Howdy folks! That’s right, we’ve wrapped up our three-month European Tour and we’re back in beautiful Alberta now, wishing it was slightly greener than it is at present… I guess the grass is always greener in The Netherlands? We could certainly use a little more rain out here. The tour was fantastic and we made some really great new connections while strengthening relationships we’ve built over the past couple of years. We have plans to be in Europe again and we’ll be sure to let you know when.
At the moment we’re settling back into life in the foothills and are super excited to share some very exciting news in the coming weeks. We’ve had some plans in the works for a while now and they are coming super close to being unveiled. We hope you’ll be just as thrilled about things as we are. I mustn’t say anymore for now, but just keep your eyes peeled on all of our social media over the next week or so. Big announcements are coming your way.
Howdy folks! We’re safe and sound in the Netherlands now and officially kicked off our 2017 European Tour last night with an intimate House Concert performance in Hoorn, NLD. What a fantastic audience it was! They were very receptive and attentive to the stories and songs we shared together. Oh yeah! Lauren and I will be performing the entire tour as a duo – something we’re very excited about. We have some more news along these lines to share later on this year, so keep your eyes peeled for more updates and make sure to sign up for our Artist Newsletter as this will be our first means of announcing extra special updates. More tour dates are being added, so we’re looking at around 25+ performances for this tour.
For now we’re settling into the Dutch way of life and still adjusting to jet lag. We’ll be working on a bunch of new material between performances and are looking forward to share some new songs throughout the tour. If you have any specific song ideas, feel free to drop us a line! Well, it’s “koffie” time here – a very important part of Dutch culture, so we best be off to take part. Sending all our love and thoughts back home. 🙂
– Joal, Lauren & Luna
It’s official, baby Kamps has arrived! I’m now a father to a precious daughter named “Luna Mae Aafje Kamps“. Luna was welcomed into the family on October 7th and 4:11 AM. She weighed 8 lbs and 4 oz, and was 53 cm long! I can hardly believe Lauren was able to keep all that tucked away somewhere. Mommy and baby are doing well and we are all adjusting to this new and exciting change. I’m doing pretty good as well, just trying to balance being a relatively sleepless spouse, father, musician, and songwriter – but it’s all good. I’m up for the challenge.
Other exciting news is that we’re already fielding various festivals confirmations for next year – this is a really great feeling. If there are festivals that you think we should perform at, please let us know. Lauren and I are also super stoked to showcase some new material to audiences and hope to have a new record out for next summer. We are also working on plans to tour Europe again at the start of 2017, though some plans may be altered due to Luna joining us – extra diaper bags are going to be a must.
Yet another bit of news is this: Porch Swing Entertainment and Sojourner Music have merged businesses and I am now working alongside Laurie Brown and Stephanie Bakker-Hopf as an Artist Mentor & Music Career Coach. Laurie and I first discussed this idea back in 2013 so these plans have been in the works for a while now, and it’s great to finally be able to share them with the world. If you know of emerging artists or bands wanting to take their careers to the next level, please send them my way!
Lastly, a couple of months ago Lauren and I had the pleasure of performing at Sofar Sounds Calgary, where we were able to shoot a live performance of “From The Start” one calm August evening. We hope you enjoy!
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