Having a sporadic performance career –between being the kid that always got the lead part in the play, the young adult too old for college who excelled where others dared to go, the  non-speaking part performer on the set ready to take chances, and the guy on stage with a few deeper grooves on his face than usual who actually sounds pretty good –I always seemed to avoid the spotlight, so once again I await the paradox.

But seriously, performances and shows in the music business for me started playing rhythm guitar, not plugged in, in a family friend’s band, strumming one song and graduating to more songs, then plugged in, then singing. We had two kinds of shows; a traditional country/pop/rock/dance/polka band and a 50s  throwback show where we dressed up and played fifties songs for high school people.

Later shows were more close to the ground, like on the street in Canada and a few places in Europe. I played a lot of songs. And while I remembered all the words at the time, I still remember the cold wind down my throat even more. I wasn’t built for this kind of experience but I still played outside at demonstrations and in the doorways of barns. From 2009 to 2012 I played about one show a month in and around Toronto; sold some CDs, met friends and new friends alike who told me they liked the music. I believed them and I continued on.

If you like the concept and would like to have me perform at your venue or house concert, please let me know from the Contact page. I show up with all the gear and around two and a half hours of music. I can do lo fi and hi fi, loud or soft, hard or easy.


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