Monday, July 25, 2011

"Wake The Sleeping Giant" Heads North!

... It's been a hot mid-July as Uncle Dan and myself have been traveling across the escarpment's silver spine for a week of shows in Kitchener, Oakville, Hamilton, Brantford and Port Stanley following the Home County Folk Festival weekend in London... and happy to announce that our "Wake The Sleeping Giant" Tour has been granted some funding to help fill the Jeep Cherokee gas tank on our way across the north shore of Superior to Winnipeg and back...!  Thanks OAC..!
       This week we're at THE LOCAL in Toronto on Tuesday, July 26th, reuniting with songster WILL GILLESPIE, and we head north to Sudbury for a show at the TOWNEHOUSE on Thursday, July 28th... after a stop at Cosmic Dave's Guitar Emporium..!  Can't wait to see the T-Ho renovations!

We're at LopLops in Sault Ste Marie on Friday, July 29th and in Wawa at Naturally Superior Adventures on Saturday, July 30th.. we take a camping break until we hit Marathon on August 2nd, Rossport on August 3rd and head to Red Rock for the Live From The Rock Festival from August 5th to 7th!  We'll be sharing the stage with a lot of amazing artists so be sure to check it out!

Here's a couple photos from the last week of touring - enjoy!
Will's Leftover Quinoa Slider from the APK.. was delicious even days later in Goderich

Finally visited the legendary Ethel's Lounge in Waterloo 
Pow-Wow Group at Home County
"Viper" now available at Dr.Disc in Hamilton - celebrating 20 years in the business!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Wake The Sleeping Giant Starts July 14th ..!

Allison Brown & Uncle Dan go NORTHWEST!
Howdy Folks.. it's been a busier June than I expected hanging out down here in the steamy south of Ontario getting ready to head out on the road with "Uncle" Dan Henshall for our WAKE THE SLEEPING GIANT TOUR taking us from all the way down here in the Southwest to the Northwest, over Lake Superior and onto Winnipeg... the sweetcorn will only be knee-high when we take off on July 14th for our first show in London, we cross the escarpment's silver spine for shows in Kitchener, Oakville, Hamilton, Brantford, Port Stanley and Toronto before we start across the vast Precambrian Shield traversing the rugged north shore of Lake Superior, in Sudbury, Sault Ste Marie, Wawa, Marathon, Rossport, Thunder Bay, Atikokan, and Ear Falls..! All the dates and destinations are listed below...  We're playing at the Live From The Rock Festival in Red Rock, and the Trout Forest Music Festival in Ear Falls (100kms North of Hwy#17), and when we get to Winnipeg we'll be doing a few shows in town at Times Change(d) and Le Garage.  The trusty Jeep Cherokee won’t be tiptoeing past the trickster Nanabijou, the rocky giant that sleeps silently in the mighty Gitchee Gumee off the shore of Thunder Bay; we'll be raising a roots music ruckus along Highway #17 that shakes him to his stony feet to dance along…! 
The tour starts in London with a ROOTS MUSIC REVUE unofficially kicking off the HOME COUNTY FOLK FESTIVAL at the APK Live on Thursday, July 14th.. we're rejoined by Toronto songster WILL GILLESPIE as well as London duo BETH PRYSNUK and GRAHAM NICHOLAS for a night of roots ruckus raisin'..!  

Will and I are having a special T-SHIRT RELEASE PARTY at Grooves Records on Sunday, July 17th with a free in-store concert at 3pm... the T-Shirts look great ( they are all hand-screened by me!) and if you'd like to pre-order one, they are $20.00 if you'd like it delivered on our travels,  or $25.00 if you'd like it mailed to you directly.  Send your T-Shirt money in to our Kapipal Fund at
Tank tops are also available...!

Here's the list of tour dates:
Thursday, July 14th ~ London ~ Roots Music Revue at APK Live
Sunday, July 17th ~ London ~ Free In-Store Concert at GROOVES
Wednesday, July 20th ~ Kitchener ~ Café Pyrus
Thursday, July 21st, 2011 ~ Oakville  ~ Moonshine Café
Friday, July 21st ~ Hamilton ~ The Lionshead Pub
Saturday, July 23rd ~ Brantford ~ The Station Coffeehouse and Gallery
Sunday, July 24th ~ Port Stanley ~ The Windjammer Inn
Tuesday, July 26th ~ Toronto ~ The Local Pub
Thursday, July 28th ~ Sudbury ~The Townehouse Tavern
Friday, July 29th ~ Sault Ste Marie ~LopLops
Saturday, July 30th ~ Wawa ~Naturally Superior Adventures Rock Island Lodge
Tuesday, August 2nd ~ Marathon ~ Concerts In The Parking Lot
Wednesday, August 3rd ~ Rossport ~ Serendipity Gardens Café
Friday, August 5th to Sunday, August 7th ~ Red Rock
Live From The Rock Folk Festival ~
Tuesday, August 9th ~ Thunder Bay ~The Apollo
Wednesday, August 10th ~ Atikokan ~ Little Darlings Bakery
Friday, August 12th to Sunday, August 14th ~ Ear Falls
Trout Forest Music Festival ~
Thursday, August 18th ~ Winnipeg ~ Into The Music In-Store Concert
Thursday,  August 18th ~ Winnipeg ~ Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club
With Dan Frechette & The Dylanaires
Friday, August 19th ~ Winnipeg ~ Le Garage Café
Wednesday, August 24th ~ Thunder Bay ~ Black Pirate’s Pub ~ Opening for The Sheepdogs
Friday, August 26th ~ London ~ Fanshawe Pioneer Village Café

Here's a couple photos of the T-Shirts ...
...more info in the "& TShirts" section above