I was born in the small town of Almonte, Ontario and now live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I was always banging on something, whether it was pots, pans, counters whatever was around. I used knives, forks, and spoons, whatever I could find for sticks. I started playing drums at age 12 when my dad bought me a couple of drums for a six-pack. A couple of drums later & I was rockin’ to many styles of music.
Ron McMunn (The Silver Fox) invited me to play with him in 1978, when I was 17. My first gig with Ron was at The Lafontaine Hotel in Vanier, Ont. Ron was a major influence on me with his graciousness, his work ethic and his appreciation and support of musicians and songwriters in the Ottawa Valley. These were great lessons for me as a youngster in the music business. I never forgot the opportunities Ron gave me and would periodically join Ron on stage for an impromptu performance, just like old times. I continue to enable young musicians and writers to perform with me as Ron did some 40 years ago. Ron passed away in the spring of 2007 and they held quite a celebration of life for him in Clayton, Ontario, where he was born. Ron will surely be missed.
Thank you Ron.
I’ve written many songs over the last 48 years. Most of my songs, are songs of experience, love, hurt, change and the road, The way other people react and the things that have gone on around me. I have played with many acts including Ron McMunn, Red Cedar, The Creditz, Success Without College, The Travelling Troubadours, Men Without Shame and Hickory Wind. My passion is music & the magic that can transpire between fellow musicians & the audience. Some of my influences include Steve Earle, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, The whole Sun Records thing, Chuck Berry, Buck Owens, Gram Parsons, The Rolling Stones, The Beat Farmers, Marty Stuart, Jason & The Scorchers, The Police and The Cars.