Great post Richard.
Duckboots and I have thought of starting a series of house concerts Chez nous. There's not a lot of room.(we could fit 20+ in the music room) My friend Alan Rhody in Nashville gave me a good idea however. House Workshops. Now first of all, if I'm ever going to see folks like John Herald, Erik Darling, Artie Traum Frank Hamilton, or John Prince again, I'm gonna have to put in some effort. So the plan is to get a couple of other friends near Toronto..maybe Hamilton or Oshawa, in cahoots with me. If we can offer a wonderful (but not neccessarily commercial) performer, 3 gigs in a row, plus a nice vacation, we might be able to get them to come to Toronto. I'd pay 20 bucks in a heartbeat to see any of them.