20 December 2022

Wassail with Manning Chapel Choir

After two years of postponements, the Manning Chapel Choir Wassail show finally ran again this year! We performed two concerts in Wolfville and one in Harbourville. It was great to be back playing for a fourth time at this beloved event, directed by John Scott.

15 December 2022

Medieval Christmas

The Medieval Christmas shows were back this year with performances in West Lahave and Bridgewater! It was a pleasure to play with Jude Pelley and Charlie Wilson again, and to be joined for the first time by Amy Lounder on fiddle. Thanks to Theresa and Margot for hosting the concerts!

14 December 2022

Afterglow Video

The second of two Cole Island videos with Olivia Barrett was released this week! This composition, Afterglow, was written and arranged by Olivia. Thanks again to Lauren Noel Creative, Quin Etheridge-Pedden, and Adrian Dolan (Track and Trestle Studios) for their excellent video and audio work on this project, and to the Friends of Cole Island Society.

13 December 2022

Celtic Christmas

This weekend, I was delighted to be back as part of the band for Diaga Irish Dance's Celtic Christmas production. It was held at Alderney Landing Theatre and featured many different local dance groups and musical performers.

     the band: Sean, Tony, myself, and Shannon

5 December 2022

Tunes at the Narrows

The new Narrows Public House on Gottigen St in Halifax has live music every Sunday night, and some weeks I am lucky enough to be part of the band! Here's a little clip from last Sunday with Colin Carrigan and Mark Currie, courtesy of Vince McMackin.

16 November 2022

Bicycle Video

The Bombadils just released a new video for their song "Bicycle"! I had the pleasure of joining them for this video along with Scott Kingsley on bass.

14 November 2022

The Bombadils at NSMW

Last weekend I headed up to Sydney with The Bombadils to participate in Nova Scotia Music Week. We did a showcase at the beautiful Highland Arts Theatre!

9 November 2022

Honey Locust Video

Olivia Barrett has released a new video that I had the pleasure of playing in! These three tunes were written by Olivia, and we arranged them together this summer. Thanks to Lauren Noel Creative, Quin Etheridge-Pedden, and Adrian Dolan (Track and Trestle Studios) for their excellent video and audio work on this project! Thanks also to the Friends of Cole Island Society for allowing us to film on beautiful Cole Island.

7 November 2022

Listening Legacy at Nocturne

This year, members of the Creative Music Workshop performed at Nocturne with a new piece called "Listening Legacy". The piece combined live performance with audio recordings of students of Jerry Granelli recalling the intructions of one of his favourite exercises. Various ensembles performed throughout the evening at St. George's Round Church in Halifax! It was a beautiful evening - a deep tribute to Jerry and a fun night for the CMW community to reunite and play together.

4 November 2022

New Hermitage Halloween Tour

This year, New Hermitage took its annual silent film show on the road with generous support from SuddenlyListen! We had two showings of Nosferatu in Halifax, we did Faust in Charlottetown, and then we did Nosferatu again in Wolfville. The poster was created by the amazing Charvel Rappos.

11 October 2022

Canadian Folk Music Awards Nomination

I'm very happy to share that I've been nominated for "Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year" through the Canadian Folk Music Awards! 

5 September 2022

Bombadils Summer Performances

I joined the Bombadils for three fun performances this August. We played at the Evergreen Theatre in Margaretsville, at the Dartmouth Summer Sunshine Series on the waterfront, and at a backyard house concert in Fleming Heights. Looking forward to more coming up this fall, and to the band's upcoming album release in October!

31 August 2022

New Hermitage Dawn Concert

This morning we held our second annual dawn concert at the lake! A beautiful morning for it, and a beautiful audience.

27 August 2022

Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination

The Bend in the Light has been nominated for a Music Nova Scotia award in the category of Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year!

19 August 2022

Performances with Olivia Barrett

Over the past few weeks, I've been out west for some performances and recording with the wonderful fiddler Olivia Barrett, who I met at school in Limerick. Videos are coming soon of some of Olivia's latest compositions, arranged for fiddle and harp. We also had the chance to reunite with Lizzy Hewitt and are hoping to bring our trio out east for a tour in summer 2023!

Cameron Bandshell, Beacon Hill Park, Victoria

Garden Party, Sidney

The Old Schoolhouse Arts Centre, Qualicum Beach

Wedding, Greenbank Farm, Whidbey Island, USA

18 August 2022

Creative Music Workshop 2022

Here are a couple of photos from the Halifax Jazz Festival's Creative Music Workshop in July! I was attending as a student for the third time, and it was as surprising and challenging and inspiring as ever. You can learn more about the program here: http://www.creativemusicworkshops.com/creative-music-workshop/

1 July 2022

New Hermitage June Tour

New Hermitage has just returned from a week of touring and performances at four beautiful festivals, Full Circle, Suoni Per Il Popolo, Wolfe Island Garden Party, and Something Else!

Wolfe Island Garden Party

Suoni Per Il Popolo

30 June 2022

Stranger Still

On Tuesday, Adrianna and I had the beautiful opportunity to open for Stranger Still at St. Paul's Church!

8 June 2022

New Hermitage at New Scotland Brewing Co.

New Hermitage played a show at New Scotland Brewing on May 28th, fresh from our recording retreat. Thanks so much to the bar for having us!

6 June 2022

Zuppa Theatre Fundraiser

The Heavy Blinkers performed together for the first time in years at the Zuppa Theatre fundraising concert this past Thursday! The concert also featured Stewart Legere, Jim McDermott, Blue Lobelia, Cactus Flower, Keeper E, Kye Clayton, and Rebecca Thomas, and was hosted by Bob Mann. 

3 June 2022

Student Recital

Four students and their families played at a little spring recital at the Conservatory this weekend! Congratulations to the performers for their beautiful music and hard work this term!

2 June 2022

Blue Monday Cabaret

This weekend, a variety of local artists presented two nights of Joni Mitchell's music at the Carleton, as a fundraiser for two great organizations: Lambda Health and The Youth Project! I played River with Kyle Gillis.

31 May 2022

Ragged Robin Loft Concert

Merrytime Music Co, a sweet new music school in the North End of town, has been hosting loft concerts! Erin and I played one this past month, which was very cozy and followed by a session. If you know any kids interested in fiddle/violin or guitar, check out Merrytime's summer camp offerings: https://www.merrytimemusic.com/camps-halifax

thanks to Jill Stella for the video!

30 May 2022

New Hermitage Recording Retreat

New Hermitage spent a week on the south shore this month, recording material for a new album! 

13 April 2022

Bombadils Tour

So happy to have been on the road for two awesome weeks of touring with the Bombadils! Many thanks to the very generous audiences and hosts in Lyndon, Randolph, Whallonsburg, Richmond, Montreal, Ottawa, Brooklyn, Rockport, and Portland.

photo by Linda Wei-Chun Polytope

13 March 2022

Halifax Institute of Traditional and Early Music

This afternoon, I was a guest with the Trad Ensemble at the Halifax Institute of Traditional and Early Music. It was a great group of musicians, and I had so much fun sharing some tunes with them!

photos by Jennifer Publicover

8 March 2022

Family Discovery Concert Series

The Maritime Conservatory has started a free concert series featuring faculty members of the school, the "Family Discovery Concert Series". On Sunday, Kathleen Doherty and I had a blast performing in the first one, presenting harp and dance renditions of some Irish airs. There will be two more performances in the series this year: April 3, and May 1, both at 2pm in the Concert Hall.

7 March 2022

Album Launch Show 💕

Here are few photos and a video clip from Friday's launch show! It was a limited-capacity show with a very warm and enthusiastic audience, and I am still overwhelmed by all the support. Thanks to everyone who came out and to the guest musicians: Adrianna Ciccone, Tatsu Oki, Erin Dempsey, Colin Carrigan, Jeremy Finney, and Seán Ó Feinneadha.

Adrianna and I playing "Side by Each" from the album

Seán and Colin finish the evening with a set of reels

4 March 2022

The Bend in the Light Release Day!

 The album is out today!! 

15 February 2022

textura review

Many thanks to textura for these very thoughtful and beautiful words about the album!


14 February 2022

Album release show - sold out!

On March 4th, I'm looking forward to holding an album release show at the Bus Stop Theatre! I'll be playing through some solo pieces from the album as well as playing tunes with a few special guests.

Capacity is very limited, and the show is sold out. If you'd like to add your name to the waiting list, you can do so here, and I'll notify you if a spot opens up or if capacity changes.

poster design by Meredith Sadler

photograph by Marie Roy

12 February 2022

Losing Track of Time - Live at the Log Cabin

The Bombadils have a new video for Losing Track of Time, including a little harp and bass from myself and Gabriella. Looking forward to some touring with the Bombadils in April!

8 February 2022

Album pre-orders open!

On March 4th, I'll be releasing a new album of solo harp music, "The Bend in the Light"! The album includes some Irish traditional tunes and some original compositions, but is mostly comprised of newly written tunes by musicians I've encountered through playing Irish traditional music. Pre-orders are now possible on bandcamp, where you can listen to a preview track - a set of hopjigs. I'm so excited to share this music!

7 February 2022

St. Brigid's Day Virtual Concert

Re-jigged put together a beautiful program of artists for a St. Brigid's Day concert on Saturday. The concert is still available to view for a limited time! Both Ragged Robin and Harpaflöjt were on the program.

4 February 2022

Northern Journey / Dawn Dance

Today, I'm delighted to release this video of two beautiful new tunes by Olivia Barrett - Northern Journey and Dawn Dance. The video was created by the wonderful Melanie Stone and was shot on a summer's day on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. 

22 January 2022

Losing Track of Time

The Bombadils released a new single yesterday, "Losing Track of Time". I really enjoyed working with them to make a harp part for the track! Check out the lyric video, below.