Saturday, September 8, 2007

The Tree House

Dave and I went to visit Joe Murphy at the Halifax hospital this morning- happy to report that although he is very weak, he seems to be recovering nicely. Joe is one of the key guys on the Canadian east coast blues scene, so it was a real pleasure to meet him. Dave has done some touring with Joe in the past, so it was great to hear them trading stories. We spent the afternoon on the backroads to New Glasgow, stopping off in Upper Hopewell to check on an old family boneyard. My people had come to this part of Nova Scotia back in 1801, so it is always interesting for me to visit the area.

The Tree House was a private house party with my pals Capt. John and Anne, their family, and many of our friends from the community.

John had us arrive by limo- which set the tone for the rest of our stay. It was a real pleasure to play this jem of a house- giant tree rising up through the middle, and a beautiful outlook over the ocean. As always, the company was good and the evening exotic and international. Guests were both local and from far flung locations. I was pleased to meet Donald Cameron, the former leader of Nova Scotia. The next day we went out in John's old lobster boat and saw Pictou from the water. After a swim in the wet salt we had a great venison meal on board before heading out to our next destination. Oh, and Dave says "hi." -Doc

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