Hello 2017

The geese flew the coop so to speak from Kevin's backyard late fall of last year. He comments on it often as its quite the racket for a number of days as they banter back and forth with louds squawks…Read more

Summerfolk 41

Sometimes we get things right. Take this year's edition of Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival in Owen Sound. Set in sprawling Kelso Park right on the waterfront this music and craft extravaganza attracts over ten thousand happy humans to celebration…Read more

Poets In The Keene Valley

Our Poets' Journey took us from the streets of New York to the ankles of the Adirondak Mountains in the picturesque Keene Valley. For a country that's known for its contrasts, these opposites of human verses natural endeavours couldn't be…Read more

A New York Experience II

New Angouleme. New Amsterdam. New York. The Big Apple. This place, so large in myth and mind to so many, one name can not do it justice. Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses offers The Lady Of…Read more

New York city is an experience

New York city is an experience. I mean, if you've entered the heart of downtown Manhattan at peak traffic hours. Watched the crowds of people, and the zoo of cars and taxis swarming around you as you fight to maintain…Read more

Poets In Ridgefield

The Poets' journey took us to Ridgefield, Connecticut last month to finish up our American tour of the Great Northeast. ( more info in future blogs) We were warmly welcomed by Barbara Manners and her team who host Concert Happenings…Read more

Long live live music

Our first show of the year was fittingly a local show. In the heart of downtown Ormstown aka. Durham County. Where it all began for us at a small café called Namasthe some 5+ years ago. 
Namasthe is now closed and…

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Outside my window, I see...the river bend

For those in the know, these are indeed the first words uttered in song by Kevin Harvey from our debut album, 'Where the River Flows'. For those of you who own that album, (if you don't you really should by the way), you'll see on the…

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Valspec, Valleyfield with Willows

Every now and again we get to perform in a professional arts center. The huge stage, the insane computer run lighting, the mind blowing sound, the television cameras, all complete with their respective technicians. It gives us a brief feeling…Read more

Barney's Wagon Wheel. 23/08/2015

We have a number of gigs coming up in northern NY, a few already done. On the 22nd of August we played at the Northern New York border festival, right outside Barney's Wagon Wheel. A little tent had been set up with an impressive sound system manned by none other than the very same soundman who took care of us at the Chateaugay, NY theatre the year before. So the sound was great. 
If if you ever saw the movie Roadhouse with Patrick Swayze. Come on ladies, we all know you have the VHS cassette tucked away somewhere, let's be honest. Well, then you can picture Barney's Wagon Wheel minus the cage and on a smaller scale. Yes, I admit I saw Roadhouse too but only because Jeff Healey appeared in it, not because Swayze ran around shirtless kicking butt with his awesome karate moves. 
Where does Kevin get these gigs. An ex roadie to Willie Nelson and a wonderful lady (whose name escapes me at the moment, sorry) offered the gig to Kevin. The sheer number of shows, contacts, leads, acquaintances, promoters and musicians that Kevin attains or already has is mind blowing. He's the ultimate booker of gigs and a relentless pursuer of connections that he feels could produce something down the road. He's the best gosh darn it!
So anyway, we opened for Trip Toe. The guys couldn't stop going on about how good the band was. Donnie Brisebois, a formidable guitarist and long time friend of Kevin's came along with us and he just loved the whole Trip Toe trip as well. We finished our set with Sugar Sweet by Muddy Waters with Donnie on lead. So all in all we had a blast and who gets to drink a Genesse Light now a days? I thought the beer was defunct, but not at Barneys Wagon Wheel. 
 

Irene's, Dorval, Stanstead. 9/08/2015

Well, much has transpired since our unique gig at Tail of the Pup. We gigged at Irene's in Ottawa which was fun but somewhat discouraging, with a dismal crowd of 10 or so. We made a paltry 0 $ after food and drink expenses, but them the breaks I guess. We had a beautiful outdoor show on the banks of the St. Lawrence in Dorval. Right under the bandstand, the evening was perfect, although it threatened rain off and on. Last night we played a house concert in Stanstead, Qc. We had a blast, a very intimate setting with just the right amount of people. The sound was great and the vibe was perfect. A big thanks to Hal and his family for hosting a wonderful event complete with food and drink.

Tail of the pup. 29/07/2015

Tail of the pup, in Saranac Lake NY is most certainly a paradise for many. If you love BBQ then this is the Mecca. If the lobster boils with the clam bakes are your vice well it too is the place to be. If Durham County Poets playing almost non stop for 4 consecutive hours turns your crank, then look no further ladies and gents
We jammed we, we covered, we ran through our repertoire, we did it all and we had good eats and lots of fun. Tail of the pup is a 13 and unders paradise, it's like a fair with all kinds of booths, an arcade, cabins for overnight stay, a playground, lots of red picnic tables, live entertainment and great food. I wish I had gone there as a kid. The rest of the band felt the same way as we gawked at the sheer awesomeness that is the Pup. The volume of people that passed through, the amount of food and drink that was doled out, the efficiency of the staff was mind boggling to say the least. So, as I like to say. Hats off to the Pup! 

The birth of a festival. 20/07/2015

       The Poets had the great pleasure to witness the birth of a music festival this past weekend. The Neely G  festival inaugural edition came to be; A living monument to a familys love of music.Nestled in the majestic forest of the New Brunswick interior the family literally moved heaven and earth to create the perfect conditions for a truly epic weekend of music. State of the art audio and video equipment and facilities combined with expert operators made for an experience of a lifetime for all those who attended. Music festivals, such as this one, are important because they provide a space for live music to happen. A chance for people to experience music viscerally, not only as sound but with a full range of emotions, and, best of all, this experience is shared. So hats off to Sheree, Deckland, and all the others who helped make this birth a celebration of life.

A house concert in Morrisburg, Ontario. 12/07/2015

Gigs... As I reflect on the many different venues we've played as a band over the last four years, none compare to the awesome place I played last night. Okay, this is a personal opinion and does not reflect the entire bands but I know that they too enjoyed it. Taking into consideration here that it's the most unlikely place one would expect a five piece band such as ours to perform in. Also, that it was my first experience doing such a thing. Where is this venue you might ask? I'm talking about someone's home. That's right, a house. Albeit a grandiose one belonging to two wonderful people, Isabelle and Leo, who are the most gracious of hosts.
Now I must be honest, I was reluctant to do this gig. Although house concerts are all the rave right now in this ever changing realm of the music business, I had a hard time imagining us fitting anywhere even remotely comfortable. And sound. Well, it was a concern as it really is everything at the end of the day. Needless to say, my fears were abated as we pulled up into the driveway of this regal home in Morrisburg, Ontario. A gorgeous house built in the 1870's that looks like it belongs in a Hollywood movie. As we hauled our equipment in I was greeted by the hosts who were very kind and made us feel right at home. We had ample room to set up and the high ceilings coupled with the hard wood floors made for a great room sound. Truthfully, I was elated.
I can't imagine how much work goes into putting this all together. Aside from booking the right act, you have to contend with an audience, setting up the house in an orderly fashion, refreshments and the monetary. Just making people feel relaxed is a task in and of itself that this couple have down in spades.
So, hats off to Isabelle and Leo. You made for a very wonderful evening of music and entertainment. For all you musicians out there looking to play in a unique location, you'd do well to attempt a gig here. Cheers to the house concert, well at least the one we played last night.

Lake Brome. 5/07/2015

The region of Lac Brome, Quebec is quite a picturesque place. An area well known for its ducks that unfortunately for them, find their way onto dinner plates the world over. I can see why a duck would love to hang out in Brome Lake. It has all the hallmarks of a duck vacation resort, with an abundance of natural water space and sprawling greenery, food aplenty and no overflow of human populace. 
Well, we ended up over in the quaint village of Knowlton which is part of Brome Lake. Having been booked for an outdoor gig as part of their annual Arts Alive Festival, we found ourselves on the green space of the local library. A precarious stage was set up on a somewhat questionable decline in the lawn and on this we piled on, sound checked and performed an hour or so straight of our tunes peppered with a few Blues standards. In short, it was a blast. I hope we can get back there sometime. I'm no duck but I too love lake Brome.
A big thanks to our sound man Scott from Scotland, he did a great job. 

We and Bobby McGee. 1/07/2015

Bobby McGee's is a cafe located in the east end of Montreal, Ontario street to be precise. It's an interesting place that entertains all kinds of acts. We had a show there but before we went on we had the pleasure of listening to an old school swing group. Vocal, sax, guitar and bass with dancers on the floor to boot doing the charleston and the Michigan rag. It wasn't something you see or hear everyday that's for sure but being a fan of the big band years and guys like Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and Louis Prima, I was thoroughly surprised and gratified. I hope this place does well, Ontario street can be tough. Good luck to the owner and a bigger thanks to the jazz, swing band who performed. Cheers.
 

Vermont!!! 27/06/2015

Vermont! I added an exclamation point at the end because of a number of reasons. 
1) It's an awesome State.
2) The people there seem so laid back and easy going.
3) A happening night life. ( at least where we were)
4) Our first official State side gig.
Okay, there are probably a number of more reasons why Vermont deserves an exclamation point, but for this purpose let's focus on number 4 on the list.
When you start out as a band you play for yourselves until you think you sound decent. Then you play local at a cafe or something like that for pass the hat and to make a few cents. Then, you play a bigger local gig for a few dollars. Then, you move to a city gig. Then, a larger venue that's publicized in the city paper or radio for your city gig. Then a festival or two. Then, outside the province but still within Canada for what feels like an achievement to be in a venue that requires an hour plus of travelling to get to. THEN...the elusive State side gig. Admittedly, not every band or artist gets to the State side gig. Why, you may ask? Well, here's another list for you.
1) You need a P2 permit in order to play.
2) All your instruments have to be registered.
3) It costs more to play from your pocket than you'll probably make.
4) Travelling time usually totals at least 2 hours or more for there and back.
So there it is, more could be added but I think those are the main ones. In short, the logistics required to put everything in place just to be able to cross the border with instruments in tow is a massive undertaking. Not just in paper work, but in money. For us, the P2 permit cost roughly $1500 for the band, plus a nominal fee to process the paperwork and okay the permit at your first crossing. Don't forget the money put out to register your instruments, then the gas and your food. Oh, and the union dues because you need to be in the Local 1000 to be legit. Finally, instrument insurance for the wise. Wow, in all honesty, for a 5 piece band like ours your looking at 2000$ in American cash, give or take in investment just to play your first gig. That's daunting for sure.

Nevertheless, playing your first paid Stateside gig for the Canadian artist is a coming of age, a right of passage, a milestone achievement. True, as in our case you may only make 30 or 40$ in tips. Let's not forget that for the most part no one knows who the heck you are so its like starting the process all over again. One thing that being a working band does for you though is it changes your perspective. The glass isn't half empty anymore, it's half full. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. You have to invest money in order to make money. And so, we march on. 
Thankyou to all the wonderful folks that came to the Radio Bean last night and happened to hear us perform. A tip of the hat to you young college people. You danced, you had a good time and you made the gig that much more entertaining. Thanks to the Radio Bean for great food, service and for supporting the live music scene. And last but not least, a great big thanks to a wonderful State. VERMONT!!!
 

The Fringe Fest. 16/06/2015

Festivals are lots of fun to play. They're hectic no doubt, little setup time, next to no soundcheck and the gig ends before it even started, then you're shooed off the stage faster than a fly landing in your dinner plate. But within all the rush of things there's always the beauty of playing in front of the crowd, many of whom have no idea who you are. This is your chance to shine, to put together 30 minutes or so of what you feel is your best material suited for the masses. The atmosphere is usually relaxed, the vibe is almost always exciting and that feeling translates through the performance. That performance, the festival stage performance, is different, unique in that it takes on a life of its own. You can't have expectations as a performer, you can't go in with any preconceived conception of how the gig will pan out. You just do your best and hope for the best.
Case in point was the Fringe Fest in downtown Montreal. Would it rain? That was a concern of mine as the artist on stage before us suggested it was about to. That would have sucked rocks no doubt. Parking in the insanity of Montreal and getting gear out of vehicles and near the stage frays the nerves. Hoping that the guy who drank way too much, who's sitting centre stage, doesn't start acting crazy loud in the midst of a tune. If you're a control freak, by all means opt out of the festival gig. If, on the other hand
you can just take in the moment, go with the flow, ride the wave etc. you'll find the festival gig a lot of fun. Get in with the people, relax and play like the dickens. 
All that having been said. Cheers to Matt large for all the work he does for promoting folk music in Montreal. Cheers to the sound guys who work with all the different artists throughout the entire festival. And cheers to the people that invest their time and money to come and support the beauty of the live music festival. They are lots of fun to play. 

Rain, rain, go away. 31/05/2015


We managed to out play the rain in Dunham. The Dunham brewery put on a Hops and Rock festival that brought out all kinds of folk intent on taking in the festivities. We had a small stage to play on but a great sound over all. It sure does pay to have a good soundman, or in this case a sound woman. As Carl would say 'that was the best sound check ever'.
We started at 3pm and when the last chord was strummed around 4pm, the rain just started pouring down. Which cleared the audience so fast and left the street a muddy mess in no time. Regardless, we had some good eats and then headed home. A big thanks to Dunham and all the wonderful people that came out to see the show. 

Poets at the Black Sheep! 22/05/2015

A license to play. 20/04/2015

Travelling. 26/04/2015

An awesome concert at the Salle Jean-Pierre Houde 17/04/2015

Kind words from the Side Door Coffee House. 11/04/2015

The show must go on. 4/04/2015

A Musical Collaboration. 29/03/2015

Juno for Bros. Landreth and local 1000 for us. 3/19/2015

Montreal's West Island live show venue. 3/13/2015

Goodnight Irene's, goodnight. 8/03/2015

Poets' Journey. 27/02/2015

Travelling Blues, musical cure. 21/02/2015

Kansas city here we come! 16/02/2015

The shape we're in!

2015

Cold weather, hot tunes 09/12/2014

Le Petit Campus 11/25/2014

NERFA, November 2014

Between the river and the field. 06/11/2014

FMO & Westboro Ontario. 19/10/2014

Thanks to Le Riverain. 06/11/2014

Blogging Blues. 21/10/2014

Last show of the summer. 29/08/2014

New seats for the theater. 23/08/2014

Good fun in Ormstown. 19/08/2014

Super moon at the Black Sheep. 10/08/2014

Guerrilla gigs & Pete's meat. 04/08/2014

Sherblues & Folk fest. 07/07/2014

Writing & recording. 30/06/2014

A round trip

100 years of the Ormstown fair

Not the road again. 06/06/2014

McGill radio 90.3 fm. 05/06/2014

Our new album is in. 07/05/2014

Jim's house concert. 13/05/2014

Coffee & practice. 28/08/2014

Hats off to the Echo Hunters. 22/04/2014

Summertime & the living is easy

You win some, you lose some

Chewing nails. 12/04/2014