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Touring mamma Jill Barber heads to P.E.I.

Two-time Juno nominee Jill Barber will perform at the Homburg Theatre of the Confederation Centre of the Arts on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. She's traveling with band members, her mother and her 19-month old son.
Two-time Juno nominee Jill Barber will perform at the Homburg Theatre of the Confederation Centre of the Arts on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. She's traveling with band members, her mother and her 19-month old son.

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Singer-songwriter Jill Barber is finding happiness in motherhood and her music.

“Before I had my child, my music career was my baby. It was the thing that I nurtured every day with my heart and soul,” says the two-time Juno nominee during a telephone interview.

But, after giving birth to her son, Joshua, 19 months ago, she instantly had a new priority.

“Becoming a mum was uncharted territory for me, and I didn’t know how it would look.

“So it took me a while to come to terms with how I could manage it and still have and maintain the career that I love. I was pretty determined to try to balance both,” says Barber.

One way to do that was to take Joshua along on tour, like she’s doing on Saturday when she plays the Homburg Theatre of the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

“He’s been on the road with me since he was six weeks old. That’s 70-plus flights. And he’s a wonderful traveler. For him, it’s very normal. I think I got really lucky with him,” says Barber who is eager to perform fan favourites as well as songs from her latest album, “Fools Gold”, during the show, which starts at 7:30 p.m.

Her latest CD is also influenced by motherhood.

Much of the album was made at a distance, when Barber was spending some much-needed time at home in Vancouver with her husband, CBC Radio personality Grant Lawrence, and their newborn, over a year ago.

Many of the early demo recordings that were made for “Fool’s Gold” even feature a baby cooing in the background, she says.

“I won’t try to kid you about how hard it is to be a new mother and work at the same time. Time becomes the new economy. For that reason, much of the making of this record came down to instinct. If it felt right, we just went with it. No second-guessing. It’s a good way to make music,” says Barber.

Nineteen months after her son’s birth, she calls it a balancing act.

“It’s wonderful to have him on the road with us but, at times, it makes a challenging situation more challenging for us.”

How does she cope?

With the love and support she receives from her family.

“Grant took a parental leave for the first six months and was an incredible help. Once he went back to work, I worked with a couple of tour nannies.”

But then a tour came up when a nanny wasn’t available.

“So my incredible mother, Joyce Barber, stepped in to go on the road. And she’s been on every tour since. She’s the best tour Grandma ever!”

 

Sally Cole is a reporter with The Guardian. She welcomes comments about her column as well as suggestions for future columns from readers. She may be reached at scole@theguardian.pe.ca or by phone at 902-629-6000, ext. 6054.

Singer-songwriter Jill Barber is finding happiness in motherhood and her music.

“Before I had my child, my music career was my baby. It was the thing that I nurtured every day with my heart and soul,” says the two-time Juno nominee during a telephone interview.

But, after giving birth to her son, Joshua, 19 months ago, she instantly had a new priority.

“Becoming a mum was uncharted territory for me, and I didn’t know how it would look.

“So it took me a while to come to terms with how I could manage it and still have and maintain the career that I love. I was pretty determined to try to balance both,” says Barber.

One way to do that was to take Joshua along on tour, like she’s doing on Saturday when she plays the Homburg Theatre of the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

“He’s been on the road with me since he was six weeks old. That’s 70-plus flights. And he’s a wonderful traveler. For him, it’s very normal. I think I got really lucky with him,” says Barber who is eager to perform fan favourites as well as songs from her latest album, “Fools Gold”, during the show, which starts at 7:30 p.m.

Her latest CD is also influenced by motherhood.

Much of the album was made at a distance, when Barber was spending some much-needed time at home in Vancouver with her husband, CBC Radio personality Grant Lawrence, and their newborn, over a year ago.

Many of the early demo recordings that were made for “Fool’s Gold” even feature a baby cooing in the background, she says.

“I won’t try to kid you about how hard it is to be a new mother and work at the same time. Time becomes the new economy. For that reason, much of the making of this record came down to instinct. If it felt right, we just went with it. No second-guessing. It’s a good way to make music,” says Barber.

Nineteen months after her son’s birth, she calls it a balancing act.

“It’s wonderful to have him on the road with us but, at times, it makes a challenging situation more challenging for us.”

How does she cope?

With the love and support she receives from her family.

“Grant took a parental leave for the first six months and was an incredible help. Once he went back to work, I worked with a couple of tour nannies.”

But then a tour came up when a nanny wasn’t available.

“So my incredible mother, Joyce Barber, stepped in to go on the road. And she’s been on every tour since. She’s the best tour Grandma ever!”

 

Sally Cole is a reporter with The Guardian. She welcomes comments about her column as well as suggestions for future columns from readers. She may be reached at scole@theguardian.pe.ca or by phone at 902-629-6000, ext. 6054.

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