Bright Records to release Beauty In The Dirt

Beauty In The Dirt to be released on CD on June 21, 2014 and later this year on vinyl by French label Bright Records!

New album released April 15, 2014

The new album, Beauty In The Dirt is on sale…check it out!

December news

Photo by Alain Hiot

First up, a new band (name TBD) and gig has started up in Addis…it’s a big outfit with both a core group and a rotating cast of Addis-based musicians, Ethiopian and foreign, featuring two guitars, banjo, krar, masenqo, drums, bass, singers, and more. It’s lots of fun and we’re currently playing every Thursday at Mulatu Astatké‘s new jazz club at the Ghion Hotel.

Last month I did a few duo UK shows with Groanbox, and then headed down to France to perform with my Paris-based band. One of the performances in France was at the juried festival Blues-sur-Seine, where we won the Prix Office franco-québecois pour la Jeunesse en France (didn’t realize I still qualified as “young”!). As a result we will be heading to Montréal next August for the Festiblues International de Montréal.

I’ll be back on tour with my brother and Amadou Diagne in the UK in March 2014. The Seznec Bros will be performing in Scotland, England and Wales..dates up soon.

Lastly, I am working with Bud Bodin at Studio La Fugitive in Paris on the final mixes of my album, which I hope to be releasing in early 2014…there should be an album launch party at a venue in Paris in March – details coming soon!

UK/France Tour

I’ll be on tour in the UK and France in early November, doing several Groanbox duo shows in England and some shows with my own band in France. I’ll also be finishing my album!
Dates here

Ethiopia

I am now in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, soaking up the local sounds and meeting interesting folks. Check out my blog about my various musical experiences/encounters.
In the meantime I am planning on releasing a batch of recordings under my name sometime in the next couple of months with some fantastic musicians backing me up. Check out my videos page to get a little taste.
In late August, my trio Groanbox will be meeting up in Canada after a long hiatus to work on a new album.
Lastly, despite the change of scenery I’m hoping to maintain some semblance of a tour schedule, so check back here and there for dates!

A Few Shows Before Heading to the Antipodes…

After a fantastic tour of Scotland with the Seznec Bros (including percussionist Amadou Diagne) and some excellent “solo” shows in England with Amadou and fiddler Marius Pibarot, I’ve got a few more Paris-area gigs before heading off to Ethiopia for a spell…

-May 19 at the musée de la Cité de la musique, then the Bar du Marché in Montreuil
-May 21 at la Péniche Anako, Paris 19ème w/David Evans
-May 25 at le Saint Nicolas, Le Plessis Bouchard w/David Evans
-May 26 at Café MamaKin, Paris 19ème

Joining me for some of the gigs will be my backing band, the Guzoo Doctors: David Chalumeau (harmonica), Thomas Garoche (upright bass), Renaud Ollivier (percussion), and Marius Pibarot (fiddle).

I’ll also be leading the Old Time and Bluegrass Jam one last time on May 28 at la Péniche Demoiselle, Paris 19ème.

All info on the dates page. You can also check out the facebook page

Thanks to all the musicians in France and Britain with whom I’ve played over the past 5 years. It’s been a wonderful whirlwind.

Recording / Gigs

Photo by Gabrielle Savoy

I’ll be in the studio in Paris this month trying to put together a solo album with help from some great musicians. More info on that later…
Otherwise, keep an eye on my dates page for local gigs and upcoming tours. The Seznec Bros will be bumming around Scotland with Senegalese percussionist Amadou Diagne in late April / early May, and right after that I’ll be doing some southern England shows with Amadou…We’ll be getting those shows up on our sites soon, so stay tuned!
Lastly, if you are into Old Time and/or Bluegrass and looking for a jam in Paris, look no further! I’ve started a monthly jam with Sarah Novaro and Marius Pibarot in the 19th on a barge (péniche). Check out our facebook page for more info..

Happy New Year and Gigs

Photo from Seznec Chapel in Plogonnec, Brittany

Happy 2013 to all of you out there!
I am in the midst of doing some solo recordings and will be doing group stuff as well over the next couple of months. In addition, you can catch me on stage in different places in Paris in January-February. Check out my dates page for more info.
In other news, the Seznec Bros will be on tour in Scotland in late April-early May.

Nov-Dec News

Photo by Le Petit Photographe

New solo album project in the works, check back for more info on that over the next month or two.
Couple of solo shows in Paris this month, one at the Alimentation Générale on November 7th, the other at Lou Pascalou on November 24th (the latter with backing band). Details on dates page. I’m also psyched to be playing a few shows with Cajun artist Sarah Savoy and band this month.
Lastly I’ll be organizing an off-kilter blues festival at l’Alimentation Générale in February 2013 so stay tuned for that…

Autumn 2012 News

Photo by Mohammed Marine

After a great Groanbox duo tour in the UK in late August, I’ll be heading back to England to tour with the Seznec Bros in mid-September. Joining us for a few of the shows will be Senegalese percussionist Amadou Diagne, and you might even catch a glimpse of Groanbox percussionist and new papa Paul Clifford on one or two of the dates. Also, I’ll be on tour again in Italy with Adam McBride-Smith in October.
Keep an eye out for some occasional shows in Paris, including a possible mini-festival I’m organizing at the Alimentation Générale in November.
All dates announced here.