When the music gigs dried up this 12 months, there was only one factor for Nova Scotia musician Old Man Luedecke to do — depart the land behind and grow to be a scallop farmer.
This summer season the singer-songwriter, also called Chris Luedecke, landed a job as a deckhand at a scallop farm run by his neighbour in Chester.
It’s a profession he’d lengthy been taken with and as he watched COVID-19 wipe out his livelihood as a efficiency artist, it felt like the excellent time to give it a attempt.
“I had gone to get some scallops from a neighbour, who lives throughout the highway … and after I picked them up, he mentioned, ‘Well, would you want a job?’ And I believed properly certain,” Luedecke instructed CBC’s Information Morning lately.
“I’ve simply been studying an unimaginable quantity and doing a complete bunch of name new issues that I by no means would have thought potential, in the most romantic surroundings.”
Early mornings on the water sound romantic, certain, however the work itself is not all that interesting, he admits.
Instead of dragging for scallops at sea, Luedecke works on an aquaculture farm, which suggests he helps to harvest scallops from nets that hold in the water.
Dressed in a rubber swimsuit, it is his job to make certain small and slimy invertebrate animals referred to as tunicates do not mess with the items.
“You may by no means think about how disgusting this stuff are — they develop on the nets and they also want to be both shaken off or these days we have been doing a little strain washing,” he mentioned.
“It’s fairly full on. You’re type of standing round in a bucket of guts, actually. There’s actually crap flying in every single place.”
The title monitor of Luedecke’s most up-to-date album Easy Money is about dreaming of a manner to make money with out having to depart the ones you’re keen on behind.
COVID-19 has ended touring for now, however harvesting scallops is not precisely straightforward money, though it is shut to house and the hours are good.
He’s often achieved work by 2 p.m., simply in time for his youngsters to return house from college.
Luedecke says he’ll possible proceed working at the scallop farm into the new 12 months. He’s pleased to have a secure supply of earnings whilst he is managed to e-book a handful of concert events lately in Dartmouth and on Prince Edward Island.
Next month he’ll be acting at Celtic Colours in Cape Breton.
It’s nowhere close to his ordinary slate of performances however he is glad to be again in entrance of an viewers, banjo in hand.
“Just all of the little thrills of the touring life — you recognize, I’m somewhat bit constructed that manner — and to have all of them come flooding again is fairly particular,” he mentioned.