Back by popular demand! Vancouver’s premiere Beatles band – the Fab Fourever – are teaming up with me and Molly D for an incredible evening of entertainment featuring the music of my favourite artists of all time! These shows sold out on our last tour so get your tickets while you can!
Ring of Fire: Project Johnny Cash opens tomorrow night. This dramatized tribute to the late, great Johnny Cash features a cast that really lights up the stage. Chemainus audiences are in for special treat with the debut of Jonas Shandel as young Cash and Tim Brummund as the “Man in Black” (as he called himself in later years). Both performers capture the spirit of Johnny with grace, reverence and powerful musicality. Samantha Currie‘s June is spot on. As Johnny would say, “she is beautiful and she is funny!” To top it all off I got to assemble my dream band to join me on guitar: Kraig Waye on Bass and Scott Carmichael on drums, with Mark MacRae and Andrea Cross rounding out the ensemble playing every instrument that we could throw at them. I’m so very proud to make my debut as Musical Director with such a talented cast, crew, and creative team. I’m really looking forward keeping the fire burning at the Chemainus Festival Theatre from now through April 11!
During the last Legends of Rock & Roll tour I had the pleasure of introducing my main squeeze, Molly D, to my hometown crowd. We decided to perform a duet of one of our favourite duos of the 50s – The Everly Brothers. It was such a hit that people asked for more from what we coined “The Everly Lovers”. So we had a little fun shooting “All I Have to do is Dream” at the apartment while we prepare to return for our Rock & Roll Christmas in December.
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 Lapinskyas 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.
The Arts Club’s Red Rock Diner is now rockin’ Granville Island Stage until August 2nd. It is a time capsule of 1950s Vancouver and explores the legacy of Red Robinson. I play Val, the greaser kid from Kitsilano who idolizes Elvis, sings and wiggles his hips. I’m very proud of this show and the team that put it together. Get your tickets soon before they are all sold out!
Patience is a virtue. And for that, fans, I thank you. Procrastination is not, however, and I vow to increase the frequency of my posts.
That said, I will attempt to make an excuse as to why I haven’t posted in a while by elucidating recent events.
January- It was the polar vortex. I was in New York. I turned 33 and my heart was warmed when I got a visit from the most attractive Elvis impersonator I have yet to encounter. We went to Times Square. I got a chance to take in Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen’s performance in “No Man’s Land”. Took in a Ballet. Saw the Beatles! (1964, the Tribute) at Carnegie Hall. And even put in a visit and an interview with the Sonny Ochs, sister of my hero, Phil. February- I reprised two roles. I took Mark Leiren-Young‘s “Never Shoot a Stampede Queen” to one of my favourite places in the world, Haida Gwaii. And I completed my 10th production playing Buddy Holly in the back-by-popular-demand run in Chemainus. March- I played a couple of fundraisers with my band, the Smashed Hits, in New Westminster and in my boyhood town of Qualicum Beach. I had a ball playing to old friends, neighbours, and family. Thanks Sherri! April – Molly and I packed up the car and made the big drive back to Kansas City where I’m spending time working on a new play. Before we left, I even managed to shoot a segment for the super-fun, Pancake Manor children’s webseries! So, I guess I haven’t been spending all my time playing online chess. But I do intend to keep you updated a little more often. Till then, Rave On! Z
Went on 2 tours with the fantastic team at Legends of Rock & Roll– “A Rock & Roll Christmas” and a brand new, killer concept, “The Class of ’59” featuring Buddy, Jerry Lee, Bopper, Connie, Eddie, Elvis, Don & Phil.
I went on an epic road trip across the western and southern states and I played in a handful of Phil Ochs Song Nights in the San Francisco Bay area.
2014 is already upon us and I’ve got some exciting announcements.
I’m beginning the year in America’s most populous urban centre, New York City, doing research to develop a show centred on the folk music scene in the 60s. Only to fly right back to one of Canada’s most remote and unpopulated beauties, to reprise the Stampede Queen in Haida Gwaii, Jan 31/Feb.1st)