Robbie Smith (and Naming The Twins) Need Your Help
In recent weeks, and in very sudden turn of events, Robbie Smith, musical partner of Kathleen Glauser -- both of Naming the Twins, landed in hospital, facing the battle of his life. The harmonising folk duo from Shelburne, Nova Scotia, had to cancel a 26 date tour through the United States, that was scheduled to start January 10.
This fundraising campaign is twofold...
First, finances attached to this tour included the cost of applying for a US work visa, as well as the recording, production, manufacturing and publicity associated with the new CD they were touring -- Sing the Winter Away -- the lion's share of the sales of which were going to be at the now cancelled shows. All of this, in addition to the significant lost income from the concerts themselves, which will not be happening.
We are hoping to help Robbie and Kathleen now, by shoring them up financially to compensate for this great financial blow. The contributions gathered through this campaign will help to support the 'Twins as they navigate this urgently difficult time.
Second... and this one's a difficult ask...
There are little if any finances available to help cover the costs -- whether associated with Robbie's end of life care, including final rent and utilities, as well as the management and relegation of his estate -- or with a long recovery process. Your help in supporting this campaign will make it possible for these difficult tasks to be carried out with care.
The requested amount has been intentionally set to $1, because any amount at all, is gratefully appreciated.
This is what has happened: late in December, Robbie was taken to Yarmouth Regional Hospital in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, where he was confronted with a stage 4, incurable cancer diagnosis. On January 1st, 2019, in a Facebook group created to keep fans and friends updated on Robbie's health situation, Kathleen wrote, "It is with profound sadness that we accept the diagnosis of stage 4, incurable cancer. HCC is hepatocellular carcinoma, a rare type of liver cancer usually found in people with liver disease. Many of you know that for years Robbie has lived with Primary Biliary Cirrhosis with his main symptom being extreme fatigue. The cancer has spread to his lung and his spinal column and up into the vena cava which is the main vein that takes the blood from the liver up into the heart. Due to restricted blood flow there is now a blood clot in the vena cava just outside his heart. It has been heart wrenching to watch Robbie struggle with so much pain as the nurses worked with the doctors to get the medications where they needed to be."
Here are some of the ways you can help:
- contribute as generously as your means permit, either directly or through this campaign;
- go to www.namingthetwins.com and purchase the ‘Twins latest CD, 'Sing The Winter Away';
- share both this campaign AND the CD purchase link, to help spread the word.
Please note: The funds generously contributed to, and gathered through this campaign will be administered by Nicole Colbeck of little acorn music management (Ottawa, ON, Canada). In turn, one hundred percent of the funds will be deposited into an account co-managed by Nicole Colbeck and Mary Stocks (Lunenburg, NS, Canada) with the express goal of being provided in their entirety, and made available to Kathleen Glauser, in managing Robbie's medical, palliative and end of life care. If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to email@example.com. Thank you.
If you prefer to donate directly into the account that has been set up for these purposes, on Robbie's behalf, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for necessary details.
For each donation of $40 or more, please send your mailing address to email@example.com and we will make sure to drop a CD in the mail to you.
And finally, thank you.
Together, we are indeed strong.
"And so we bid you join in song
We bid you rise and sing along
Though weak alone – together strong…
And so we bid you come join in song"
~ R. Smith & K. Glauser, Caroling On
One from The Shelburne County Coastguard:
And this one from The Chonicle Herald:
Thanks so much for spreading the word!
(With thanks to Kim Hughes, Journalist / Writer)
Here is a write up that appeared on Facebook on January 15, 2019.
There are gifted performers and then there is Robbie Smith, the East Coast singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose career is a snapshot of a man not just devoted to music but defined by it.
As a songwriter, Smith exquisitely details life’s joys and follies with uncommon clarity, earning the respect of peers and some very marquee fans. Superstar British balladeer Roger Whittaker widely covered Smith, including the songs “Demon Rum” and “The Last Song,” both featured on 1979's Roger Whittaker — Live! alongside compositions by Paul Simon, Jimmy Webb, and John Fogerty.
Smith’s prowess with guitar, mandolin, banjo and violin, meanwhile, imbues his originals and covers with astounding sonic flourish. Few can confidently tackle an eclectic folk/pop repertoire inspired by everyone from The Byrds to Billy Joel to Pete Seeger, with whom Smith once shared a stage. (He has also gigged with John Allan Cameron.) When it comes to performing, Smith is the real deal.
Whether playing solo on albums like Moving Portraits (circa 1982), I Think It's Time… from 1986 and 2007’s acclaimed Retro Debut (featuring 14 original songs) or collaborating with long-time partner Kathleen Glauser in harmonizing acoustic-folk duo Naming The Twins, Smith gives audiences something unique yet utterly accessible.
“Since I was a kid, I dedicated all of my spare time to writing songs, though recording was initially a problem because we had no electricity,” Smith howls, recalling his family’s early move to rural Nova Scotia from Montreal as part of a “back to the land” enterprise.
He continues: “That went on for many years. But in that time I wrote a wealth of material. My influences” — which include the above-mentioned plus The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Pink Floyd, and Crosby Stills & Nash — “were the artists who could come up with the most stunning songs possible. Yet I retained my own style, and endeavoured to be as original and varied in my writing as those songwriters I admired most.” That desire to continually write and evolve burns within Smith to this day.
Something of a legend around Shelburne, Nova Scotia where he his based, Smith is noted for wildly entertaining — sometimes rollicking — and always memorable live shows both solo and with musician Pat Melanson with whom Smith plays in anything-goes combo Killick.
Since 2008, however, Naming The Twins has captured Smith’s imagination, inspiring some of his best and most dynamic songs, something the duo’s four albums — Sweet Transitions from 2010 plus Drifters + Dreamers (2013), Turn Styles (2016) and more recently, the dazzling seasonal Sing The Winter Away (2018) — make abundantly clear.
Indeed, in late 2018, Smith and Glauser hit the road supporting Sing The Winter Away, wowing audiences far and wide with their inimitable harmonies and palpable chemistry. And while Smith is never short of verbiage when it comes to capturing music, his impact on others is perhaps best measured by a fan who contacted Smith after snapping up a copy of Retro Debut.
“I just need to express to you how very much I love your CD,” the fan writes. “The musicality, the lyrics, the instrumentation, the delightful styling, the variety… it’s truly a work of art.”
Not unlike the man himself.
In an effort to remain as transparent as possible, you many notice an edit/update in the "Story" of this campaign. It includes the following text:
"Please note: The funds generously contributed to, and gathered through this campaign will be administered by Nicole Colbeck of little acorn music management (Ottawa, ON, Canada). In turn, one hundred percent of the funds will be deposited into an account co-managed by Nicole Colbeck and Mary Stocks (Lunenburg, NS, Canada) with the express goal of being provided in their entirety, and made available to Kathleen Glauser, in managing Robbie's medical, palliative and end of life care. If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you."
Please don't hesitate to reach out to me (nicole) if you wish. I am here to support Robbie and Kathleen, and that includes you guys too! We all just want to do the loving thing... and together we are strong.
~ nicole colbeck