was born into a very musical family; I am the third of six to play professionally. Family parties were where I cut my teeth as a musician
I did my first professional gig at 15 and started playing in bars and other venues when I was eighteen (lying about my age)!
When I discovered blues I had the benefit of my friends Scott Goudie, Denis Parker, Peter Narvaéz, Terry Reilly and Candy Sheppard, to name just a few, to instruct me. St. John’s NL has always had a thriving blues scene and arts scene in general.
I knew from a very early age that I wanted to play music for a living. I studied classical and early jazz piano in order to learn to read music. I later picked up guitar tablature, the Nashville numbers system and the rudiments of Berklee notation.
Over the last 36(!) years, I have had the opportunity to play with the best of the best, at home in St. John’s, NL and here in Halifax, my second home. I wouldn’t know where to start to list them all. The opportunities to play with Pinetop Perkins and David “Honeyboy” Edwards definitely stand out, but I have been privileged to have had beautiful moments in every single musical project I have ever been involved in.
The other two achievements I am most thankful for were the winning of the inaugural Blues Recording of the Year at the 1994 ECMAs and a JUNO award for the inclusion of one of my songs on the CBC/Stony Plain release “Saturday Night Blues: The Great Canadian Blues Project vol. 1”.
All in all, I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunities to play with so many great musicians and and to have had the love and support of so many friends, fans and family.