NOTES FROM THE ‘PORT Vol. 140

Another one of the sides of my family was observed this weekend. Sadly, it was because one was lost but looking around that room, incredible how much was gained. Full of kids screaming like a miniature world out of its mind, I had a great feeling in my heart leaving a celebration of life. It might be me but it seems like life around me has been bombarded by life being lost. I can’t put my finger on it because let’s face it, this happens all the time, everywhere. I guess maybe you notice more as time ticks away in your life but the long and short is that we are constantly reminded of how fragile life is, how wonderful the world is in which we live and how important our loved ones are to us. Beautiful slide show by Michelle and Carly. RIP Aunt Barsie. Daily reminders are good.

On the same note, sorry for the Reddick family’s loss of their Grandpy. He was always a docile, nurturing man who really gave his grand daughters Kaileigh and Michelle. He was loved so much. Losing a patriarch like that really hurts but the quality time spent with such a loving character helps you to smile the rest of your life.

Blessings to the family and friends and fans of Dolores O’Riordan of Irish 90’s pop rock group the Cranberries…Did you have to let it linger, one of their great hits. Dolores was a tormented soul from childhood but found great strength in her siren like voice.

Wow. Just as you would expect, on mid winter weekend in rural Ontario, one of the undisputed Kings of Canadian Blues come to Westport. Jack de Keyzer came in to The Cove on his horse this weekend. A somewhat new band lineup was hot. Jack plays a style that is classic, clean and in the pocket. But some of those grooves get good and searing as the hypnosis sets in. His guitar tone paints a pictures like electric feathers. Great to have a full house for two nights as it was the first show since producer James Doran lost his wife Diane. This was a sign to me that she was watching down on Blues on the Rideau. Special thanks to drummer Ricky for the stories and jokes. From Chicago, Ricky cane to Toronto with Blues Legend Otis Clay and never left. He got his way into the local scene and quickly became the Toronto Blue Jays’ drummer inside and outside the the stadium for the fans for almost 30 years. He has his picture in 2 World Series photos! Other stories include finding a full electric car set in a bucket in Value Village, but that’s for another time. As Al Duffy says, “See you soon baby”. On deck for the next BOTR show on Fri.Feb.16 is Vancouver’s big blower, Harpdog Brown and The Travelling Blues Show with Sugar Brown on guitar. www.bluesontherideau.ca

Sounds like Ali McCormick’s show with country picker Bradley D. Scott was a super success from a family and musical standpoint. Glad the venue was able to play the part…

Have you watched English Comedian James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke? I just burned two hours of viewing with my wife last night. It’s fun. I watched it with my mouth open like when I was a kid. Worth a glance.

Coming this week to The Cove:

Wednesday Wings ‘n Tunes and the Open Mic. When is this night officially going to be called Wednesday Wings ‘n Shawn? Without Shawn, there is no doubt in my mind it would be anywhere near as popular with you wonderful folks out there. Thank you for continuing to be the reason it exists. 6:30-9:30pm www.reverbnation.com/shawnmccullough

This Thursday is the first ever Robbie Burns Day! The day for Scotland hasn’t been celebrated in town yet really but this year looks promising in many ways. Tradition will be at the centre of the evening with a piper piping in the Haggis; a true Scot MC in Dave Balfour who is versed in the tradition as well as the fun of it all; the Robbie poetry; Scotch Toast; the Toast to the Lasses; a buffet prepared by the creativity of The Cove Kitchen respectful of the culinary tradition; more Scotch; a Celt band in Turpin’s Trail and a great cause in raising more funds for the revitalization of Lockwood Park with some astounding silent auction prize baskets and 50/50! Getting close to sold out! Come on down and be with us in this momentous Burns Nicht! 6pm sharp start!!! www.turpinstrail.com

On the subject of Scotland, congratulations to the Review-Mirror editor Howie Crichton and his marriage to Madam Soho Tracy Ferguson! We who know you both couldn’t be happier for you tying the knot down by the river in Scotland!

Friday will be a comforting night of Chinese Buffet paired with all-you-can-eat music by John Wilberforce. John’s smooth sound will keep everyone smiling with their plates over full…6-9pm www.johnwmusician.com

Saturday, Spencer, Andy and I will play the hits for a wedding…

Might as well tell you all now, The Cove has taken a break weekly from Sunday at 3pm to Wednesday at 5pm. That will be changing Valentines Day when The Cove will be re-opening 7 days a week! Check out the site for all upcoming events. www.coveinn.com

Did you see that Chung/Sandgren match at The Australian Open? Go Eagles…

Coming next weekend to The Cove:

On Friday March 2, Honey & Rust, the folk/rock duo of Jo and Christy from Ottawa who blew the rust right off it in the summer on the patio!

On Saturday March 3, Ducks Roadhouse Reunion with all the former characters, provided they are still in the biz. If they aren’t they will be brought back from retirement. All things must come to pass. 8-11pm with music by Smitty!

See you all soon and let me know when the next big musical event is happening in our area. Ok?!