2012 and Upcoming UK, Ireland, and Celtic Connections Tour

Posted on Monday, January 9th, 2012.

So it is 2012!

I am in Victoria, BC, where it has been grey and rainy for two and a half weeks. And on Wednesday I’m going to England.  Obviously I did not plan that one so well.

I’m house-sitting for my parents while they are away. They have a fireplace, and a blender, and a washing machine five feet from the bedroom door. Things that seem so novel when you’ve been on the road for two months. The ‘recorder’ that tapes their favourite TV shows (I almost wrote VCR – that’s how long it’s been since I’ve had a TV in my life) comes on every night at random times and makes a low whirring sound that reminds me so vividly of my dad mowing the grass in the summer, near Tolstoi, Manitoba, and it makes me long for the smell of that grass and for garden carrots and prairie sun.

I am staying in tonight. Loading british maps on to my GPS. Hemming a dress. Recording a couple of new songs to send to the boys for the tour….I’m a little late in the game on this but they are fast. Wrapping up the fall tour in various ways on my laptop. Trying to make sense of some tax forms I have been avoiding for two months (at least that’s my plan, but I can guarantee it’s the last thing I will look at and I might just go to sleep before i get around to it.) Portioning out hemp seeds, spirulina, and vitamin D capsules for the tour.

I long for an extended period of time to play and write music…I can feel things brewing and want to record again soon but I haven’t had a lot of time to tend to these creative stirrings. I almost feel afraid of them. But I am glad they are persistent and have not given up on me. The administration side of running your own business can take over everything.  It’s very rewarding as an artist to have a hand in all aspects of what you do, but that particular aspect tends to become almost all of what you do. Perhaps there is such a thing as being too thorough.  Maybe every decision need not be considered quite so carefully. For as careful as you might be, you might still end up planning your schedule in such a way that you don’t see the sun for seven weeks.

I am so thrilled to be going to the UK though. I haven’t been since 2008. The boys are excited too – It’s Sam’s first time. And Ireland! It will be quick, but we are going. Our show in Sligo will mark my first time ever playing in Ireland. I am especially thrilled to be joining the Celtic Connections Transatlantic Sessions tour in February. Many of the musicians on the tour are heros of mine, in some form or another – people who are partly responsible for why I write songs and sing traditional music in the first place. ??!!  It’s a huge honour, and I couldn’t be more excited.

Happy New Year, everyone. See you on the road, very soon…