WHAT I DO
I tell stories and play traditional folk instruments. From the Fillmore West to the Oregon Country Fair, from the former Soviet Union to Spain, from Alaska to Mexico, I've traveled to play with and learn from traditional musicians, to gather stories to share and to connect with folks through the ecstatic medium of music. I do solo shows such as "The Other Pipes - exotic and little known Bagpiping traditions of the World", " Stories from the Musical Realms - Concerning Inspiration and the Music between the Notes", "My Grandfather's Fiddle " "Fiddle Fables - Stories by and about Fiddlers" with tunes appropriate and appropriated. For more details on these shows see the Shows page.
I play with various groups :
Wake the Dead - Intergalactic Roots Music (formerly, the world's only all star grateful dead celtic jam band) www.wakethedead.org
Hillbillies from Mars - traditional Dance music from mars, America, Ireland, Scotland, Galicia, and points East , South , West and North. www.hillbilliesfrommars.com
Les Tetes de Violon French Canadian fiddle music - the finest kind. www.trentesouszero.com
Winter's Carol, with Men of Worth - Holiday Shows in the Gaelic Spirit ( solstice and St. Pat's) www.menofworth.com
Verdegaio - I play with Alexandre Cadarso and Javier Blanco from Galicia whenever I get the chance; when they are in North America or I am in Spain or Ireland. Galician Music - pure and simple. And Grand. http://www.nsaio.org/verdegaio
The Family Carr - new arrangements of traditional music from Galicia, Ireland, Cape Breton, the American south, by Kevin,Daniel and Molly Carr and Josie Mendelsohn
I give FIDDLE WORKSHOPS on various styles - Irish, Old time, Galician, Quebecois.
I have been on the faculty as fiddle instructor at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend Washington several times, and have been coordinator of the tutorial program there for many years. I have been on faculty as a fiddle teacher at Alasdair Fraser's Sierra Fiddle Camp, at Lark Camp in Mendocino, I have been camp instrumentalist at Puget Sound Guitar workshop twice and at California Coast music camp, and have played for dances, told stories and given fiddle workshops at many dozens of dance and music camps across the country and in Canada and Spain.
My School presentations are informative ( see Shows page on this site ) and meet criteria for English education as well as history of music. Kids of all ages and teachers love them.
I play for Contra, Square, Irish and Scottish, and Galician dancing. Also when I am available, I love to play pipes at weddings and other rituals.
Please read on, and listen to whatever interests you on my site.