Today we have released a new EP, check it out:
Whenever I have a big tour coming up - like this next one to Germany and Switzerland - there is always a moment when I switch over from being nervous about it to being excited about it. That switch finally happened this week, and now I can't wait to hit the road and start playing shows in Europe. I always enjoy touring in Europe. Last time our wives (Tami and Brie) came with us - and we set aside a few days for R&R in Bourgogne France. This time, it's just the two if us. We will be seeing old friends and meeting new ones, playing old songs and a bunch of new ones, revisiting old favourite places and finding new ones. The tour kicks off in northern Germany on April 19 and ends in the French part of Switzerland on May 6. In the mean time we are making hay at Lake Studios, recording songs for our new record. The calm of the studio - before the storm of touring.
Zachari and I just played at Medicine Hat Folk Club’s Winter Festival, called The Tongue On The Post Fest. Yes, we might be MAD - driving through the mountain passes and through the freezing prairies in the dead of winter. But it was well worth it. We met some wonderful people, heard some wildly talented musicians – AND we didn’t get the fierce blizzard that we feared. Medicine Hat will no longer be just a place to fill up the gas tank – but a place to see some friends and play some concerts. Good times in the Hat!
Ah back to my homeland – the beloved Canadian prairies and the place of my birth – Saskatoon. Zachari and I have been spending time songwriting, working on our recording studio – and doing pre-production demos for our upcoming new recording project. All good stuff – but getting out on the road and connecting with music lovers and old friends – this is what it’s all about. It’s a very short tour – only a week – but we are packing a lot into it. A couple cafe concerts, a couple house concerts, an art gallery concert and a guitar workshop. I think it will be highly therapeutic as always – and then it’s back home to make a new record! Hope to see you at one of our shows.
Thanks for Bamboo Shoots and Sasktel for filming our concert at the Ananda Art House in Forget, SK.
thanks for watching,
We have been having a good time on the East Coast playing in Saint John, Halifax, Summerside, Charlottetown and Woodstock. We are playing in Fredericton tonight and tomorrow with our final East Coast show in St. Stephen. We then head to Ontario for a few shows before flying back to BC.
We've been enjoying the good beer and relaxing vibe in the Maritimes. Today we are going to get a tour of the Sabian Cymbal factory outside Woodstock, NB. For an up to the day look at what we're doing you can like us on www.facebook.com/andrewandzacharismith and on twitter at @andrewzachari
Henry Kelsey worked for the Hudson Bay company and was the first european to ever set eyes on the Canadian prairies. ...credit where it's due, but each time I pack up my musical gear and tour through this great land, it's like the first time. Our host and promoter at The Ananda Art House in Forget SK, Shannon, said that driving through this wide open landscape lends itself to 'expansive' thoughts. I find that to be true. The stunning skyshow is itself worth the price of gas on those longhauls between concerts.
This has been a great tour so far (8 concerts played, 4 to go). We are playing folk clubs on three successive Saturday nights (The Lethbridge folk club, The Ananda Art House and the Northern Lights folk club) as well as numerous house concerts, pubs and clubs in between including concerts at The Ironwood Stage and Bushwakkers Pub.
One of the cool things about this tour has been to see some longlost relatives - in Lethbridge, Battleford and Regina. I was born in Saskatoon, so many of my relatives live on the prairies. This explains my primal connection to this land.
Zachari and I wrote a song yesterday about the doomed voyage of the great explorer Henry Hudson (who discovered the Hudson Bay). The song works as a classic sea shanty-type story, but also as a metaphor for our modern day 'captains of industry' whose greed and ambition will also eventually result in mutiny (read: revolution). Zach got us started with a cool melody and progression - along with some lines about the earth sinking like a ship at sea. I had just bought an awesome $5. book on Canadian explorers, so that steered the subject matter.
We will have only a short time at home before we fly to the Maritimes, Quebec and Ontario where our touring adventures continue. I hope you can make it out to one of our shows soon.
We're about to start the spring touring season. Let's hope the weather remembers the "spring" part of that. Here are the tour dates for more info visit our shows page. We're looking forward to hitting the road again:
Cochrane, AB - House Concert
Lethbridge, AB - Lethbridge Folk Club
Calgary, AB - House Concert
Calgary, AB - Ironwood Stage and Grill
Regina, SK - Bushwakker Brewpub
North Battleford, SK - Kelly Waters House Concert Series
Saskatoon, SK - Fletcher House Concert Series
Forget, SK - Ananda Art House
Three Hills, AB - The Encore (Arts Academy)
Calgary, AB - House Concert
Edmonton, AB - Northern Lights Folk Club