22 June 2024

Festival of Small Halls

This week, The Bombadils were part of PEI's amazing Festival of Small Halls, playing 3 concerts in 3 different PEI venues. 






17 June 2024

The Bombadils at Open Book Coffee

The Bombadils played an intimate show on Friday in bookstore and cafe Open Book Coffee! 


16 June 2024

Many Worlds at Everyseeker

Many Worlds played its second ever show at Everyseeker Festival last night, sharing the bill with NO HAY BANDA from Montreal.



10 June 2024

Scotia Festival of Music Closing Gala

The Scotia Festival of Music's closing gala this year included Ravel's La Valse, with two harps: Karen Rokos and I were the harp section. The concert also featured Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, the Mozart Clarinet Concerto and the Evangelista Piano Concertant, with soloists Dominic Desautels (clarinet) and Louise Bessette (piano).













27 May 2024

Studio time

Adrianna Ciccone and I were in the studio this weekend with recording engineer Graeme Campbell. New music coming later this year!







14 May 2024

Rutter Requiem with the Kings Chorale

I had the pleasure of playing with the Kings Chorale for the first time this week for a performance of John Rutter's Requiem at Wolfville Baptist Church in the valley. The program consisted of works by all living composers, and included a World Premiere by Joyce Riddell and a Canadian Premiere by Santiago Veros.



24 April 2024

Halifax Celtic Festival

The Halifax Celtic Festival was held at Citadel High School this year with performances in the Spatz Theatre. I had a great time playing a short set with the band Delhaven and dancer Elizabeth MacDonald on Saturday evening!



21 April 2024

Debussy with SNS

On Thursday night, I was delighted to join first harpist Karen Rokos for a performance of Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune with Symphony Nova Scotia, conducted by Holly Mathieson. The concert also featured pianist Philip Chiu in Ravel's G major piano concerto.



15 April 2024

Borrowers at Mx3N

This week included the launch of a new band, Borrowers, which played its first show at Radstorm, as part of the awesome Mask Mandatory Music Night (Mx3N). Playing compositions by Andrew MacKelvie, the band was Andrew (saxophone), Ellen (harp), Sam Wilson (guitar), and Casey Thompson (bass).


14 April 2024

Canadian Folk Music Awards

Congratulations to the Bombadils who took home Vocal Group of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in St. John's Newfoundland! I went up with them to play in their showcase at the Ship Pub and got to attend the awards ceremonies and have a blast in St. John's.



18 March 2024

St. Patrick's Day at the Carleton

Last night for St. Patrick's Day, a newly assembled pub band provided some classic songs and tunes at the Carleton!


11 March 2024

Musical Exorcism

Last week, I was part of a show at Radstorm with a great premise conceived of by Tom Richards - a musical exorcism to "expel the demons from some of our most insidious ear-worms."

28 February 2024

New Bombadils Videos

The Bombadils just released seven new videos, completing the Live Visual Album of "Dear Friend"! You can check out the whole visual album here.


11 February 2024

The Road to the Junos - Classical Concert

Last night, CBC and the Scotia Festival of Music co-presented a classical concert at the Music Room. The concert was the last a series of shows this week paving the way for the Junos, which are coming to Halifax in March. The concert featured performances by Devin Huang (piano), India Gailey (cello), Jennifer King (piano), LaLa Lee (piano), and myself, and will be broadcast on CBC radio on March 24th as part of "In Concert" hosted by Paolo Pietropaolo.





23 January 2024

Blue Monday Cabaret

Last night was Blue Monday Cabaret at the Carleton, a variety show presenting Joni Mitchell's complete Blue Album! This show has been happening since 2020, every two years. Kyle Gillis and I revived our version of River from previous years. The concert was a fundraiser for local mental health support organizations.




19 January 2024

Lizard of Pause

Lizard of Pause, a new circus and dance show, had its soft launch last night! The production is a collaboration between producer/performer Leah Skerry and director/choreographer Alyssa Martin of Rock Bottom Movement. I co-composed the music with the incredible Ben Shapiro who took my harp sounds and ran with them!

"Lizard of Pause is rollercoaster of emotions with a surrealist landing pad of dreams so, fasten your seatbelts, loosen up, and get ready to bask in Dorothy, her freaky little dog and their friends.”


15 January 2024

Unfathomable Presence

Jeff Reilly’s new harp concerto "Unfathomable Presence" had its first performance last week with Symphony Nova Scotia as part of Open Waters Festival. Many thanks to Jeff for writing such a beautiful piece and trusting me with so much freedom, conductor Karl Hirzer for his excellent leadership and instincts, and to Symphony Nova Scotia for the support and consummate musicianship.

Thanks also to the Open Waters Festival and Artistic Director Lukas Pearse for programming this work and facilitating new and improvised music! 

Photos by Jennifer King and North Window Productions



12 January 2024

Now.Here.This.

The film Now.Here.This. was launched this week at Open Waters Festival! The film features new works by six different local composers, performed by mixed ensembles and interspersed with interviews. The film can be viewed here: https://now-here-this.upstreammusic.org. The film is viewed at variable lengths, and each viewing is different, with footage chosen partly at random each time.

Now.Here.This. was directed by Chris Spencer-Lowe and co-produced by Chris and Lukas Pearse, under the umbrella of Upstream Music Association. I was part of the ensemble for India Gailey's piece, "Alaya" and Mohammad Sahraei's piece, "An". The other composers are Alan Syliboy, Sam Wilson, Amy Brandon, and Geordie Haley.









8 January 2024

Sensory Accessible Concert with the Bombadils

I was delighted to have another chance to play one of Cecilia Concerts' Sensory Accessible shows at the Central Library, this time with the Bombadils. Thanks to Jennifer King, Anna Plaskett, Cecilia Concerts, the Library, and awesome team of facilitators who make these events possible!