A large part of my life is dedicated to playing music and especially traditional Irish dance music on the wooden flute and guitar. I play and record in British Columbia and frequently I appear on Bowen Island, at a variety of venues, festivals, coffee houses and events. I also sing both in traditional modes and with an Evensong chorale, singing liturgical music.
- View my dsicography with sound samples and video links.
- Learn more about the songs and tunes I have made over the years.
I have appeared on a number of recordings of traditional and contemporary music, written the soundtrack for a play and had my music used in videos.
Over the years, my music has been broadcast on CiTR (Vancouver), Co-op Radio (Vancouver), Trent Radio (Peterborough, Ontario) and the CBC, and has been reviewed in fRoots and the Georgia Straight.
Although more of a traditional folk musician, and therefore not focused on performance, I have nevertheless appeared on stage at the Rogue Folk Club, The Gulf Islands Celtic Music Festival, Endangered Speicies, Steveston Salmon Festival, the Princeton Traditional Music Festival, BowFest, Northwest Folklife in Seattle and the Vancouver Folk Music Festival among other musical gatherings and venues. Â On an off I have been active in music scenes in Peterborough, Ontairo and Vancouver BC, and currently I perform and play as often as I can on my home island of Bowen Island, BC.
I have had the pleasure of performing and recording with many interesting and talented musicians over the years. On the Irish and traditional music side this includes Randy Vic, Dave Marshall, Amy Stephen, Andy Hillhouse, Mark Roberts, Steph Custer, Norah Rendell, Neil Hammond, Keona Hammond, John Bartlett, Ryka Ruebsaat, Moritz Behm, Nora Rendell, Dan Compton, and Paul Hawtin. I have also played with others from the jazz, folk, rock, classical and world music realms, including Julie Vik, Chris Coon, John Bottomley, Shawn Pollinger, Jude Neale, Alison Nixon, Pauline LeBel, Buff Allen, Shasta Martinuk and Brian Hoover.
- Bowen Island Music Arts open mic nights second thursday of every month, Happy Isle Cafe, Bowen Island.
- Snug Irish session, Friday or Saturday nights, Sung Cafe, Bowen Island.
Flutes and whistles
I play a six key Hammy Hamilton flute made of African Blackwood and a Casey Burns keyless grenadilla flute. I play a bunch of cheap but useful Susato, Generation and Walton whistles.
I have two guitars. My pride and joy is a Larrivee D-03 (88823) made and purchased in Vancouver BC in 2006. My old friend is a Yamaha FG-410, which I have had since 1982. It’s nothing special, but I worked on it a little in 1986 to lower the action (no mean feat without a truss rod, especially when you don’t know what you’re doing!) and it has been a good friend for more than 25 years.
My didgeridoo was made by termites in Northern Australia and purchased in Perth, Western Australia.
I have a djembe made by Yendor from Cortes Island BC. It was passed to me by my late father in law Peter Frost.
Courtesy of my parents, who provided the raw material for the vocal cords and refined in my youth by singing along with Freddy Mercury for years. They must not have felt like that was adequate payback, but it made me a true tenor.