Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Happy New Year (Better Late Than Never)

Happy New Year, all. Sorry for the gap in blog posts but I've been a busy boy, recording tracks for the upcoming album, playing some fun shows, booking weddings for this coming summer and more.

We had a great time with the jazz trio playing in the dining room at Black Rock on New Year's Eve and we're back at Black Rock on Saturday Jan 17 for their 6th anniversary and local appreciation party. We're also working on a Valentine's Day show... more on that when we sort it out. All our gigs are on the calendar unit to the right (or HERE if you're on the mobile site).

In other news; The album is coming along. I had intended for it do be very much country and jazz based but the first few songs that are getting close to completion are a bit more rock than anticipated. I'm still hoping to have it ready to go some time in March or April with a small CD release tour in the Alberni-Clayoquot area.

Also, I've just learned that the handsome and talented devils at Riversong Guitars are making me a ukulele. I've been a big fan of Riversong since I bought one of their guitars a few years ago and I suspect that their quality craftsmanship will lead to a ukulele I will love just as much.

Finally, The 4 piece rock band is on hiatus for the moment with drummer Nick away working and planning an extended trip to Europe. We'll let you know what develops with the rock band incarnation of Ballistic Pig, meanwhile we're excited to focus on the album, solo show and that jazz trio. Jam night at Jack's continues though so don't worry local music types.

That's it for now, teasers from the album and another interesting project announcement coming soon.

Thanks for reading, hope to see you at a show, soon - Geoff

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry Christmas From The Coast

I had an hour or so this afternoon while Tara was at work so I wrote a Christmas song. Happy Holidays to West Coasters everywhere!

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Merry Christmas

Tara and I are playing a Jamie's Rainforest Inn tonight and the swing-jazz-country-soul trio is a Black Rock on New Year's Eve (also jam night on the 29th) so I hope to see you over the Holidays.

-Geoff

Monday, 15 December 2014

Late December Gigs

Well, 2014 is wrapping up and we're staying busy in Ballistic Pig land. Last Saturday's gig playing Christmas tunes at Ucluelet's ANAF hall was a blast!  Coming up on the live music front I've got my usual solo set this Thursday, December 18th at Black Rock starting at 7:30. Then it's down to Jack's for Friday the 19th and Saturday the 20th for more solo fun (Tara and Andrew might show up to play some of the Jazzy- Christmasy stuff). Monday, as usual is jam night at Jack's then Tuesday, December 23rd I'll be playing at Jamie's Rainforest Inn starting at 9. So, if you're looking for something to do around the Holidays in Tofino and Ucluelet you know where to go.

After Christmas jam night will be happening on December 29th and the jazz trio is playing at Black Rock for New Year's Eve, as well.

Hope to see you at a gig or 2 over the holidays!


Friday, 12 December 2014

Classy Christmas Party at ANAF in Ucluelet Saturday December 13th

Looking forward to bringing the "Jazz" trio to Ucluelet's ANAF hall to play their Classy Christmas Party tomorrow! The folks at The Westerly News were kind enough to publish this bit about our lovely vocalist, Tara;

Here are the details about the evening if you haven't already got your ticket
We've got about 10 holiday classics we'll be playing as well as another dozen or so jazz and soul standard and modern vocal gems. Hope to see you there, Geoff

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Live Music Around The Holidays in Tofino and Ucluelet

Well folks, it's early December and Christmas parties are starting to become pretty common. I played the Son Bird party last night, thanks to Chris and the team for a really fun night of singalong classic rock, some carols and great requests. The Ballistic Pig musical family has quite a lot going on over the holiday season. In addition to the usual jam nights on Mondays at Jack's in Tofino and Thursday evenings at The Black Rock we've got a couple gigs with the Down By Law "Jazz" Trio and some other fun. Here it is in chronological order;
Christmas party at the ANAF in Ucluelet, December 13th
Solo(?) weekend at Jack's December 19th and 20th

I'm also playing what might be a solo set (or a trio set) at Jamie's Rainforest Inn on December 23rd and Down By Law will be the dinner time entertainment for Black Rock's New Year's Eve festivities accompanying an EIGHT COURSE DINNER!

We're still always keen to play more gigs though so if you need some live music for your holiday party or what have you drop us an email; ballisticpig@gmail.com

Thanks, Geoff

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Soundtrack Fun

A couple months ago I got a call from a local film-maker who was looking for an affordable way to get a soundtrack for a film she was working on with short notice. A few hours later I sent her the first draft of her custom score. Here's how it turned out in the end:

Getting a custom score from me allowed us to customizing the timing of musical events to moments in the film, she was able to "proof" the music so we could make changes to the arrangement based on her vision. Finally, it cost a fraction of the price she was quoted to license the original song she had considered using, originally.
If you've got a project that needs that final musical touch drop me an email at ballisticpig@gmail.com

Thanks folks, Geoff