Ships and Dip V – Butterfly Boucher

Every year after the cruise, Sixthman, the cruise organizer, asks who we want to see on the cruise. Natasha and I kept asking for Butterfly Boucher. We saw Butterfly open for BnL once, totally acoustic, and just thought she was amazing! We were so happy to get to hear her again live on the cruise, and also to be able to pick up her new CD, Scary Fragile (look for it on Amazon soon — it was the CD release party on the ship).

Here’s some video of Butterfly I dropped on YouTube. If anybody videod her performances with Sarah McLachlan on the cruise (they weren’t supposed to, but I saw a lot of it going on), do check it out. The audience SHOT out of their seats on the last note of the final song they did and gave a huge standing ovation! It was really, really beautiful.

This song isn’t on either of Butterfly’s albums, btw, but still a good one. I have more video of her coming in the future.

Ships and Dip V – Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies Sings A New Song

One of the great treats Natasha and I got on Ships and Dip V as “Triple Dippers” (meaning we’ve been on all three BnL cruises) is tickets to the two Songwriters Panels held on the ship. During the panel, a group of artists talk about their music and get to perform it acoustic-like. Sometimes you get to hear an interesting story, other times you get to hear a different take on a song, or something new.

Ed Robertson of BnL performed a new song for us on the cruise, and here’s the YouTubeage.

Ships and Dip V Totally RAWKED!!!

Ships and Dip V was really, really awesome!!!

From Ships and Dip V

For those of you uninitiated, Ships and Dip V is the, rather inaccurately named, third cruise in the Ships and Dip series, created by the Barenaked Ladies band and the tour operator extraordinaire, Sixthman. It’s a floating musical festival, featuring BnL and their favorite musical groups as well as comedians and other entertainment. And, um, a naked photo.

(It’s okay, you can go google naked photo. Neither Natasha or I were in it this year or any other year, owing mostly to not being able to get our naked butts out of bed in time on the second day of the cruise. Oh yeah, and also because of creepy people like you who would go out and google it! But really, you probably don’t want to see it. At least not hi-rez. It’s not Playboy or anything. It’s at least partially people who unabashedly enjoy cruise buffets.)

But enough of that. Onto the music. BnL rocked as usual. Before the cruise, I worried, I’ll admit. It has not been the best year for BnL, with Steven arrested for drug possession. Ed crashed his plane. And, to my mind, the band just sounded kind of negative when they were on stage together during S&D III. Not exactly mad at each other, but not on the same frequency.

My fears were allayed from the moment I stepped up to the line where they take your boarding photo. Just past the photo area, was that Steven Page waiting to greet us? Looking snappy? In a suit? Clean-shaven (unlike the shaggy beard he sported last year). And looking amazingly trim? So much so I didn’t even recognize him at first. We walked up and shook his hand and said we were happy to see him. We kept running into him throughout the cruise and he just seemed really, really happy. And his performance onstage was amazing! So full of vitality! It made me very happy to see him so happy, considering all he had been through.

From Ships and Dip V

The talent on the ship was amazing, and I’m going to talk more about that in later posts devoted to the artists we got to see. Natasha and I were really excited because Butterfly Boucher was on the ship; we saw her open for BnL a while ago and had been suggesting her for Ships and Dip for the last two cruises. She was awesome, and I was really excited on the very first night at the merch shop that her new CD was available. (Her CD was delayed for a long time due to legal hassles with the label she left.) She’s also very photogenic.

From Ships and Dip V

You can check out the pics at my Picasaweb site, and I’ll have some YouTube video up shortly. I don’t have a tremendous amount of video, because I felt like I watched too much of the cruise through a viewfinder. But I still got some great performances from the event.

I can’t say enough about how much fun I had, so you’ll be hearing about it for a while. Thanks to BnL, Sixthman, and all the performers on the cruise for rocking us on the ocean!