I love booking fine and good music. I know who is who in the Bellingham area for truly great jazz and folk music well as many from the greater Seattle and Vancouver, BC, regions. By virtue of this I sometimes get calls to work with phenomenal touring artists on the national and international level.
When it comes to jazz, including Roma Swing (gypsy jazz), blues, Americana, Celtic, and whenever possible, other world music, I am very passionate about aligning great music perfect for the context at hand.
Currently I am booking Gallowglass Irish Band as well as what I'm calling Blues Configurations into local and regional venues, including private events.
I created Irish & Folk Mondays in November 2015 and to this day it's going strong as I continue to host an open Irish music session each week followed by a feature concert. These concerts are always of an excellent acoustic traditional-folk music nature by artists and bands that are local, regional, and nationally or internationally touring as well.
I play mandolin, Irish bouzouki, harmonicas, sing, and at times still get on the piano. I love to arrange music, collaborate, and write songs and have one album of my own songs out thus far. This album was co-created and arranged with the great Brian Cunningham on guitars, and Julian MacDonough on drums. Bass played by Jimmy Lindquist and Tom Anasatasio. Maggie Kavanaugh on vocals with me. Recored by Brian Cunningham at his Sharp Nine Studios: 'These Waters'.
I began performing as a full time music in the Davis, California area in the late '80's. I worked with The Bill Scholer Blues Band, Joe Craven, Rob Ickes, Rita Hosking, and many others.
Now in Bellingham, Washington since '98, I have created and performed with three regionally known and loved bands, The Monday Night Project, The Naked Hearts, and Gallowglass Irish Band. I also work with Petunia & The Vipers, The Tango Cowboys, Robert Sarazen Blake, Pete Irving (Hot Damn Scandal), and many others.
Having fallen deeply in love with Irish music during the last six years, my current and most often performing group is Gallowglass. We perform a standout body of material of Irish tunes and songs, other related music, and some of our own compositions. I worked for two years with Puirt na Gael, a stunningly remarkable Scottish band. And most recently I've been performing with Peadar MacMahon and toured to Peadar's native Ireland in July 2016 to showcase the recent and highly acclaimed release 'The Legacy of Percy French'.
I created and run a weekly event in Bellingham called Irish & Folk Mondays, now in it's fourth year. It features a weekly community Irish session followed by a different feature performance each Monday. The weekly show has brought out the very best local and regional groups who are playing traditional and trad-based folk music, as well as some national notables such as Dale Russ, Darcy Noonan, Preston Howard, Lindsay Straw, Grey Larsen and Cindy Kallet to name a few.