Canadiana, Blues & Roots
with a dash of Rock & Roll
– solo or with a band
I was that 15-year-old kid who spent hours a day with a borrowed mandolin, teaching myself from a book how to read music and play the instrument. I had to return that mandolin, but not before my parents noticed how much I put into learning it – and how far I’d come in a few weeks.
For my 16th birthday, they gave me my first guitar. I soon started a band and joined another one, and have never stopped my love affair with the guitar and performing.
The songs I write, and which I perform by others, typically revolve around either the themes of loss and redemption – or have a wry wit and clever wordplay. Yes, I often take a slanted view of society.
The way I tell the stories that run through my songs has been influenced by my “past life” as a reporter and editor on newspapers. It was learning people’s stories and writing about them, bringing out their humanity that was the best part of that career.
Most of my guitar playing revolves around the blues or Canadiana, along with a healthy dose of rock, blues rock and jazz, but I also have a love for a good story in a song, as well as contemporary instrumental acoustic guitar – so you’ll find examples of all those in my music.
I hope you enjoy what you hear. Thank you for visiting.