After my last record cycle I hit a wall.  I took a break from touring. I wanted to meet and connect with other artists, writers and producers to make songs in new ways and not worry if they were for me to perform. I wrote in Toronto LA, Boston, Nashville & Ireland.  Out of all that creative time came my new record, Natural Conclusion. I’m excited to have recorded a couple of songs that were born from new connections and I’m proud of the songs that came just from me. This record feels like an important step forward in so many ways.

Feb 3, 2017 is the release and shortly thereafter I will be taking this new creation and band on tour across North America. Check out the Tour page for details.

Natural Conclusion was made in Toronto with the magical, Grammy Award winning producer, Joe Henry, and a carefully chosen band of musicians we love. Also, not without the over 720 generous souls who #kickedrose this time last year. Incredible.

Here is a look inside the making of Natural Conclusion:


 Happy American Thanksgiving weekend!


It’s been a solid few months of music!  April I was out with the lovely gentlemen of Penny & Sparrow and in June/July with the ever generous Mary Chapin Carpenter throughout the US North East and England.  I played the  wonderful Hillside Festival in Guelph, ON and just got home from an incredible weekend at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. Many good times and tunes!
(w Sarah Harmer out for a rip)

(w The Head & the Heart, The Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff, Asa Brosius in Edmonton)


(w Dar Williams, Lisa Hannigan, Mary Chapin Carpenter in Edmonton)

Here at RC headquarters we are working on album artwork and a tour schedule for early 2017 so keep watch for a show in a city near you as well as you can PRE-ORDER the record from my music page! Stay tuned as details start to come together in early Fall.

savour the summer!


NEW SINGLE with Royal Wood

My good friend Royal Wood and I made a beautiful song we are very proud of called “GO“. Both of us immediately had a vision of it being performed on a big stage and we debuted it in just that way, accompanied by the National Art Centre Orchestra in Ottawa on May 6th.

The song is available to purchase on the music page and here is a short video about our collaboration:


New Video + writing + song on TV

19 days till I make my new record. AAHHHH!! It’s gonna be great. Nothing like a deadline and panic to keep the creative juices flowing!

February is looking a lot like…wake, coffee, piano, guitar, voicenote, computer, piano, coffee, paper & pencil lyrics, eggs, computer, piano, voice note,  think think think, exercise, coffee, voicenoteidea, piano, guitar, snack, computer, checkinstagram, coffee, piano, guitar voicenotemelody, computer, read, bed, anxietydream, repeat.  In-between I am catching some great conversations with friends and watching youtube videos of Beyonce, of course.

I’m excited to share with you this video for a song that will be on the new record called “Chosen“.

It was filmed a year ago at the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City where folk (and all those blurred lines around the genre) artists gather to showcase, learn and jam into the wee hours. I have made some incredible friends there over the last many years and this video captures many of them helping me debut my new song. An incredible community and my favourite activity of collaboration!

The video was made by a kind duo of lads from Ireland who call themselves Ambiguous Fiddle.

Tonight, I had a song on a new TV series called Lucifer . It’s called CHAINS and I wrote it in Nashville last May with artist Andrew Combs and producer Jeff Bowman. It was a fun one to make.

Creatively vibing….



$55,000 in 35 days  #KICKROSE


Screen Shot 2015-11-28 at 11.20.20 PM

I have been traveling this past year to Nashville, Los Angeles and Ireland to write both solo and with new people. I want to make a new record that will be a synthesis of the array of music I love to listen to and a reflection of my expanding collaborations.

I’ve asked a magical producer/songwriter to lead this project. His name is JOE HENRY… an incredible spirit. We met at the Edmonton Folk Festival in Alberta, Canada in 2012. Since then we have visited over coffee and rich conversation about songs, guitars and life. I’m honoured by his friendship and delighted he will be guiding this next record.

Joe has produced and written songs for an eclectic array of artists including Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Aimee Mann, Bruce Cockburn, Elvis Costello, Madonna & the late Allen Toussaint.  Joe has a beautiful repertoire of his own songs on his own records and I am a true fan of his poetic, visceral writing.

Check him out here:

I would be honoured if you would INVEST IN ME! BECOME A BACKER on KICKSTARTER!
  in this post and it will take you to my fundraising page. Watch the video and browse the various exclusive reward levels. I’d love to have you on the team!

Screen Shot 2015-11-22 at 3.21.18 AM

Canadian Thanksgiving in the USA

The last several years I have ended up in Boston for Canadian Thanksgiving. It’s a great place to celebrate the summer’s harvest with the wonderful family of friends I have there. I will be celebrating there again and YOU CAN COME! I’m playing TWO SHOWS at my beloved CLUB PASSIM where some dear friends and I will be thankful all night! TICKETS HERE

I had the utmost honour of opening a few shows for MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER this summer and I will be joining her again for a 8 more shows in the U.S. Midwest (IL, IA, MN, WI) in October. It’s absolutely a thrill to share the stage with someone I admire so deeply. Please check the ‘TOUR” page for details and tickets.

At OLD FARM PONY RECORDS HQ, we are beaming with pride as FORTUNATE ONES  have recently received  3 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominations and 7 Music Newfoundland & Labrador Award Nominations! They have also been selected as one of 3 winners of the JUNO Master Class an exceptional Canadian mentorship program for emerging artists!  Nothing but momentum after an incredible summer festival circuit as their second single ‘Lay Me Down’ hit #1 on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 Countdown.  They are on the road again across the country so please check their schedule and meet up with them on the way! for details!


Otherwise I’m working on songs for a new record and dreaming of how and when to make it.
Bring on the cozy friggen sweaters!