodness for that too!) so even though we could get used to the treatment we received on Saturday (they wouldn't even let us carry our harps off stage... and we had a star on our door just as big as Lionel's!) we are very happy to be back in the real world and can't wait for our upcoming concerts in New Brunswick. Each one of the concerts will be special in its own way- We are very excited to be able to colaborate with Alan MacConnell in Rothesay, and eager to see our friends from the L'arche community. We are also really looking forward to our collaboration with the Elizabeth Smith Dancers in Fredericton, and to a nice intimate evening at the Broadway Cafe in Sussex.
Isn't life wonderful? Ardyth & I are so lucky to be able to enjoy all of these events. We have to thank all of you for your continued support in coming out to share them with us. We hope to connect with old friends again in April and all along the road...
March 17th, 2008 - Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
We are just putting the finishing touches on a tour that we've been working on in conjunction with Rhapsody Tours- this is a unique concept whereby you get to join us on a tour of some of our favourite places in the Maritimes. We'll be joining the tour in Halifax, then travelling down the coast to visit some of the most beautiful scenery in Nova Scotia... This is the scenery that inspired songs like "Sorrow's End" and "Perfect Day". and we'll have a chance to check out Lunenburg, celebrating our fishing and sailing traditions. The next day we'll head over to the valley where Ardyth grew up and experience all the rich heritage that exists in that part of Nova Scotia, and then we'll have an evening performance/kitchen party- bring your singing voices!
This is going to be a great chance for us to show off this incredible area, and we think it is a wonderful idea that we get to join you along the road. We are always so happy to meet people, but it never seems like we get enough time to spend- this way we'll have two whole days to get to know each other. And the best part is that we've had a hand in choosing the places we'll visit, so we know it's going to be an excellent tour! (we can't wait!)
If you are interested in booking a spot, you'll want to contact Rhapsody Tours early, since there are limited seats available... oh, and if you mention that you heard about the tour from us, you'll receive any two CDs of your choice as a thank you- we're really looking forward to this wonderful opportunity to re-visit "God's country" with some of you...
March 11th, 2008
What a great beginning to 2008...
We had a wonderful time at the ECMAs- Thank you to Fredericton for putting on such a wonderful conference and jam session! and a big thank you to my daughter (at whose apartment me and my "freaky band friends" crashed over the weekend. Talk about role reversal!)
I have been working on our websites (as I said I would) and have created a new facebook site for Ardyth & Jennifer, along with updating our myspace page- it's amazing how many people are on these networks, and we have found some wonderful music there. It _does_ mean that I have to update them all more regularly, but I'll try and keep doing that.
We are slowly building a wonderful touring schedule for 2008 which is going to include a couple of great concerts in Rothesay and Fredericton in April- it's amazing how fast the time goes. We're looking forward to collaborating with Alan MacConnell in Rothesay and the Elizabeth Smith premier dancers in Fredericton. The details will be added to all our web pages as we find them out (God willing!), but if you want to know more and can't find it on our site, please send us an e-mail and we can let you know more.
Last, but not least, we just have to say how incredible it was to play at St. Patrick's and how wonderful to see so many of you out on a busy Sunday afternoon. Thank you for supporting this worthy cause (and for "supporting our habit" by buying so many CDs! We were overwhelmed with the response we've been getting and we hope to return one day... hm... maybe a "WinterFire" concert this year??? We'll work on that.
And in the meantime we hope you're all dreaming of Spring and we hope to see you on our road...