Greetings and salutations from the "too gorgeous too be real" Gabriola! We feel like we're dreaming, but then everyday of this job kind of feels that way. Lucky ducks. Let's get up to speed since the blogging has fallen far behind. We shall take you back to July 23rd, 2014 and carry on from there.
Fernie, BC- (Wednesday Social) July 23rd
-Got a bunch of love and cuddles from the beautiful Ger Rocca. Basically our biggest Fernie fan!
-We had a nice turn out for the Fernie Arts Station's annual Wednesday night concert series, there were a lot of cute dancing babies who pretty much stole the show. Babies and dogs, total attention suckers.
-We had our drinks comped, anyone who know us gets how dangerous that can be!
-A superstorm erupted minutes after we finished our last song, this sent everyone scrambling with sound equipment to the eaves of the Arts Station. It was sudden and violent...kind of like a Pratt sneeze. Funny/witchy thing, we seemed to have summoned the storm with our song 'Rain on Me'. Kind of creepy. This subject has been broached before on Jodie Ponto's photo blog.
Crawford Bay-July 24th
-Spending more time with Betsy Ann, the lovely sister of Oats and Notes mastermind, Brian Schultz. The Schultz family has had our backs ever since we played their lovely festival as far as lodging, food, and love. We couldn't be happier to be honourary members.
-Meeting all of Brian and Betsy Ann's wonderful pals who came out on a rainy day to support us. Thanks for the morning massage Maureen!
-never ending Vitamin T (tequila) at our beck and call.
-Fun Crawford Bay fact: The North Woven Broom Company located in Crawford Bay, "produced a total of 300 full sized brooms and 500 miniature sized brooms for the marketing of Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows." in partnership with Raincoast Books. It's a lovely and spooky place.
-Pratt's vocal chords were still shitty. She thought an ear/nose/throat doctor or medicine woman would have to be arranged.
-Kelowna was toasty as usual but we got plenty of lake time hanging out at our fave Westbank haunt, the beach lot.
-Ryan, the owner of The Grateful Fed introduced us to the 'Peachy Pirate', a shot which consists of Captain Morgan's and Peach Schnapps. Creating headaches one ounce at a time.
-Pratt's voice made a triumphant return so naturally she stayed up until 5 am with her cousin Trent.
-Northern girls don't really know how to handle the southern heat, especially girls as pale as Lindsay Pratt. Shore's lovely dark skin can handle a little more heat but still, c'mon Kelowna! We perservered somehow.
-Armstong holds a special place in Lindsay's heart as it is where her papa was born. Some of her best family vacation memories come from visiting the now defunct Armstrong cheese factory. Mmmm...cheese.
-Heidi and Gaz, the owners of The Wild Oak Cafe and Community Market, are avid music supporters and we always feel appreciated when we play their gorgeous venue.
-There were multiple cute babies who (you guessed it) stole the show. Although this may seem like a valley it's quite the opposite. You have to start kids young when it comes to music appreciation!
-Sorry to sound like a broken and scratched record but GODDANG, the Okanagan is SO BLOODY HOT! Thankfully the gorgeous and talented Heidi Jordan thought ahead and created some special mocha ice bars just for the occasion. She understands Northerners.
That's all for now Peaks friends and family! Check out the site in the next few days when we will regale you with tales of our adventures in Wells, BC! It's going to be a doozy!
Regular People, Regular Problems
We had a most excellent time playing at The Olive Bistro and Lounge in Jasper, AB. They know what they're doing in the food and beverage department (Basil, cucumber spiked lemonade? Who thinks this stuff up?). Steph and Darryl also treat their musical guests like gold and it makes for an enjoyable experience all around. Thanks for being you.
-The crowd was full of really great listeners. Jager Bombs were jokingly discussed over the mic and Jager Bombs appeared, almost like magic. We would warn other roots/folk musicians that playing this particular genre of music jacked up on Red Bull and Jager can be problematic.
-We're pretty alright when it comes to making new friends. Charlie and Jenny from Sheffield, England even invited us over the pond. We already bought our plane tickets. We hope they don't regret the rash decision fueled by alcohol.
-After the main event we had an impromtu jam with local songstress Colleen, who is Janis Joplin reincarnate. Hair Panties was requested twice.
-The Mackeys from FSJ appeared out of the blue as a happy surprise. It is always comforting somehow to see familiar faces when we are far from home.
-Following myriads of industrial vehicles down the magic undivided highway that is AB-40 en route to the gig. Naomi's patience is not her virtue and she does NOT do well at the back of the line. Much like Ricky Bobby, she likes to go fast.
-We missed our chance to try the Olive's truffle oil poutine. Ermagerd, I just salivated on the keyboard.
-We were that annoying band that stays up too late, playing music too loud on the roof top patio while other guests (who were probably going kayaking/hiking/whitewater rafting the next day) tried to rest. We are super sorry. We are jerks.
-Remember the Jager Bombs? They made our morning hell...totally worth it.
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.
Did you miss us? We had an epic time howling across the prairies but now we're back for a short while and thought we'd give you a little look-see into our said epic road times. Please read, laugh, and keep in touch will ya?
May 3rd - Tour Kickoff at the LIDO - Fort St. John BC
-Sold out show 3rd year in a row!!!!
- We raised lots of gas money, cha-ching!
-Played a great show with some great pals. Special thanks to Dori Braun, Betty B Gidd, and Joe Rocca for playing!
-Being too busy to personally thank/hug/kiss everyone there.
May 4th - House Concert @ Shelagh and Cam’s- Grande Prairie AB
-Cuddling with Hadley, our favorite Basset Hound!
-Working on body building poses after midnight with Amandizzay.
-Shootin’ the shit with an old musical theatre pal.
Valleys (The worst actually):
-Leaving our brand new gigantic Kirkland vodka in our host’s freezer!!!
May 5th - House Concert @ Christine and Mike’s - Valleyview AB
-Hanging with the Broadribb clan.
-Listening to the sibling duo Sweet Clover whose harmonies brought us to tears...literally.
-Being introduced to Slivovitz (Russian moonshine).
-Being introduced to Slivovitz, which led to a late night cheese overdose.
May 6th - Cha Island - Edmonton AB
-Having Celeigh Cardinal lend us her smokin’ pipes for the evening.
-Slammin’ pints with our pal Jeff Stuart (the most Scottish, but actually Polish, guy we know).
-Reuniting with the Simpson lassies.
-Naomi forgetting her favorite pants and then having to ask Candi to put them on the Greyhound to Saskatoon.
May 7th - The Root - Lloydminster SK
-Being on the Saskatchewan side of town.
-Dancing the night away with local neon sensation “Spandy”!
-Partying down with our new best friends The Real Ponchos.
-Only sleeping for two hours (nap?) before driving to Saskatoon for our live television debut.
May 8th - Louis’ Loft - Saskatoon SK
-Watching the sun rise across the prairies at 4:30 in the morning.
-Being on CTV morning television and pulling it off no less!
-Meeting some new buds Madeline, Robin and Myles.
-Rockin’ a local open mic at The Woods.
-Booking a show at the university campus and forgetting that school is out.
May 9th - DAY OFF - Saskatoon SK
-Seeing our super friends the Real Ponchos play at Vangelis Tavern.
-Double vodkas on special.
-Double vodkas on special.
May 10th - Lady of the Lake - Brandon MB
-Heritage house lodging with our lovely host and owner of Lady of the Lake, Bridget.
-Deciding it would be ok to leave gear in the van then deciding against it at midnight
when Brandon started getting scary.
-Trying to load gear in through an extremely creaky door at midnight.
Stay tuned for more tour peaks and valleys in the coming days! Next up, Part II: Winnipeg, MB to Okotoks, MB. You know we loves ya!
Regular People, Regular Problems.