After playing over 150 shows this year, Terra Lightfoot is ready to take a break.
“I think the Cicada Fest is our last show of the year — there may be some Christmas stuff — but this will be our last show on our New Mistakes tour and we won’t be playing the songs like that again, so we’re really looking forward to that – and to be coming back to St. Catharines,” she said.
“We were asked to play In the Soil Music and Arts Festival a few years ago and people were going crazy and then we came back and played at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre – it feels like St. Catharines is a little slice of home and we’re really excited to come back to everyone there.”
The Hamilton artist released New Mistakes in October of last year and has spent the last year bringing the album across the world. Four singles were released and then album was long-listed for the Polaris Prize and nominated for the 2018 Adult Alterternative Album of the Year at the Junos. Since the release, she has had some personnel changes within her band and now tours as just a trio.
“We’ve gone through a metamorphosis and we’re having fun and doing things differently every night. It’s really fluid, fun and beautiful,” she said. “We add things in and take things out and it changes as we fit. We’re a well-oiled machine after a little bit on the road now.”
She explained that her approach to writing material has changed since that album. New Mistakes was written on the road and each song brought forth a memory of a specific place. She explained that the track ‘Drifter’ was written about leaving a postcard for somebody in a book about Buffy Saint Marie at the Vancouver Public Library: “I wonder if anyone ever found it?”
“That record is definitely an ode to everywhere we’ve been,” Lightfoot said.
Lightfoot has already begun work on her next album. She explained that she spent a week on pre-production in Germany but not without her trusty Gibson SG that she totes everywhere she goes.
“That guitar kind of fell into my hands when I was a teenager and I’ve had it for so long that I couldn’t play anything else as my main guitar — I could — but I’m so used to it. It’s as much a part of me and as much a part of the show as I am,” she explained.
“It’s a natural extension of what I’m doing. I’m in love with that guitar, that’s all there is to say.”
Terra Lightfoot performs at Cicada Arts and Music Festival on October 13.