I’m really saddened to hear about the loss of Stuart Mclean. Going on the road with the Vinyl Cafe and their incredible team, was a banner tour for the Birds of Chicago.
Vinyl Cafe, Stuart McLean, Birds of Chicago
I received a true education in performance watching Stuart work. At the beginning of the tour, Stuart was sequestered in the back of the bus, writing and sculpting the script. With each show, it would be finessed. Depending on the audience’s reaction, he would adjust the timing of a joke here, or a word there. Each night was new and exciting.
Most importantly, the dream team -Tina Love, Lucas Simonetto, and Jess Milton are some of the most lovely humans around. It was truly an honour to be in their company.
Birds of Chicago are wrapping up the fourth and final day of recording at Electrical Audio in Chicago, an incredible studio in Chicago owned by Steve Albini. BOC’s own JT Nero is co-producing with Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars, Black Crowes).
It’s been an terrific experience recording Love in Wartime. We started tracking on the same day Trump was inaugurated as President. It feels great to be putting something really joyous and positive out into world.
Here are some upcoming summer shows with Birds of Chicago!
July 1 to 3 – Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Canso, Nova Scotia
July 8 – Celebrate Brooklyn, New York, NY
July 9 – The Colonial Theatre – Bethelhem, NH
July 10 – Green River Music Festival – Greenfield, Massachusetts
July 15 to 17 – Vancouver Folk Festival, Vancouver, BC
August 13 to 15 – Bear Creek Folk Festival, Grand Prairie AB
August 26 to 28 – Fayetteville Roots Festival, Fayetteville, Arizona