Photos

Lyrical, whimsical songs in the bardic tradition.


Photo by Fran Hurcomb. Yellowknife 2015.

The following painting has been in my studio for a few years; this image did not directly inspire my song “Wave After Wave“,  but it is definitely a good graphic representation of what the song is all about. If you are the artist or if you know who the artist is, please contact me.

                                               Wave, Inukshuk, and Elder. Artist – unknown.

Playing a few tunes at a book launch in Duncan, BC. April 3, 2016  Photo by Ro Jan.

 

April 30, 2017 Chemainus Bluegrass in the Spring

I am smiling, just take the damn picture!

Woodshedding in Ladysmith

Strictly speaking ‘to woodshed’ means ‘to practice a musical instrument’. However, locating a space far enough away from family, housemates, and/or neighbours to not drive them crazy can send a musician literally to a woodshed or other outlying structure, or any out-of-the-way chamber in a residence, as below. Thanks to Iris Churcher for temporary use of her 7-foot by 10-foot studio and utility room. Pure luxury!
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Jonathan in basement 'woodshed'.

Duncan Showroom, November 22, 2016

Photos by: Bent Lens – @bentlensphotography on Facebook

Look around and realize, you've been running with a pack of lies.

“Look around and realize, you’ve been running with a pack of lies.”

“Aim high when you’re wandering solo, aim high when you’re desperate for change.”

If you're inspired, you're on your way.

“If you’re inspired, you’re on your way.”

Photos by: Bent Lens – @bentlensphotography on Facebook

At The Banff Centre

In rehearsal at the Banff Centre.

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“I Saw Her Face in the Sky”

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“Don’t Start a Conversation With an Elk”

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“How to Get Over Stage Fright”

 

 

Photo credit: cc-sa-by Leif Olson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jonathan-c-at-wildcat-cafe-feb-19-2016This photo is from an evening of community song in Yellowknife, NWT, at the Wildcat Cafe. The tune is The Dragon’s Breath – about the heavy forest fires that choked the southern portion of the NWT with thick smoke.

The Dragon’s Breath Verse One:

Where the industrial revolution started to unfold,

Nobody asked, “What about the globe?”

Shakespeare could have penned the script, for all the world’s a stage.

Now the plot’s as thick as smoke, and we’re the actors in this play.

Soprano saxophone

Soprano saxophone “Doncha give me no lip!”

On stage at Banff Centre

On stage at “Le Club” Banff Centre

 

Folk on the Rocks Music Festival, Yellowknife, 2013

Folk on the Rocks Music Festival, Yellowknife, 2013

Bass, vocals, and harmonica. Folk, pop, rock, blues.

Bass, vocals, and harmonica. Folk, pop, rock, blues.

Northlands Community Garden, Yellowknife.

Northlands Community Garden, Yellowknife.

During a gig in a castle made of snow, Yellowknife.

During a gig in a castle made of snow, Yellowknife.

With guitar made of pieces of Canada (antiques, rocks, boats, etc.)

With guitar made of pieces of Canada (antiques, rocks, boats, etc.)

A few years ago at an open mic, Inuvik, NWT.

A few years ago at an open mic, Inuvik, NWT.

On keys at a now-defunct venue in Yellowknife.

On keys at a now-defunct venue in Yellowknife.

Best photo ever (playing harmonica).

Best photo ever (playing harmonica).

Bass and harmonica, Inuvik.

Bass and harmonica, Inuvik.

“Jonathan brings to his music a kind of rare realness, quiet humour, and respect that shows a well-lived life and thoughtful consideration of the world around him.

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