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Big summer planned for Rock Barra Artist Retreat in 2023

May 29, 2023

Hi, Folks.

We have an exciting summer planned at Rock Barra Artist Retreat. Our concert series this summer showcases some of Prince Edward Island’s finest songwriters and national touring artists. We have Shane Pendergast on July 16, Lawrence Maxwell on July 23, Finley Mullally and the River Thieves on July 30, Meaghan Blanchard on August 6, Teresa Doyle, Patrick Bunston and Katlin Doyle on August 13, Songs for a Small Planet songwriters circle on August 20 and Friends of Rock Barra closing concert on August 27. Tickets are $20 at the door. Showtime is 7:30, doors open at 7:00.

My annual singing camp, The Yoga of Sound, will be from Friday evening July 28 to Sunday noon July 30. Space is quite limited with a lot of people returning each year. Get in touch soon if you would like to come. The cost is $175 for the weekend. As always we will sing wisdom songs from around the world, laugh, share food, meditate, walk the labyrinth and enjoy the beach. Email me at to reserve your space.

In addition to the concerts we have a terrific slate of workshops planned for the summer/fall season. They will be posted to our website shortly.

On August 19 and 20, we will be hosting our second annual Songs for a Small Planet Festival with a full slate of events addressing climate change.

This summer I plan to be at Rock Barra Artist Retreat as much as I can. I hope to see you there. Our show on August 13 is one of the few performances I plan to do this summer. See you on the beach!


Songs for a Small Planet concert Sat night at The Guild

April 28, 2023

Hey, Folks.

I am reaching out to some of you who may not be on Facebook. We have a lovely concert on Saturday night, April 29, at The Guild in Charlottetown to celebrate Earth Day. Hope to see some of you there.

Happy spring,

Join us for a beautiful night of music at The Guild with Songs for a Small Planet songwriters circle with Todd MacLean, Teresa Doyle, Dennis Ellsworth & Meaghan Blanchard.

Songs for a Small Planet is an international songwriting collective focused on climate activism and promoting environmental sustainability and social justice through the power of original music.

Musician Teresa Doyle, author/musician Todd MacLean, and arts administrator Rob Oakie joined forces to create Songs for a Small Planet. The intent is to ignite a network of musicians around the globe to compose visionary songs of hope, community, justice, and environmental renewal.

We are beginning with a collective of musicians from Prince Edward Island, Canada who can reach out to national and international peers, requesting they write songs on the theme and further spread the idea in their own communities. Touring musicians Dennis Ellsworth, Catherine MacLellan, and Emmanuelle LeBlanc joined the collective and will be performing in upcoming shows and helping with international networking.

Catherine MacLellan, Teresa Doyle, Dennis Ellsworth and Todd MacLean in concert (Pictou, NS on Friday, November 25)

November 17, 2022
Songs for a Small Planet - A songwriters Collection - Pictou Legion on Nov 25

Hey, Folks.

I’m delighted to tell you that four Prince Edward Island songwriters are heading to Nova Scotia for a show next week. We are being presented by the DeCoste Centre at the Legion in Pictou on Friday the 25th.

I’ll be joined by stellar writers Catherine MacLellan, Dennis Ellsworth and Todd MacLean. We are part of Songs for a Small Planet, a songwriting collective focused on issues of climate change and justice. We began this effort a couple of years ago and present concerts every few months.

Our collective started on Prince Edward Island and has the goal of including songwriters from across the country and around the world. The intent is to ignite a network of musicians to compose visionary songs of hope, community, justice, and environmental renewal. Change comes when people take charge in great numbers in a million small ways. It is an exciting time to be a songwriter. If this project interests you be sure to get in touch, and we hope to see some of you in Pictou.