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Project Maui

I’m back from Maui after a short holiday with my wife Julia and daughter Amy. I can’t say enough about the beauty and vibe of that wonderful place. Julia and I were there last year as well and I would love to just pack up and move there – NOW. In fact, Project Maui is currently underway.

I’ve been researching the non-traditional music culture and although it has proven very elusive, I have a few emails ‘out there’ in an effort to connect with folks who may be able to point me in the right direction. As a means to and end, I would be willing to play some gigs in the restaurant/lounge circuit, but that’s not my ultimate goal. I would like to be involved in the singer/songwriter, rockin’/blues/folk circuit. I am kicking around some show concepts that could help with my quest.

I know it’s a long shot and there are many hoops one needs to jump through, but at this point of my life I am ready for a change, so we’ll see where this takes me.

In the meantime, I am very grateful for all the work and support I have in White Rock & Vancouver area. For now, it’s life as usual, although I am determined to change a few things up for my local shows as well. It always seems there is not quite enough time to get around to all the goals I have set for myself, so I think I need to look at my time management. :-)

Spring seems to be on it’s way, which is awesome, as I’ve had enough drizzle for awhile. Looking forward to another hot summer.

For my ‘gig list’ please visit - http://www.neilharnett.com/html/gigs.html

Wishing you all Peace & Health.

Neil

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Happy New Year – Welcome to 2014

Well, we made it. Another year has gone by and here we are in 2014. It’s crazy how time just seems to fly by and my list of to-dos doesn’t seem to get any shorter. In fact, it just seems to get longer. It’s all good though. I’ve become pretty diligent at working my Eckhart Tolle program of present moment living and acceptance, so the stress caused by modern day life has been greatly reduced, especially in comparison to the way it use to be for me. Thank you Eckhart.

I would like to thank all those who have supported me and my music over the years, including my wonderful family. The music industry is very complex and challenging and without fans, an artist would simply be playing for themselves, and although that can be satisfying at times, the real joy of music is in the sharing. Of course, with today’s new music industry paradigm, even sharing music has become super complex and yet, regardless of that, it sill comes down to fans who support the artists and their music. So, thank you, thank you, thank you.

Thank you as well to the venues who support live music. Without you, being able to make even a modest living, playing live, would be near impossible. There are far too many to list here but I will at least mention the rooms I play on a regular basis, to whom I owe much gratitude for their continued bookings.

Thank you: Washington Avenue Grill, The Vault, Bistro 72, Cardero’s, West Beach Bar & Grill and the Ox & Barrel. Thank you as well to the many senior’s homes, where I get to bring music to those who can’t otherwise get out to hear some tunes. I need to also mention Evergreen Cottages, which is a room I play for those with Acquired Brain Injuries. We’ve had a lot of fun over the years. 

I am hoping to do more self-produced shows this year and look at getting into a few new rooms. One venue that comes to mind, where many of my friends are playing, is the Fan Club in Vancouver, so, with any luck, perhaps I can play some tunes there in 2014.

Music aside, life can throw many curves, not the least of which is seeing dear friends and family move on, which is never easy. I know many of us have had to deal with such losses in 2013, and as time goes on, there will be more. So, we must enjoy life, while we have it, and be kind to one another and put judgement and intolerance aside and do our best to manifest love into this world. I have no idea what life is all about and have come to realize there is no point in driving myself crazy trying to figure it out, as knowing is not ultimately important. Having said that, there are still times when I feel tortured and get a little crazy, but as long as I can keep reasonably balanced, it’s all good. 

Here’s to some new music in 2014. I just need to find some time to finish up the plethora of ideas I have started over the last couple of years. You can find my list of gigs here. See you around. :-)

I wish you all peace, joy & health. Be safe.

- Neil

 

FREE MUSIC

Greetings,

I have just uploaded a number of tunes that are FREE to you and your friends. If you like them please feel free to share them. Most of the songs are old demos and masters that were never released. I was overwhelmed when I came across them by accident recently and saddened by what a shame it was they never got to see the day of light. Rather than repeating the story you can find it on the Free Music page.

I will be adding more tracks in the next week or two. The Free Music page will not be limited to old recordings as I do plan to give away some newer tunes as well, or at least versions of them. Music is meant to be heard and experienced so it thrills me to do this and I look forward to incorporating some of these tunes into my live show.

These are not the easiest of times so if you are so inclined it would be a lot of help to me if you ‘liked’ my Facebook fan page and if you are interested in some of my official releases you can get info on my Music Page. If you are already a fan it would be so cool if you turned someone else onto my music and more importantly Thank You so much for being a fan.

Wishing you all peace & health.

Neil

Spirit of the Sea Festival etc…

Greetings,

Wow! What an awesome summer! Sure lovin’ the sun. Speaking of sun, it looks like the Spirit of the Sea weekend will have good weather. Yay!

I’m playing 3:00pm, Sunday, Aug 4, on the Bear Stage, which is on the beach in front of the Sandpiper Pub. Shawn Soucy will be on drums and Owen, Owen, Owen on bass. I hope you can make it down to support the event. It will be a fun time.

They are still short money to cover the costs so if you are so inclined you can donate here http://spiritofthesea.ca/event-schedule/entertainers/
plus there is more info re: performance lineup.

Tomorrow night (Fri, Aug 2) I’m playing solo at the Vault in Cloverdale. I start at 7:15. http://vaultrestaurant.com

I am still playing my house gig at Cardero’s every Tues & Wed plus I’ve been getting some extra nights filling in for the other performers. It’s a great gig and an awesome venue. I won’t be there Wed, Aug 28 but the lovely and talented Vicky Sjohall will be covering for me. http://www.vickysjohall.com

I’ll l be playing a couple of Fridays at Cardero’s this month as well. Aug 9 and Aug 16. I start at 8:30. http://www.vancouverdine.com/carderos

Me and the trio (Shawn Soucy & Lee Oliphant) will be at the WAG for one night, Sat, Aug 10. 8:30-11:30. We always love playing the Washington Avenue Grill. Awesome everything. http://www.washingtonavenuegrill.com

I’m looking at doing a couple of full on shows soon so please keep a lookout for that. I’ll likely wait until the summer is over although I’ve been thinking of a Roaming Soul Club Lite which would be a little more laid back and less cover charge. I’ll keep you updated.

Still working on getting ready to shoot some video for a little production concept which is way overdue but life is just like that, ain’t it? We’ll get there soon and will let you know when I get the first video posted.

Wishing you all Peace, Health & Happiness.

Neil

Super Fun Night – Thank You

Wow!! I sure did have fun last night at Cardero’s with my friends Steve Gidora & Nicole Scoffield. Steve played mandolin and Nicole played violin. They were awesome. Thanks guys, Let’s do it again sometime soon.

It was a very creative musical evening and we had a wonderful group of music fans who shared their energy with us. And, the staff at Cardero’s are so awesome to work with. This is why I play music.

One of the projects that Steve and Nicole are both involved in is the band The Wheat in the Barley. Check them out. They’re a lot of fun. 

Now This is More Like it

Sure do love this sunshine. I hope it keeps up through our upcoming holidays. 

I’m playing this Sat, July 6 at the WAG (Washington Avenue Grill) with Lee Oliphant on bass and Lou Hoover on drums. It will be a fun night. 

My weekly Tues/Wed Cardero’s gig is still happening and going well. I also do some extra nights here and there filling in for the other awesome performers who play there. Check out my gig page for more info.

I won’t be playing Cardero’s on Wed, Aug 28 because I will be attending a celebration dinner for my good friend Lewis Nitikman who will be visiting from Britain. Lewis recently got married in England so those of us who couldn’t make the trip will be able to give Lewis and his gorgeous wife Suzanne our best wishes, in person, at the dinner party. Lewis is a super talented songwriter, producer & keyboard player who I have had the pleasure of working with many times in my life. 

The lovely and talented Vicky Sjohall will be covering for me on Wed, Aug 28. Vicky also performs most Friday’s at Cardero’s.

I am slowly (and I mean slowly) getting things together for the YouTube videos I will be recording soon. I keep getting sidetracked with the rest of life much of which is dealing with Worksafe. I don’t think in all my years that I have had to deal with any organization more frustrating and I know there are many of you who have had the same experience. Boggles the mind and hurts one’s heart and soul.

Well, I better run and get on with my day. Wishing you all peace and happiness.

Neil

 

Thank you sooooo much. What a Blast!!

My deepest gratitude to all those who came out to the show at the Crescent Legion on April 13. What a blast!! The turnout was amazing and the vibe in the room was absolutely magical. Everyone got paid AND we ended up with $550 for the Semiahmoo House Society/ABI Program. Fantastic!! The event was everything I wanted it be. Lots of friends and family and a feeling of love and support. We also sang some tunes in loving memory of our dear friend Bob Wishinski.

The Wheaties had a great set and everyone enjoyed them. My thanks to Steve Gidora, Mark Dowding, Nicole Scoffield and Jan Sentell for steppin’ up to cover for the original opening act who cancelled at the last minute. Thanks to Steve as well for helping me organize the event.

Thank you as well to Deb and Don and the other volunteers who helped out. We couldn’t have made this happen without you.

We also celebrated Anne Wall’s birthday. Hope you had an awesome night Anne.

Me and the band had so much fun. We didn’t even realize we had played close to 2 1/2 hours by the time we stopped. Wow! Talk about being in the moment. I want and need more of that.

And, what a band!!. Thank you to Shawn Soucy on drums, Lee Oliphant on bass and very special guest Darryl Havers on Keys. These lads are absolutely awesome and I am so lucky to have such great musicians and friends to play music with. I love these guys.

I also want to thank Dave and all the folks at Tapestry Music for helping us sell tickets. It is much appreciated. Also, a huge thank you to Maryellen and all those at the Legion for selling tickets and for the use of the venue and their wonderful service during the event.

Thank you as well to Phil Q Davey for contributing some sound and lighting gear. Speaking of sound – what an awesome job my dear friend Gregg Gorrie did. Thank you so much Gregg. You have great ears dude.

Tom Zillich from the Surrey Now did a wonderful story for the show. Thank you very much Tom. You can still see it here: www.thenownewspaper.com/news/Music+helps+Harnett+family+heal+after+devastating+crash/8226551/story.html

My only regret is that I ran out of time to get my video camera setup. Next time I’ll hire someone to take care of video and photography. Speaking of photography, I want to thank my good friend Guy Patterson of http://www.photosbythatguy.ca for taking some great photos. I will try and get them posted on my website but in the meantime you can see them here:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.487427951310279.1073741826.396374323748976&type=3

Also, Georges Teite took some cool video and photos which you can find on Facebook. Thank you Georges.

I plan to produce more of these shows and it would help me immensely if I had some idea how often I could put on a show of this nature and still have a decent turnout. Drop me a line and let me know – neil@neilharnett.com or you can comment on my blog via this post.

In between the larger events I am also looking at producing smaller, pseudo unplugged, coffee house feeling shows where it would be a couple of duo and/or single acts with good sound and lower ticket prices in the range of $10-$12. Let me know what ya’ll think.

Words cannot convey the depth of my appreciation. Thank you, thank you… – Neil

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