Looking forward to attending the 2019 Folk Music Ontario Conference. I’ll be playing with singer/songwriters Desiree Dorion and Rob Teehan as well as checking out Gathering Sparks whose EP I produced in 2018.
Oct 1 update: got a nice review from rootsmusic.ca :
“Shout out to Joel Schwartz too for the freaking gorgeous guitar accompaniment.” – Heather Kitching
Folk Music Ontario conference travelogue: the Saturday night showcases
8:33 p.m.: If you see a straight-up singer-songwriter in an official showcase slot, you know they’re probably going to be good because, let’s face it, it’s pretty hard to stand out in that crowd. Well, we’re about three minutes into Kalon Hart‘s set, and I can feel the hair standing up all over my body.
“Down, down in my heart / There is a river / With no shade / I cut down the forest / I needed the lumber,” he’s singing on a new song called “There is a River.”
“Cause I’m building a bridge / So I can cross over / I’m not trying to be alone / Just wait for me / A little while longer.”
There’s a rough smart phone video on YouTube of him singing this at Karma Wine Bar in Windsor. I highly recommend checking it out.
Kalon, whose real name is Rob Teehan, has already had an impressive career as a tuba player with the highly esteemed Lemon Bucket Orkestra, but about four years ago, the story goes, he moved to Los Angeles to do film and TV scores, and, after arriving, he experienced a spiritual awakening and started working through the depression and personal baggage he’d been carrying around with him up to that point. Now he’s answered his heart’s call to write songs that, according to his bio, “bring people back to their hearts through emotional mastery and re-connection to the earth.” That certainly syncs well with my first impression of him. Shout out to Joel Schwartz too for the freaking gorgeous guitar accompaniment.