I'm pleased to report some great success at the 2015 Freshgrass contests. I won first place in the banjo contest against some extremely talented banjo players. The prize was a very nice Deering Sierra Maple banjo, prize money and a chance for Mile Twelve to perform at the festival next year. A big thanks to Alex Rubin and Nate Sabat for doing such a fine job accompanying me during the contest. My bandmate, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes also won first place in the Fiddle contest and Mile Twelve took third place in the band contest. Overall, a very successful and enjoyable weekend and we're thrilled to be able to perform at the 2016 festival - hope to see some of you there! In the meantime, check out my shows page which is now updated with gigs going through to May 2016.
I've had a very busy few months touring and recording with Mile Twelve. Our debut EP is now available for purchase on bandcamp here: https://miletwelve.bandcamp.com/ It's already recieved some great reviews and will to be featured on Hand Picked with Del McCoury on SiriusXM's Bluegrass Junction on July 4, 5 and 6.
We're really excited to be performing this summer at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival and Ossipee Valley Music Festival along with a hearty dose of New England shows. For more info on those dates check out our website: http://www.miletwelvebluegrass.com/
For now, I'll leave you with some new videos we filmed in Milton, MA with Andy Cambria.
I've recently returned to Boston after a two and a half month tour of Australia and New Zealand. No Bones About It had a fantastic 20 date tour throughout New Zealand in Nov and Dec 2014. We are so thankful to all of the wonderful people who put on shows for us and treated us so well! We played folk clubs, house concerts and other small venues around both the North and South Island, finishing at the Whare Flat Folk Festival in Dunedin. Here are a small collection of photos from the trip.
In early January, Alex headed back to winter in Boston and I set off for a five week tour in Australia with The String Contingent. We began by teaching at a two-week summer school in Canberra with 450 kids and 37 teachers, phew! We then flew to Tasmania to perform at the Sygnet Folk Festival which was a smashing success. In the last few weeks we played at the Newstead folk festival as well as a lovely collection of house concerts and art spaces between Melbourne and Sydney. Huge thanks to Chris, Holly and Wally for organizing this amazing tour. It was a treat to play with such great musicians AND be schoffered around the sights of scenery of Australia.
And now, it's back to a snowy Boston winter for me. Mile Twelve has several gigs coming up and you can check out the details of those here: http://www.miletwelvebluegrass.com/
I'll also be performing this winter and spring with No Bones About It, Cold Chocolate, Southeast Expressway and the Reunion Band; details of which will be kept up to date on my shows page.
Alex Rubin and I (No Bones About It) have been busy recording our debut EP, Nice & Grumpy with the fabulous Mike Reese in Sudbury, MA. We're hoping to fund the project on Kickstarter and have it ready to go for our tour of New Zealand which begins in Nov/Dec 2014. You can click on the link below to see our Kickstarter and for more info about our EP. To see the New Zealand Tour Dates, check out: www.nobonesaboutitband.com
Here's a song you'll most likely hear if you make it out to one of our New Zealand shows. It's one of our favourite "new-timey" tunes called, Suzanna.
I’m really excited to be part of a new band with a bunch of talented young musicians called, Mile Twelve. The group features Evan Murphy on Guitar, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes on Fiddle, Nate Sabat on Bass and myself plucking the old 5-string. You can see more of what we're doing and where we are performing here:http://www.miletwelvebluegrass.com
Here's a video of an original song we recently recorded, thanks for listening
Earlier this year, I started performing in a duo called, No Bones About It, with an amazing guitarist, Alex Rubin. We've now played a number of shows in the Boston area including Club Passim, the Harvard Square Folk Festival and Plymouth Acoustic Summer Nights concert series. We are thrilled to have been selected as one of the five finalists for the Freshgrass duo contest which is held in North Adams, MA on Sept 19 - 21. The other finalists are some of our favourite musicians and great friends so please check their music on the freshgrass website. Here's one of the videos we submitted for the contest, a tune Alex wrote called, Fat Chance.
In April this year I was honoured to be a part of the Acoustic Music Seminar in Savannah, Georgia. There were 16 participants on a variety of string instruments chosen from a group of 150 of the most talented young acoustic musicians from all over the USA. The week was packed full of rehearsals, clinics, performances and workshops with world class musicians such as Mike Marshall, Julian Lage and Darol Anger as faculty. On the Saturday night of the festival we performed all of the tunes we had learned and arranged during the week for a crowd of festival go-ers at the Lucas Theatre. It was an amazing experience and I feel extremely lucky to have met so many great musicians who I hope to perform with again in the future. Here are some pictures and a video of a tune that I wrote called ‘Bubbles’ from our performance at the Lucas Theatre in Savannah.
Thanks for checking out my brand new website.As I write this, I am gathering my scattered belongings in an attempt to squeeze them into the tiniest of backpacks and be ready to fly to the USA for a year of adventures. I hope to play an awful lot of banjo, learn a bunch and meet some new friends along the way.
So for now, here are some new videos from a show we played at the Bunker last month. Thanks to Matt and Rusty for the audio recording and Nat for the use of his camera. These are some of the most recent tunes I have written for banjo and feature the talents of my good pals, Cy Winstanley and Vanessa McGowan.