Wednesday, 29 November 2017

When Words Fail, Music Speaks...

We had an amazing time at the Whitehorse concert last Thursday. Wow. The songwriting, the inspiring.  If you haven't checked out Whitehorse (Luke Doucet and Melissa McLelland) get to your iTunes now. Really great Canadian duo, really great music.

Had a lovely time at The Cove on Saturday - I get the weekend off this week as Mr. Head is performing with the Bob Robertson Trio.  See you soon!  


Friday, 17 November 2017

Music is the Gift that Keeps on Giving

Mr. Head and I had such an amazing time last Sunday afternoon at "A Greavis Gathering" at Blu Martini! Local Musician Derrick Claridge did an amazing job herding all of the kingston musical cats - in honour of two of YGK's most devoted Live Music supporters; Mavis Livingston & Greg Richmond aka GREAVIS.  So much amazing live music - and so awesome to finally hear some folks we never get to see, cuz we're usually working.  It was an honour to be included in this lineup and a treat to have sax-man extraordinaire Ian Kojima join us for a couple of songs! Thanks Ian!

Mavis and Greg you are so very deserving of this recognition, always a treat to see your smiling faces in the crowd. Thanks for all you do to #SupportLiveMusic.

TONIGHT - Friday, November 17 one of my favourite local artists; Heather Haynes is exhibiting her amazing art installation "The Wall of Courage" in the Firehall Theatre in Gananoque.  Mr. Head and I along with a stellar roster of Gananoque musicians will be performing an evening of music in conjunction with the"Wall of Courage" Art Exhibit.  Admission is $10 and all proceeds go to the "Worlds Collide" charity  

If you are in the area - please consider checking out the show, and Heather's incredibly moving portraits! Big Thanks go to Jeff Montgomery for putting this evening together - hope to see you all there! #MusicintheCommunity

Friday, 10 November 2017

TGIF thoughts...

There are few songs in the world as universally loved as this one.... when I was a little girl it was the song that made me want to become a singer...
I still get goosebumps and choked up every time I hear it...every. single. time.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Long time no see!

It's been a wee while since our last post.  Time sometimes gets away from us.  After the amazing "Between the Lines" show at The Cove Inn, we took a little break and spent some time over in Ireland visiting a friend, seeing the sights, sampling the whiskey AND of course checking out the music.  Mr. Head even got to sit in on few jams, and we played an impromptu set in the piano lounge at the Abbeyglen Castle Hotel in beautiful Clifden on the West Coast.  A fun and fabulous family run property...imagine if The Cove Country Inn was an Irish Manor house.  We were away for two weeks and now it's back to the regular grind :-)  

Gigs tend to slow down this time of year, but we do have a few dates coming up...

November 12 - we'll help celebrate the dynamic duo of Mavis Livingston & Greg Richmond - two tireless supporters of Kingston's live music scene. Lots of music at "A Greavis Gatherine" at Blu Martini.

November 25th - After you've enjoyed the annual Westport Santa Claus parade - come in from the cold and let us warm you up with a few tunes in The Cove Country Inn Lounge.

We do have a few open dates between now and Christmas if you're looking for some Live music for your holiday party - it's more affordable than you think - feel free to contact us!

In the meantime - we hope to see you at one of our gigs! And thanks for supporting us!

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Time FLIES When You're Having Fun!!

Wow it's been a busy few weeks - time to catch up the ol' blog -  August 25th's gig at Confederation Park for the Limestone City Bluesfest was an absolute blast - big thanks go out to Gord McRae, Zak Colbert and Rick Flanagan who helped to make our Head over Heels Bluesfest debut so awesome - it was a pretty big deal for Miss V to step up and belt out a few bluesy numbers with a full band - and no rehearsal!  

Well done! After that gig we drove up to the lovely Holiday Country Manor in beautiful Battersea where we experienced the privilege of playing for a listening audience - so cool! Very grateful to our gracious hosts Jeff & Core for having us - the food is awesome! It's a beautiful drive, and Jeff and Core are working hard to build something special there - check it out sometime!

One of the things we love about playing at The Cove Inn is the lovely folks we get to meet, and get to know over the years.  The Bosman family often come out to our gigs on the patio on their motorcycles and so we were absolutely delighted to have been part of Nick & Megan's big day this past Labour day weekend.  It was a first for us as we've never been a "wedding gift"before!! Lovely to be there and play a few tunes for them! What a Gorgeous bride and groom and a beautiful family - big thanks to Nick's parents Helga and Rob for asking us!! We wish them all the best and we look forward to seeing them again at The Cove someday soon! #loveandmusic

Finally, Hard to believe another Labour Day is behind us, the kids are back in school....our Sundays on the patio The Cove Country Inn for 2017 are drawing to an end...As much as we love Fall, it's always a little sad for us as we say good bye to the regulars and new friends who will be closing up their cottages and heading home, and some of the young staff heading back to school...we've been having such a great time with you allπŸ™ - ok before I get too sappy here - We DO still have 3 more Sundays to go... Miss V and I will be back at the Cove - on the patio if weather permits or inside in the Lounge from 12:30-3:30pm - come out and say hi, and stay for a few tunes - we'd love to see you. In the meantime - Stay Cool & Keep Warm....

Friday, 11 August 2017

Check us out in The Humm!

Well no sooner were the words out of my mouth than up popped the article on The Humm's website! It's a wonderful free publication highlighting businesses and artists (visual, musical, creative) in the Ottawa Valley. We're super thrilled they did this piece, on little ol' us 😊 (Thanks Georgia & Seamus!). 

Music Music and More Music....

Got to check out two of our favourite performers, Rick Fines and Suzie Vinnick last weekend.  Two of the loveliest, talented and sincere people you'll ever meet - they put on  an amazing show.  Picked up a copy of Suzie's "Me n' Mabel" CD too - brilliant! Since our show at the Glen Lawrence Golf Club this Friday is being postponed... Head and I will head down to Joel Stone Park in Gananoque to catch The Whiteleys (Ken Whiteley, Jenny Whiteley Music, and more!) in concert by the waterfront - we try to support as much live music as we can when we are not working!  

SUNDAY, Kev and I will spend the afternoon in our favourite spot, The Cove Country Inn patio from 12:30-3:30pm. (Oh and while you're at the Cove, pick up a copy of the awesome free August edition of theHumm and check out the little piece they did on us 😊 - it's pretty exciting for me, V - gotta send a copy home to Mom) I'll post it as soon as the e-copy is up.  Only a couple more weeks til our Sunday residency will come to an end for the summer - so we are savouring every moment!

We're also looking ahead to bookings in the fall and winter - if you think our repertoire will suit your event, or venue, give Mr. Head a call (613) 539-4323 or shoot us an email and we'll be happy to come play for you.  Hope to see you along the way - please be sure to come up and say Hi!


Friday, 28 July 2017

It's the End of JULY Already???

The rain held off for our Joel Stone Park show with the Bob Robertson Trio and special guests.   We played to a small but appreciative audience nice to see some of our neighbours out in the audience. Thanks to Doug Gifford, Bob Robertson, Gord McRae, Henry Heillig who drove up from Toronto, Dan Artuso who came down from Ottawa -  they are amazing musicians and for me it's a dream come true to play with a band, and especially such wonderful players. Thanks also to the always genial Doug Reansbury for doing a fabulous job of making us sound great!

THIS WEEK - a mini road trip... We rarely play Kingston so we're looking forward to FRIDAY night when we head down Hwy 2 to Kingston at DOX Restaurant Bar & Patio, Holiday Inn Waterfront - 6 to 9pm. Then SATURDAY Night Kev and I jump on the 401 to Belleville where we'll play at Capers restaurant (food is dynamite by the way!) 8-11pm, and then SUNDAY we return to The Cove Country Inn to wrap up the weekend 12:30-3:30! Forecast is looking promising all weekend, what better time to get outside and enjoy some tunes! Hope to see some of you out there, we've been working on new (to us) tunes that we hope you'll enjoy. See you soon! V

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Time Flies When You're Having FUN!

Where does the time go? Seems like Canada Day weekend was just a few days ago! We had a pretty stellar time at The Cove Country Inn on the big 150th weekend. Weather was touch and go on Saturday, so we played to an enthusiastic crowd indoors, and Sunday Mother Nature graced us with some sunshine. On the holiday Monday, we had the rare opportunity to go and listen to some live music ourselves, and we headed back up to the Cove to catch Greg Ball, and Ruben DeGroot's afternoon show - it's such a treat to be able to just be listeners in the audience. 
Miss V at Mirvish

On that note - Thursday, I headed to Toronto for some musical inspiration and took my Mom to see "BEAUTIFUL: The Carole King Musical" at the Mirvish Theatre -  It's brilliant, really - and for anyone who has been influenced, or affected by the "Tapestry" album, or Carole King's story - it's a must see...some amazing music and wonderful performances - Chilina Kennedy - wow.

View from the Glen House
This past weekend was a busy one - Friday and Saturday night saw Kevin and I out at another lovely waterside resort, The Glen House. Met some lovely folks from Pennsylvania, Montreal, and Glace Bay Nova Scotia (which is where Kevin's family hails from), and just had a blast doing our tunes. 

We wrapped up our weekend at our home away from home, the Cove. A pretty splendiferous Sunday, with a very attentive and kind audience...we're so very lucky. By the way, we were interviewed for the August edition of The Humm magazine - which is pretty swell - love that publication - more on that later. 

Hope we'll see you in the coming days - thanks for supporting our habit πŸ˜‰

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Feeling "Tip"sy?

Someone asked the other day why we don't really announce the fact that we have a tip jar. We do have one with us on stage - but honestly, we're not inclined to make a big deal about tips as we don't want people to feel obliged or pressured into tipping. We've always seen tipping as a voluntary thing - if you really like what we're doing by all means please feel free to make a donation to the tip jar if you feel so inclined - it's always very much appreciated. 

We're equally grateful to the folks who come up and pay us a compliment, ask for some promo cards, or say a few kind words. We just hope you enjoy the music, and that we've made a difference in your day in a good way.

Thanks as always for the support - you make it possible for us to keep doing what we love.

Kevin & Vanessa

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

More music aHead...

Another beautiful weekend this past Saturday and Sunday in Westport at The Cove Country Inn. We got to try out a few new (to us) tunes and we are so thrilled with the new canopy the most kind Terry Cowan has provided for the patio stage. Provides a little shade, shelter, and the perfect backdrop - BEAUTY! Also thanks as always to the staff; Mo, Debbie, Courtney, Colleen, Kim A, Kim E, Emily, Cassie, Vicki, Susie, JoJo and of course Seamus for taking great care of us all weekend. We LOVE you! THIS WEEKEND:

Oh CANADA πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ - we Love Ya!! Saturday, July 1st Miss V and I are at the Cove Country Inn in beautiful Westport celebrating all things Canadian (Miss V may even break out the patriotic red shoes for the occasion), hope you can join us on the patio (inside if it rains) 6-9pm. SUNDAY we return to our canopied patio stage to play for you from 12:30-3:30pm. Swing by for a tasty cold Caesar, or Ontario Craft Beer, some fabulous eats from JoJos kitchen and a little music. Holiday Monday, we're gonna head back to Westport to check out the wonderful Rueben deGroot with Greg Ball and enjoy some music on our day off! Live Music! Canada Day celebrations, Long Weekend! Beauty Eh? See you soon - and in the meantime - Stay Cool, Keep Warm!

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Weekend Cove Double-"Head"er!

It's officially the first day of Summer! Hard to believe we're almost already through the month of June - but there's still lots of music ahead. This week you'll find us at The Cove on Saturday evening AND Sunday afternoon. Join us for the Cove's delicious roast beef buffet on Saturday night from 6-9pm. On Sunday, we serenade the lunch crowd from 12:30-3:30pm. Looking forward to see you there this weekend. In the meantime, Stay Cool, and Keep warm!

PHOTO: Suzy Lamont Photography

Monday, 19 June 2017

We'll Sing in the Sunshine....

Well Mother Nature couldn't put a damper on Father's Day at The Cove Country Inn yesterday afternoon. After a few drops, the sun came out to stay and we had an wonderful time playing for all the kind folks on the patio. Kudos to the wonderful staff who worked so hard looking after customers in the very warm weather. Kevin got a nice surprise reconnecting with an old neighbour from Kingston - thanks so much for coming up to say Hi! We got to try out a few new (to us) tunes we've been working on, met some lovely visitors AND always wonderful to see our friends The Jacksons! Thanks so much to all those who came out and spent the afternoon with us. Will post this week's gigs on Wednesday...stay cool! (pretty sure none of us will have trouble keeping warm...)

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

An Ode to Westport, and Dads....

We had a great night at the Glen House last week, and a splendid, steamy, summer's afternoon on the patio at the Cove this past Sunday - we also had a special guest get up and play a few tunes, a dear friend and super talented singer-songwriter, Jeanine Noyes who was visiting from Toronto. Good times.  

This week we are back at the Cove on Sunday for Father's Day - bring your dear old Dad, Uncle, Brother, Grandpa or that person who's always been like a father to you, and enjoy some tunes on the beautiful patio overlooking the water and Mr. Robert's stunning garden. Heaven on earth, in Westport, Ontario. Speaking of Westport, if you've never been there this terrific article on The Wedge blog will give you an idea of why this village is pretty special to us. Note they saved the best for last; The Cove Country Inn & the one and only Seamus Cowan  Why not check it all out for yourself this weekend and stop by and say Hi! 

See you soon and in the meantime - Stay Cool and Keep Warm

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Take me to the River.....

Playing two beautiful waterfront venues this week. Thursday night Miss V and I are at the The Glen House Resort & Smuggler's Glen Golf Course - 1000 Islands, Ontario overlooking the mighty St. Lawrence River for an evening of music and a special seafood dinner 6-9pm. SUNDAY we return to the shangri-la that is The Cove Country Inn patio on the historic Rideau from 12:30-3:30pm. Join us, kick back and relax to some sweet tunes under sunny skies - can't wait! Hope you can join us - in the meantime, Stay Cool & Keep Warm 

The Glen House Resort
The Cove Inn, Westport

Monday, 5 June 2017

A pretty Heady weekend of tunes...

We had a busy, and amazing weekend of music- kicking it off Friday night at the beautiful Glen Lawrence Golf Club off Hwy 2 in Kingston. Owner Cheryl Ferguson loves live music and it's truly awesome that she and the Club staff continue to bring in great local performers for their Friday series in the summer - check it out.  You can also check out the video clip from our set there Friday night.  

The sun came out for the Seeley's Bay CanoeFest on Saturday, and we serenaded the participants and organizers in Centennial Park. Great job by Peggy and her team on this annual community event, and thanks for having us along!  On SUNDAY, we returned to our happy place - The Cove Country Inn in Westport, and while the weather kept us inside, we had a fabulous time playing to really engaged crowd including some newlyweds in for their wedding lunch.  Also pretty cool, was an Ontario Tourism film crew in to do a piece on The Cove for an upcoming promo on the Rideau waterway. For a few minutes we got to feel like "rockstars" while they shot a few pics and video of us performing...not nerve-wracking at all...right? 😊..Super grateful to Seamus Cowan for having us stick around for that.

Thanks to all of you who come out to our shows, come up to say Hi!, encourage and support us. We'll see you soon - in the meantime Stay Cool, and Keep Warm...

Friday, 2 June 2017

Hey Mother Nature Don't be Cruel.....

TGIF! Join us TONIGHT at the Glen Lawrence Golf club in Kingston, Ontario - we'll bring the sunshine whether we're indoors or out - Here's a little of what we've got in store for you 😎 :

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Sum-Sum-Summertime with Head over Heels!

The gorgeous view from The Cove Inn patio...
Can you believe it's already JUNE? Where did May go?😲 We kick off the first week of June at the Glen Lawrence Golf Club Friday night, June 2, from 6-9pm in the clubhouse - gorgeous view, great people, open to the public. Saturday June 3rd, we're in Seeley's Bay for their annual "Red CanoeFest". Drop by for some tunes and BBQ from 4-6pm in the Centennial Park Pavillion. SUNDAY we are back on the patio The Cove Country Inn from 12:30-3:30pm - great to see some familiar faces this past weekend, and meet some new ones too. Hope you're having a great week so far - we'll see you this weekend. In the meantime, Stay Cool & Keep Warm! 

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

A Little Background on Head over Heels....

Welcome to our Head over Heels web page.  We discussed having a page just for our duo stuff, since Mr. Head already has a site for his solo work...Miss V was a little more reluctant, but we'll give this a try for now. 

First off...why "Head over Heels"?....Well, Kevin's last name is Head, that part's easy....and Miss V has a tense bit of a shoe addiction..πŸ‘ 

Kevin has been in showbiz for most of his life. He's a veteran performer, singer-songwriter and actor, and has been on stages across the country. He has performed in shows with Valdy, Charlie Major, The Rankins, Gowan, Jim Bryson, Rick Fines, Russell DeCarle, Dean Mactaggart, Terry Tufts, opened a cross-Canada tour for Chris DeBurgh, acted on stage with the late Denny Doherty, and his recordings have featured contributions from Ken Pearson ( Janis Joplin, Bruce Cockburn), Willie P Bennett, Georgette Fry and Kate McGarrigle.

That's him there on a stage in the late 60s.  Over the years he's played in numerous bands, and duos, trios and solo and ended up in the Kingston area sometime in the 1980s.

Miss V on the other hand is a bit of a late bloomer to performing.   Outside of being member of her high school band, and singing in a vocal quartet and the choir she was and still is pretty shy.  She admires a wide variety of "chick singers" having grown up listening to Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Karen Carpenter, Linda Ronstadt, and later Ann Wilson, Shawn Colvin, Sass Jordan, Irene Cara, Patti Cathcart (Tuck & Patti) and many others.  Being a singer was a dream she never really thought would materialize into something real. She didn't actually perform publicly until she moved to Eastern Ontario a few years ago.

As fate would have it (if you believe in fate) our paths crossed in a tiny pub, in the tiny town of Gananoque about 12 years ago. 

We began performing together around 2011 with Miss V sitting in to do a song or two at first, and then as she grew more confident, she'd sing a few more and we embarked on our musical journey as a duo.....We've been having a blast ever since!!

We play regularly in Picton, Gananoque, Belleville, Brockville and Westport, Ontario.  We have also twice performed on VIA Rail as part of the Artist On Board program, playing and travelling on board "The Canadian" to Vancouver, and "The Ocean" to Halifax, and hope to do it again soon.

You can check out our gig schedule to see where we'll be playing next. Be sure to come up and say "Hi!" - we love meeting all the different folks who come out to our shows.

Next up for us, with any luck is a CD of some of our favourite duets and maybe some original tunes too....we'll see how that goes πŸ˜‰ Stay Tuned!

Head over Heels for Summer!!!

We're super excited to be back at The Cove Country Inn, in Westport, Ontario this year for our summer residency on their beautiful waterside patio.  Catch us EVERY Sunday afternoon from 12:30-3:30pm and enjoy great food al fresco and some tunes from yours truly. When Mother Nature's in a bad mood, you'll find us in the lounge...Check out our poster below courtesy of Jeff Cowan with photo by our friend Suzy Lamont.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder?

I really have no idea if anyone even reads these blogs....and admittedly, I've been a little remiss in keeping it up to