You land on the east coast and sensory overload sets in. The smell of the ocean, the sight of the land, the overwhelming kindness of the people, the sense of pride they share. With a couple days to spare leading into our performance for the PEI 2014 celebrations we crammed as many touristy desires in as possible. All-you-can-eat mussels accompanying our first lobster supper resulted in five buckets with the news that “they were out” upon our last. An 11 o’clock pm trip to the Atlantic Ocean and an accommodation through Air BnB rested us up to run two days of rehearsals with the new line-up (Belle Plaine Band meets The Vultures); I’d love to include that it aided to the actual performance but the evening prior to the show was an all-nighter and an eviction on my end from a local establishment – we won’t go there.
Thank you to the PEI 2014 committee and the patrons of the island (a few ex-Saskatchewanites) for coming out last Friday night. Belle Plaine kicked off the evening and we closed it down. With Bryce (guitar) and Steve (drums) scheduled to fly out at 6:15 am the following morning, the second night of staying out led to a knock on my door at 7:30 am and two missed flights. Air Canada usually receives the shit-end-of-the-stick from me but their Charlottetown employees did everything they could and got our boys on a flight (saving us $2600 in re-booking tickets and fees).
The tour continues; thrown back into the “solo acoustic/duo” mode on my end. We had the pleasure to play for the Hon. Robert Ghiz (Premier of PEI) and his/our friend Brad (Premier of SK) at a reception on the harbour initiating inter-trade and investment. Dammit, I like the political stuff – I do – the conversations, the disagreements, the enlightenment. With the free bar shutting down and the last piece of SK beef tenderloin consumed, a couple more pints were drank and the chance to watch our Riders beat the Lions in the “guarantee a win” game.
Milton Community Hall, last night, and Canoe Cove School, tonight, will act as our fundraising efforts for the small halls on the island. The cozy crowd came in to our cultural exchange with the night in Miltonvale Park being capped off by further support from our Premier, turning up to catch the show. Eight shows to go. We play in Canoe Cove tonight, cross the Confederation Bridge tomorrow and attack Nova Scotia on Thursday to play in Charlos Cove at The Seawind Landing Country Inn. And Beyond.
“This red dirt tastes exactly like our black dirt” – Bryce Lewis