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July 23, 2017:

I’m busy preparing my set for the Princeton Traditional Music Festival which takes place from Friday August 18th to Sunday August 20th. I’ll be performing on the Museum Stage at 11:30 AM on Saturday, singing selections from my Doukhobor album “Places: Songs of Toil and Peaceful Life,” and a few other original songs with a “traditional” touch. It looks like it’s going to be a great event with lots of very talented singers and players. Check it out at www.princetontraditional.org.


July 11, 2017:

I now have in my possession a Willie Nelson inspired “Texas tee shirt” courtesy of my new Texas friends Paul and Merrill from Bryan/College Station, Texas. According to Merrill, I can boast about my “Luckenbach Texas look”, just like Waylon, Willie, and the boys.


May 10, 2017:

I am very pleased that I have been invited to perform at the Princeton Traditional Music Festival on August 18 to 20, 2017. It will be a delight to share the Doukhobor story through songs from my album “Places: Songs of Toil and Peaceful Life”, as well as to sing a number of traditional Russian folk songs (In Russian).


April 24, 2017:

I had a great time at my concert at the Leir House Cultural Centre in Penticton on Sunday, April 23rd. An excellent attentive audience gave me great energy to build on. Many said they enjoyed the stories behind some of the songs, especially the songs about my ancestors the Doukhobors. I was particularly pleased that the “hurting songs” from my new EP A SIX-PACK FOR LOVE were well received.


April 10, 2017:

My April 23rd concert at Leir House in Penticton gets more and more interesting. I have just confirmed that a small video crew will be video-recording the concert to produce a promotional music video that will help me to build my musical profile. Although all this tech stuff is new to me, I’m planning to be in top form and looking forward to an enthusiastic audience. Should be fun!


March 31, 2017:

I’ve gone back to a song I wrote 3 years ago. It’s called 2 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT; roughly speaking it’s about a lonely old man running out of time and on the verge of an emotional meltdown. This song really speaks to me and I’m seriously considering recording it for release this summer.


March 15, 2017:

I had a great time performing some of the songs from my Doukhobor album “Places: Songs of Toil and Peaceful Life” at the USCC Talent Show in Grand Forks on March 11th. The audience was attentive and appreciative, making my experience as a Doukhobor singer-songwriter quite rewarding.

Photo courtesy ISKRA Publication

 

March 13, 2017:

Mark your calendars for Sunday, April 23rd, 2-4PM. That’s when I’ll be performing a selection of my original songs from my 3 albums (and some popular covers) at the Leir House Cultural Centre in Penticton. CDs will be for sale. Enjoy a glass or two of fine Okanagan wine while you listen to my songs and the stories that inspired them. $10 at the door. I spent most of the last 2 years writing and recording songs. I’m pretty excited to get back into performing in public. Love it…should be fun…'hope to see you there!


March 04, 2017:

“I’m pumped! 'Just released “Too Late Now” in the UK on Stuart Cameron’s Hot Disc Top 40 country chart. The song is charting #35 the first week out. That makes four songs in a row that made the Top 40. Great fun! I guess I have to get to work and write some new songs.”


March 02, 2017:

“I’m really excited about performing some songs from my album Places: Songs of Toil and Peaceful Life at the USCC Annual Talent Night in Grand Forks at the USCC Community Centre…show starts at 7 PM on Saturday March 11th.”


Jan. 08, 2017:

I’m very excited! I released Cowboy Mid-Life Crisis Blues a week ago on Hot Disc Top 40 in the UK. The initial ratings have it coming in at #34. So fine! This is the 3rd song of mine that has made the Top 40 list. I think I’ll have a wee dram of good bourbon to celebrate.


Dec. 31, 2016:

As the world slides precariously into 2017 let there be music. Music will soothe our heavy hearts. Music will take us into emotional realms beyond our wildest imaginings. Music will connect us to each other “heart to heart.” Music, if we let it, will transport us into spiritual spaces that will enhance our collective humanity. Most of all, music will make us happy. I wish all my musical friends a truly Happy New Year filled with creativity and song.


Dec. 22, 2016:

As we go through another Christmas holiday season, I would like to wish all of my musical friends and supporters a very Merry Christmas and a truly Happy New Year. Regardless of our religious or non-religious beliefs, it is important that we make this a season of compassion, reflection, friendship, and love, and that we commit to carrying these values into 2017 and beyond. Cheers to everyone, wherever you may be.


Nov. 30, 2016:

“I’m very happy to be getting back into drama in a big way. I did a lot of acting in a former life (Fiddler on the Roof, Little Shop of Horrors, Chekov, Shakespeare). Next spring I will be directing a great play called The Man with the Plastic Sandwich for the Penticton Chamber Theatre. It’s an entertaining serious comedy. Ironically I once competed against it in a Vancouver Island drama festival and won the best actor award for my performance in a one-man show called A Life.”


Oct. 30, 2016:

I’m excited. “Gonna Love ‘em to Death (if it kills me)”, which I released in the UK on Oct 1st, had a slow start, but this week it has clawed its way into the Hot Disc Top 40 (#39). Makes an aging Canadian crooner feel pretty good.


Oct. 25, 2016:

“I'm pleased to see some interest in my 'Doukhobor' album Places: Songs of Toil and Peaceful Life in the Langham, Saskatchewan area, and would welcome more contacts in Alberta and Saskatchewan.”


Oct. 9, 2016:

“I’ve been invited to perform some songs from my album Places: Songs of Toil and Peaceful Life at the Canada 150 celebrations to take place at the National Doukhobor Heritage Village in Verigin, Saskatchewan next July. This will be an excellent way to celebrate my Doukhobor ancestors’ pioneering work to develop the Canadian West at the beginning of the 20th century.”


Sept 20, 2016:

New recording of 'Gonna Love ‘em to Death (If It Kills Me)' almost done. Will be releasing it on Hotdisc in the UK in October. Watch for it!



Aug 28, 2016:

Still in the Top 40 at #31. Sickle Moon up 2 more points this week on HotDisc UK charts. Check out the new Station Play tab!



Aug 21, 2016:

Still in the Top 40 and climbing! Sickle Moon up 6 points this week on HotDisc UK charts.



Aug 6, 2016:

'Just released my newest single 'Sickle Moon' to radio with HotDisc in the UK - entered their charts at # 39.

HotDisc is one of the premiere music services in the UK that services radio stations with music. Stations may download from Airplay Direct as well. 'Should be interesting to watch!


July 24, 2016:

A Toast to Shakespeare” is a collection of well-known scenes from the full range of his plays: tragedies, comedies, romances, and history plays. I was given the role of “The Muse,” the guy who narrates the show and links all the scenes together.

 
To do this I had to write my own script, which was challenging and great fun, especially during the show when I could be fairy liberal with wit and just a little bit of sarcasm. It was especially rewarding to give our show’s final speech, the farewell address that Shakespeare gives to Prospero in The Tempest. “Our revels are now ended…” and so on to “as you from sin would pardoned be/Let your indulgence set me free.”

The 2 hour show has been getting great audience response. Check out the Gallery for more.


July 13, 2016:

Had a great time performing at the Whatshan Lake Retreat Jam last weekend. My original songs, and especially those from my newly released 'Doukhobor' album “Places: Songs of Toil and Peaceful Life' were very well received.

This was the first time I formally performed these songs in public so I was a bit concerned about how they would come across…didn’t have to worry at all. Even my first attempt at singing live to the backing tracks from the album went well. ‘twas a good weekend!


July 5, 2016:

Today is a big day for me; it’s the official release of my album “Places: Songs of Toil and Peaceful Life.” I’m grateful for this opportunity to share my Doukhobor cultural heritage with the public, at the same time paying tribute to my courageous ancestors whose faith saw them through extreme trials and tribulations in Russia and Canada. I’m looking forward to this weekend when I’ll be performing some of the songs at the Whatshan Lake Retreat Jam. Just click on Doukhobor album below or here to see how to buy the album and share my special musical journey.


June 5, 2016:

It’s official. I will be performing at the "Whatshan Jam 2016 Family and Friends Festival", July 8, 9, 10. I’m excited because this will be my first opportunity to perform songs from my album Places: Songs Of Toil And Peaceful Life in public. Official release of the album is July 1st so the timing is perfect. The Whatshan Retreat is a beautiful place to spend a relaxing weekend. Check out whatshanjam.com for information.


May 20, 2016:

It's both exciting and satisfying in completing the final two songs (The Wish and Wagon Train to Verigin) for the Doukhobor album. Should be done in a week…watch for the samples. Then it’s off to manufacturing and packaging the CD and a triumphant public release. 

After a dry spell for a few weeks I’m back to writing songs. Just finished a sad little number called Sickle Moon about the chill that settles when love is gone. Going to enter this one in a sad song competition (yes, there is such a thing)…watch for it on the website once I polish it up a bit to give it a Tony Bennett “swing” style…very new for me.


March 24, 2016:

I'm very excited that all recordings for both albums almost complete. Now starting to work on graphic design for Places: Songs of Toil and Peaceful Life. Producer Ron Mahonin will give the CD an interesting heritage-based look as well as musicality with a strong professionally produced and mastered Russian feel. 'Can’t wait to see and hear the final results. Two more recent production samples have been added; Sod House and Silver Linings, and Baba's Waltz (in the Doukhobor tab > Song Samples)


Febuary 9, 2016:

"I’m very happy with the final version of The Bridge (In the Doukhobor tab > Song Samples), not least because it’s an honour to pay tribute to this iconic structure in Doukhobor history. It has been suggested that the song would anchor a fine video production filmed on the bridge with added archival images. Very exciting…I’d love to be part of this."


January 31, 2016:

I had a very good songwriting week. First I named another album I’m working on. It will be called I’m Still Standing: Songs of Dr Eclectic. It will have 14 songs on it, three of which I’m polishing up this week: Don’t Waste the Moon (an anniversary song), I’m Still Standing, which recalls my encounter with a 'hobo' when I was 12 years old,” and It’s too Late Now, a honky-tonk hurting song I wrote as a tribute to George Jones, one of the finest voices in the history of country music.


January 21, 2016:

I am thrilled at the several hundred views and many positive responses that came in as soon as the website went live yesterday. I’m encouraged and very grateful for all the support that has come my way. Thank you!


January 4, 2016:

I’m very excited to be adding two new songs to the Places: Songs of Toil and Peaceful Life album. One song is called The Wish and expresses Doukhobor belief in the merits of hard work, commitment and determination to overcome challenges, and the need to look inside oneself to unlock the forces of good that come from within.

The second song, also spiritually inspired, is called Morning Meditations. Using images of awakening that come from a glorious sunrise, this song expresses the presence of God in everything and everyone; we just need to be open to recognizing the divine.


December 21, 2015:

Quite inspired today. Working on a new song for my Doukhobor album. The song is about the Brilliant bridge, which the Doukhobors built in 1913 to cross the mighty Kootenay River just below the Brilliant Dam. Today the bridge, fully restored, stands as a testament to Doukhobor determination and hard work;  another reason to pay tribute to our ancestors.


December 5, 2015:

Production has finally started on Cowboy Mid-Life Crisis Blues. I'll be doing vocals on it soon once the instrumentation has been done. It's always exciting to hear things as they progress. Will keep you posted!


December 3, 2015:

My long-awaited wish to start a website where all could view what's happening in my creative world commenced - will advise everyone when a first visit can be had. 'Feels good to make progress!


November 30, 2015:

I was delighted to hear Wintersong finished, production completed! My good friend Bill Head did a marvelous job on this - thanks Bill!


November 21, 2015:

While on my South Africa trip, 'Deda's Song' was finished in production. I've long been waiting to hear it done in traditional Russian style and that, it has been. 'Am excited for all to hear it!