MALCOLM MACLEAN AND THE ENDLESS PAIN
One of the more exciting things to happen in January was when I welcomed my friend Malcolm Maclean to this part of BC for a four show weekend swing. Malcolm is the wily cowboy I was building fences with for the better part of two months last summer in the Dawson Creek district. What was especially nice was having Allen Christie, a fairly good cowboy singer in himself, playing leads while my dear friend Lindsay “Bootsy Cline” Thompson played the double bass. It had been a while since I was a drummer but I was right to think I could still do it. By the end of the weekend we were a hot band.
The trip started Thurs.Jan 24th with a show at the recently re-opened Riley’s Pub then continued on to the Fort St.James Legion the following night for Robbie Burns Dinner. The Legion event was complete with Lionel from Music On The Mountain Festival rendition of ‘Ode To Haggis’ and the subsequent serving of such things. Guess I didn’t know I would like haggis. Wasn’t so bad, I’d eat it again. Saturday the 24th saw us end up at the Occidental in Quesnel and Sunday night we closed the trip up with a night at the Jack of Clubs Pub here in Wells.
I would call the trip mildly successful. Malcolm was set him up with an important meeting, we introduced him to no less than 7 festivals board members, a major booking agent, a newspaper writer, two radio stations, the best sound guy in northern BC, photographers, bar owners, musicians, cowboys, farm hearted folks and the town of Wells. We got treated well and didn’t come close to losing our hats. Mission accomplished. We don’t mess around.
TROLL SKI HILL TELEFEST
Due to the Canada Games Telefest was a little earlier than usual this year falling on January 30th instead of the first weekend in March. The snow conditions have been nothing to brag about this year, but fortunately a half foot of snow fell the day before so there was lots of good riding to be done. I did find however my favorite steep runs were already tracked out by the time I got to them. Snowboarders got scared and put the brakes on but also succeeded in wiping the layer of powder clear off the crust beneath it, I came flying down there and realized I had no control…ate it a little and decided to stick to forest runs that were less chewed up.
By 2:45 I hit my last run from Silver T and rode all the way to the lodge, walked in, tuned up my guitar and pretty soon we were puttin on a show. I did the whole show still wearing my snowboarding gear and managed to win a nice set of goggles for a door prize. The room got dancing afte a while, a nice dinner was served, a good crowd stayed and beers were consumed. We probably played for close to the three hours with intermittent breaks for supper, prize giveaways and the addition of a few guests on stage. Leah opted not to sing the whole show but she came and did several duets with me while Mike’s 7 year old daughter stole the show with her country song medly which we assisted her with.
All in all, I gotta say, I just love Troll Ski Resort…family run operation, great snow, affordable, great atmosphere, lots of terrain, great verticle…everything you need. We’ll certainly hope to stay a part of Telefest for years to come, three in a row just isn’t enough yet.
CANADA GAMES AND OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
So we are on the mainstage of the Canada Games on Feb.22nd at 5:30pm. Will be real neat to play right before the days medal ceremonies!! Gonna be a different sort of bunch backstage then I’m used to…might be a hard bunch to get smoking and drinking with us, might better just be on my best behaviour for a change. I have done it before. Maybe one of them will let me touch their medal.
Another honor we have to announce is our participation in this years North Country Fair up by Lesser Slave Lake, Alberta. It is one of the most prestigious festivals in the west to play! What really made me blush was that they called us. Most of you know, I don’t apply myself to things, or write applications, or grants or any of that shit. So when we get asked to play a new festival it’s a real honor.
Not sure how many festivals we will be doing this summer, been busy playing 8-10 a year since 2008. I got a second baby coming in May and this summer may be a write-off till we make adjustments in our lives. For sure we are coming to Sweetwater 905 in Rolla BC and I can’t see myself missing Hootstock in Forest Grove. Artswells you know we’ll be at cause it happens around my firepit. Without any serious developments this will probably be our schedule this summer. I have been asked about solo shows and I’m undecided. My personal feeling is that we will have a new album out so I won’t want to play solo shows so much. The band makes everything easier and it’s the band sound I want to get into your heads and living rooms!
Cheers for now…joe