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Taking the stage at the xmas party

A good time was had by all at the company Christmas party this past Saturday night at the Elephant and Castle in downtown Halifax. Good food, good drinks, good folks ... and some good music. Tim the Sales Guy put on a fantastic acoustic show, performing some lovely original songs and some inspired covers.

I was also invited to perform, but there was no PA available to play my backing tracks and guitar output. The proprietor, a former member of popular 1990s ska band Hopping Penguins, pulled out a small mixer from behind the bar and I MacGyver'd together a workable solution that'd run both through the instrument input on Tim's acoustic guitar amp. Didn't sound great, but it was preferable to having me play and sing without the bells and whistles. Trust me.

It's only, what, my fourth time playing in front of a crowd? And the first time with red wine in my system. All in all, it went well, and I'm keen on doing it again. I had a goal of playing two gigs in 2008. This is one. Many thanks to Tim, Ryan and the rest of the folks in the sales department for inviting me to crank out some tunes.

For (my?) future reference, I performed A Picnic (just guitar and me), New York City, Sorry Charlie, Ticket To Spain and Buenas Tardes Amigo. The new original, Mr. Clean, was dropped from the set, partly because I've never ever performed it with guitar and vocals together (and did the guitar on the recording in one take), and partly because I think people were getting sick of my strained caterwauling.

Hey! Help make my Cub cover "Ticket To Spain" the #1 song of the year at! Click over and have a listen!


  1. dude, bad a$$!!! i have 2 guitars staring at me right now (one even connected to an amp), yet i don't know how to play those little boogers...

    be that rockstar for the rest of us!


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