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November 22nd 2014

Sale at CDbaby! Basically, it’s 1 cent shipping anywhere in the world when you order a CD from December 1st to 3rd. So, it’s a great time to pick up a Ken Baird or Monarch Trail CD. Other friends use that site too, such as Steve Cochrane, John Mamone, Wilton Said, Druckfarben and more. Great place to browse around and with practically free shipping, this is the time to do it! :)

Here’s a link to the Ken Baird albums: http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/KenBaird

and for Monarch Trail: Skye: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/monarchtrail

 

October 10th, 2014

As the Ken Baird focus is kind of on hold these days due to focusing on Monarch Trail, I may as well talk about some other bands and artists that I like.

For example, I’m looking forward to the re-release of Steve Cochrane’s album “With or Without” on his Bandcamp site. He’s done some remastering and remixing and it sounds better than ever! I’ll post links here when it’s up, but here’s his site for now. http://www.spiritcompass.com/

I’m also looking foward to getting Druckfarben’s new album “Second Sound”–hopefully at their gig in November. http://www.druckfarben.ca

Most of the releases I’ve bought so far this year are from more established acts such as IQ/Yes/Saga/Asia, but I also bought all of the early catalog of “Cirrus Bay” and will buy the new one too! Sounds good! http://www.cirrusbay.com/

With Monarch Trail, we’re still in the writing phase for the next album, and will rehearse some of the new music in early November. www.monarchtrail.com

PS There should be a new video of a Ken Baird song coming in the next few months too!

Sept 28th 2014 update

Hi everyone,

Not a lot of new news this month, although I have noticed we have some new sales of “Martin Road” in Europe which I’m obviously pretty happy about! Also I’m doing lots of writing for the second Monarch Trail album and generally enjoying nice warmer-than-usual weather here in Ontario–fall colours are getting started!

For more on what’s new, please check the “news” page on the Monarch Trail page. All the best until the next update,

Ken

www.monarchtrail.com

August 2014 update

OK, I’m a little late, writing this on August 28th but at least I’m here!

Things have been so busy with the promo of the Monarch Trail album “Skye” and working on new material for the band that a lot of the “Ken Baird” stuff has been put on hold, but it’s certainly been on my mind to do another record of some kind.

As I said in the July update, this should involve Sue Fraser as well and will either be a collection with some new material, or a re-issue, still including some new material, or a complete new album.

But, that’s all on the back-burner for now. The next new thing will be a youtube video of a song from one of my earlier albums. Coming soon! For now, here’s my video of “Martin Road” for those who may not have seen it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVMkwkbHO_0

Also, here’s the Monarch Trail website to see what we’ve been up to :  www.monarchtrail.com

 

July 1st 2014 update

Hello everyone, and to locals, Happy Canada Day!

I’ve been busy with initial promotion of the Monarch Trail band project www.monarchtrail.com and working on writing for the next Monarch Trail album, but I said I’m still going to update this site and I meant it, even if I missed doing a June update (sorry about that!)

Sales of Ken Baird albums appear to be on the rise again too and perhaps this is because of the promotion of “Skye”? In any case, thanks very much and welcome to those in Europe who recently bought Ken Baird albums!

This summer I expect we’ll have a new video for a song off of  “Fields”. We’ve already got the footage (actually filmed last year) we just have to put it together. Improvements to this site are also on the agenda! Again, if you need to email me, please use the “contact” section on the monarch trail site as we don’t have a working one on this site right now.

I’ve also been thinking about possibly doing another Ken Baird album. I’m also thinking this might be a Ken Baird/Sue Fraser type of record. It would be a few years off from now, but at least the idea is in my head.

Yet another thing that is hopefully going to happen this summer is a reunion/celebration of the band Perpetual Angelus.  It was 20 years ago this year that we released our “Echoes from the Sylvan Door” album on casssette, so we’re going to try and mark the anniversary somehow. Who knows, maybe something will come of us getting together, such as a possible release of the album on CD or even a new song?

Happy summer everyone,

Ken

 

 

 

 

May 1st update

It’s been a busy few weeks since we took the CD’s home from the factory and started getting things moving. Yes, I can now announce the band is called “Monarch Trail”! Our first album is called “Skye”, and the website, although still a work in progress, is getting better and more complete all the time. Please check out www.monarchtrail.com where you will find links to a new soundcloud page and you can hear a “collage” of all four tracks plus the first track of the album in it’s entirety.

I should probably say that while Monarch Trail will keep me busy for a while (we’re already prepping for the next album), there are some plans at the back of my mind to do another “Ken Baird” album as well.

Another thing to announce is that we’re definitely going to get a working email link up here for this site in a week or two, but for now, the contact/email section works on the Monarch Trail site, so feel free to reach me there.

More news soon!

Ken

 

 

 

April 2014 update

One might notice that I missed doing a March update entirely! We were busy with yet more final decisions but I can now say that the record is at the factory and it sounds really good! So, it won’t be too long now although much has to be set in place in the next few weeks, such as a new band website already underway, a new CDbaby page, a new youtube page, a new page at progarchives etc. It’ll be a little while till all that is in place as some of these sites depend on having the physical CD delivered to them first. We’ll do everything we can to get it all moving, but if you’re local, the CD will be at Records on Wheels in Dundas by the end of April.

A lot of cool albums seem to be getting released this year so I think we’re in very good company. Here’s a link to one of my favourite bands: http://www.iq-hq.co.uk/

Anyway, please check back here often to see when we have more up about the new album. There should be lots of announcements from now on.

February Update

The album cover, inside cover and liner notes have been sent into the factory today and we’re almost at the final mix and mastering for the CD. We’re almost there, but I think the release date is probably in March now. Reading back to my earlier posts of the last few months, it’s a bit of slightly painful comedy to me how many times I’ve said “We’ll have it by the end of the month”!?! Still, better to get it right for the first printing!

 

January 2014 Update

Here’s wishing everyone a happy 2014! I should have the CDs by the end of the month or first weeks in February so things are more or less going according to schedule (the one I kept adjusting…)

More news soon, it’s sounding good!

Ken.

 

 

December 2013 Update, part 2

Happy Christmas, happy Hanukkah, happy Festivus and everything else! I’m adding a few more keyboard parts here and there to the mix, but the rest of the mix/mastering is essentially ready to go and I still feel very hopeful about finally getting this to CD in January. Should be good!