I'll be in California with Lonesome Ace - Jan. 17-26 - click here for details

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...Gonna buy two copies for my mother!

Well, it might not be the cover of The Rolling Stone, but I'm very honoured to be featured in the Oct/Nov issue of The Banjo Newsletter!

My great old friend and musical accomplice Scott Prouty interviewed me last spring, and managed to not make me sound stupid! Thanks Scott! If you don't know the magazine, The Banjo Newsletter has been the premiere media outlet for all things banjo for something like  30 years! Big thanks to publisher Donald Nitchie for being so supportive of my music over the years.

 

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a bit of a nut for fishing. It's something I've done my whole life, and there's always been a connection between music and fishing to me. Over the years, on several different albums, I've recorded music that has in one way or another been inspired by fishing and the places I fish. I've always wanted to put them all together in one place, and add some newer ones that I hadn't had the chance to record...the result is "Road to the River" - A Collection of 14 Tunes and Songs Inspired by the Fishing Passion"
 
The album features 9 previously recorded tracks, and 5 brand new ones, and is a benefit for The Elk River Alliance (ERA). Based in Fernie BC, the ERA is a community-based water group that aims to connect people to the Elk River ensuring it is drinkable, fishable and swimmable for future generations. 100% of the profits from this album will go directly to the ERAFernie has become a home away from home for me when I'm on the road and there's nothing I like more than fishing in the Elk River and its tributaries. I know some of the folks who work with the ERA and I respect their dedication and inclusive approach to protecting the water in a way that serves the whole community (not just, but including, fisherpeople). 
 
You can read more about the project, hear the album, and hopefully order a copy (or download) off the website. This is the only place to get it, and once again, all the money from your order goes directly to the ERA. If you know have any friends that you think might be interested in supporting this project, please forward this email along.
 
I think this collection is some of my best work. I'm joined by some amazing musicians such as Andrew Collins, Ben Winship, John Showman, Chris Quinn, Erynn Marshall, Arnie Naiman, Brian Wicklund, Max Heineman, Burke Carrol, Brian Kobayakawa, and Andrew Downing, just to name a few. I hope you'll take the time to check it out!

 

2020 CAMPS and Workshops!

April 13-17 - Sore Fingers (UK) - https://www.sorefingers.co.uk/coursedetail.php?id=20

May 15-17 - Banjo Camp North (MA) - https://musiccampsnorth.com/

June 14-19 - Montana Fiddle Camp (MT) - http://montanafiddlecamp.org/?fbclid=IwAR1I6vFh8lBJfuqDJrQVMM5KP-rPAYmu9Lt-OL0fcolShMwbgRdGsresVFU

July 5-10 - Common Ground on the Hill - (MD) - https://www.commongroundonthehill.org/home.html

August 10-13 - Targhee Music Camp (WY) - https://www.targheemusiccamp.com/

August 16-28 - Nimble Fingers Old-Time and Bluegrass Camp (BC) - https://www.nimblefingers.ca/

November 13-15 - Falcon Lake Fiddle Camp (MB) - http://www.falconlakefiddlecamp.com/

Date Event Location
 —  — California Tour with The Lonesome Ace Stringband  
With The Lonesome Ace Stringband Great North Woods Community for the Arts, Lancaster New Hampshire Great North Woods Community for the Arts, Lancaster New Hampshire
With The Lonesome Ace Stringband The Flying Goose, New London, NH The Flying Goose, New London, NH
With The Lonesome Ace Stringband Crown Finish Caves, Brooklyn, NY 11238 Crown Finish Caves, Brooklyn, NY 11238
 —  — With The Lonesome Ace Stringband The Joe Val Memorial Festival, Framingham, MA The Joe Val Memorial Festival, Framingham, MA
 —  — With The Lonesome Ace Stringband Wintergrass, NE, Bellevue WA Wintergrass, NE, Bellevue WA
The 20th Annual Banjo Special! The Tranzac Club, Toronto, ON The Tranzac Club, Toronto, ON
 —  — Teaching Banjo at Sore Fingers Music Camp  
With The Lonesome Ace Stringband Beneath the Arch Concert Series, Turner Valley, AB T0L 2A0 Beneath the Arch Concert Series, Turner Valley, AB T0L 2A0
Solo Show The Local, Toronto The Local, Toronto
With The Lonesome Ace Stringband Nichols Canyon Music, Los Angeles, California Nichols Canyon Music, Los Angeles, California
 —  — With The Lonesome Ace Stringband Parkfield Bluegrass Festival, Parkfield, CA Parkfield Bluegrass Festival, Parkfield, CA
 —  — Teaching at Banjo Camp North south central Massachusetts south central Massachusetts
 —  — With The Lonesome Ace Stringband The John Hartford Memorial Festival, Morgantown, IN The John Hartford Memorial Festival, Morgantown, IN
With The Lonesome Ace Stringband A Slice of Bluegrass, Lockport, IL A Slice of Bluegrass, Lockport, IL
With The Lonesome Ace Stringband Seman Violins, Skokie, IL Seman Violins, Skokie, IL
With The Lonesome Ace Stringband The Robin Theatre, Lansing, MI The Robin Theatre, Lansing, MI
With The Lonesome Ace Stringband Acoustic Harvest Concert Series, Scarborough, ON Acoustic Harvest Concert Series, Scarborough, ON
 —  — chriscoole 15th Annual Targhee Music Camp, Alta, Wyoming 15th Annual Targhee Music Camp, Alta, Wyoming