Tuesday, March 27, 2018

March is out like a lamb as temperatures rise... I've got a pretty chill April on the horizon, looking ahead and planning another fantastic summer of music and rambles. March was a whirlwind with my "Get Your Show On The Road" Touring workshop and a 30-minute songwriting challenge I led for folks at the Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation conference at Point Pelee National Park:
30 Minute Songwriting Challenge
 inside an O-Tentik
Campfire 'Concert' Finale

Check out a video from our Campfire "Concert" Finale:

I'll be doing a three-song set at the next edition of Windsor Folk's Acoustic Stage on Friday, April 6th at Mackenzie Hall, if you haven't dropped in for an Acoustic Stage cm'on out and enjoy an eclectic lineup of seasoned and brand new performers - 8pm, Pass The Hat!

And later in the month I'll be doing an opening set for my pal Dave Quanbury, April 26th at Phog as he releases his new record, 'Still Life With Canadian'.

Up ahead in May, I'll be at Carrots and Dates in Tecumseh for a dinner show on Friday, May 25th.

Looking ahead to July where I'll be working as an assistant at Old School Bluegrass Camp in Prince Edward County!
Registrations are open for a week of master classes in Fiddle, Banjo (Clawhammer and Bluegrass), Dobro, Bass, Mandolin, Vocals and Guitar! There's also a Bass Scholarship that covers the entire cost of camp you can apply for until June 1st. Check it out and register today! www.oldschoolbluegrasscamp.wordpress.com

I'm also working on booking a small tour around the Prince Edward County, Belleville, Kingston, Trenton, Peterborough area from July 7th to 11th so if you know of any venues or festivals I should connect with, or if you'd like to set up a house concert let me know!

2009 called and suggested I should probably join Instagram!  I've just set up a profile and figuring out how it all works:

Singing and springing - stay tuned!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

February was a flurry of music and celebrations as I rang in my 40's in style.. had a great time rambling up the highway meeting up with pals along the way... lots on the horizon for March!
My pals from Winnipeg, The New Customs gave me a fantastic birthday present by covering "All Our Emergencies" as part of their "52 Songs We Didn't Write" project - so thrilled to hear their version...Thanks Dale & Emma !! https://www.facebook.com/TheNewCustoms/videos/1866976359982298/
Coming up on Wednesday, March 14th, at 6:30pm I'm hosting "Get Your Show On The Road: Touring In Canada" as part of the Arts Council of Windsor and Region's "Art:Work" workshop series.  Lots of tips on booking, scheduling, geography, parking, packing and more - an in-depth look behind the scenes of touring life as an independent musician in Canada.  Register in advance at: http://acwr.net/workshops/acwr-art-work-workshop-get-your-show-on-the-road-touring-in-canada-with-allison-brown/

Lots going on with The Windsor Classic Chorale in March as well - The Windsor Choral Festival, United In Song is coming up March 1st - 3rd and concludes with a special concert featuring choirs from all over the Windsor Essex region.  And - a free vocal workshop open to singers of all levels on Friday, March 2nd hosted by guest choral clinician Dr. Rachel Rensink-Hoff.  Get your sing on at The Windsor Choral Festival! 

No need for a boredom meltdown as winter slowly slips away - lots going on!
See you out there!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Lots coming up as we leave January behind.. and I leave my 30's behind and enter my 40th year, celebrating with a rip up the 401 to play some fun shows and team up with lots of musical pals..!

Friday, February 2nd ~ Willie P. Bennett Tribute, Revival House, Stratford
Saturday, February 3rd ~ Musical Chairs! At The St. Regis Tavern, London
Tuesday, February 6th ~ The Local, Toronto with Will Gillespie
Thursday, February 8th *Allison's Birthday ~ special guesting at The Cameron House with Corin Raymond & The Sundowners
Friday, February 9th ~ The Cornerstone, Guelph with Northland Rail Service
Saturday, February 10th ~ Willie P. Bennett Tribute, Aeolian Hall, London
Sunday, February 11th - Private Party, Fingal

back home for another fundraiser in Amherstburg, February 17th for Kids Curing Cancer... and later in February...
Friday, February 23rd ~ Taloola Cafe, Windsor

Hope to see you all at these string of shows as I rip through Southern Ontario on my Birthday Week.

January flew by with my new role as General Manager for the Windsor Classic Chorale, I'll miss their February concert as I'll be touring, but if you're in a romantic mood and hungry for choral music check out "If Music Be The Food Of Love", coming up February 10th at Paulin Memorial Church in South Windsor.

Coming up on Wednesday, March 14th I'm hosting a workshop on touring!  "Get Your Show On The Road: Touring In Canada" is presented by the Arts Council of Windsor & Region... be sure to register early!

Hope to see you all on my February run and join the party!