October 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

October’s Ontario tour!

Throw back thursday

Hey folks,

In honor of #ThrowBackThursday, here is a shot of my siblings and I with those sweet 90′s backgrounds. Just a bunch of toothless grins eh?!

I’m just sitting in my favorite coffee shop in my home town with a big To-Do list in front of me, an Americano coffee and a nice fuzzy fall sweater on. The leaves are turning and the summer heat is gone.  For some reason, I thought that because the winter was so awful last year, that the weather God’s would bless us with unending summer! But now that fall is here and I can put on my spanx again, I am saying “Amen!” to that. Thank God for spanx season.

Last month I took a fantastic trip to beautiful Quebec City for a gig at their Tall Ships Festival. I packed my bags and was met by a lovely cab driver who gives tours around the city in his off time. It was so great to speak french again! I love the practice. We talked about the beautiful falls and churches and the history of this beautiful city.  The boys from Ten Strings and a Goat Skin were there to play as well and they were a ton of fun to hang out with. Our last night in Quebec, we went out for cheeseburgers, gelato and maple syrup covered potato chips. MAPLE….SYRUP…..POTATO…..CHIPS. It will change your life. I saw stars. I was also taken on a walking tour of the old city and found a bachelor shaming brigade. He told me I could sign ANYWHERE. ;)

bachelor party Quebec

From there I flew down to Athens, Georgia USA to record two new singles with my dear friend and producer John Keane.  He’s the same producer I worked with on my last album and it was SO nice to see him again. He has the most incredible ears and he can play any instrument you put in his hands.  It’s disgusting. haha. I love the air down in Athens. It has such a sweet smell to it. After an evening sitting out on the front porch swing of his studio, I asked John if he noticed it, but he said he didn’t. It must be similar to when people come to PEI and they say “Wow! The smell of that salt air!” I don’t notice it.  After the week of recording, I took a shuttle bus to Atlanta to catch my flight home where I sat next to the loveliest woman from Long Island, NY.  She was a spry 84 year old lady who was going to visit her family. I LOVE accents, and hers was superb. “Lawng Ahhland New Yahk.”.  I was hoping to have a ton of pictures to post from this trip, but I had my phone stolen when out for lunch.

Free undies in hotel room

I love being away, but I also love coming home. I think my favorite moment is arriving at the airport and having my folks or my fella there with a big smile on to pick me up. I feel like my heart could just burst every time.

October is a busy month as well! I’m very excited to hop in my car and hit the road for some Ontario dates! Tell your friends and family if they’re in the area! xoxoxoxo

 

 

 

 

-Oct.16&17 FMO CONFERENCE (private) Mississauga, ON
-Oct.18th HOUSE CONCERT Port Sydney, ON
-Oct.19th ACTIVE ARTS CENTER Rednersville, ON
-Oct.24th THE BRANCH Kemptville, ON
-Oct.25th HOUSE CONCERT Sudbury, ON
-Oct.26th THE GARNET with Melissa Payne Peterborough, ON
-Oct.27th THE SOUP OPEA Belleville, ON

September 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

England & Scotland Tour Dates! xox

Happy September everybody!

Lorne Miller at Rock The Boat Festival Tyne Valley

Lorne Miller shot from Rock The Boat Festival, Tyne Valley

WELL here I am, sitting at my kitchen table, listening to demos from my producer and it feels so damn good!

I am heading down to Athens, Georgia this month to record a few brand spankin’ new tunes to be released to radio and for download and I can’t wait for you to hear them!  I’m also VERY excited to be taking off on my first tour of the United Kingdom, hitting England and Scotland with my good friend and banjo phenom picker, Dan Walsh.  I have been to Scotland, but have yet to set foot in England! I can just taste it already; the fish, chips and tea. :)
In case you have any friends in England, here is where Dan and I will be! Send them out!!

Wed 12th November Stafford, Gatehouse
Thu 13th November London, Cecil Sharp House
Fri 14th November New Mills, Spring Bank Arts Centre
Sat 15th November Nottingham, AFO
Sun 16th November Durham, Laundrette
Mon 17th November Edinburgh, House concert
Tue 18th November Birmingham, Kitchen Garden Café
Fri 21st November Easton, The White Horse

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August 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

Memories of my VERY first summer job!

beach bum

HAPPY AUGUST EVERYONE!
I half thought of just posting some of my favorite photos from the summer thus far, because I think that they really just speak for themselves. If you can’t tell, I am having a fantastic summer. I hope that you are too! After the awful winter that we had here in Canada, I have decided to hell with hiding away from the summer sun and just playing gigs! I am going to make the time to enjoy the beauty around me. I’ve been up picking peas on my fellas farm and went strawberry picking too! I might be allergic to strawberries, but they are so worth it. Haha.

I have been playing so many fantastic shows this summer and have so many more to come! Check out my gig schedule and come see me!
This is actually the first summer in a very long time that I  have not worked a part-time job on the side, which is very very very exciting and makes me very happy. I am so busy with playing shows and writing songs, it is just great. I was driving out today in Hunter River (where I grew up!) and was thinking about my very first job…

My very first part-time job was at the church my family went to every Sunday of our lives. Every summer, they opened up the church basement and turned it into a lobster and seafood restaurant. I was 12 years old and I had a ‘very’ important job. I was the potato salad scooper girl. It was a fairly technical job, I tell ya… I would lay down a piece of lettuce on a plate, haul out the huge buckets of potato salad from the fridge and scoop one full scoop of the pre-made potato salad onto the lettuce bed, topping each serving off with a shake of paprika. I was good at it too! I was fast.  They said I was the best potato salad scooper girl they ever had, but I’m pretty sure they were just buttering me up. It was a great job, but I always went home smelling like Lobster and dinner rolls. My dear summer time friend Maggie Farrell worked there too! She was just a year older and got to be the hostess and I will admit, I was a bit jealous. She might not have gone home every night covered in mayonaise, but did she get  free cup of french fries from the chef at the end of her shifts?  Hmmm, maybe she did….

             One day, my boss came into my potato scoop station and asked me if I was still helping my mom to lead the church’s children’s choir. He was tall and looming, and I was shy, but managed to whisper out a faint “yeah”. “WELL THEN! You should play here at the restaurant while people eat their lobster dinners! What do you think?!” So that’s how it started folks! I would work 4-5 days a week in the kitchen scooping potato salad and would come in on Saturday’s to sing and play guitar to tourists chowing down on their seafood. I have the best memories of singing at St.Anne’s Lobster Suppers. I found my old songbook the last time I moved apartments; the book I used to haul around with me to every Saturday gig with poorly spelled, hand written lyrics on every page. That was the first time in my life that I had people really come up to me and say “Hey! You’re good at that! You should keep that up!”. It really meant a lot at the time and still does today.

Ahh…memories eh?

AUGUST GIGS!
-(Aug.6th)MUSIC IN THE PARK Rustico, PEI 
-(Aug. 7th)CELEBRATION ZONE Charlottetown, PEI 
-(Aug.9th)SONGWRITER’S CIRCLE @ The Mack Charlottetown, PEI 
-(Aug.10th) MONT CARMEL CONCERT SERIES Mont Carmel, PEI 
-(Aug.11th) CAMPGROUND CABARET Cavendish PEI @Parks Canada 
-(Aug.13th) DECOSTE CENTER SONGWRITER’S CIRCLE Pictou, NS 
-(Aug.14th) POOLE’S CORNER CEILIDH with Eddy Quinn and Friends 
-(Aug.22nd) BONNYMAN HOUSE Tatamagouche NS 
-(Aug23rd) UNION STREET CAFE Berwick, NS
-(Aug.24th) ALBERT AND CROWN PUB Alberton, PEI
-(Aug.29th) WATERMARK THEATRE with Zack Squires North Rustico PEI 

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July 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

Happy Hearts and Hurricanes: SUMMER IS HERE!

July is FINALLY here and it is glorious!
For the first time in a very long time, I am oh-so excited for the summer months.

I’m going to admit it; I’ve never considered myself  a summertime girl. Being a red head with fair skin; my whole summer experience has been about ducking into the shadows of porch decks and summer umbrellas to get away from the heat and having everyone and their dog ask me “Do you have sunscreen on?”.
It’s unnerving too now that I’m getting older and I see new freckle-friends pop up on my shoulder and nose that were never there before. I’m a delicate pasty flower who needs shade, water and SPF100. I’ve accepted that.
THAT BEING SAID after the hellish winter we had, I say be damned with shade, bring on the summer sun! Here is a picture of a wild red head out taking in the summer. Shocking, isn’t it.

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June and the start of July have been fabulous.
I’ve gone to the beach and explored with friends, I played my music for the incredible people at The Festival of Small Halls, I traveled to the beautiful community of Digby Neck, NS for a fantastic show. I have been BBQ’ing and writing up a storm. Lots of new songs coming down the pipe that I’m really excited about! I also had two great friends get married this month! A hurricane rolled through the second wedding, and even with trees and the power down; they powered through and had the most amazing time. Their first dance was magical, with the power being out; all of the guests started picking up the candles off of the tables and surrounding them without being prompted. Not a dry eye in sight. haha. Love like this is so inspiring, and provides for great writing material!

Looking to catch me play in JULY? Here are some gigs you can’t miss!
July 12th @ The Mack Charlottetown PEI(Spotlight PEI)
July 15th @ Wyatt Heritage House Summerside PEI (Summer series)
July 26th @ Chatterbox Cafe PUGWASH NS
July 28th @ Victoria Playhouse Victoria by the Sea PEI with Katie McGarry

Sending love your way!
:)
xoxo

Meaghan

May 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

SIT DOWN, BUCKLE UP & HOLD ON! reflections on the roller coaster of life!

Hold on Baby!

I love this picture…

I just am always finding myself trying to imagine what is going through this kids head.  For one, it’s hilarious. He looks like the lead singer from SUM41. Maybe that really is how Derek Whibley gets those gravity defying spikes.  I want to post this picture everywhere in my house 1) to make me laugh but also 2)to remind me that life is a big roller coaster for everyone on this planet where you just have to hang on through the soaring highs and, at times, the death defying lows.  You know that “Hang in there!” kitty picture? This is my equivalent to that…

The pages of life keep turning for me musically and personally, with beautiful new chapters popping up everywhere! My summer gig calendar is fully stocked with a ton of great shows (The Festival of Small Halls is just around the corner! Get your tickets asap! www.smallhalls.com), I’m planning a tour of the UK in November with Dan Walsh, an incredibly talented Banjo playing songwriter, heading down to record two new singles in Athens, Georgia in September with a music video that I am currently writing the script for… I am just feeling so creative!!

I’ve also had some exciting news this month!
Me and my niece Evie!

I’m an AUNT!!!  Maybe I should have put that part before the picture…
You know how people think that their nieces, nephews & kids are the cutest and everyone rolls their eyes at them as they talk about how perfect their offspring are like their going to be the next Malcolm Gladwell? Ya….I understand those people now.

This is Evie (pronounced Ee-vee) and she is precious. I just love her to pieces. Her parents are both children’s animators, so she’s basically going to have the coolest upbringing ever. Good job Bro! :) xox

So things are good…

But life certainly is a roller coaster ride. Sometimes my brain tricks me into thinking that life will keep on going the way it’s going forever. Life is definitely not a straight highway in Saskatchewan.  It in much more like the rolling hills of my home on Prince Edward Island.  A loved one is sick, a baby is born, a loved one gets better, you try something new, you let go of destructive habits, you learn a new art form, you learn to run…the list goes on.  Through all of life’s highs and lows I just keep telling myself to go through them all with open arms. This is easier said than done…One second you find yourself sitting back enjoying the ride and then the next you find yourself holding on for dear life! Life is funny like that eh?

I guess the important thing is that at the end of it all when you get to those pearly gates; you’re wide eyed, your hair is a mess, you’re exhausted but you’re still able to muster up the energy to shout out with a smile on your face
“Wow! What a ride!”

xox
Meaghan

PS! If you haven’t already, sign up for my ‘Direct Line’ email list to the right!!  A way for you and I to keep in touch while I’m out touring the world! I’ll be offering tons of great free stuff, new music and exciting updates!