Hey you crazy cats

here is a video I made for my good friend Sue Richards who has been living with the hell of Parkinson's Disease for the last ten years.  You Americans who are against social medicare may smugly take note that there is no help here in our seemingly benevolant Canada for someone in Sue's situation.

Nothing is perfect I guess.

much simpler to just help each other .

Please watch and give her a hand if you are so inclined and or forward to anyone who you think might be interested in her situation.

help Sue here

and I thank you

Jeff Bird

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ZENZEN

hey you cazy cats

made this curious video to go with a new recording of mine

ZENZEN

what could be more zen than laundry

wishing all a very happy new year

jb

 

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2 shows

hey you crazy cats

here are two very different but cool shows I am involved in this weekend

1. dec 1 2012 8pm

THE POTION KINGS CD,  RELEASE CELEBRATION

yes we made a long playing record album called LEGION

Tickets are $15, available at Santé (519 846 9977) and Box Social (519 846 1880). The venue is the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 229, Elora, 110 Metcalfe Street.


2. dec 2  2012  2pm

join me at The Musideum (scroll way down) @ 401 Richmond (at Spadina in Toronto Canada) for a concert featuring instruments built by my good friend Ian Pattison performed by  Brad Forwell, Jennifer Gilmour, Lewis Melville, Murray Ritchie and myself. We will be playing music written by us performed on banjos, guitars, mandolins, bass's and kamil n'goni.

phone: 416-599-7323
email: info@musideum.com

very limited seating

 

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BOREALIS

hey you crazy cats

here is a much belated anouncement for a recording of a live show I put on a couple of years ago at the Riverrun centre in beautiful downtown Guelph.

I have always wanted to incorporate my video and photgraphic work into a show and this provided me with the perfect opportunity.

The music was drawn from the DEEP BREATHING and RINK catalogue with some new addtions as well.

I enlisted some of my favorite players to help me out: RANDALL CORYELL on drums, WITEK GRABOWIEKI on piano and accordion, Junkie alumnus JARO CZERWINEC on accordion and my old rock pal HARRI PALM running the video and samples. All music, and some of the video was improvised following minimal musical and visual structures.  The result is some of the most  beautiful and sensitive playing I have had the privelage of recording. 

Check it out.

 

 

 

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CFLP

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view from the stage at THE HARDLY STRICTLY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL in beautiful San Francisco Oct 6 2012

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UNDERGROUND

check out this short film I made for THE MILE SQUARED project and premiered at THE GUELPH FESTIVAL OF MOVING MEDIA

It’s about my basement

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JUNKIES IN EUROPE

hey kids here is a little slide show I put together of our latest jaunt around Europe

cowboy junkies in europe from jeff bird on Vimeo.

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TO MAKE A FARM

TO MAKE A FARM

 a film i did the score for has just premiered  at THE VANCOUVER INTERMATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL to rave reviews

the score is mostly from the DEEP BREATHING catalogue with some new additions

an excellent film about fearless new young farmers.

check it out TO MAKE A FARM

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muddy york

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home from europe just in time to join my pals MUDDY YORK

thurs nov 17 at the Gladstone hotel in beautiful downtown Toronto for some kind of 

mad folk collision

For Immediate release – October 25, 2011
MUDDY YORK Mash-up at the Gladstone

WHEN: Thursday, November 17th, 8:00-11:00, Door 7:30

WHERE: Gladstone Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. West, Toronto

HOW MUCH: $20 at the door. 18 and under $10.

WHAT:
In 1984 Anne Lederman and Ian Bell created a unique recording of 19th century Ontario grassroots music for the 20th century. Now, we invite you to celebrate the re-release of that recording for the 21st, on CD for the first time. On November 17, at the Gladstone, they are inviting both musicians from the original recording and new musical friends from many places to “have a go” at the old music.
A Scottish strathspey on Carnatic violin? A bit of snare drum and cahon? Bagpipes and kalimba? Why not? Old Ontario folk music meets the new Ontario, a place that musicians from all over the world call home. Through the miracles of modern (1980s) technology, Anne and Ian did most of the original recording themselves on fiddles, guitars, mandolins, hammered dulcimer, smallpipes, piano, bass and voices.
On November 17th, they will take to the stage with Pat O’Gorman (Rare Air) on bagpipes, flutes and whistles, Jeff Bird (Tamarack, Cowboy Junkies) on bass, Tom Leighton (Haines and Leighton) on piano and accordion, Subhadra Vijaykumar on Carnatic violin (from south India) composer and percussionist Debashis Sinha, Daryl Williams (North York Steel Band) on pan, Laura Smith, and other surprise musical guests.
Think Ontario has no folk music? Join us in the ballroom of the historic Gladstone Hotel in downtown Muddy York as the past meets the future.

FOR FURTHER INFO: www.muddyyorkcd.ca

CONTACT: Anne Lederman, 416 – 538 –9036
HYPERLINK “mailto:anne.lederman@sympatico.ca” anne.lederman@sympatico.ca

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PERFORMANCE ART and FOLK MUSIC

hey you crazy cats

very last minute heads ups (my apologies to those who plan ahead)

SAT SEPT 10 (all night) THE GUELPH JAZZ FESTIVALS very own NUIT BLANCHE

my performance is at 3;30 am so actually sunday morning the 11th at

THE GUELPH YOUTH MUSIC CENTRE, 75 Cardigan Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 3Z7  Canada

I will be working out my issues with fiddle music in my multi media piece

1000 FIDDLE TUNES 

stay up late or get up early

i did say 3:30 am sunday sept 11

now that is crazy

SUN SEPT 11 back in the folk mines with old pals MUDDY YORK

7:30 pm THE CUCKOOS NEST Chaucer’s, 122 Carling Street, London Ontario, Canada

they are celebrating the rerelease of their fine album SCATTER THE ASHES

folk and roll

carry on

jb

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