Happy Holidays to my friends and fans near and far!
It has been an incredible fall for me with tours in Europe and Japan. My European tour was from Sept. 24th-Oct. 25th. One month of amazing shows and collaborations in The Netherlands and Belgium! I did a series of concerts with The Lasses throughout Holland. These shows were beautiful community gatherings, mostly in acoustically gorgeous old churches, and it was exciting to get more connected to Sophie and Margot musically, professionally and personally. I am excited to tour with them in the Northwest in April 2016! Allen Hunter joined me for a great run of shows in Holland and Belgium. We met so many amazing people, connected to some incredible musicians and artists and enjoyed the venues, cities and towns that we visited. We plan to return in May to release my new album, Bones Will Last. Europe is an incredible place to travel and I loved getting more connected to the people and communities I spent time in. I brought my grandfather’s fiddle back to Holland for the first time in almost 80 years! It was powerful to play it throughout the tour and to really feel his presence with me.
I returned home for a whirlwind 10 days in which I moved the last of my things out of my creative studio in the historic Towne Storage building. I have been in and out of that studio since 2008 and I will greatly miss the community there and the beautiful space I had to create so much in the past 7 years! In the midst of moving, I played 5 shows and tried to get over my jet leg. It was good to be home, but there was little time to really settle or process the tour in Europe before leaving for Japan! I spent two weeks in Japan from Nov. 9th-23rd playing shows with Big Bridges as well as a week of shows with Casey Neill and Allen Hunter with special guests on our final show, Takeaki Nagahama and Takashi O’hashi. This was Big Bridges’ 2nd tour with Takashi O’hashi in Japan but the first tour where we had Allen Hunter on bass and Derek Brown on drums. We shared sold out shows with the amazing Japanese band Face to Ace and rocked our asses off! It was a blast and the audiences and fans were simply amazing. Casey and Allen and I enjoyed heading to Kyoto and Hiroshima for shows and had a superb sold out show in Tokyo to end the tour!
I returned home a week ago and am enjoying the cool crisp air here in Portland. It is so clearly autumn now with the leaves deeply colored and beginning to fall. I can feel winter just around the corner. For those of you in the area during December I have some great shows coming up! Check the schedule below. I’ll be heading into the studio to finish recording Bones Will Last with the band and then will take off the 2nd half of December to write, regroup, recharge and rest in the quiet sanctuary of home here in Portland. I look forward to celebrating the longest days of the year with family and friends, being quiet and still. I am excited for the light to return and for all the wonderful adventures planned for 2016.
I hope this finds you well, enjoying where ever it is you are. To my friends and fans near and far I send you much love and peace during the holiday season. Thank you for your continued support. I look forward to seeing you soon!