I have released a song called My Choice in support of Whole Woman’s Health, a US abortion provider and legal leader in the ongoing battle for reproductive rights. You can stream it on Spotify or download from Bandcamp! See the lyrics below.

“At Whole Woman’s Health, our work doesn’t stop at providing patients with compassionate, high-quality reproductive healthcare. More than ever, the right to safe, legal abortion has been under attack in our government, in the media, and in public discourse. We pride ourselves in being national leaders and innovators in abortion care and a voice for independent abortion providers. We work with the local, state, and national press to destigmatize and normalize abortion care, uplift the work of essential providers, and fight for your reproductive rights.”
 
My Choice is the first single from my upcoming album, Stand Together, recorded in Habana at Ojala and Egrem in Habana, Cuba and at Signature Sounds in Connecticut. Stand Together will be released spring 2022. This song was written in response to the Trump administration’s erosion of reproductive freedoms and is published in response to the abortion bans in Texas and Mississippi. I started my Choice at Atlantic United World College on tour in Wales, when the Trump administration was allowed by a federal court of appeals to restrict taxpayer dollars given to family planning facilities under Title X. I finished it at home in Nova Scotia with pro life friends, trying to find common ground. My Choice is an anthem supporting women and child bearing folks to assert our rights to reproductive freedom. Being a free person means having autonomy over our own bodies, and reproductive freedom means living in a world where children are chosen and wanted. My Choice moves from the first person, “It’s my body/My voice/My future/My choice to the collective: “Our Bodies/Our Choice.” We have to come together as recent protests in the US have demonstrated to say no to authorities who wish to control our bodies because of antiquated religion-based dogma, and stand up for justice until there is reproductive freedom for all.
 

My Choice

Hearing wails
I can see the tipping of the scales
That old church burned down
And brought our bodies home
My body’s something you can’t own

It’s my body
My voice
My future
My choice

In the south
Standing at the river’s mouth
Fish are swimming
Safely to the sea
And a woman’s body is also free

My body
My voice
My future
My choice

We can be the change we want to see
We’re all human beings

My body
My voice
My future
My choice

Whose rights?
Can we honour all life?
We won’t be slaves to the state
Stand for freedom
It’s not too late

Our bodies
Our voice
Our future
Our choice

Copyright Erika Kulnys 2021
Workshopped with support from Jessica and Laura Uhlman
Recorded by Mark Thayer at Signature Sounds Studio
Art by John McLean

 

Dearest friends and fans far and wide,

I write to you from the sunny, 37-degree shores of Lake Mush-a-Mush where the loons are singing, the bees are buzzing, and I am packing up to go on tour! 

Hope you are all enjoying your lives and working for peace (I know you are! 🙂 

I released a new videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fwXPLWQC6M Shot by Boris Riabov in my old NYC haunts: about healing from sexual assault and moving towards cultural evolution where all voices are respected and heard; where violence is no longer seen as a solution; where all bodies, sexualities and differences are respected; where we unite globally in the movement against fascism, global capitalism, and for peaceful revolution and universal equality! 

I am also gearing up for a kickstarter for my new album, Hello Thunder, to be recorded with Chris Birkett (Buffy Saint-Marie, Peter Gabriel, Sinead O’Connor). Keep updated at facebook.com/erikakulnysmusic 🙂 

Tour schedule with ticket links below 🙂

July 31
The Carleton, Halifax, NS
Pay What You Can show 6 pm-9 pm 
https://www.facebook.com/events/929691284049443/

August 1
The Tipsy Muse, Fredericton, NB * Cameron Molloy opens
Doors: 7 pm
Tickets $10: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-muse-presents-erika-kulnys-
https://www.facebook.com/events/399532117576637/

August 4
Arundel United Church
Arundel, QC
Tickets $20 in advance ($25 at the door): Call 819 425 0898 to reserve your ticket

August 8th
Emmanuel United Church
Waterloo, ON
Tickets: $20 Ticket link: https://sidedooraccess.com/shows/cixY0QbDUlhWCT83VNjH 
Booked by Side Door
FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/360297201564593/

August 9-11
Kingsville Folk Music Festival, Kingsville, ON
https://kfmf2019.brownpapertickets.com/
https://www.facebook.com/events/351953895530230/

August 15 
House Concert Montreal, Montreal, QC – contact email hidden; JavaScript is required for details

August 16 
The Yellow Door, Montreal, QC Pay What You Can

August 18
Pennybrook Festival, Pennybrook Farm, West Dublin, NS
http://festival.pennybrook.ca

August 24
Rock The Bush, Aylesford, NS
https://rockthebush.wordpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/events/392658988226392/

August 29
The Halifax Urban Folk Festival, Halifax, NS
In the round with Terra M Spencer and Daniel Walker at Good Robot 
Free!
https://www.halifaxurbanfolkfestival.com/
https://www.facebook.com/events/916275618707425/

August 30
House Concerts for Mental Health, Halifax, NS
6451 Vienna Street Tickets $20 advance etransfer to email hidden; JavaScript is required 
https://www.facebook.com/events/350928129140621/

September 9
The Rose and Monkey Hotel, Manchester, UK *Opening for Martin Carthy
Tickets: https://www.seetickets.com/…/…/the-rose-monkey-hotel/1411168
https://www.facebook.com/events/2310449445728520/

September 10
The Whiskey Jar, Manchester, UK *featured performer at open mic

September 11th
The Edinburgh Folk Club *opening for James Keelaghan Tickets at the door

September 12th
House Concert, Edinburgh, UK *contact email hidden; JavaScript is required for details

September 14
Headlining Geyser Festival, Copenhagen, DK 
https://www.facebook.com/events/2302280443327611/

September 15
Vela, DK *Tickets coming soon!

September 19 Apex Kultur E.V., Göttingen, DE
TicketsL Telefon: 0551 46886
E-Mail: email hidden; JavaScript is required

September 25 Art Stalker, Berlin *With Scott Hildebrand
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.de/e/erika-kulnys-ca-singer-songwrit
https://www.facebook.com/events/2377852058974782/

More to come at erikakulnys.com (currently booking US, UK, Europe, Canada, Cuba if you wanna hire me for a house concert, festival, venue, event, or songwriting workshop).

Hope to see you on the road!

Love, peace, solidarity and fun summer vibes! <3

Yours truly,

Erika

Dear friends,
Happy spring! Hope you are all well <3 
I have had a wonderful couple months of playing and writing music in Cuba which will culminate in recording a few of my Spanish tunes in Silvio Rodriguez’ Estudios Ojala and in Estudios Egrem this week. I have been inspired and deeply touched by the love, kindness and generosity of Cubans, and hope to return soon!
 
This spring, I am out on tour! Dates below. Hope to see you at a show 🙂 For those of you in Nova Scotia, I play my only full concert in the province for a while with a beautiful grand piano at Sea-Esta in Canning next Saturday, April 13. Tickets are $20 and available by emailing soundconnectionstherapy@gmail.com
 
To see my music video coming out this month, Roaring for a Revolution-about healing from sexual assault and shot in my old home, NYC, where the song came to fruition-subscribe here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClAkWfnngAt5vPmXM9Ns5DA
Recent home videos of new material are at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/erikakulnysmusic/videos/
Lastly, I am relatively new to Spotify and hope you’ll follow me at: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4iGtGJkokdrDwQnrohIHw6 
 
Hope to see you on the road, and wishing you peace, joy, freedom, fun, and everything your heart desires on your journey <3
 
Much love,
Erika
 

April 13 Sea-Esta, Canning, NS 7 pm 
Tickets: soundconnectionstheraemail hidden; JavaScript is required

April 26 Trellis Cafe, Hubbards, NS Free with dinner 6 pm

May 11 Canadian Music Week, The Paddock, Toronto 8 pm 
Free to public

May 14 Green Note, London, UK 7 pm 
Tickets: https://www.wegottickets.com/greennote/event/463884

May 19 ACUWC Saint Donat Arts Centre, Llanwit Major, Wales, 7 pm Tickets at the door

May 20 ACUWC Songwriting Workshop, Llanwit Major, Wales Contact email hidden; JavaScript is required

May 21 The Whiskey Jar, Manchester 7:30 pm/Tickets at the Door

May 22 The Edinburgh Folk Club 7 pm/Tickets at the door *opening for BrOg

May 28 Star Folk Club, Glasgow, Scotland 7 pm/Tickets at the Door 
*opening for The Lasses

May 29 Bluebird Cafe, Edinburgh 7 pm/Tickets and event link coming forthwith: https://www.facebook.com/bluebirdcafeedinburgh/

May 31 Zimmer 16, Berlin 9 pm/Tickets at the door

June 7 Prince Willy, Kiel 7 pm/Tickets at the door

June 9 Hafen 2, Offenbach auf Mein 4 pm/Tickets at the door

More dates coming and further ticket information here.

Erika Kulnys
Singer-songwriter, poet, composer

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful summer weather! Here in Nova Scotia I have been swimming in lakes, oceans and rivers and singing my heart out. I’ve done a lot of deep healing lately and am getting ready to rock. I recently started my Keep Rising 2018 Tour which will take me to NS, NB, CT, UK, DK, DE. I can’t wait to go to Germany for the first time and return to Denmark, and hope to see friends along the way! 

Next week-end, Aug. 10-12 I am teaching a songwriting workshop at my house, after two very successful camps through the south shore libraries. Call 902 624 9154 to register. I perform the following Saturday August 18th at the Music Room with Rachel Beck, a wonderful songstress from Prince Edward Island. We will have a guest musician and lots of fun. Tickets are $15 https://rachelbeckmusic.com/event/2376775/474018389/rachel-beck-erika-kulnys or $20 at the door. Get your ticket early! If you live in Halifax, I look forward to singing you my new songs on the 18th! 😍

I am incredibly happy to share that I will be recording my new album, tentatively titled Swimming with Dolphins, with engineer/producer/writer Chris Birkett! Chris is a gem. He is a beautiful person, songwriter, composer and a fellow revolutionary. Chris has worked with musicians like Peter Gabriel, won 4 Junos in 6 years in Canada, and produced two of my most favourite albums, Buffy Sainte-Marie’s Power in the Blood and Medicine Songs, as well as one of my all-time favourite albums, Sinead O’Conner’s I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got! We will hopefully be working with another producer as well….I am unbelievably excited and can’t wait to share my new music with you! 
Keep up to date and find out how to support at https://www.facebook.com/erikakulnysmusic

I recently got on Spotify and would love if you’d give me a follow: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4iGtGJkokdrDwQnrohIHw6

Below is a working gig list. Ticket info here.

  • AUG 04 The West Dublin Hall, West Dublin, NS 
  • AUG 18 The Music Room, Halifax, NS
  • AUG 24 Solomon Brook Farm, Barss Corner, NS  
  • AUG 31 The Biscuit Eater, Mahone Bay, NS
  • SEP 11 The Whiskey Jar, Manchester, United Kingdom 
  • SEP 12 The Green Note, Camden Town, London, UK 
  • SEP 13 Kulturcafe Lichtung, Koln, DE
  • SEP 15 House Concert, DE
  • SEP 16 House Concert, DE
  • SEP 17 House Concert, DE
  • SEP 19-22 Reeperbahn Festival and Conference, Hamburg, DE
  • SEP 22 Geyser Festival, Kopenhavn, DK
  • SEP 23 TBA Copenhagen, DK
  • SEP 28 Saint Andrews Church, Halifax, NS
  • SEP 29 Knox United, Lower Sackville, NS
  • OCT 19 Saint Mark’s Place, Middle La Have, NS
  • OCT 20 Trellis Cafe, Hubbards NS – Nova Scotia 
  • OCT 26 Saint John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg Nova Scotia  
  • OCT 27 The Attic (House Concert Series), Moncton NB 
  • NOV 3-5 Nova Scotia Music Week Truro, NS
  • NOV 9-11 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Semi-Formal Showcase, Stamford CT

Feel free to share this jpg poster around the web 🙂

I am booking tours for 2019 in Europe, Cuba, and Canada/US (and seeking a booking agent/manager). If you would like me to play in your area and have an idea for a gig, please let me know 🙂 Please contact me if you or your community would like to host a house concert, it is quite simple and a great way to connect with your friends and directly support artists.
I am still working on making a music video to celebrate the strength of survivors of sexualized violence for this song: Roaring for a Revolution. We are looking for volunteer survivors to send us one or two photos of themselves holding up a sign or a poster with the words, I am a Survivor, Me Too, or anything else (short and legible) you would like to write. If you wish to participate without your photo you can send in just the sign or spread the word about the project. Email to email hidden; JavaScript is required. I hope this video will serve to educate, and to support people who have experienced sexualized violence, offering a message of hope and resilience for those healing.

Wishing everyone a joyful summer and sending everyone much love from Lake Mush-a-Mush!

Yours,
Erika

p.s. I’ll be switching over to MailChimp soon. If you do not wish to be on my Gigs-and-News e-list, there will be an easy option to unsubscribe from the MailChimp list.

Erika Kulnys
Singer-songwriter, poet, composer