I’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone who attended what I joked as an “entomologists dream line-up” – the Legends of Rock & Rock presenting a tribute concert of the Beatles AND Crickets. We played three packed venues in BC: the Mary Winspear in Sydney, the Port Theatre in Nanaimo, and the Cowichan Theatre in Duncan. The shows were very well received and we hope to reunite again for a more extensive tour sometime next year.
The Beatles are my long-time favourite band. It was a dream come true sharing the stage with the Fab Fourever. Not only was it a dream come true for me but I like to think we were living out a dream for the Beatles themselves. They were hugely inspired by Buddy but never got a chance to meet him in person. I think they would have gotten along nearly as well as we did
Another dream came true for me on this tour. My dream girl, Molly Dee, made her dazzling debut performing in Canada. She lit up the stage performing highlights from Lulu and Dusty Springfield as well as forging a new act together as “the Everly Lovers”.
Next up: Molly Dee and I return along with the wild and wonderful piano talents of Lancy Lapinsky as Jerry Lee Lewis for a Rock & Roll Xmas in December. See sidebar for dates!
It seemed I had no sooner taken my final bow on Granville Island that I was boarding an Air Canada flight to the furthest reaches of our country. All summer we honoured the legacy of one of the most important icons of west coast – Red Robinson. What better time to honour my own family’s legacy on the east coast by tracing our ancestral roots in Newfoundland.
It’s easy to forget just how vast and expansive our country really is. We’re closer to Paris than Vancouver pictured here in Elliston, NL.
Along with my mom and siblings, we worked our way up the coast from St. John’s to a the small, fishing village of Elliston where we met some distant relatives and saw some ancestral homes. We payed tribute to one of our relatives, William Oldford who perished in the great Sealing disaster of 1914 by visiting memorial site and the Sealer’s Museum.
We saw some gorgeous coastal vistas in Bonavista; took a “Rugged Beauty Boat Tour” with Newfoundland’s “Bill Murray” a.k.a. Bruce in New Bonaventure and finally, danced a jig in a bar on George St. in St. John’s.
Now I’ve left my coastal Newfoundland for the prairies in the heart of America, rooting on the Royals and trading Cod for BBQ here in Kansas City!
While here, I’m preparing with my crazy little woman, Molly D, to make our return to the west coast this October t0 play with “the Beatles” (Fab Fourever) on Vancouver Island.
See you then!