I’ve been a musician most of my life. As a kid I was that oddity who listened as readily to The Beatles as Henry Purcell or Bach. A singer primarily, I would spend hours in my room teaching myself to sing listening to Led Zeppelin or The Guess Who. If I couldn’t sing like Robert Plant or Burton Cummings, then I couldn’t yet call myself a singer (kinda still working on that part!). I have since studied voice and finished my music degree in vocal performance from Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta.
Imagine the looks on my parents’ faces when I told them I wanted to be a bagpiper. So much for those childhood memories of children playing Chopin on the piano in the shopping mall with the other music students! I learned to play bagpipes in the basement of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, also in Calgary. Since then I’ve recorded 2 solo piping albums for Highland Dance accompaniment: “For Dancer’s Only” and “Next.”
And, like every other twelve year old boy, I just had to learn the guitar, something I still do professionally. All this taken together has added up to a pleasing and fun music career.
If you like music sprinkled liberally with Celtic influences, Bruce Cockburn, Dan Fogelberg and Dougie MacLean, this might just be for you.
Photo c/o my producer, Allen des Noyers, taken on Okanagan Lake where I did most of the tracking.
Have a listen: 05 Be That As It May
Recently, I was invited into regular rotation on Doug E Fresh’s Poze Radio. Have a listen here.