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    Superlover

    For all the fear, doubt, complication, ignorance, and hate in the world: here is an antidote. This is Superlover from the upcoming Birds of Chicago release, Love in Wartime.  More soon!

     

  • Film sesssion

    Canadian Screen Awards

    Anne was nominated for 13 awards, including best original music, at the Canadian Screen Awards. It brought home a couple of awards home including BEST DRAMATIC SERIES.

    Playing all the guitar, mandolin, and slide for this series has been a fantastic experience.  I’m entrusted with a huge amount of freedom in the creation of my parts.  Everything I’ve done was recorded from my studio in Toronto and sent to the composers remotely.  We heard the final mix at the same time as the audience.

    I’m glad the series is doing well and being recognized.  It’s a beloved Canadian classic and this version seems to be satisfying the hardcore traditional fans.  However, Anne offers so much for modern audiences in a world were the role of women and gender are being rapidly redefined.

    Look for Season two on CBC and Netflix soon

  • SongLab

    Thank you Toronto Arts Council

    I wish to gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council. My proposal to create new compositions for an acoustic ensemble was approved. Have a listen below to hear the direction I’m headed with this.  A little strange, a little cinematic, but sincere and heartfelt.  Stay tuned, and I hope you enjoy.

  • Tour Dates

    Calgary Folk Festival 2017

     

    Calgary Folk Fest has been a fantastic experience for Birds of Chicago.  We came into town a little early to play a show of Canadiana tunes (celebrating Canada 150) with Basia Bulat, Barney Bentall, Jason Collett, Turkwaz, CHOIR CHOIR CHOIR and others.

    Our main stage set was Friday night and it was one of my favourite festival experience with the Birds.  The weather, audience, sound, and crew were fantastic.  Our last workshop set is this afternoon with Jim Cuddy, Barney Bentall, and Yola Carter.

    The music was warmly received and there seemed to be a bit of buzz about the band:

    This might be a bold statement, but seeing this band perform was a life affirming experience. Even amidst their occasionally grief stricken lyrics, Birds of Chicago manages to create a sense of positivity in their music that seems fitting for a festival stage. Whether through the sonic fury of a well-played guitar solo or the emotional hook of a well-written verse, this group creates music that uplifts the spirit. Their sound ranges from full-on rock and roll to deeply folk, with one song being performed exclusively to the beat of a kick drum and the claps of the audience. They were humble performers and talented musicians, a chance to see them play should not be missed. (JB)  http://beatroute.ca/2017/07/29/calgary-folk-music-festival-day-one-two-recap/

    There was also a nice article in the Calgary Herald: http://calgaryherald.com/entertainment/music/folk-fest-eclectic-acts-stoke-entertaining-second-day

    Next up: Canmore and then Edmonton.

     

  • Tour Dates

    Festival Season

    I’m looking forward to joining Birds of Chicago, Jessica MitchellJadea Kelly and Matt and Jill Barber at some awesome music festivals all over North America this summer.  Check out the tour page for exact dates.

    With Birds of Chicago, we recently recorded the Love in Wartime album which will be released shortly.  Jessica had me play on her latest singles Don’t Love me and Tear it down which are pulling some solid numbers on the charts.

    I’m looking forward to playing this new music and I hope to see you out there!