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, 'These Waters'.
I am well connected with the finest Jazz, Celtic, Americana, and certain other fantastic musicians of the greater Bellingham region, as well as some from the Seattle, and Vancouver, BC areas. If you need music for a special event, I can help you find it.
I am increasingly creating and producing events of great distinction and caliber here in Bellingham. I am booking Gallowglass Irish Band into local and regional venues, including private events, and bringing national and international artists into a warm and inviting rooms and contexts.
I created Irish & Folk Mondays in November 2015.
I am really enjoying working with the wonderful people and environs of Lovitt Restaurant & Bar in Fairhaven. They serve fresh farm to table hand made slow food and the place has truly natural acoustics, is entirely kid and family friendly, and can easily hold 200 people in there. See 'Shows' for what's coming up next, and click the 'Lovitt' tab to see more. I add all of Lovitt's music that I book onto their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/lovittrestaurant/ and here's their website: http://www.lovittrestaurant.com
I only book, create, and promote shows I am very passionate and inspired to engage with and share with you - That's what Jan Songs Productions is all about.
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 will with Petunia & The Vipers, The Tango Cowboy, 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.