Happy New Year!

   Well, it looks like another Christmas and New Years has come and gone and we'd like to wish all of our friends, family and followers a happy and healthy 2020.  2019 was a pretty amazing year for our wee duo, as we we had so many highlights it's hard to keep track:)  A couple of the big ones were getting a chance to take our music and stories across China, playing some of their biggest and most beautiful theaters and even coming home with a bunch of new friends. One of them even followed us as far as Calgary, and is now going to help us learn to speak Mandarin...Haha, I guess my jokes will go over better there that way:)      Yue, you don't know what you're up against:)    

  Another highlight was signing an international record deal with Borealis Records... We are so thrilled that they are going to help get our next couple of albums out around the world and we can't wait to get out there to help promote them... On that note...We also signed with a wonderful UK agency and our first UK tour will be for the month of March 2021 and we're now looking at the two weeks after in Europe!

We were also blessed to have Jeff Bradshaw, Cedric Blary, and Bruce Hoffman join us on stage for some of our bigger shows. There are none better on their instruments anywhere on this planet and they made our music sound so good that Suzanne often had tears in her eyes when we performed. They're also great friends to boot!  We also traveled to Saskatchewan to showcase at OSAC and came away with 23 shows booked on two tours in 2020 and 2021... We just love Saskatchewan people and can't wait to start the tours...

 On the other hand, we have not been on social media much the past couple of months as we've been struggling with the decision to let you folks know about something very personal that is happening.  We would never have decided to say anything, except that is is causing us to cancel 3 months of shows (a least) and forced us to cancel our trip to Folk Alliance International in New Orleans in January,  representing Alberta there.

 Anyway, it turns out that I (Craig), was born with a bicuspid aortic valve in my heart and it is not working correctly, so much so,  that it has dilated my main artery as well. I have no symptoms at all! The surgeon said that we need to fix it right away or the outcome would be catastrophic ... It will be an open-heart surgery where they replace the valve and the main artery... It's not the open heart thing that scares me most, it's not having my body temperature lowered to a hypothermic coma ( I'll finally get some sleep:) ...it's getting a catheter installed before that terrifies me :) I had a lot of questions for the anesthesiologist when we met the team,  but one that made him laugh was... "If I get a blood clot, and it travels to my brain, is it true that I have to play bass"?  Haha, Suzanne loves that one:) Turns out his father is a sax player that used to play with Manteca and he promised to play some Steely Dan while they put me to sleep!

 With all of this said...we'd like to say we're so sorry to the venues and ticket buyers that we had to cancel on... and thank's to Borealis Record's,  Bill and Grit for being so caring and understanding as this has delayed our new album release and also made us miss their showcase at Americanafest... and thank's to our musicians for being so understanding that we have to cancel some of their work too. 

 Anyhoo, we're sure we'll be out playing up a storm in no time and with the team of wonderful people that Alberta Health Services put together for us, I might even sing in tune after all is said and done!!!! 

Thank's for reading our blog and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Craig and Suzanne

 

16 comments

  • Linda Watson

    Linda Watson Deloraine

    Hey Guys! Lots of good news for you! Sorry about the health issue Craig but so happy you are getting it taken care of! Good Luck with that and will be thinking of you! If you will be anywhere close while touring Sask in 2021 maybe we can book a show again! Just starting work on 2020-2021 Season! Happy New Year! Sending Love & Warm Hugs🤗🥰 Keep me posted Linda

    Hey Guys!
    Lots of good news for you! Sorry about the health issue Craig but so happy you are getting it taken care of! Good Luck with that and will be thinking of you!
    If you will be anywhere close while touring Sask in 2021 maybe we can book a show again! Just starting work on 2020-2021 Season!
    Happy New Year! Sending Love & Warm Hugs🤗🥰
    Keep me posted
    Linda

  • Scott Ward

    Scott Ward Canmore

    Super congratulations on all of your success last year! All of us AB musicians are proud of you two. Speedy recovery Craig-I know you will bounce back in no time. I had major surgery this fall for prostate cancer so I can certainly relate. Took me a few months to bounce back but better than ever now! I know Suzanne will take good care of you. All the best!

    Super congratulations on all of your success last year! All of us AB musicians are proud of you two. Speedy recovery Craig-I know you will bounce back in no time. I had major surgery this fall for prostate cancer so I can certainly relate. Took me a few months to bounce back but better than ever now! I know Suzanne will take good care of you. All the best!

  • Carolyn Harley

    Carolyn Harley Calgary

    Congratulations on an amazing year of successes!! All the best with your surgery! Joe also has had some major hospital stays in the past few years and it absolutely wonderful what the medical system can achieve. You will be back with flying colours in no time! All the best for 2020!

    Congratulations on an amazing year of successes!! All the best with your surgery! Joe also has had some major hospital stays in the past few years and it absolutely wonderful what the medical system can achieve. You will be back with flying colours in no time! All the best for 2020!

  • Pat

    Pat Lothrop

    2020 will be a shining year for you - you'll be up and singing very quickly I'm sure. Exciting times ahead. Hopefully a Diamond Willow house concert is in the works too!! Love you guys!

    2020 will be a shining year for you - you'll be up and singing very quickly I'm sure. Exciting times ahead. Hopefully a Diamond Willow house concert is in the works too!! Love you guys!

  • Tom McKillip

    Tom McKillip Maple Ridge, BC

    Thinking of you Craig. Get fixed. Lots more picking to do! 🪕

    Thinking of you Craig. Get fixed. Lots more picking to do! 🪕

  • Yue

    Yue Calgary

    It was a fabulous performance, and I still feel grateful that I booked tickets and went. And sure it was great to have two more people to move to Calgary for! All the best for the new year. Humor and good spirit are the key ingredients for the cure for anything!

    It was a fabulous performance, and I still feel grateful that I booked tickets and went. And sure it was great to have two more people to move to Calgary for!
    All the best for the new year. Humor and good spirit are the key ingredients for the cure for anything!

  • Murray

    Murray Turner Valley

    Sorry to hear about the upcoming surgery Craig but I have no doubt you will come through this better than ever. Might even be a new heartache song out of this.

    Sorry to hear about the upcoming surgery Craig but I have no doubt you will come through this better than ever. Might even be a new heartache song out of this.

  • Over The Moon

    Over The Moon

    Hi Linda! Thank's for your kind words and for wanting us to come back to Deloraine. We'd Love to! We'll be in touch and we can work out a date... Looking forward to seeing you again!

    Hi Linda!

    Thank's for your kind words and for wanting us to come back to Deloraine. We'd Love to! We'll be in touch and we can work out a date...
    Looking forward to seeing you again!

  • Over The Moon

    Over The Moon

    Awww...Thank's Carolyn...We've been very lucky this year, indeed...except maybe for our van breaking down every trip:) You're correct about Alberta's medical system as well. I can't believe how caring and thorough they've been so far. I'm actually pretty relaxed about this whole thing because of it! All the best to both of you!

    Awww...Thank's Carolyn...We've been very lucky this year, indeed...except maybe for our van breaking down every tripsmile You're correct about Alberta's medical system as well. I can't believe how caring and thorough they've been so far. I'm actually pretty relaxed about this whole thing because of it!
    All the best to both of you!

  • Over The Moon

    Over The Moon

    Hi Pat... Thank's so much for your note and encouragement. Yes, we have to get over there for another house concert. We'll be able to know when would work after my surgery, if you were thinking of this spring. Can't wait to see you both!

    Hi Pat... Thank's so much for your note and encouragement. Yes, we have to get over there for another house concert. We'll be able to know when would work after my surgery, if you were thinking of this spring.
    Can't wait to see you both!

  • Over The Moon

    Over The Moon

    Thank's so much, Tom.... Yes, lots of picking' to do:) We both miss you, buddy!

    Thank's so much, Tom.... Yes, lots of picking' to dosmile We both miss you, buddy!

  • Over The Moon

    Over The Moon

    Hi Yue... So glad you moved to Calgary and we're totally looking forward to your visit out here!

    Hi Yue... So glad you moved to Calgary and we're totally looking forward to your visit out here!

  • Over The Moon

    Over The Moon

    Haha, Yes there will be, Murray! Thank's for the encouragement!

    Haha, Yes there will be, Murray! Thank's for the encouragement!

  • Over The Moon

    Over The Moon

    Hi Scott! We had no idea about your surgery, but we're thrilled that you're all good now. It's even better as you guys have been so busy! Thank's for your encouragement and yes, Suzanne is already looking after me and I haven't even had the surgery:) Happy trails to you you and the other fellers!

    Hi Scott! We had no idea about your surgery, but we're thrilled that you're all good now. It's even better as you guys have been so busy! Thank's for your encouragement and yes, Suzanne is already looking after me and I haven't even had the surgerysmile Happy trails to you you and the other fellers!

  • Kate and Ken

    Kate and Ken Sherwood Park

    Our best wishes to both of you on your upcoming surgery. We will hold you in our prayers💖. We are certain that you will be back in the saddle soon ... Hugs to you both💖

    Our best wishes to both of you on your upcoming surgery. We will hold you in our prayers💖. We are certain that you will be back in the saddle soon ... Hugs to you both💖

  • Over The Moon

    Over The Moon

    Hi Kate and Ken... Thank's so much for your kind words and encouragement. Can't wait to get back in the saddle:) Hope to see you guys soon! Big hugs!

    Hi Kate and Ken... Thank's so much for your kind words and encouragement. Can't wait to get back in the saddlesmile Hope to see you guys soon! Big hugs!

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