Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. Albert Camus

FlockDesigners want me to dress like Spring, in billowing things. I don’t feel like Spring.
I feel like a warm red Autumn.
Marilyn Monroe


And so the season changes again and with my nose to the grindstone, I look up in surprise at the gold, the red and the brown falling lazily… who knows where the time goes.


I’ve just returned from San Francisco and the amazing Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival where Blackie And The Rodeo kings performed alongside an astounding list of performers, icons and alchemists from the roots-music world. The history of the festival, now in it’s 14th year is one of generosity, vision and a great love for this genre of music. Check out their site for details on how they got started and the gift that Warren Hellman has given to the city of San Francisco and to musicians from far and wide. This video is an interview with Warren Hellman and gives a great sense of the man and the festival.

Prior to HSB, Blackie and The Rodeo kings performed in the UK at The Shrewsbury Festival  where we had a blast and managed to top the sales list at the merch tent. As the summer wound down,  I was out on the road with Fearing & White in Ontario and Alberta, continuing the Tea and Confidences Tour that we started earlier this year, when we released the new album. Adding drums to our show has really upped the ante and I’m thrilled to be a part of this trio, be it with Kent Macrae; our drummer out west, or Gary Craig; (Blackie and The Rodeo Kings) in Ontario.

It’s been a busy summer as I split my time between gigs, festivals, various different bands and my home, which is slowly but surely being packed away into boxes as my family and I prepare ourselves for another BIG move from East to West. Yes I am uprooting myself one more to time to return to The West Coast of Canada, where (in many ways) this adventure started. We are looking to buy a place in Victoria but first we have to sell our house here in Halifax and say “see ya later” to some great friends and colleagues. So I’ll make this newsletter brief as I have to take advantage of the decent weather and get some more painting done before the weather turns and I become a leaf collector… oy!

PS. for those of you who are still asking about my “Twitter War” with Air Canada, scroll down to –

The Inexcusable Case of the Missing Manzer and The Righteous Power of Social Media



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(all tourdates/details are on my tourpage)




Oct. 10th – St. Johns

Oct. 11th – Freshwater Carbonear

Oct. 12th – English Harbour


Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick


Oct. 17th – Mount Stewart PE

Oct. 18th – Sackville NB

Oct. 24th – Mahone Bay NS


Blackie and The Rodeo Kings

(tourdates at


Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia


Nov. 9th – Ajax, On._DSC1034

Nov. 10th – Barrie, On.

Nov. 12th  -Woodstock, On.

Nov. 13th – Midland, On.

Nov. 14th – Hamilton, On.

Nov. 15th – Parry Sound, On.

Nov. 17th – Halifax, NS.

Nov. 18th – Halifax, NS.

Nov. 20th – Lindsay, On.

Nov. 21st – Burnstown, On

Nov. 22nd – Quebec City, QC.

Nov. 23rd – Montreal, QC.



As always, thanks for listening. More touring coming in the new year… of course!