Blog 2007-01-23 // Birds gotta fly...

I have to grok that a “blog” is an ongoing dialogue (or monologue) and not a quarterly report! In fact, I probably will change this over to a dialogue in the near future…I get pretty bored with the sound of my own key clicking…

Just came back from the Alberta leg of this year’s Bluebird North tour – the first two shows. Exhuasted and so VERY happy. Oh…. My …..God….it was GREAT! Blair Packham was hosting – Jeremy Fisher, Melanie Doane, Jenny Whiteley and Barney Bentall played The Arts Barns in Edmonton and a beautiful United Church on Southwood in Calgary. Both full houses of enthusiastic audiences and fans of these talented, witty, and spirited Canadian Writers. It was so exciting to finally see and hear the fruits of the weeks and months of grueling administrative work actually take on human form and create such fantastic music and experiences for an audience.
Blair was hilarious – Mr. Sassy Witty Guy, with a pocket full of new tunes…
Everyone was just so damn good.
If you’re out there in any of the cities we’re coming to in the next few weeks, you’ve GOT to come to these shows. I'll list them below here because I don't think I'll have time to enter them into the schedule...

Julia is downstairs in the studio practicing scales and stupidly hard pieces for her Grade 7 RCM exam – music far more difficult than anything I’ve ever played or ever will play. There’s something strange and wonderful about being surpassed in skill, knowledge and intelligence by your offspring. Ah, but I’ll always have the edge on Wisdom and Life Experience. Thank god there’s still some dignity left.

Gotta go book flights and send itineraries.
See you out there I hope! (See the BBN dates below)
Shari

BLUEBIRD NORTH NATIONAL TOUR 07

Friday, Jan. 19 - EDMONTON – Tramsalta Arts Barns

Host: Blair Packham
Barney Bentall
Melanie Doane
Jeremy Fisher
Jenny Whiteley

Saturday, Jan. 20 – CALGARY - Southwood United Church

Host: Blair Packham
Barney Bentall
Melanie Doane
Jeremy Fisher
Jenny Whiteley

Sat., Jan. 27, 2007- OTTAWA - Library & Archives Canada Auditorium

Host: Blair Packham
Barney Bentall
Jeremy Fisher
Melanie Doane
Selina Martin

Library & Archives Canada Auditorium
395 Wellington St.
8:00 p.m. (Doors open 7:30 p.m.)

Tickets: $20 in advance, $24 at the door

By phone, using VISA or MC from the Ottawa Folk Festival office 613-230-8234 and @:
Arbour Environmental Shoppe 800 Bank St. (in the Glebe)
CD Warehouse (3 locations): 1383 Clyde Ave.; 1717 St. Laurent Blvd.;499 Terry Fox Dr. (in Kanata)
Lauzon Music 1345 Wellington St. (in Westboro)
mother tongue books 1067 Bank St. (near Sunnyside)
Ottawa Folklore Centre/OFC Music 1111 Bank St. (near Sunnyside)

Feb. 2 - HALIFAX - Casino Nova Scotia – Schooner Showroom

Host: Jian Ghomeshi
Barney Bentall
Jeremy Fisher
Melanie Doane
Selina Martin

Show: 8:00 pm Doors: 7:30 pm
Tickets: The Casino Box Office by calling 425-7777or www.casinonovascotia.com
(note: show is age restricted to 19 yrs and older)


Feb. 9/10 – ST. JOHN'S - LSPU Hall

Host: Blair Packham
Barney Bentall
Melanie Doane
Danny Michel
Justin Rutledge

Resource Centre for the Arts - LSPU Hall
3 Victoria Street
www.rca.nf.ca
Tickets: $25.00
Info & reservations Ph, 709-753-4531

Feb. 16 – WHITEHORSE – United Church
(Part of the Frostbite Festival)

Host: Jian Ghomeshi
Barney Bentall
Melanie Doane
Justin Rutledge
Shari Ulrich

United Church - Main Street and 6th Avenue
Tickets $20 at Yukon Arts Centre and Hougens Ticket Office.


"The S.A.C. gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Music Fund, administered by the SOCAN Foundation / La Foundation SOCAN".