"Music Confounds the Machines" is a quote from T Bone Burnett's keynote address to AmericanaFest that Stacy Chandler used as the headline when publishing Mr. Burnett's address here. I think his words are prophetic and I will read it a few more times... If you are an artist in any field, I highly recommend joining C3 - The Content Creators Coalition.
I couldn't be more excited about launching this website today. With the help of Meg Craig and Skysail Brand in Mahone Bay, I was taught to navigate Weebly and create my own page. There's tons more to learn... Thanks to my fans for their patience as I got this together. I would be remiss if I didn't thank Bob MacIsaac of Chester, NS who created my first website, laurasmith.ca, now routed here. He was infinitely patient with me through the years... Thanks for bringing me into cyberspace, Bob.
My friend, Hanna Hunziker took photos during my performance and that Bruce Guthro wouldn't let me leave the stage 'til I sang not one, not two, but three more songs. Bless his heart. And thank you. It was a thrill to be a part of such a stellar roster of performers in such a gorgeous setting as Jost Winery.
It was a stellar night with Bruce Guthro and Gowan and Dave Sampson at Bruce's Song Circle event. (Dave was camera shy).
Bruce , quite rightly, gave the nod to Gowan to sing the encore. Honestly, to be sitting next to him when he performed "A Criminal Mind" with such gusto and panache was awesome. I leapt to my feet while onstage to participate in his Standing O. The last time I did that was after hearing Paul Kelly sing "How to Make Gravy" on a workshop stage at The Edmonton Folk Festival. While I have a long-standing policy not to applaud my fellow musicians while I'm onstage with them - I do feel that is the audience's job - when I'm moved to leap up and clap, I try to get off the stage and become a member of the audience. Happily in Edmonton, the stage was low to the ground. No such luck at The Casino, so, apologies to the folks in the audience when I blocked their view...
Here he is doing it live with Styx. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDFjaIlp74A. Here's Paul Kelly https://youtu.be/qDROmHCBk5Q
It was fabulous having the opportunity to perform at Rita's Tea Room with Kim Dunn. The tireless Flo Sampson warmed everyone up with a fabulous set of beloved standard piano pieces and lo and behold, who was in the crowd but Buddy MacDonald and his wife, Wilda (not in picture).