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“There is magic here: superior picking, excellent rhythm work, impressive and whimsical lyrics. Genest’s lead vocal style echoes the McGarrigles and Sylvia Tyson, but she is irrefutably herself.” -  Donald Teplyske, Country Standard Time



Summer's Over, Here Comes Fall! 

Happy to be home after a busy summer of teaching and performing - what a fabulous time I had at the Yukon Woodshed, the Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Festival and Camp in Saskatchewan, and the NImblefingers Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Workshop in Sorrento BC. Also got to call a whole bunch of dances and try out some of the new ones I learned at Fiddletunes from caller extraordinaire Phil Jamieson. After many naps, I am now gearing up for official showcases at Contact East in Saint John, NB Sept. 22-25, and IBMA in Raleigh, NC Sept. 26-30th. Looking forward to reuniting with a bunch of the folks I met on my summer travels, playing once again with my fabulous bandmates Andrew, Sarah, and Max, and jamming til the wee hours in all the places. Here's a pic of me calling a dance at Nimblefingers, with Alison de Groot, Bruce Molsky, and John Reischman leading the student band.Good times calling at Nimblefingers, with Alison de Groot, Bruce Molsky, and John Reischman,

Official Showcase at IBMA! 

The Annie Lou band has been selected for an official showcase at this year's IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) World of Bluegrass Conference in Raleigh NC. I am very honoured to have been selected for this premier bluegrass event, especially since my music is not what you'd call strictly bluegrass - I lean heavily on the traditions though, and I'm looking forward to connecting with and playing for the world of bluegrass.

Because of the anti-LGBT legislation that was recently passed in North Carolina (HB2), I was uncertain as to whether I would attend. After much soul searching and many discussions with the IBMA, other concerned artists, and Equality North Carolina (the main LGBT rights group in NC), I have decided that I will be there, and engage with other artists and organizations who are working to fight this harmful and discriminatory legislation.

IBMA's official position on HB2 states that "diversity and inclusiveness have long been a part of our core values, and are encouraged in the expression of bluegrass by the IBMA". That's encouraging.

Equality North Carolina are supportive of concerned artists attending and offered a variety of actions we as visitors to the state can take: 

- Contact the NCGA leaders and the governor to let them know how disappointed you, as a visitor to the state, are in the passage of #HB2: 

Rep. Tim Moore - (919) 733-3451, @SenatorBerger | Speaker of the House of Representatives 

Sen. Phil Berger - (919) 733-5708, @SenatorBerger | Senate President Pro Tem 

Gov. Pat McCrory - (919) 814-2000, @PatMcCroryNC 

Leave them a message and also tweet at them to express your unhappiness with HB2 as someone from outside the state. You are welcome to contact them regularly. (Even a daily call makes a difference, and if you want to look up their addresses and send them hard-copy letters, that will always get their attention.)

- Visitors can look for stickers or signs at local businesses that indicate they are pro-actively showing their inclusivity and support for all people, including LGBTQ ones. (You can also directly ask, though that's a tiring and cumbersome thing to do, especially when you're visiting.) We have a local initiative, our Equality Means Business program, where businesses affirm their support for all people and display a sticker (red outline of NC with a circle around part of it).

- Equality NC always welcome donations to help their work: https://equalitync.org/action/donate/

Summer's coming! 

I'm gearing up for a busy summer of teaching and touring in Saskatchewan, BC, and the Yukon. I've got some square dance calling gigs as well, and am thrilled to be headed down to Port Townsend for the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes. See the Shows page for more details and schedule. Meanwhile here at home on Vancouver Island, spring has fully sprung and the garden is blooming and beautiful.


 

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