Sammy plays June 14th at LanaLou’s with The Gentle Infidels and The Inference

Thursday never had it so good!  June 14th Sammy plays in Vancouver:

362 powell street, Vancouver, BC V6A 1G4

poster for Sammy gig June 14th in Vancouver

Cover $5, show starts at 8pm.

Sun, art, music, a view of the lake & organic red wine

Can’t ask for too much more in a gig! One of the more unique festivals as there is a “hobbit” house built underground with a fire inside you can sit around. From the top it just looks like the grass is smoking. Later there is dj dancing in the pyramid surrounded by kegs of wine waiting to age. I am happily getting my first real sunburn of the year and anticipating an awesome show at 10 pm when the sun sets and the energy rises.


Baba’s Here We Come!

We are havin’ a party, Sammy’s last official night in Charlottetown and the conclusion of our East Coast tour.  We can also walk to our accommodations from the bar…. yeeahhhh!


Just curious… Who else out there has jammed at Micky’s house

Ellen plays at Micky Mouse's house

3 Puppies and 1 Pig

I never seem to lose the awe of driving across a bridge over the ocean. Who was it that thought one day “I think a bridge would be better than a boat”.  Even though the distance is daunting and the water on many days is surf-able, man made this 12.9 km bridge. It takes 15 to 20 minutes to cross this bridge. I kept thinking “we are still on the bridge” 6 songs play before we were finally across. Crazy.

We decided to take the coastal drive to Tatamagoush NS as it was the lesser distance.  As we were driving as the sun set the colours along the coast were magnificent.  The roads were a bit windy but the view made up for the peril.

When we arrived at Fables we were greeted with hugs from Hanna and a warm welcome from her husband Chuck. This venue was impressive on many levels. Not only was the stage set up perfectly to acquire the best sound from any band,  Chuck made the best margarita I have tasted north of mexico (and better than some in mexico) and Hanna served fresh locally grown dining options that blew my tastebuds away. But the thing that really impressed me was it and the town were doing more for the environment than I have ever seen in a Canadian community. The town had installed a windmill and were in the process of adding more. The bar was heated with a air exchanger heat pump which used the same amount of power as a hairdryer.  The community also had their own money as to keep the business local. It was one of the coolest communities I have ever encountered.

Chuck and Hanna also hosted us that evening at their home. We were greeted outside by their 3 golden labs who lead us towards the home on the waterfront where we were to be staying the night. Before entering the house we got the warning “don’t put your hands near the pigs mouth his tusks are razor sharp”. I am thinking “what are we getting into” but off we went to meet the pig. Pourquoi the pig was in his pen relaxing. He had a lot to say when we arrived I was shocked by how articulate he was. The “noises” he made really did sound like a language that I didn’t understand. Pretty wacky. “don’t try and talk pig” Chuck told us “because he gets offended”

Our sleeping area was a loft over the garage that  was decked out with 4 beds a 3piece bathroom and some gym equipment if we wanted to work out. I played goldie locks to pick a bed and found the middle one was just right.

To end the evening we went downstairs to enjoy a ginger beer and some good conversation with our hosts. I picked their brains about their environmental choices as I am really hoping to take a few home with me.

In the morning I came downstair and Pourquoi started chatting to me. I felt if I just walked to the kitchen for coffee that it would be a bit rude so I went over and talked to him a bit (in English not Pig) when he was finished (and he did stop talking which was also a bit strange) I went into the kitchen where I found Cj, Keith and Hanna “It is weird waking up in the morning to a talking pig” I said and they all laughed, then Cj commented “That is exactly what I said”

Music Touring in the 21st Century

cartoon of the band Sammy on tour

are we there yet?

Weathering the Storm

As the sky darkened and the wind wound up to blow we loaded up the pathfinder to make our way to The Dunk. Luckily we had Garmin along for the ride as I am unsure if we would have been successful in finding this little gem of a venue without her. Down bumpy roads and winding turns our fateful GPS unit told us where to go. As we approached the cabin turned music venue we spotted our opening act Connie Saulnier on the side of the highway so we knew that we needed to stop to help her get her car started, or that we have arrived. Luckily it was the latter as the snow had just begun to fall and the wind was picking up.

We loaded our gear and wares into the cabin and set up for a cozy cottage show. Connie’s set was melodic and thought provoking. It also included a quirky little number that included a Jaw Harp solo that was dedicated to her father.

As we broke into our set mother nature also was singing her own song with a variety of instruments which included slush, snow, ice and wind.

I thought jamming with the storm felt like being a part of one of earths great symphonies. What a great way to spend an evening. Well until the drive home. lol

After thanking our host Hal and saying our farewells to all the folks who weathered the storm to get here (and now home) we loaded up once again and endured the drive back to Charlottetown.

It felt like we were in the first Star Wars movie. I was Hans Solo taking the Millennium Falcon into hyper drive except we were not going anywhere near light speed.

We made it back without incident and are today quite happy our next show is on Thursday, thus giving Mother Nature a few days to calm down.


Sammy’s first recording is here

Come and get the music

2nd Sammy tour, 1st on the East Coast.

Well the cross country band idea turns out to be… not to bad. Last fall we did a little western Canada tour and recorded our debut cd. Now it is mixed and mastered thanks to Keith’s skillful ear and keen musical sense. So now we have begun our East Coast tour quite excited (well Cj and I are excited… Keith doesn’t get excited) about being able to offer some music for folks to take home. We are trying something a bit new this time. We have not printed cd’s we have printed magnets with download codes. So far this novel idea has agreed with our listeners at the two venues we performed at.

The first was Plan B in Moncton NB. This was a laid back little bar  with a kind hearted bartender and music loving regulars. The audience interaction was heartwarming.

The second was a new place in Maitland NS only 1 year old. The crowd in Bing’s Eatery and Social Club started calling friends and telling them about the music as we started playing to get them to come out join the party. Quite the compliment I thought. The food was amazing and the owner, a true music lover, made us feel quite at home.

Tonight we are back on the island and are headed to The Dunk in Breadelbane PE. I have heard wonderful things about this venue and cannot wait to see what tonight has in store.

Blast from the past. Where the music began.

One of the first gigs cj and I played (pre Keith) at the supermarket.