Lhasa de Sela

I was in a cafe today, listening to a beautiful voice. It turned out to be Lhasa de Sela, my new obsession.
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Hello Montreal!

I made it to Montreal!
And I love it here, it is an AMAZING city. It kinda feels like one of those towns that you see depicted in cute movies, like Chocolat, or perhaps even The Grinch, that are just too quaint and pretty to be true, and yet, it IS true. But it has grit to it also, which makes it even better, and I don’t wanna live in hooville anyway. Well, I kinda do.

Anyway, my story goes like this…
I had a really stressful last week in Barcelona, what with preparing for my solo show in Rouge, and packing up my entire life into a few bags. Add to that the knowledge that an era was ending and that I could no longer see all of my Barcelona friend’s as often as I wanted, and it amounted to a week in which I wasn’t capable of feeling much, due to numbness, but anything I did feel caused tears.

BUT, my show in Rouge went really, really well, (I shall add photos below) despite my not having practised very much, and was swiftly followed by a fun night which consisted of spinach lasagna, swinging on swings whilst making up songs with the word swing in them (a clever and challenging activity), drinking beer in a playground, and feeling very hyper and emotional.

After that, I had two days in which to pack up my life, as well as pack in as much quality time with my bcn friends as possible. Mas emotions. But I did manage to pack up my things, and did make my flight to New Jersey, and did eventually get to relax in my parent’s house in New Jersey, after about 48 hours without sleep. I also watched some Jesse Stone movies with my lovely stepmother, whilst eating baked maccaroni and cheese, which made for a perfect first evening in the STATES.

After four days in JEEEERRRSEEEYYY (insert thick and tacky jersey accent), I took the train up to Montreal (12 hour journey), and arrived in late in the evening and, despite the rain, my tiredness, and hauling my bags all over the city, I fell in love with Montreal. I also had my first couch surfing experience, which couldn’t have gone any better; I stayed in a beautiful apartment in a total hipster neighbourhood, which alas, appealed to me (oh nooooooooooo!), and got fed right away, and got given cider, and and and and got to meet new people and had a perfect first night in Montreal.

The next day I went to this cafe and had brunch with my new friiiiends. The cafe, called…something French, makes really good brunches and has live music all the live long day, and anyone can play there. You put your name down on a list, and you get an hour’s set, and I think they feed you for free and people can give you money if they like you, but clearly, it ain’t about the money, but it’s a really good idea and a great way to start playing music in a new city. So THAT’S exciting.

I’m now in a place I found on Air B&B, so I have my own room, and am just chilling out, enjoying the re-internet-ation of my life. I am nothing without the internet, NOTHING.
Photos now. And San Francisco in two days time!

(Rouge photos courtesy of Rosa Ospinosa)

Novedades; Newities

Tomorrow is my show at Rouge Bar, I am excited, because the songs are coming along swimmingly, and Anna will be playing some bowed violin, which is going to be great.

I am also stressed, as I have to pack up my life and take a flight to the states on Sunday. This Sunday. Like in 4 days time. Eek. But that’s exciting. But scary. But exciting. But, mainly exciting.

Also, I have a gig in the States! I’ll be playing with Amber Lee Baker and Nathan Moomaw, up in Lakeport, in California. And this is the flyer, done by Amber. I’m excited about that TOO.

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Ciara Carruthers and Amber Lee Baker
Ciara Carruthers and Amber Lee Baker in Lakeport

Flyer for solo gig at Rouge Bar

Hello.

This Friday the 8th of October, I’ll be playing a solo show at Rouge Bar, accompanied by Anna Morley on a few numbers. I’m excited, not gonna lie. And last night, Sammy, Anna and I did the flyer for the event, which I think is pretty darn…great….no, wait…pretty darn….fantastic! Here it is!

Ciara Carruthers at Rouge Bar

A rather fun day in the park

A friend of a friend, Helena, came over to Barcelona few days ago. Rosa and I had not met her before, so we were a liiiittle iffy, ‘cos that kind of thing can go ever so wrong. But it went ever so right and we all had great fun, though we really didn’t do much. We did a lot of hanging out in people’s houses, being in the park, eating romesco sauce, climbing trees, getting into holes in the ground, looking at bunnies, drinking wine and cider, and running after joggers. These are the photos of the last event listed, taken by Rosa Ospina. I’m gonna go ahead and use her captions for the photos, because that girl sure can write a mean caption. Mean good, not mean bad.

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