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It’s Spring Touring Time!

I’m back from Memphis and the amazing Folk Alliance Conference.  Now I face the minor tasks of coraling (that’s a word.  I swear.) last year’s receipts (taxes!), finishing grant proposals, crushing this chest cold I brought back as a souvenir of my adventures, and getting everything (I mean everything) in order before I hit the road with Ambre McLean from March 3rd to May 7th to tour across Canada.  Myspace has all confirmed tour dates up.  Some are still being finalized and will be up once we are on the road.  Hope to see some friendly faces out there!  I bring new albums and new songs!  It’s going to be swell.



Memphis Bound!

Off to Memphis for the International Folk Alliance Conference!  Wahoo!

Live Recordings Post East Coast Summer Tour!

I’ve realized after a summer of touring that probably the best time to go into a studio is upon returning home from a tour, when your material is fresh from the road and sharp from being performed almost every day over a good stretch of time.

I’ve been meaning to go into studio with Simon Honeyman for a while–he’s a brilliant harmonizer and has a real sense of what to add to my songs when he adds his vocals and guitar to them.   Sometime in June, while still on the road with my good buddy Jon Bryant, I emailed the studio and booked a short 3 hour session knowing it’d be the first day back from our East Coast tour (with Simon, myself and Mike Celia).  I had no idea what we’d actually end up recording but figured 10 days on the road would illuminate the songs for us.

We ended up doing an old favorite, but not yet recorded song called One Small Frame, and a new tune I wrote on the road home from the West Coast tour called Years in Our Bones.  Years in our Bones is the first song I’ve written with two vocal parts in mind, and I knew Simon and I could have a lot of fun with it.

There’s something really special about the final result of our little recording session.  I love live recording.  There’s no click track, and you can get a certain kind of spark and spontaneity from it that you won’t get from layering all the tracks on top of each other.  In addition our tour partner (and great friend) Mike Celia was in the studio sitting on the couch just outside the recording booth while we recorded.  He may not be on the actual recording but his spirit and the glow of that short tour is all over it.

I’ve posted Years in our Bones on my myspace page.  Head on over for a listen.  One Small Frame will  be up soon as well.

Cheerio for now and take care!


One Tour Ends and Another One Begins

Ack!  First big cross-Canada tour is now over, and I haven’t updated my website since before we left on June 3rd.

It was truly an awesome and amazing adventure and Jon Bryant and I have grown and learned so much together.  There’s even talk of putting out a Jon Bryant/Gabrielle Papillon EP, among other things.  For real!  That might well happen!

One of the biggest challenges in recent weeks for me has been trying to book a rather last-minute tour for early August while I was still on the road, with intermittent email to boot!  But it’s all coming together, and as I sit here at my sister’s place in Toronto I’m feeling like it’s all going to work out, and I’m a pretty lucky person to be able to do what I love with people I think are lovely.

The August tour in the Maritimes is now fully booked, with one last confirmation pending.  Posters are done.  Mike Celia and I have been plotting our course and planning away.

I’ll be touring as a duo with my good friend Simon Honeyman, as Butterfly and the Beekeeper.  Geddit?  Papillon and Honeyman was too easy.  I’m really excited for this little project of ours.  Simon is talented beyond belief and his voice is just lovely.  I absolutely love Honeyman and The Brothers Farr (Simon’s other project–and really his first love) and think they’re going to do big things and with any luck, we’ll be touring as a gang next summer.

Mike Celia is a Toronto musician friend of mine and he’s a wicked awesome guitar player and he writes some great songs.  Also, he talks just about as much as I do.  So that’ll be loads of fun for Simon when we’re on tour!

I do hope to see some of you on the road (but not literally ON the road) or at a show.  Please do come and say hello.



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