Whooo-eeee! We have been having such as blast these last few days we haven't been able to update all our friends and family back home about our shenanigans (and we have had some believe you me).
-We had a day off and were re-united with out Oats and Notes family, the Gallingers. We got spoiled at Bonterra, the restaurant co-owned by our lovely host.
-Wine-Ohs was a really fun time. Some of our dear friends came out to support us (thanks Neal, Curtis, Tara, & Stacey) and we even made some new ones! Go figure!
-We still need to find a way to pull in a bigger crowd in Cowtown. Perhaps opening for a bigger act next time around.
Fort McLeod-July 18th-20th-South Country Fair
-We were pre-warned by the maginificent Lil' Jill Moranz that South Country Fair was going to blow our socks off (I'm paraphrasing obviously) and she was right on the money! So many amazing performances from music to slam poetry. We played our set on Sunday so we really got to enjoy the other acts throughout the weekend.
-Sunday night was the after party and everyone let loose. Pratt basically doesn't have vocal chords now due to the amount of caterwauling that was done...totally worth it. We can't even go into the lewd party games that went on. Certainly NSFW.
-It's pretty hard to find anything to complain about due to the amount of mind blowing times we had at SCF, but I suppose it would've been cool to shower more often. At least everyone else was in the same state of disarray.
Maple Creek-July 21st-Ghost Town B&B
-The owner of Ghostown Blues is a true music lover and the idyllic setting is enough to evoke a great performance out of any artist. We played in a old re-furbished church (some blasphemy went down) and had our first taste of 'glamping' (glam camping). We would reccomend this amazing spot to any weary travellers who want to have a truly down home experience.
-Pratt's voice had not fully recovered from the previous evening's yellfest and we were forced to sing everything in the key of D so she could hit the high notes. Stupid Pratt...this is Pratt by the way. We managed to get through the set and everyone left happy but it can be very frustrating when you cause your own vocal damage. Couldn't blame this one on the fires.
What's that? This tour happened over a month ago and you're just hearing the third and final part of the trilogy? Musicians..am I right?
Part III: Medicine Hat, AB to Peace River, AB
May 19th- Schooner’s Pub- Medicine Hat, AB
-Met a new gal pal name Michelle who introduced us to a place called the “Medicine Hat Buffet”. She did warn us that we would be sorry after our meal but we were up for the adventure. Buffet items included: Chinese chicken balls, spaghetti, jello, coconut shrimp, pizza, spring rolls, ice cream, deviled eggs, etc.
-Our bartender from Schooners invited us back to her crib for a night cap and we met her fur babies, Lucy the Chihuahua and Ringo the Cat... we can deﬁnitely get down with Beatles themed pets.
-Michelle was right about our buffet adventure. We were sorry for two days afterwards. That place should be illegal, SHUT IT DOWN!
-We played on Victoria Day, it seemed nobody was willing to leave the house.
May 20th House Concert at Neal & Rhonda’s- Calgary, AB
-Neal surprised Rhonda for their 14th wedding anniversary by learning their wedding song, “Lost Together” by Blue Rodeo…so sweet…husband of the year.
-Once again, we got to see friends and family. Neal and Rhonda are cool people with cool pals so we had a great night.
- Neal’s big plan almost flopped because we could not convince Rhonda to leave the house so we could practice their song. She finally gave in!
May 21st- Ferintosh Hotel- Ferintosh, AB
-There is always a character in Ferintosh. This time it was an older Brit named Norman who had written a hilarious song about ‘self-love’. It was so good we ROFL’d.
-Uncle Stan and Aunty Dar basically give us free reign of the bar, it’s fun yet dangerous...kind of like us.
-We both thought we were playing Red Deer so went down to set up at The Olive, we were not playing that night.
May 22nd - The Velvet Olive- Red Deer, AB
-Our ‘ol pal Perry wasn’t around but the other bartender, Charlie, ended up being a really good time.
-We had a guy come to the show specifically because of our funny Searchlight Competition memes.
-Aunty Jane showed up out of the blue!
- Pratt had Chinese cupping done and although the health benefits were achieved it appeared that a large and ornery octopus had attacked her.
May 23rd – House Concert at Rob & Abha’s- Edmonton, AB
- We had a really great show and got our SECOND wedding invitation of the tour.
-There were cute dogs EVERYWHERE!
-Abha gave us a private sitar concert, just beautiful.
-We were really starting to power down and had become decidedly more whiny.
May 24th- Concert at the Cabin (Tom & Carol’s)- Peace River , AB
-Naomi’s family had been working like Clydesdale horses getting her mum and Tom’s cabin and yard ready for the show. They had built a beautiful little bandstand for us to play on.
-Lindsay’s mum and dad showed up in their ‘new to them’ camper van. Twin Peaks began plotting the takeover of said camper van for summer festivals bwahahaha!
-We both got our boyfriends back! The wedding jokes were getting too real. We had dresses picked out and everything.
-Turns out family wants an even better show than strangers! We mustered all of our strength to get through those last two sets before resting our pipes for a well-deserved while.