Long time since an update.
I have been very busy.
A year ago Bobby Watt, President of RJW-Gem Campbell Stonemasons Inc. approached me with an idea to film and produce a series of videos showcasing the incredible work of the stonemasons involved in the restoration of the West Block of Parliament Hill. This has turned into a major project. Four episodes are up on YouTube with a 5th about to be posted.
The series is called "Stonehands" and can be found by a YouTube search.
Lots going on this last year in my new facility Wakefield Sound & Light.
This year I did several local videos, one with Bobby Watt for the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust in Scotland, audio recordings for Bobby and Riverbend and other local acts, sound effects for various plays including Ian Tamblyn's world premiers of "Dreamwalker".
I handled sound and music recording for three weeks of Film Camp, teaching local youth how to create their own films.
Also played at the Steve Earle Tribute for Wakefest (deathless version of Copper Head Road), and in March performed at the sold out Smales Pace Reunion concerts in London and Kitchener. This month I am singing with Bobby Watt at his annual Burns Day show at the Black Sheep.
In support of the new Wakefield La Peche Community Centre (I am on the board) I produced, sequenced and mastered the Wakefield Sampler CD which is a lovely snapshot of the many village songwriters.
Lots of new gear and new projects.
Busy, busy - The Hidden hills project has received new life from various grants so it will continue on over the winter.
Just finished mastering my first released CD done completely here at Kirk's Ferry Studios - Ian Tamblyn's "Willisville Mountain". I also got to co-produce and play some bodhran and synth on the project which turned out very well, in my humble opinion.
Over the summer I created videos for the Wakefield Piggyback Fringe Festival and for the Wakefield Harvest Festival.
I had successful performances at the Eaglewood Folk Festival and had fun at the OCFF Conference last month.
I have written and will direct a small project for Theatre Wakefield - the play "Hangers" which will be presented at the "Angel's Share" concert on Dec. 5 in Chelsea.
The Hidden Hills project has come to a successful conclusion. A video of one of the historical animations can be seen at
Also on January 30th the village of Wakefield celebrated the 70th birthday of Village Poet Phil Cohen at the Black Sheep and also the release of the DVD "It Takes A Village To Make A Poet". A bunch of musicians, actors and filmakers put together 32 videos based on Phil's poetry. Lindsay Ferguson, Ian Tamblyn, Jazz Anouk, Doug McArthur, Phil Jenkins recorded musical impressions at Kirk's Ferry Studios (Alise Marlane recorded at her home) and actors' readings were videoed here as well. Robert Rooney, Claude Laroche, Doug McArthur and Christopher Rompre produced videos for the project.
The release party raised over $3000 for the Wakefield Community Centre.
A big success.
Happy birthday, Phil!
I had a busy summer: my little studio on the river has turned out to be a useful tool for local musicians and artists. Ian Tamblyn, Rick Fines, Bobby Watt and local neer-do-wells Riverbend have all dropped in to lay down tracks.
Over the summer I engineered and produced a 6 language Audio Guide for the Bytown Museum (try editing in Mandarin sometime), helped Ian Tamblyn sequence the double Bill Hawkins CD for True North Records featuring Bruce Cockburn, Murray McLauchlan, Lynn Miles and others, and recently I have taken on the technical end of the "Animating Our Histories" project for the Wakefield Community Players which matches local stories up with local artists capable of turning them into works of art.
Also this summer I produced, filmed and edited a 25 minute HD video of a one-man play written and acted by local John Hardie. Titled "King o' Men", the play is about on the death of Robert (Robbie) Burns. Bobby Watt recorded a version of "Green Grow The Rushes O" for the credits and also took on the role of "Narrator".
In August I enjoyed driving up to Red Rock on Lake Superior and performing at the "Live From the Rock" Festival along with Vance Gilbert, Stephen Fearing and Dala.
"Thunder Into Heaven" has clocked in at #24 on the top-played Galaxie/Folk Roots charts for 2007.
I have been asked to perform at the glorious Red Rock Festival up on Lake Superior August 9-10.
I have been busy doing instructional videos for the Ottawa Folklore Centre and teaching myself how to use my new Final Cut software. Can you say "learning curve"?
I have just returned from Manitoba where I played nine house concerts put together by Mitch Podolak's Home Routes organization. Much fun and I got to see parts of rural Manitoba that were new to me. I also managed to avoid all the snow storms of the past month, including a 30 centimeter snow dump that chased me across Sault Ste Marie and Manitoulin on the way home but never caught me.
I finished up the tour with a show for Robin Macintyre at her beautiful chalet north of the Sault.
My "GeezerPalooza" buddy Nancy Simmonds just released her first CD "Debut" produced by David Bradstreet. She used one of my early morning canoe photos for the cover:
"Thunder Into Heaven" spent the summer high on the Canadian charts of Galaxie (CBC's satelite service), peaking at number 2.
Chez Eric, my favourite restaurant in Wakefield will be showing my photos from Feb. 20 - Mar. 20 /07!
See some examples HERE
New CD "Thunder Into Heaven" is out! Patio Records from Boston is behind this project.
Buy it online at CD Baby:
or from me HERE
Cuts include: Thunder Road, Bluebird,Trembling Bird, Cottontop (Full band version), Letter To Marie, The Silver Tongue of Acadie, Alfred's Chair, Boots & Saddles (Full band version), Black Eyed Susan (Live version), Heaven Only Knows.
World Premiere of new Doug McArthur CD "Thunder into Heaven" Saturday, January 13 CKCU 93.1 FM Canadian Spaces - Chopper McKinnon host.
CKCU FM hosted the world premiere of "Thunder into Heaven". Terry Eagan came up from Boston to represent Patio Records. Hosts Chopper McKinnon and Commander Cam graciously gave us an hour of their popular show.
Reaction has been strong and positive.
Doug will be appearing at Angels's Share 11, Chelsea United Church, Saturday December 7 along with the best of local folkies (Ian Tamblyn, James Stephens, Frida's Brow, etc).
AND: Doug McArthur will be playing two sets of his unique original music accompanied by James Stephens, Alan Marsden and Anouk Grégoire.
When: Saturday Sept. 23
Where: 9 Siiri Rd. Chelsea (Kirk's Ferry)
How Much: Suggested donation: $15 (goes directly to musicians).
Bring some food for a snack between sets.
I am living these days just south of Wakefield Québec.
My front door opens onto the Gatineau River, about ten miles above where it rushes into the Ottawa.
Looking forward to my 60th birthday in July.
I have just been asked to portray Jack London on an audio tape that tourists may use as a guide to the Byward Market in Ottawa.
I have been acting up a storm recently with the Wakefield Players. So far I have played a doddering old daddy, an evil American CIA instigator, a self important talk show DJ, an ineffectual lovesick government head of department, a nine year old girl, George Ramsey, the 9th Earl of Dalhousie, who became Governor of British North America in late 1820, and a psychotic TV anchor man getting demoted by his young boss.
I will be adding more info shortly.