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Recap: Fisher Peak Winter Ale Series 

Earlier this year we had the pleasure of performing at the Key City Theatre in Cranbrook, BC for the Fisher Peak Performing Winter Ale Concert Series hosted by the Fisher Peak Performing Artists Society. We had a really fun evening with the audience and received some very encouraging words from several folks in attendance:

“I attended your show last week and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Your musical talent and songwriting, combined with your audience interaction and a wonderful sense of humor made for a memorable night!”

“Really loved the recent F&F show in Cranbrook. Joal and Lauren has us in the palms of their talented hands, with blendy harmonies, storybook songwrtiting, and expressive guitar playing. A treat!”

“From an audience member's and a former producer's perspective, I think you two were one of the most honest and personal performances I have ever had the pleasure to attend.”

Photo Credits: Murray Hayward

Artist In Residence Project Debut 

Hello folks! Tonight is the night we unveil Joal's Artist In Residence Project, 'Wild Rose'. We will be taking the stage at 7:00 PM (MST) and will perform Wild Rose as our finale at approximately 7:35 PM. This project showcase is free-to-attend for the public, and if health or mobility are a concern, you can also tune-in the the livestream at:

Joining us for this debut will be talented musicians, Lisa Jacobs and Jason Hofer, and dancers, Janita Frantsi and Kathleen Hughes. Unfortunately commissioned visual artist, Bryony Toon is unable to attend this evening, but her original artwork for Wild Rose will be on display for viewing in-person.


Winter Updates & Recording 

Photo Credits: Paper Moon Photography

We're back home again after showcasing for the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC) in Saskatoon, SK last month. We felt deeply honoured to be included in such an incredible line-up of showcasing artists (literally mind blowing) and felt warmly welcomed by everyone we met there. We can say with all certainty that attending OSAC again is definitely in our plans for the future.

We also want to thank two incredible organizations for supporting our ongoing efforts as independent Canadian performing artists: FACTOR Canada and Canada Council for the Arts. We are deeply grateful for the assistance you've offered to us this past year. We couldn't have done it without either of you.

As for our current situation: we're gigging around the province a little in the midst of a busy life season for our family. In addition to this, we're in the middle of refining our latest songs as we'll be recording again in the next couple of months for the release our debut album in early 2020. We'll be posting more about the entire recording process and experience in the coming weeks so please keep your eyes peeled for our email updates - and feel free to SIGN-UP to our Artist Newsletter if you haven't done so already.

Lauren and I are both super excited about our newest material and can hardly wait to show each of you what we've been working on this past year. We hope you're all having a great fall and that many good things are coming your way. Until next time... ciao ciao for now!

Official Showcase @ OSAC's Showcase 2019 

So our summer touring season has finally winded down and we're gearing up for all that this fall is bringing with it. In super exciting news we'll be officially showcasing for the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC) in Saskatoon, SK, CAN in a couple of weeks from now. We're really looking forward to this incredible opportunity to share our latest material with a fantastic audience of music appreciators and aficionados - and we hope to make many new friends at this creative community gathering.

We're also going to be joined at OSAC by fellow Albertan artists Over The Moon and Martin Kerr - so you know it's gonna be a great time! Super exciting for us is that the lovely Laurie Brown of Porch Swing Entertainment will be representing us again at this event and we're sooo thrilled to have her onboard for the ride. Keep your eyes peeled for more updates coming down the pipe in the coming months. We're going to be hitting the studio again really soon and can't wait to get our newest songs recorded!

We're BAAACK!!! 

WOW! We just returned from showcasing at the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance (SERFA) in Chattanooga, TN, USA and what an experience it was! Each day was filled with meet-ups, friendly meals, and workshops hosted by industry members and fellow artists, and every evening was a smattering of delicious showcase performances from groups from all across North America. Lauren and I were utterly blown away by the warm welcome we received at SERFA and we're both looking forward to seeing what kinds of partnerships and collaborations might come out of it in the near future. Our sincerest thanks to all of the SERFA organizing committee and volunteers who made this event such a memorable experience. Shoutouts to the Chattanoogan Hotel staff as well for accommodating all of us folkies and our various needs!

We also wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all of the kind folks in the Maryland Room and the lovely Laurie Brown of Porch Swing Entertainment for attending the conference with us and offering such great support, friendship, and fellowship throughout the event. We are so thankful for meeting each and everyone who attended SERFA but wanted to quickly highlight a few folks in particular:

Ellis: Thank you yet again for graciously attending our performance and chatting it up with us during the weekend. You've been a longtime inspiration of ours and we were so grateful to receive your genuine care and encouragement. We've been listening to your new album 24/7 and especially love '5 Alarm Fire'.

Michael: Thanks for being the first person to reach out to us for a guerrilla showcase! You took a big chance on us and we're so glad to have connected with you and learned more about your work with NERFA and the FMSH. We'll certainly be getting in touch ASAP once we've got our schedule sorted out a little more.

Nancy: Thank you for taking a chance on us and accommodating Lauren's pregnancy for our guerrilla showcase with you. It was our first ever guerrilla and you made us feel so comfortable to share a little of who we are and what we do. We look forward to staying in contact and learning much more about your LilFest efforts.

Joe: We really appreciated you inviting us to take part in your guerrilla showcase at SERFA. We had a lot of fun connect with your audience and were so thankful for your kind words about our performance. We definitely looking forward to see you again at the next regional!

JB: You were so kind to invite us to shoot a live video with you. Thank you for your encouraging words as well - we really appreciated that affirmation. You worked extremely hard all conference to capture all the footage you did and many folks will greatly benefit from the fruits of your labour.

David: We loved being able to take part in the magic you've developed with the Gypsy Wagon Studio and really enjoyed being interviewed for KC Cafe Radio. We hope your journeys went smoothly, as we recall you had to pack up the wagon for quite the trip! Looking forward to seeing you again at another conference real soon.

We also wanted to express our sincerest thanks and appreciation to FACTOR Canada and the SOCAN Foundation for helping to fund this incredible experience. Without their generous support, we wouldn't been able to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. Thank you again SOCAN Foundation and FACTOR Canada for helping us continue to pursue our dreams! We are so very thankful for your ongoing support and are excited for our next partnership with you!

Spring Updates & News 

Where to start!? So we've had a long and bitter winter up in Calgary with several cold snaps that nearly threatened to do us in, but the spring is nearly here and we're holding out hope for better days. At the moment we're working on preproduction for our debut EP, which we will be releasing later this year. Many of you know we attended the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity this past fall, and the experience was out of this world. We were able to spend five-weeks exploring new approaches to our songwriting and instrumentation, and we're super excited to start unveiling some of the fruits of this residency over the coming months.

In other incredible news, we've been invited for an Official Showcase at SERFA in Chattanooga, TN, USA in May of this year. We're honoured to have been selected to showcase and are looking forward to bringing our "Rocky Mountain Folk-Pop" sound on down to the south. Plus we'll get to see one of our favourites, Ellis Paul (pictured below), who will be the conference's keynote speaker. **Interesting fact: Joal was inspired to pursue music full-time after seeing Ellis Paul perform at a concert in La Salle, MB. Years later in a very "small world" experience, Ellis graciously came to watch one of Joal's performances in Cochrane, AB after he himself performed a sold-out show at the Calgary Folk Club.

In addition to recording this spring we've also got a great string of shows coming up in Alberta over the next while. Please visit Shows for more details on a performance near you! As always, thank you for following along our journey! It means much more to us than you know.