So after a few UK festivals and a run of great shows with Steve Knightley I find myself across the pond for a few weeks. It ís wonderful to be back in Canada. Have been playing the Vancouver Islands Music Fest on Vancouver Island this past weekend. Having done a lot of the major festivals here last year, I came over just to play this one and also put in a show in Connecticut USA on the way over. That was in Ridgefield at The Playhouse Theatre and was a wonderful night. I then took the long flight over to the West Coast.
I last played the Island Festival back in 02 and its almost doubled in size since then. Two very hot days have seen some wonderful music being played and a rich coverage of styles. Good to meet up with old friends like Dick Gaughan, Eric Bibb and Michael Wrycraft who designed my last three album sleeves. Shared a workshop concert with Steven Page of Bare Naked Ladies fame and had a wonderful moment on the main stage on Saturday evening. David Lindley had been scheduled to play but sadly was unable to make it due to illness, so a number of artists played cover songs with Jennifer Warne’s band backing us. Without any rehearsal I stepped with these great musicians and played One Of Usí. We nailed it and it was very powerful and took me a while to come down after. I must get me one of those bands sometime! It ís strange really as I almost always play solo and have to create sound that represents the kick, bass, snare, the rhythm of the off beat etc. It ís a strange thing to have that done for you in such a powerful way and I really could get use to it! Playing to five thousand people helps though.
I will play a charity show in Vancouver this evening and then fly to Prince George to visit friends for a few days then fly home. My love affair with Canada continues and I feel so at home here.