Hello Friends – I have good news and bad news. The bad news is I’ve had to postpone my Christmas concert in Victoria this Decemeber due to an illness. The good news? – I’ll be performing a Christmas concert in Chemainus this year on Dec 20th to help raise money for the local United Church… space is limited so get your tickets early!
I am so pleased to be presenting a selection of songs with the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy. It will be a huge show with a few other countries represented, and all for charity which is something that we can all get behind!
What’s a tattoo, you ask? Let us explain. A tattoo (the military kind, as opposed to the inky, painful and sometimes regrettable kind) is a demonstration of precision military drumming, piping or musical expertise.Back in the 17th century, over 300 years ago, when the British Army was fighting in Belgium and the Netherlands, the garrison sent out drummers each night to call curfew, bringing the soldiers back to the barracks.Why was it called a tattoo? Well, drumming the nightly curfew was called “doe den tap toe”. Dutch for “turn off the tap”, the drumming told innkeepers to stop serving beer and send the soldiers home for the night. “Doe den tap toe” is quite a mouthful and was shortened to “tap-too”, which eventually evolved to the “tattoo” we know today! TICKETS