Thursday, August 4, 2011

Late Nights at the Homestead

We get the kids to bed, then call our neighbour and friend up the road. He arrives 10 minutes later on his bike, ukelele strapped to his back, trumpet case in hand.

A set list is scribbled out with a bit of a plan of how it's all gonna go down.

We try out harmonies, throw in some ukelele here,

some foot taps there.

We communicate through eye contact, raised eyebrows, humorous asides, and much laughter and high fiving when we find just the right harmony or get through a whole song without messing up.

I've taken on the roles of egg-shaker, as well as singer, guitarist, and reluctant mandolin player.

I'm sharing music after 20 years of being a solo act, right here in my own kitchen.

I'm loving every minute of it.

If you happen to be in the Eganville area this coming weekend, we'll be performing at the Bonnechere Museum on Saturday, August 6, from 11:00 am till noon. Spread the word!


  1. This is wonderful, Stephanie! A kitchen band - homegrown music at its finest. What sweet musical dreams your children must have been having. To hear their mama's beautiful vocals in their slumber (as well as in their waking) is just magical. I wish I could be there on Saturday.

  2. woowee! I wish I could go but we'll be farmer's marketing in Ottawa at that time. please let us know of any other chances to see y'all play. It sounds fantastic. I often wish I could play with a band. I was the kid in kindergarten with the 'doesn't work and play well with others' box checked. I envy those that can surrender to each other this way. Hope it all goes down swimmingly on Saturday.

  3. Music seems to make you so happy. I'm so glad you are getting a chance to do it :)

  4. What a beautiful picture of you. You are gorgeous! Wish I was there to hear you play!

  5. can visit us any time to join in on listening or singing! Hand claps are always welcome, as is cowbell...
    FFW...I too had that box checked...which is why I've been a soloist all my life. This collaborative approach is new and satisfying...
    PM...It does make me happy!
    Stephanie G...Thanks! No makeup, should see me when I get dolled up! Lol!

  6. This post made me smile. Wish I were there to fill the wineglasses and clap encouragingly! Would love to see you all perform together. Let me know of your next gigs...
    Of course, you and R can always sing for us when we camp...:)

  7. Oooh how pretty and musically happy! Would have enjoyed your gig. Hope it went well x

  8. Hi Stephanie...Wandered over for a peek as I've seen you around a bit, here and there. Wouldn't you know, I just love love love this space you're sharing! A good ol' fashioned ceilidh going on! Love that. And we have the very same Heartland as you...we love it! I'll be back for more:)
    xo Jules


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