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August 12, 2014
I am fresh back from SappyFest where I played a truly unforgettable show with my awesome Sentimental Gentleman band. I had such a great time on stage. We were joined on vocals for a couple of songs by Misha Bower (wonderful writer, and member of Eons and Bruce Peninsula) and then we did a couple more with Julie Doiron singing along. Here’s a review of the show.
Julie Doiron & the Wooden Stars
This brings me to my next point: I have been getting ready to hit the road with Julie and my long-lost band the Wooden Stars to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the record we made together. An interesting fun-fact is that we never really toured this release. The recording was the result of a couple years of pretty extensive touring – we played so well together that we felt we should make a document. However, circumstances conspired against us and we never really properly delivered the album to the world in a live format. Even as we won a Juno award (which was utterly unthinkable to us) and the world seemed to perk up to what we were doing, the moment slipped away. Now, for the first time ever, we are going to perform the record as well as some other JD songs from the era. I hope you can make it if we are near you. Here are the dates.
August 20, Arboretum Festival, Ottawa w/ Evening Hymns and Bosveld
August 21, Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto w/ Evening Hymns and Jose Contreras
August 22, La Sala Rossa , Montreal w/ Maica Mia
August 23, Peterborough Folk Fest , Peterborough w/ Evening Hymns
MF and Devon Sproule live in Montreal
On Aug 29 at The Plant, I’ll be playing with one of my great pals, of whom I am one of the biggest fans. Devon’s records have meant a lot to me, and our friendship has only made them more special. We’ve joined each other on stage more than a few times now. We’ll each be doing our own sets, but I think it’s safe to assume there’ll be lots of collaboration too… see you there?
Here is Devon singing on my Singer Songer record: