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16 Years Running – How (not?) to write a song

I just released the studio version of this song over the weekend. This is a live video that I had the pleasure of making with the students at the Nimbus School for Recording Arts a couple years ago. If the song was done then, you may ask, why did it take this long for it to be released? I’m not really sure. Slight improvements the more a song gets played maybe? 

Sometimes I’m almost embarrassed to realize how long a song took to write. “Hold you” began as a two chord jam for my first project, Spark that Screams, way back in 2002 or 2003. We were University kids obsessed with Radiohead. At that point it was in 10/8 and sounded a bit too much like “Morning Bells”.  The song didn’t have words or a name yet, just notes that rubbed together in a way that I liked. 

The lyrics and a couple more chords came while I was in my next band, The Painted Birds. I’d had a series of dreams about my parents that were so vivid that when I woke up it took a good while to convince myself that they weren’t with me anymore.  ‘Hold You’ sprung out of that moment where you realize this is all a dream and you want to hold on so badly because you know that as soon as you wake up it’ll all be gone. The Painted Birds being more of a rock band, ‘Hold You’ started leaning in that direction and had the misfortune (or fortune) of not making it onto our album. 

Then for a few years nothing. She lived in a notebook dormant until one night at a campfire with The Folk Road Show and our then producer John Paul Smith I was urged to sing a song that they’d never heard before. Playing the song the guys all asked where I’d been hiding it all this time. A year or so later with the acquisition of a new keyboard and the accidental creation of a beat on my loop station, the song was back in action. When I went into the studio with Dave Vertesi at the producer chair the song made the cut this time, and of course further changes and improvements were made before it got to you today. Maybe you can hear the many subtle differences between the studio version and this live version? 

Thanks as always for your support,



‘DESERTS’ Release Tour

Big News Friends,

I’ll be dropping my 3rd studio release on March 23, 2018. To support the release I’ll be playing a scattering of album release shows across Canada in the month of March. (To get tickets in advance, click on the appropriate “Tickets” link below)

Mar 9 – Burnstown, ON – Neat Coffee Shop – Tickets
Mar 10 – Toronto, ON – Burdock (Early Show 6pm) – Tickets
Mar 16 – Medicine Hat, AB – Cafe Verve
Mar 18 – Calgary, AB – Ironwood Stage and Grill – Tickets
Mar 20 – Canmore, AB – House Concert
Mar 22 – Edmonton, AB – The Mercury Room – Tickets
Mar 24 – Golden, BC – Rockwater Grill (dinner show)
Mar 30 – Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret – Tickets



New Folk Road Show Album “GOLD” Out Today


After a long year of working on 8 of our favourite songs, The Folk Road Show is very happy to announce that our sophomore album is finally ready for you to drink in, devour or bathe in 😉

GOLD is available on all of your common streaming sites, though we like to recommend you download it from our bandcamp as that is the method that supports us the most. I’ve listed links below to find the album

<3 Dom




East Coast Tour w/ Skye Wallace

Eastern Canada!

I’ll be coming to you for my first tour to the Maritimes since 2008 when I was in the Painted Birds. This time I’ll be touring my solo, teaming up with the amazing and incredible Skye Wallace for a string of tour dates this November.

Freaks in the Skye Tour

Nov 1 Plan b Lounge – Moncton, NB
Nov 2 The Commune – New Glasgow, NS
Nov 3 Baba’s Lounge – Charlottetown, PEI
Nov 4 The Barn – Mahone Bay, NS
Nov 5 Capers Pub and Eatery – Miramichi, NB
Nov 6 Green Hill Alma United Church – Alma, NS
Nov 7 Good Robot Brewing Company – Halifax, NS
Nov 8 Salty Towers House Concert – St Andrews, NB
Nov 9 Thunder & Lightning Ltd.- Sackville, NB
Nov 10 Governor’s Pub & Eatery – Sydney, NS
Nov 11 Patchwork – Bedford, NS
Nov 12 Grimross Brewing Co. – Fredericton, NB (2-5pm)
Nov 16 Bar Robo – Ottawa, ON




New Folk Road Show Single “Something in the Water”

Folk Road Show just put out a brand new single called “Something in the Water”. Stream or buy it at any of the following sites:


Something in the Water is the 2nd single off our forthcoming album “Gold” which will be out November 10th. Until then, here’s a live version of the song from a show at Portabella’s in North Battleford, Saskatchewan.


ECHOES – New Single Arrives

Release day has finally come. I give to you the first single off my forthcoming album: DESERTS.

Please check out, listen, download, save, and share Echoes wherever you listen to music. I’ve included some links below including the youtube still video above and live performance recorded in London with the Vaults String Quartet. (Official music video to come very shortly)

Spotify –
Apple Music –
Bandcamp –



Covers For the Cause – @musicheals_ca

So I’ve partnered with a Music Heals, a foundation I worked with a couple years ago on the iPod Pharmacy. Music Heals works to support music therapists and music therapy programs all across Canada.

This summer they’ve accumulated a long list of artists who are all taking requests to play cover songs for donations to the foundation. I set my minimum for a cover song request at $75, my goal at $500 and am pleased to say that I’ve already raised over $600. Still a few weeks to take more requests so if you want me to play a certain song and are into giving to a great cause while you do it, please donate and make your request at my #coversforthecause page:

Below are the first two videos I’ve done for June and Chanti.



European Spring Tour – Folk Road Show

I’ll be hitting the road again this spring across Europe  this spring with the Folk Road Show. Stay tuned for our new single and music video for “GOLD” dropping on Friday, April 14th.

April 14 – Concertzender Live, Utrecht, NL
April 16 – Chapel – Nijmegen, NL
April 19 – House Show, Rotterdam, NL
April 21 – De Spot, Middelburg, NL
April 22 – Band in a Barn, Diessen, NL
April 23 – Oegstgeest, NL
April 26 – Life I Live, Den Haag NL
April 27 – Konijn, Amsterdam, NL
April 28 – Paradiso, Bremen DE
April 30 – T Berlin, Berlin, DE
May 3 – Stathe, Utrecht NL
May 4 – Willem Twee Concertzaal, Den Bosch, NL
May 6 – PX, Volendam NL
May 7 – Gigant, Apeldoorn NL
May 9 – Brewhouse, Lecco, IT
May 10 – Folk Enotecheria, Milan, IT
May 11 – Bologna, IT
May 12 – Ex Cinema Aurora, Livorno, IT
May 13 – San Belushi, Rome, IT
May 14 – Spacio Lomelli, Genova, IT
May 18 – Vis-a-Vis, Bern, CH
May 19 – Kuba, Schondorf, DE
May 20 – Striese, Augsburg, DE
May 21 – Munich Sessions Munich, DE
May 24 – Nancy, Living Room , FR
May 26 – Melodica Festival Groningen NL
May 27 – Sniester Festival, Den Haag, NL
May 28 – Fries Straatfestival, Leeuwarden, NL
June 7 – Woodstock, Bloemendaal, NL
June 9 – Vorstin, Hilversum, NL