We are mid-tour, and it’s going very well. We are heading north and west now from the Peterborough area (Lindsay), and are heading towards home eventually.
Yesterday we sang a house concert for my old friend Dean Verger. He used to run Rasputins (restaurant and folk club) and when I lived in Ottawa, I used to sing and hang out there often. It was great to see him again. A couple of cool things happened.
Firstly, my old friend Janet Irwin arrived. She is the person who started this whole part of my life. In 1991 she hired me to write music for a play about quilting, which was presented as part of Quilt Canada there. Little did either of us know how, after 8 years, I would become a seriously addicted quilter, but also write more songs and release a CD of songs entirely about quilting! It was SO GOOD to sing for her yesterday and have a chance to catch up on her doings. She is still directing plays, and I’m still singing and writing!
After the show was over, we got a few minutes to spend with Dean and Ruth to thank them for hosting the concert, and to catch up on the Ottawa folk music news. They told me how much they loved the quilt we had behind us for the show. This quilt was on the cover of the Singing Quilter Songbook, and was inspired by my friend Rosemary Stieg in Pennsylvania who is as crazy as I am with little bits of fabric. She taught me how to do this postage stamp pattern in 8×8″ blocks. I pieced it in hotel rooms as we traveled several years ago. Sometimes we show it in concert, but usually it stays at home. My cousin has been taking care of it for the last few months in Whitby.
So when Dean and Ruth obviously fell in love with it, I decided to give it to them!
Do they look happy?
We have just finished our work in Lindsay, so now we are driving towards our next gigs in Sault Ste Marie, Dryden, Winnipeg and Neepawa. See you there?