Well, I was born a peasant farmer in the Deep South…
Okay… the South West corner of Canada, in Chilliwack.
And by peasant farmer I mean one of seven kids.
My father’s family escaped from the dust bowl that was Saskatchewan in 1933 and moved out to the west coast. His family was from Southern England, Cornwall, and Wales. My mother’s family are English and Scottish. And there is some Irish in there as well. At least… I feel Irish. And I married a lass of Irish and Cape Breton heritage.
I grew up singing in the choir. My father was a lay minister and a mighty preacher. He and I did many weddings and funerals together. I lost count how many times I sang Amazing Grace.
As a teen I was in a few bands. My first was ‘Butterfly Motion’ a psychedelic pop band with Kevin Ault, Brian Loewen and Wade Cross. Wade passed away a year ago. Kevin and Brian still gig together. I am not ruling out a reunion tour.
A significant part of my youth was spent singing in ‘Joy Unlimited’ a Christian youth choir directed by Brian “Hoot” Gibson and his wife Nola. We have remained close friends over the years. Hoot is my mentor. He taught me how to write songs. He even wrote a musical starring my three kids, with me as the villain. Nola, a talented visual artist, is still one of my favorite singers.
Through university I played solo gigs in pubs around town. Then it all stopped for a while. I graduated from UBC with a BComm in Marketing and got married, had three kids, got into industrial sales, coached softball, became President of the CMHDS (Canadian Materials Handling & Distribution Society) and generally focused on life stuff until the children got old enough that they don’t need me as much…
So here we are. Back into music. I love writing. I have been a member of Taxi and SAC. I've done a number of songwriting workshops, worked with gifted people like David Sinclair, Jim McGregor and Dave Mercer and helped develop an annual Samish Island Arts Retreat(check it out on Facebook). I also got involved with the BC Songwriters Showcase playing original tunes every second Wednesday, at NY Grill & Bistro, in downtown Langley.
I have produced two CD's Its Not About The Money and Ugly Truck.
Now, with my bandmates, The Seabillys I have started a new chapter in my musical life. You can find out more on The Seabillys website, including how to get our first CD – ‘Mariner’s Tale’!