May 20th, 2011
If you’re not familiar with the Six String Nation guitar, you’re a Bad Canadian. Go up to your room, and read up on it. It’s insanely cool.
So, this week, the guy behind it, Jowi Taylor, happened to see that I was playing at Not My Dog in Toronto. He brought Voyageur down for a little visit.
My thanks, J: that was a cool enough night already; this made it pretty perfect.
May 13th, 2011
I don’t do it often, but I’m doin’ it next week- playin’ your town! Any chance you’d wanna stop by?
Monday night, May 16th, 10 pm sharp, I’ll be the guest of the Ladies in Waiting (CindyDoire, Andrea Ramolo, Sarah Burton, Faye Blais, and Sara Fitzpatrick) at their Monday series at Not My Dog on Queen at Jameson. Real psyched: amazing artists, great little spot.
Kev Corbett & Ladies in Waiting
@ Not My Dog, 1510 Queen St W @ Jameson, Toronto.
10pm Cover: Pass the jug!
Tuesday afternoon, I’m playing RootsMusicCanada’s Woodshed Sessons!
These dudes are doing heaven’s work for Canadian Roots Musicians, and I’m honoured to be invited into the sanctum. Might even bring a present for ‘em.
Tuesday night, May 17th, 10 pm sharp, I’m splitting a night with my ole buddy Dave Borins at the amazing Tranzac. I’ve always wanted to play here, and Dave’s doing amazing stuff these days. Couldn’t be happier.
Kev Corbett & Dave Borins
@ The Tranzac (Southern Cross Room), 292 Brunswick Ave. Toronto
10 pm Cover: Pass the jug!
For further info, contact kev at kevcorbett dot com.
See ya there?
K (NOTE: BIO & LINKS BELOW!)
ON KEV CORBETT…
“That’s a mighty fine CD you (and your friends) have cobbled together. Beauty. Great songs, vivid and evocative rapid fire storylines, sweet and raggedy sounds, and terrific arrangements. Thanks for that.” – Lewis Melville
He likes one fan’s description: Like Cohen, but with a sense of humour; Dylan, without the angst.
People keep telling Kev Corbett he really doesn’t sound like anbody else. He’s a wordy guy with a big heart. A serious guitar picker. A man who loves a great story, especially if it isn’t his. He’s comfortable in his own skin, not a hint of pretense.
He’s experienced, too: he’s got about 20 countries worth of touring under his belt, keeps placing in songwriting competitions, and had opened in the last year for Stephen Fearing, Jill Barber, Ben Sures, and Annabelle Chvostek. But, to hell with musical comparisons: this dude’s a writer. He’s known for the attention-to-the-everyday of an Alice Munro, the attention-to-detail and research of a Robertson Davies, the brutal frankness of a Farley Mowat, the warm-cuddliness of a Peter Gzowski. This year, he toured coast to coast and back by train over two months. Five days later, he set out to do it again.
Kev Corbett is the best kind of folksinger, writing zingers that can veer hilarious, heartbreaking, lusty, pious, political, fighty, thoughtful, wistful, helpful, and/or clever; and then usually throw a self-deprecating monologue on top. It’s hard not to pay attention; stories become songs break down into stories, and you realize he’s not singing about his own life. He’s singing ours.
April 25th, 2011
I’ve been thinking about Sense of Place, lately.
I spent most of the last year on the road, windows down, music up, hair blowing, seeing new stuff. Connected to nothing but the zen of the journey itself. Seeing many places and things I never had. Tofino. Cathedral Grove. Kitsilano. A bear in Jasper. 4 trips across the Prairies. The hoserlicious pleasures of Northern Ontario. Fi’ n’ chi’ at the Ship. On and on.
But it’s time to siddown. I have songs scratching at the windows to get out. I need to reconnect with my back yard. I wanna spend time in a kayak. I am gonna have a beachbum summer.
Enter Shawna Caspi.
She called up recently, and said, ‘So if a girl were to find her way into a plane ticket, ya think, there might be some shows to be booked?’
I booked it to show my buddy around a bit. We’re calling it the She Came On A Whim And Couldn’t Go Home Tour. We played The Scuttlebutt in Lunenburg last night. What a wicked little place. Wolfville tonight, Tatamagouche Thursday, Shelburne Friday, Halifax on Saturday. Then I’m off to Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, and Toronto, but that’s about the extent of my touring plan. I think you’re gonna have a sense of whatever place is home, of course, and no place is really better than another. But as Denis Ryan says, one of the great things about our job is that it has more than its fair share of homecomings. If anyplace will fill my well again, this is it.
March 25th, 2011
March 17th, 2011
I found this today. Me on bass, with Don Ross and Brooke Miller, as well as drummer Benn Boss and keyboardist Aaron Collier. Great time had by all, lovely to have B&D living in town now! Hoping to do it many times again, as they are cool as hell.
In other news, I’m taking new drumming students, for whenever I’m not on tour. The deal is, I go to your place, so we can use and learn to setup and maintain your kit, and we just work out a weekly time that works. I’ve been teaching for about 10 years, and take drummers from about 10 years old right up to seniors, and work on the songs chosen by the drummer. If you know anyone who might be interested, just drop a line (kev at kevcorbett dot com) and we’ll work it out…
OK. Time to get outside. Happy Paddy’s. See y’soon.
March 15th, 2011
…but this is the deck we’re dealt. I’ve been on tour for what feels like years, there were tech issues with my web doohickey, so I couldn’t post anything. It’s OK. I’m OK. How are you?
So, since we last reported back, I’ve been road-ing. I went to a great festival called Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Scotland at the end of January, a a bassist for a friend’s band, then whirlwind gigs in Manchester, London, and Cardiff. Then flew to Toronto, where I met my sweetie and we toured Ontario together for two weeks together on a Home Routes tour. They’re a fantastic organization. It was two weeks worth of house concerts – 13 shows in 14 days – and it was the first time my darlin’ ever came on a tour with me. It was great: we got to drive around pretty, snowy Ontario together for a couple of weeks, and she also got a good dose of what it’s actually like on tour. It’s tiring! By day 3, she was all, ‘This is f*cking hard work, isn’t it?’. Ha.
K, gotta run. Back soon.
December 30th, 2010
I read a great piece in the paper this morning – actually, two – about the rituals around the revolution of one year to the next (one pro, one con). This brings one to thinking about how the year’s been, and what the next may hold.
It’s been a great year, thanks to many people. My Person, fans of live music, VIA Rail, many good (and many new) friends, and many supportive clients, bosses, colleagues, and peers. THANK YOU.
I’ve had some really good news about new partnerships for the coming year, things that are booking up, songs coming in, radiolike, ready to emerge. This is gonna be another great year. There is much to celebrate.
I’ll leave you for now with a video, kindly supplied by my friends Andy and Ariana, of a performance at Wolfville, Nova Scotia’s excellent series The Night Kitchen. An amazing song by Chris Wood that I’ve been obsessing over for some time. I hopoe you like it as much as I do.
Thank you. Happy New Year. See ya on the road.
October 1st, 2010
Summary of 2009-2010:
– Booked and hosted ‘Sing for Your Supper’ songwriters’ circle every Saturday @ The Carleton for a year.
– Side guy clients: Sean Ashby, Old Man Luedecke, Steven Bowers, Norma MacDonald, Christina Martin, Charlie A’Court, Gillian Boucher, Kim Wempe, Carmel Mikol, Charlie A’Court, Ryan MacGrath
– Successful Bringin’ It Home Tour with Steven Bowers, Norma MacDonald, Christina Martin, and Thom Swift.
SON OF A RUDDERLESS BOAT:
– Composed, Produced, Arranged and Performed by Kev Corbett (see kevcorbett.com/liner-notes).
– Soft launched new album from Main Stage of Lunenburg Folk Fest.
– Paused for 5-week tour of Germany, Holland, and Switzerland as tour support for Jennifer Roland
– Officially launched new album Jan 16th 2010 @ Company House in Halifax.
– Positive meetings with International One-on-One delegates at ECMA 2009, 2010. Still following up on heels of four months on the road.
– Booked and completed 2-month 35-date cross-Canada tour
– Radio play resulted in Top 25 Folk/Roots of 2009 chart placement in Kamloops BC, Earshot National Folk/Roots #3 the week of Christmas 2009, play on 20 something stations, regional and national plays on CBC 1, 2, and 3.
- Was CBCr3 track of the day on April 15, 2010.
- featured artist on Sonicbids.com for September 2010
– Opened for Stephen Fearing at my top rooms in the country for my style: London Music Club, Black Sheep, Peterborough Collegiate, Cafe Rhythm, and Hugh’s Room.
CBCr3 track of the day on April 15, 2010 – Cheese & Whiskey
CBC Radio 1, 2, and 3 plays in various markets.
Campus support – #3 Earshot Folk/Roots Chart Nov&Dec 2009
featured on Q104′s Route 104
featured on Tell the Band to go Home
8 weeks chart at 92.5 the X – C/C radio at Thompson Rivers U, Kamloops, BC
featured on various CKDU 88.1 Halifax shows
played on all ‘regional feature shows (East Coast Kitchen Party, etc)
– Video for ‘Cheese and Whiskey’
– Home Routes tour, early 2011 (booked)
– begin planning for UK, Australia
– secure a label arrangement
– begin demoing for next record in early 2011
How it’s been:
Feb TBA, 2011 Home Routes Tour
Oct 22, 2010 The Rose and Thistle St John’s, NL
Oct 21, 2010 The Bull and Barrel St John’s, NL
Oct 20, 2010 The Ship Inn St John’s, NL
Oct 19, 2010 The Grapevine St John’s, NL
Oct 14, 2010 OCFF Ottawa, ON
Oct 15, 2010 OCFF Ottawa, ON (Groundswell Room Showcase)
Oct 16, 2010 OCFF Ottawa, ON (Youth Mentor Program Showcase)
Oct 17, 2010 OCFF Ottawa, ON
Oct 8, 2010 House Concert Oakville, ON
Oct 7, 2010 House Concert Kingston, ON
Oct 3, 2010 House Concert Sudbury, ON
Oct 2, 2010 House Concert North Bay, ON
Sept 22, 2010 The Company House Halifax, NS
Sept 17, 2010 House Concert Amherst, NS
Sept 14, 2010 The Carleton Halifax, NS
Sept 7, 2010 NOMINEE: NSMW FOLK RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Aug 28, 2010 The Dunk Breadalbane PEI
Jul 26, 2010 Victoria Playhouse Victoria PE
Jul 4, 2010 StanFest, s/g w/ Lynne Hanson, Irish Mythen
Jul 3, 2010 StanFest, s/g w/ Lynne Hanson, Irish Mythen
Jul 2, 2010 StanFest, s/g w/ Lynne Hanson, Irish Mythen
Jun 11, 2010 Tantramar Theatre Amherst, NS
May 29, 2010 London Music Club London, ON op. for Stephen Fearing
May 28, 2010 Hugh’s Room Toronto, ON op. for Stephen Fearing
May 27, 2010 Cafe Rhythm Cannington, ON op. for Stephen Fearing
May 26, 2010 Black Sheep Inn Wakefield, QC op. for Stephen Fearing
May 7, 2010 AMP Festival Wolfville, NS
Apr 30, 2010 *SEMI-FINALIST, 2009 INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION*
Apr 29, 2010 The Company House Halifax, NS
Apr 29, 2010 VIA Rail train activity car
Apr 28, 2010 VIA Rail train activity car
Apr 27, 2010 VIA Rail train activity car
Apr 26, 2010 VIA Rail train activity car
Apr 25, 2010 VIA Rail train activity car
Apr 24, 2010 VIA Rail train activity car
Apr 21, 2010 Treehouse Cafe Salt Spring Island BC
Apr 20, 2010 Bluebird North Vancouver, BC
Apr 17, 2010 The Art We Are Kamloops, BC
Apr 16, 2010 Fibonacci Cafe Penticton, NS
Apr 15, 2010 Cocoa-Nut Lounge Nelson, BC
Apr 11, 2010 Railway Club Vancouver, BC
Apr 9, 2010 Wild Heather Books Ucluelet, BC
Apr 8, 2010 Joe’s Garage Courtney, BC
Apr 3, 2010 House Concert Victoria, BC
Apr 2, 2010 Duncan Garage Showroom Duncan, BC
Apr 1, 2010 Cocoa Nymph Chocolates Vancouver, BC
Mar 30, 2010 VIA Rail train activity car
Mar 29, 2010 VIA Rail train activity car
Mar 28, 2010 House Concert Twin Butte, AB
Mar 26, 2010 The Artery Edmonton, AB
Mar 25, 2010 VIA Rail train activity car
Mar 24, 2010 VIA Rail train activity car
Mar 23, 2010 House Concert Winnipeg, NS
Mar 20, 2010 Sam’s Place Winnipeg, MB
Mar 19, 2010 VIA Rail train activity car
Mar 18, 2010 VIA Rail train activity car
Mar 16, 2010 C’est What Toronto, NS
Mar 15, 2010 Jimmy Jazz Guelph, ON
Mar 12, 2010 Freeway Coffeehouse Hamilton, NS
Mar 11, 2010 The Troubadour Toronto, ON
Mar 10, 2010 The Moonshine Cafe Oakville, ON
Mar 9, 2010 Burritoville Montreal, QC
Mar 8, 2010 VIA Rail train activity car
Mar 7, 2010 ECMA Sydney, NS
Mar 6, 2010 ECMA – 3 shows on s/g w/ Kim Wempe, 1 with Gill Boucher
Mar 5, 2010 ECMA Roots Room Showcase, plus sideguying with Carmel Mikol and Gillian Boucher
Mar 4, 2010 ECMA Sydney, NS
Feb 12, 2010 op. for Jill Barber Halifax, NS
Feb 11, 2010 op. for Jill Barber Lunenburg, NS
Feb 10, 2010 op. for Jill Barber Truro, NS
Jan 30, 2010 In the Dead of Winter Halifax NS
Jan 29, 2010 In the Dead of Winter Halifax NS
Jan 28, 2010 In the Dead of Winter Halifax NS
Jan 27, 2010 In the Dead of Winter Halifax NS
Jan 26, 2010 In the Dead of Winter Halifax NS
Jan 24, 2010 Bridge St Cafe Sackville NB
Jan 23, 2010 Mason Jar Sussex ,NB
Jan 22, 2010 Kennedy Inn St Andrew’s NB
Jan 21, 2010 Plan B Moncton NB
Jan 20, 2010 The Carleton Halifax, NS
Jan 18, 2010 Seahorse Tavern Halifax NS
Jan 17, 2010 *featured artist, Route 104 on Q104 Halifax*
Jan 16, 2010 *CD RELEASE* The Company House Halifax, NS
Nov 28, 2010 Lunenburg Winery Petite Riviere, NS
Nov 26, 2009 Rose & Kettle Sessions Cole Hbr, NS
Oct 18-Nov 20, 2009 *5-WEEK EUROPEAN TOUR W/ JEN ROLAND
*During this tour, SOARB hits #3 on the Earshot Folk/Roots Chart*
Oct 17, 2009 OCFF Ottawa, ON
Oct 16, 2009 OCFF Ottawa, ON (ECMA Stage Showcase)
Oct 15, 2009 OCFF Ottawa, ON
Oct 7th, 2010 s/g w/ Sean Ashby @ Carleton Hfx, NS
Oct 6, 2009 SAC Song Circle Moncton, NS
Oct 1, 2009 sideguying w/ Norma MacDonald @ the Company House Halifax, NS
Sep 26, 2009 Deep Roots Music Fest Wolfville, NS
Sep 25, 2009 Deep Roots Music Fest Wolfville, NS
Sep 24, 2009 Deep Roots Music Fest Wolfville, NS
Sep 20, 2009 Tall Grass Fest Seaforth, NS
Sep 18, 2009 House Concert Stewiacke, NS
Sep 13, 2009 Teaching Songwriting @ Deep Roots Wolfville
Aug 28, 2009 Tunes @ Noon Halifax, NS
Aug 21, 2009 The Bandshell Amherst, NS
Aug 15, 2009 Shelburne Writers’ Fest Shelburne, NS
Aug 7, 2009 Lunenburg Folk Fest
Aug 6th, 2009 MAINSTAGE Lunenburg Folk Fest
Aug 2, 2009 Riverport Fire Hall Riverport, NS
Aug 1, 2009 s/g w/ Steven Bowers, RiverFest, New Glasgow, NS
July 15, 2009 Live to 5 radio show Stouffville, ON
June 27, 2009 Mo’s Cafe Five Islands, NS
June 25, 2009 s/g w/ Steve Bowers The Carleton Hfx, NS
June 18, 2009 s/g w/ Steve Bowers The Carleton Hfx, NS
June 11, 2009 s/g w/ Steve Bowers The Carleton Hfx, NS
June 10, 2009 s/g w/ Norma MacDonald The Seahorse Hfx, NS
June 5, 2009 Union St. Cafe Berwick, NS
June 4, 2009 s/g w/ Steve Bowers The Carleton Hfx, NS
May 23, 2009 s/g w/ Old Man Luedecke Chester, NS
May 22, 2009 s/g w/ Old Man Luedecke Port Hawkesbury, NS
Apr 11, 2009 Dragonfly Cafe Antigonish, NS
Apr 9, 2009 Savoy Theatre Glace Bay, NS
Apr 4, 2009 Astor Theatre Liverpool, NS
Apr 3, 2009 Chester Playhouse Chester, NS
Apr 2, 2009 Gus’ Pub Halifax, NS
Mar 21, 2009 Little River Folk Petite Riviere, NS
Mar 20, 2009 Evergreen Theatre Margaretsville, NS
Feb 27, 2009 ECMA – SAC Songwriters’ Circle Corner Brook, NL
Feb 20, 2009 Union St. Cafe Berwick, NS
Feb 19, 2009 S/g w/ Norma MacDonald @ Seahorse Hfx, NS
Feb 14, 2009 sideguying w/ Old Man Luedecke Lunenburg, NS
Feb 7, 2009 House Concert Alberton, PE
Feb 3, 2009 sideguying w/ Steven Bowers @ MNS night feature slot @ Seahorse Tavern Halifax, NS
Jan 31, 2009 sideguying w/ Norma MacDonald @ In the Dead of Winter Festival Halifax, NS
Jan 27-31, 2009 In the Dead of Winter (solo and s/g with Ryan MacGrath and Norma MacDonald)
Jan 19, 2009 Sideguying w/ Ryan McGrath – CD Release @ Seahorse Tavern Halifax, NS
August 19th, 2010
How can you help me out, enjoy yourself, and get closer to nature in
just a few clicks of the mouse?
I recently entered a song of mine – about the oceans and personal responsibility – to be part of David Suzuki’s Playlist for the
Planet songwriting contest.
You can listen to and vote for the song that I wrote on the CBC Radio 3
website. You are allowed to vote once per day, and must logged in to
Voting for my song could also get me closer to getting on the Playlist
for the Planet CD, and winning a Melody Maker Gibson guitar from Long
and McQuade. (edit: I’d so totally silkscreen Suzuki’s face on this guitar, no?)
What’s in it for you? A chance to win a P4theP t-shirt, and lots of gratitude. Take me up on it. I’ll help you paint your house, or something.
Twitter hashtag is #P4Planet. The most prolific twitterphiles also get a Playlist for the Planet t-shirt (tho I think a house concert with Dave Suzuki…?)
Thanks, folks. Enjoy tomato season.
June 21st, 2010
Yup, I’m home. It was great: I owe huge thanks to Via Rail, Dave Carmichael and Melissa Trottier, Stacey Ricker, Greg and Kate Moverley, Adam Faux, Kristy Hollidge, Alain Richer, Claire Rutledge, John Marlatt, James & Jane, JD Edwards, Jessee Havey, Erin Frith, Rachel Sawatzky, the entire Bachand family, Angel Bidinost, Longevity John, Milo-the-other-Joe, Greg & Anita Ross, Wild Heather Books, Stephanie in Nelson, the Art We Are in Kamloops, Fibonacci in Penticton, Shari Ulrich, the Roundhouse, the Treehouse, and Valdy’s Radio Hour. All of you made this possible. And until I can pay it back, I’ll pay it forward. Thank you.
So now, it’s back to normal. I’m practicing, writing, listening to a lot of vinyls, cleaning house. Couple of gigs coming up, more being booked. I’ll put up some vids. Howya been?