Well, festival season is upon us...after Stampede (actually I leave just before the Calgary Stampede ends), where I play a few shows in the International Room of the Agriculture Building, and the debut gig of The Hackamores (the western swing band I've been rehearsing) at Mikey's Juke Joint on the 12th, I head out for the first leg of summer touring.
The Dream Cafe, Penticton BC July 16th
The Blue Loon Grill, Clearwater BC July 20-21
Islands Folk Music Festival, Duncan BC July 23-24
The Roxy, Gabriol Island, BC July 28
The Filberg Festival, Comoc BC July 29-30
House Concert, Campbell River BC July 30
Then home to play Mikey's Juke Joint August 2, a workshop on writing and arranging blues for acoustic guitar (for the Calgary Int'l Blues Fest) August 4, the Saturday jam at the Blues Can August 6th, and Parkland Summer Concerts in South Calgary August 7th. Mikey's again on the 9th, then fly to San Francisco on the 11th (my birthday) to play the Just Strings Festival in Geyserville, Napa County. Home the 15th, Mikey's on the 16th, and the Foothills Acoustic Music Institute (FAMI) music camp in Bragg Creek, Alberta the 19-21st. Mikey's on the next many Tuesdays (and Aug. 26th with The Electro-Fires), a private party on the 25th, and the Blues Can jam on the 27th. The autumn is filling up with dates mostly close to home, plus gigs in Dawson Creek, BC and Edmonton AB, also possibly Saskatoon SK and one more swing to Vancouver Island before the horrific weather sets in again. I've accepted a playing/teaching gig in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in Feb.-Mar. : come take a guitar lesson in paradise. All confirmed dates (and some tentatives) will be on the calendar at www.cayusemusic.com in the next few days. To my fellow nominees for CBC Saturday Night Blues' "Great Canadian Blues Award", condolences that we lost to Dan Ackroyd...Mama always said "If you can't say something nice...". Hasta luego, I'll write more and sooner !