blue heart

and a new song appeared out of nowhere! i endured many mosquitos to bring you this video. i hope you like it. i was stoked that my bird friends decided to sing along

Posted: 2015-08-18 19:08:01 UTC by ap

recording but not yet releasing

hello. after a bit of a quiet spring, i have a few shows to add to the sidebar, mostly at farmer's markets, which i love. i might do a bit of busking this year during cruise ship season too.

my big announcements for the day have to do with recording things. first, the novemberists have decided to become a real band, and not just a tribute act. so makes sense we will change our name, and the new band is now called tamarack. we've written a bunch of songs and are trying to get them recorded or at least performed a few times before the fall. i am very excited about this, because there's something really special about playing music with your very best friends. i am friends with all the people i play music with these days, but the guys in tamarack are the friend group i hang out with every week and do activities with, and tell my life story to. so that's pretty neat.

second, static in action are getting ready to record a split ep with ricochet. the plan is to release a split 7" which comes with a digital download featuring a couple more songs. very excited about this, but it might take a little while for it to be ready. this will be my first vinyl release. i don't even have a record player.

Posted: 2015-06-19 12:41:24 UTC by ap

happy hat-a-versary

here's a sneak preview of the hat-a-versary show happening tomorrow night. it's from the play heart of steel. it's weird for me to play bass and not sing anything, so this is my cover of one of the songs in the show.

also, here's a video i took of my best pal dave playing me a new tune on my parents' front step the other day. what's better than hearing great songs for the first time? i think the traffic noise gives it character.

Posted: 2015-04-29 19:52:47 UTC by ap

sinking ships

i don't know what put this song in my head out of the blue but here it is. i wrote this song approximately 1 million years ago. i completely forgot about its existence, but i really like the lyrics and the changes in the rhythms. so here you are.

another thing that happened today was i wrote a song. it is for a super special project that might just be my favorite thing in the world. details soon!

Posted: 2015-04-10 21:28:27 UTC by ap

steel plant sweethearts

just a quick note today. i have been playing bass in a musical production called heart of steel at the highland arts theatre this week. it's been super fun! there's only two more performances, tonight and sunday night. i am so lucky to get to play with a group of really awesome musicians in this production.

in other news, the cape breton regional library has been putting on teen coffee house / open mic sessions every two months, and they're going really well. there's one tonight and another coming up in may. i encourage you to attend.

finally, a reminder that you can listen to my music in a few different ways, first by clicking the little stick figure in the top right corner, second by visiting the music tab (videos AND downloads), and you can also check out my youtube channel.

here's one of the videos you'll find there:

Posted: 2015-03-27 13:42:32 UTC by ap


i am in a 90s R&B mood today so i recorded a video of blackstreet and boyz 2 men covers. i know this is a thing that is becoming popular lately, but i just want to assure you that my love for these songs, and boyz 2 men in general, is 100% un-ironic. i even went to see them play at the halifax casino about 2 years ago. there's just something about that style of music, and the amazing harmonies and voices. one of my first cassette tapes was my sister's boyz 2 men sampler single with "it's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday" on one side and i think "under pressure" on the other, and a weird little medley of song pieces mashed together.

sorry about the dark video quality, it's a very sunny winter day.

Posted: 2015-02-17 16:26:52 UTC by ap

the hideout

here is a cover of the hideout by my favorite lady (sarah harmer).

Posted: 2015-01-16 01:30:13 UTC by ap

songwiter circlin

here is a video of "stranger" taken at the songwriter's circle following the play "shit song for some island" at the highland arts theatre jan 10th. playing with john gill and danny macneil was awesome and hilarious.

Posted: 2015-01-15 23:40:35 UTC by ap

black tooth grinch

i played a holiday acoustic set with my good pals black tooth grinn dec 29th. here is a video!

Posted: 2015-01-02 16:36:06 UTC by ap

dream song

so i play in this decemberists cover band. then i had a dream with a song in it. i woke up and figured out how to play it. halfway through i realized the song was for the novemberists. i guess we'll just have to become an original band now.

Posted: 2015-01-02 13:28:07 UTC by ap