Well, it’s been awhile friends! In autumn we decided to take a little pause in Heartache-land, to let us catch our breath. 2017 was an incredible year for us, both as a group and as individual artists.
We developed as artists
Each one of The Heartaches saw significant development in our musical and artistic profiles:
James has been a guest player with many London bands, and is now a regular with our friends in Myrtle Earle, in addition to supporting Amanda Lynn at solo shows in the Home County Festival and The Local in Toronto. Uncle Dan has continued developing his solo and side-man work, as well as our cousin-band The River Valley Stringband, and you can now find him behind the bar at venerable London watering hole The Richmond Tavern. As always, Martin has been supporting Amanda Lynn in her musical adventures; beyond that, in 2017 Martin and Amanda Lynn began exploring a new repertoire and playing some very successful house concerts and other intimate shows. Martin is the fiddling professor, and in July he kicked off a sabbatical year, which gives him a release from his teaching duties and shifts his job to all-research. We’re excited to see what new ideas he offers up to the world, and which fiddle tunes he might learn in his spare time!
Amanda Lynn had so many new opportunities it’s been hard to keep track. Her solo EP Gem charted for more than a month at 94.9 CHRW, as well as in several other college stations across Canada! Her release show at The Soho was a magical afternoon that involved all The Heartaches and many of our supporters. She was nominated for a JRLMA music award, joined the Jack Richardson Orchestra for July 1st celebrations, played at the legendary Home County Music and Art Festival! And all that in addition to starting a contract at CHRW as a fundraising coordinator and also teaching a class at Fanshawe College! Yikes. You can see why we needed a rest!
We got busy!
Posters and images for a few of the shows we played in 2017
For the band itself, we had a phenomenal year that involved our first shows in Stratford and Toronto, a recording session where we created a mobile studio in a church, and the growth of our last-Friday-of-the month residency at the St. Regis Tavern! We played some beautifully memorable shows in 2017 – a gorgeous wedding on the beach at Lake Huron, shows at both the London Brewing Coop and Anderson Ales in Old East Village’s brewing district, the absolutely magical Woodfield Community Porch Concert Series.
As 2017 has drawn to a close, we’ve been reflecting on who we are as a band and where we want to take our music. We’re excited about the growth and change, the magic and the surprise, that a new year brings. We’re eager to share some of the recording we did last year, so stay tuned for a release in the near future. And the lineup of gigs is already beginning to shape up: March 23rd, we’re playing in Melborne, ON at The Harvest Table, we’ll be back to The Local Tavern in Toronto, and we’re back at the St. Regis Tavern the last Friday of this month – January 26th with our friends from Kitchener, Northland Rail Service!
Amanda Lynn has two special shows coming up this month – on January 13th, she’s kicking off the Building Better Fest, a fundraiser for The Chippewa Sustainable Living Project, a wonderful and important project looking to pair anti-poverty work, sustainability and reconciliation with First Nations.
On January 18th, she’s playing an opening set for the remarkable Sheesham, Lotus & Son at The Soho. This Canadian band is a legend and promises raucous and energized performances on fiddle, tuba and banjo.
Thank you for your support friends! We can’t wait to see you.