Posts Tagged ‘Scottish’

YouTube

July 2, 2014

I’ve been trying to be a wee bit more active on YouTube recently, so here’s my latest video from my most recent gig at Bar de Courcelle earlier this month.

It’s a wee collection of a few different tunes that you can listen to/fall in love with/share with all your pals, what ever you fancy! :)

And while you’re checking out this video, you can click here to be directed to my channel to find even more videos!!

 

Ma première année à Montréal…

May 7, 2014

I feel that if this post were only a few weeks late then I could apologise for not having written in a while. But as it’s over a year since my last post it’s probably going to be easier to catch everyone up than to apologise about it!

Over the last year I’ve been up to a myriad of exciting musical endeavours and I’m hoping that come 2015 I’ll have an album for you all.

Around June/July I was really lucky to meet Barry Walsh and Tasso Argyrakos while I was working next door to their tattoo studio, Ink City North. At the time they were organising lots of in-store events and after hearing me practice they asked if I wanted to play a few tunes at their next soirée. I jumped at the opportunity as  I was growing weary of open mic night shenanigans, and so my first proper gig in Montreal was a show at Ink City North supporting reggae legend Vernon Maytone

995188_245401232280926_981327251_nA huge and heartfelt thanks has to also go out to Facteur Malice for the stunning photos she took of me at the show, it’s been nice to have some photographic evidence of me playing solo! ;)

Around the time I met the boys at Ink City North, I also began saving my tips from work and taking some guitar lessons with Mr Tim Dobby. This really helped improve my confidence and it was lovely to have someone other than a YouTube tutorial to direct all my musical questions at! I’m really hoping that you’ll all be able to hear my playing in my upcoming recordings and we’ll agree that my time with Tim was money well spent! ;) You can also listen to Tim’s delightfully pretentious band, Lakes of Canada, by hitting their name.

Between October and Christmas, most of my time was eaten up with my guitar lessons and with work. I dabbled in comedy for a brief time but I managed to get caught in some drama that made the whole thing infinitely less appealing and I refocused on making music my full time gig. However, during my brief flirt with comedy we were lucky enough to make a few good friends, one of them being the talented Kate Connor. After going to support Kate when she performed at The Wiggle Room for their weekly variety show Voix de Ville, I asked producer/co-host/all round comedic individual Paul Ash for a slot on the next show.

1524923_798212373529693_930283759_nVoix de Ville is a variety show with a “monarch of the mountain”  element thrown in for fun! At each show, all the acts are competing for crowd votes in order to win the grand prize of $100 and the honour to return the following week to defend their title. Guys, I won 4 weeks in a row! I really can’t express what a confidence boost that whole Wiggle Room experience was but I had a blast and I met some super awesome people, including everybody’s favourite republican Kitty Vanderbuilt & artist Salgood Sam who drew this awesome sketch of me performing! 1509207_279365172217865_1196964745_n

Still on a high from my run at The Wiggle Room I decided to pursue paid gigs more seriously in and around the city and to peace out open mics for a little while! The first of these was a slot at Bar de Courcelle, allbeit it was the middle of the Canadian winter and it wasn’t the busiest show I’ve ever played, it was a nice foot in the door and a nice reminder that I’ve still got it! ;) Since then I’ve had a couple of slots at Mad Hatters and I have more coming up later this month. (I’ll include a full list of upcoming shows in the side bar).

ALSO! I’m 996700_273240956163620_880675940_nashamed of myself for forgetting, Kayla and I got engaged on Christmas Eve, I suprised her with a beautiful ring made by Meshu which is essentially a map of where we met and all the places we went on our first date. I think she was suitably surprised and as it turned out she was also working on a surprise for me! I’m the proud owner of a Taylor 214-ce and he sounds beautiful and he looks nice and he’s full size. Perfect! If you’d like to see a video of Kayla surprising me you can click here.1013879_322586747895707_3990364219904216166_n

Anyway, back to the chronological order of things! I’ve had a really exciting year, and I feel like I’ve managed to build a wee Canadian fanbase for myself. I was delighted with my recent placing in the Cult MTL - Best of Montreal readers poll this month which I feel also proves that I’ve been adopted as an honorary Montrealer by everyone here! ;) I couldn’t ask for a better result than coming 3rd place to Leonard Cohen!

I think that brings us up to date! A year is a long time though, and surely I’ve forgotten to mention some stuff/people along the way! If you feel that you’ve been overlooked lemme know and I’ll apologise profusely!

I Lie About My Age

March 9, 2013

My EP launch was unreal! I had such a good night! I’m going to write a proper blog about it some time this coming week and thank everyone who was involved and who attended!

In the meantime I wanted to let you all know that I’ve put my EP on bandcamp, thus it’s available for download! Hurrah!

I Lie About My Age

Please listen, download and share!

An American in Paris!

December 1, 2012

Not really… Just a Scot in Montreal. Still French, less 50s. Anyway, moving on!

Sorry that I haven’t posted for a while. I’ve not had much to say… Ivan and I fell out so I stole his Croatia shirt and hid him under the floorboards. Other than that life has been pretty dull.

UNTIL! Last night! It was St Andrew’s Day, which is the day when Scottish people pretend they’re as much fun as the Irish and get drunk in the name of Religion.

Given that I’m in Canada, I had to improvise. So as I didn’t have any Scottish people to party with, I spent my St Andrews Day with a few Canadians and a couple of delightful Irishers.

Here are some photos (with narration where necessary)

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These are our lovely new Irish friends Gráinne & Donal. We get along primarily because they enjoy drinking and fighting.

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As you can see, we’re tight. I don’t even miss Ivan.

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In other news, Kayla got drunk!
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Ok, we both got drunk…
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This band! This fucking band. Wow. Check them out. The 24th Street Wailers just wow.

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Plus they were absolute legends, here’s Kayla posing with the insanely talented Lindsay.

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and Mike who plays the bass guitar.

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This guy wasn’t in the band but he interrupted my conversation so I took his photo to publicly shame him. TAKE THAT!!

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Kayla didn’t find it funny…

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These two guys were really lovely, I told them we could be friends but then I just made them save our seats every time we went for a cigarette and never really spoke to them… One of them was English though, so I kinda felt he was ruining my St Andrews Day vibe. FREEEEEEDOM! or something like that…

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Just before we left Mr Jon Wong went for a walk round the pub with his sax. It was pretty kick ass!

In conclusion, it was the best St Andrews Day I’ve ever had. I can’t recommend spending St Andrews Day on another continent highly enough. Fact.

Big Ivan The Builder

November 14, 2012

Another post about my Neighbour. Since I started DJing for him we’ve become best friends! It’s been hard to cultivate our friendship when he’s asleep during the day, but I thought I would let you all know about my new friend and how we spend our time!

His name is Ivan, he’s from Croatia. I know this because he has a super cool Croatia T-Shirt which he likes to wear – I hope he gets me one for Christmas. He likes it when I DJ for him, especially when I branch out and play him some bassy tunes! Usually he applauds me through the wall. He does the same when I play guitar. I don’t know if he knows this but sometimes I like to practice my guitar in front of the mirror and pretend he’s in the audience – he’s always having a good time!

He must be a smoker, because when I smoke out the window I can hear him coughing. He has a bad smokers cough. I think he must also be in the construction field because whenever he comes round to talk to us he likes to discuss the building integrity of our apartment, “the walls are like cardboard!!” he always says that. I think Ivan could have done a better job if he had built these apartments, he’s probably the best builder.

Ivan also likes to share. He’s a good sharer- he’s probably the best builder and the best sharer I know. For example, he has this bin that he keeps in the corridor for everyone on our floor to use. I know most people would think “When is that lazy bastard going to move that old broken Ikea waste basket?!” But I know that it’s just Ivan, sharing as usual so I put all my rubbish in it for him. Cause I know it makes him feel wanted.

My favourite thing to do for Ivan is play chap door run with him. Oh what fun we have! I knock his door then run back into my own apartment. I know Ivan has fun cause I can hear him shouting about what fun he’s having in Croatian.

I love my new friend. I think I’ll keep him.


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