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Even if the weather isn’t exactly the best indicator,  it does appear that summer is in full swing:  I have returned from two weeks at a family cottage, full of swimming (sometimes in the rain) and reading, relaxing and rejuvenating…a bit of songwriting, and also i learned to knit while i was there (to date, I have completed one arm warmer, colour: eggplant.  Very good looking).

Now I’m getting ready with the band for upcoming weekend music festivals:  Blue Skies (in Clarendon ON), followed by Summerfolk (in Owen Sound ON) and then Shelter Valley, with a few other stops in between (see the full calendar for details).  Who’s playing in the band this time around, you ask?  This coming weekend at Blue Skies, we’ve got Brad Hart on percussion, Trevor Mills on bass, Dave Celia on guitar and Beth Washburn on the alto tuba.  Summerfolk will be Dave and Brad with Suzie Vinnick on bass.  Shelter Valley, it’ll just be me, and my lovely blue Gretsch guitar.  Can’t wait: music festivals have been part of my summer’s since I was a kid,  I feel lucky to get to now add my music and stories into the mix of these unique gatherings of people and music.   Hope to see some of you out there…


This photo was taken in Whitehorse, Yukon at Arts in the Park – I was up there in the Yukon Territory for two glorious weeks this June (in the glory of the midnight sun).   Thanks to my lovely host Cathrine Morginn for the photo.