OMG New Stuff ?!
Some exciting things here and on the horizon, including a children’s book, two new live albums, songwriting contest win, summer festivals and the long awaited teacher and kid friendly version of ‘Everybody Matters’.
Poema Poematis is a live album featuring horns and strings with arrangements by Audrey Ochoa. The official worldwide release is June 17, 2018 at The Beaumont Blues and Roots Festival in Beaumont, Alberta. We are holding off on the Jupiter and Mars releases til we see how the album does on this planet.You can read more about the album on the discography page.
Live at The Yardbird Suite
Live at The Yardbird Suite with Stephanie Suchy, The Bombadils and Joe Phillips
The second live album is from the same concert only it features the strings including Canadian Folk Music award winners Luke and Sarah from The Bombadils , Joe Phillips on bass and my long time singer and percussionist Stephanie Suchy and special guest PJ Perry. This album will be released in the spring of 2019.
The Boy Who Walked Backwards
Next Fall will see the release of ‘The boy who walked backwards’ a children’s story interpretation loosely based on the song of the same name. The illustrated book will be published by The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource.
Three great summer festivals lined up so far are Beaumont Blues and Roots Festival June 17, 2018 The Kingsville Folk Festival August 10-12 in Kingsville, Ontario and Harvest Sun August 17, 18 in Kelwood, Manitoba. Manitoba and Ontario are return visits. If you would like to host a house or yard concert close to these dates in any of these areas email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben Karaoke and song contest win
For years teachers and parents have been asking me for a kid friendly version of my song ‘Everybody Matters'(Gone to Bolivia album). With the help of producer and Communism band leader Don Kerr we have recorded not only a kid friendly version of this song but there is also another version on the same page where you can sing your own made up verses.
the update to this story is that the song is a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting contest and is in the top 4 out of thousands of submissions
Doing some dates in the UK in May, please check the shows page for those and other performances.
House Concert testimonials and tips
there is a new page on this website in case you are interested in hosting house concert there are some testimonials and tips.