It tickles me all sorts of colours to make this post!  6 years ago, when I started writing this blog about barding, it was before the days of having my songs recorded.  Flash forward to now…..and a fourth album has appeared!!

While What’s Life All About?, New Day, New Path, New Legend, and I’d Rather Walk involved “going,” on barding journeys and visiting new people/communities, I feel the latest project, All We Ever Need, is the first one that really captures the stories from having “been,” barding in a new world…..Ironically, the new world is my own home country of Canada!

It sounds funny to say that, but I had spent a lot of time exploring other countries in the world.  It dawned on me I knew very little, and had seen less of Canada…..something to be remedied.

Through the I’d Rather Walk project, I’ve covered just over 2200 miles (3500+ Km) since 2013 in a variety of provinces.  In terms of new music, my original intent was to hold off making a new record until the walk project was complete.  However, new people enter your life, new encounters shift your outlook, life changes, and I couldn’t be happier for this.  That is All We Ever Need in a nutshell, and has emerged as a part two continuation of I’d Rather Walk.  I am thrilled to finish this adventure with its stories and lessons by my side, and am so excited to share them with you!

I am aiming to finish getting to know Canada on foot by 2020, so keep your eyes out for a wandering minstrel with a backpack, guitar, and a smile on his face :).

To listen to the new album, All We Ever Need, venture to this link, http://michaelaverill.com/all-we-ever-need-is-here-and-available-to-the-world and it will take you to the various forms and places you can experience it.  Enjoy, leave a thought, and see you down the road….

Mr. Bard

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A few days ago, I took about a half marathon walk throughout Courtenay/Comox on Vancouver Island, and I have to say, that walk ranks among my favourite in Canada thus far, and I highly recommend going for a stroll there.

This blog will be more photo based, as what I saw is best shared this way.  If you take a walk down Comox Road, this is what you’ll see….

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All these signs made the walk such a fun scavenger hunt – especially the dick-head one…HAHAHA!  Most of them are easily viewable from the road, but a few you wouldn’t see unless you were walking because of the way they are hidden.  I love touring by foot for that reason – seeing this country and it’s people for the details.

Between Courtenay and Comox is this really wicked estuary/bird sanctuary you can take a rest at.  I met a woman named Liz there who had moved from England to Comox in 1947, and lived there ever since.  The two bottom photos I took because of what she told me, and she deemed this “local knowledge.”  :).  If you look closely at the left mountain picture, see if you can make out the image of a little girl picking flowers….

The right mountain photo is apparently “The Forbidden Plateau.”  She didn’t tell me why, but then went on to say a couple climbed it and got married up there last year.  Haha….Would have liked to hear more of that wedding story!  Perhaps if you go wandering through, ask and see if you can find out the rest.