A few things on the horizon for us as our hemisphere warms...
Sat. April 7th Elizabeth Riley Band (duo version - Jen and Patricia) will be part of an Easter Vigil at St. Luke's church on Somerset. Show (known in the church world as 'service'... do I sound irreverent?) starts at 9. We'll be playing music on the steps as people arrive, playing and singing along with some of Barclay McMillan's choral singers during the service, and doing a short set afterwards in that beautiful acoustic space during coffee, tea, goodies and fellowship. Very much looking forward to it.
Sun. April 22nd Elizabeth Riley Band has an Elmdale show - 3 to 5 pm, all ages - openers are Heather Farrow and Richard Cote. This duo is a wife-and-husband team with amazing original songs, Ric is great on mandolin and all kinds of other instruments and Heather's voice is just incredible. (They normally play with Faraway Star.) So you gotta come hear them. Then our current Rileys will take over with the help of Sally Robinson on bass. Sally is kind of like a force of nature... judging from our practices so far, she seems to be able to eat, play, sing and crack jokes simultaneously... all while whipping us into shape with her impeccable ear and rhythm.
Then waaaay in June.... June 2nd to be exact, we will be playing Spiritfest, Sharon ON! It is "the alt/anti festival" with "warm intentional family/community vibe" according to David Rankine. We are incredibly excited to be participating in this festival and playing in the Sharon Temple, known among musicians for its beautiful acoustic space. So get out the VW micobus and come join us!