oct 18 2017

We just had an open mic at the Dinghy Dock. Thor Krisstenson came and helped raise the roof. Carl Ashley always fills the Dance Floor. Blue Dog Ramble did a nice tribute to Tom Petty with Breakdown as did the Hooligans with I Wont Back Down. Surprises are part of what happens and there were many, a guitar fiddle combo that turned into an amazing tap dancing show. Birthdays were celebrated Happy Happy to Darlene and Adam. and Nina Leblanc gave some nice soul blues.the next open mic is Nov. 11 and it will mark the anniversary of the Blue Dog Ramble Open Mic its really been a year! I am flying to Toronto tomorrow to catch one of my boy's band badbadnotgood as the play Massey Hall, a sold out show I hear .

Sunday oct 22 its Gary Preston and the Kingmixers at the Queens in Nanaimo. if only I could clone!

oct 6 2017

its been about three years since I moved to Nanaimo and discovered the Sunday Blues Jam at the Queens. the idea of a place that was dedicated to encouraging the reality of a blues community was something i thought I could easily get behind. Now 3 years on and many jams later, its still the centerpiece of my musical life. Its still the hub where connections are made and experiences shared and new players encouraged. So thanks Jacquie thanks Frank.

Eugene Smith is hosting on Oct 8, one of the best entertainers to walk that stage. See you there at 4:00

Oct 28 2017

Just  yesterday I had a beautiful drive down to Victoria to pick up my guitar. A mid 70's Martin D-35 that had fallen and the headstock broke away. I took the advice of David Essig and took it in to David Cahill at Old Town Strings in Victoria. I'm very glad i did. The repair although slightly visible is undetectable to touch. So glad to have that guitar back and working.

 this Sunday at the Queens jam is Bob Moffatt and his Rock and Blues Society. in his own words Too many notes. Well you be the judge but you gotta get there 4:00 at the Queens

Nov 1 2017

Looking forward to Sundays Jam with Summer and the Sinners at the Queens. I am also looking forward to our First Anniversary of the Dinghy Dock Open Mic on Nov 11 there have been so many wonderful things take place and I just can't predict what's going to happen. probably Hooligans maybe some violin maybe some slide guitar. Hopefully you! Then as a special night the Nanaimo Blues Society and Coast FM present a fundraiser for the Loaves and Fishes Foodbank. A cash donation leaves the foodbank more flexibility to provide the food actually requested so we are asking for a $15 cover charge that will be completely donated to Loaves and Fishes. Virginia and Larry Blatchford, Whitey Somers James Mcrae and I hope to see you there.


Nov 13 2017

Saturday nights open mic was another terrific jam. After a small tribute to a well loved neighbour Jerry Howell who passed last week, we got into it the dancing started so we could wear off some calories that we put back on with all the cake we had to celebrate a year of the Blue Dog Ramble Open Mic. Carl Ashley played some great harp and we're going to feature him more next time. the Hooligans keep getting better. Maura and Bob showed us the fine work that they have put into their beautiful duo playing. Then David Essig brought the house to silence with the beauty of his  Thora and Jerry's Cakewalk.  Nice stuff from Adam Stanley and Lydia Krisstenson gave us a couple beautiful originals and we finished the night with the powerhouse guitar jamming from Whitey and Thor. It just keeps getting better. 

    The Sunday jam at the Queens was packed as Renovation Blues Band put their new CD out Swingin Hammers, do yourself a favour and get it!!

    I'm looking forward to our Annual fundraiser for Loaves and Fishes. Its a great cause and we're very happy to help out. Come on over $15 gets you in it all goes to Loaves and Fishes. Have some fun and give a helping hand you cant beat it