2011 has been a busy year for me, and a great year. I have many things to be thankful for and I thought I'd share them with you folks.
1) This year I've toured all over the country and met lots of cool folks and musicians who all brightened my days and gave me comfort on the road. Thank you all for being outstanding people.
2) I played several festivals including two ukulele festivals and a Finish festival in BC (a first for me). The people at these events were terrific and it's hard to pick a favorite but I'd have to say my favorite moment was my Sunday mainstage at the Kitchener Blues Festival. What a crowd and the sound was excellent.
3) I was lucky enough to host several ukulele workshops this year and I'm so happy that folks got to learn something cool about this instrument. It's a joy to share my knowledge with folks and I hope to do more of them in 2012.
4) The last big thing (and maybe the biggest) was the outpouring of community support I've experienced regarding the recording of my newest CD "Flirting With Mermaids". It's takes a village right? Well there was a village of musicians who came to join me in the recording and a whole town of support for the project which was recorded in September 2011. I'm hoping that I'll be able to get it out early in December so that folks can have it for Christmas. Take a trip over to http://manitobahal.bandcamp.com/releases and listen to the preview tracks.
Well that's it for now. I'll post more as we get closer to release date. OH and the big news so far for 2012 is that I've been invited to perform in Cheltenham UK at the Ukulele Festival of Great Britain in June. Europe, here I come.