Nowadays, I frequent sessions here and
there in the Boston area and am working with Steve Levy (tenor banjo, mandolin, bouzouki, vocals) and Emily Peterson (concertina, whistle) as Corvus. My other recent bands and collaborations have included my contra dance band Third Reel, and a trio with fiddlers Doug Lamey and Katie McNally. Among the venues and events where I've appeared, solo or in collaboration of some fashion, at one time or another are: Club Passim, Boston Celtic Music Fest, The Press Room, Oasis Coffeehouse, The Mill, New England Folk Festival Association (NEFFA), Olive Branch Coffeehouse, Blackstone Valley Celtic Festival, Nameless Coffeehouse, Boston College Arts Festival and J.P. O'Hanlon's Pub. I've been fortunate enough to play with such folks as Seamus Connolly, Laurel Martin, Heather Cole-Mullen, Robin Kynoch, Oisin McAuley, Dan Houghton, Emerald Rae & Eden Forman, Doug Lamey, Flynn Cohen, Jimmy Noonan, Amelia Mason, Emily Troll, Kristin Sherwood, Eugene Rothman, Katie McNally, Abbie MacQuarrie and -- well, the list goes on.
CD EP available. Details here.You can listen to MP3 samples of my work at Reverb Nation and at SoundCloud
The social amenities are a big part of what draws me to the music, whatever its point of origin. Playing a toe-tromping reel at a packed-to-the-rafters Irish ceilidh, backing a brisk 6/8 march at a convivial Scottish fiddle session, belting out a chorus at an English-style pub-sing -- put me in any of those settings and I'll be happy beyond description. But I also enjoy the performance aspect, and so I try to arrange songs or tunes creatively and imaginatively, so they will (hopefully) be pleasant for the listener to experience.
To make matters worse, I once used to indulge in the ancient English tradition of morris dancing, and over the course of three decades or so performed with several teams, the most recent one being Commonwealth Morris Men.
In addition, I'm involved in the organizational, behind-the-scenes end of folk music and dance, including events such as the Boston Celtic Music Fest, and BCMFest's monthly "Celtic Music Monday" series at Club Passim. Sometimes I even write about these activities: I'm currently free-lancing for The Boston Irish Reporter; Here's an article I did about The Ginger Ale, a children's morris dance event held in Boston; and some of the work I did for the ICONS Festival.
Fortified by frequent, regular doses of Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, the Clancy Brothers, Theodore Bikel et al during childhood, and then inspired by annual visits to the Fox Hollow Festival in Petersburg, NY, I began playing traditional music in my teens. During college, I spent a year in Ireland and the UK doing an independent study of the folk music revival, which gave me the opportunity to go to numerous folk clubs, festivals and sessions. In 1980, I joined a short-lived band called Invermark, and was a back-up musician on a recording of bagpipe music by two of the group's members ["Land of My Youth," Front Hall Records, released 1981].
Moving to Boston in 1981, I co-founded a trio, Dark Eyed Sheep, which for several years performed at coffeehouses, festivals and other venues in New England, such as Club Passim, NEFFA, Transfigured Night Coffeehouse, The Press Room, The Village Coach House and the Acadian Folk Festival in Maine. We also appeared live on WERS-FM and recorded a cassette album.
After a lengthy period of musical inactivity, a few years back I started inflicting myself once again on local musicians, sessions, pubs and dances. I can only speak for myself, but have to say I've enjoyed the reimmersion.
Questions? Comments? Reasonable offers? Drop me a line.
Triple Play at BCMFest 2006 (Click on photo for larger version)
"And even I am forced to raise my croaking voice and sing" --A glance at some, but by no means all, of the songs in my repertoire.
"...You may ask yourself, 'Well, how did I get here?'"--Like many a red-blooded American boy, I set out to be a dynamic, iconoclastic rock'n roller. So what happened? (Note: Guaranteed time-waster)
"...Like many links of gold"--Friends, acquaintances, occasional accomplices, venues, resources. If I've neglected anyone, for Heaven's sake, let me know.
*June 1, 2013: Real School of Music "American Roots Music Series," with Corvus
*June 9, 2013: Boston Irish Festival, with Corvus, 11 a.m., Irish Cultural Centre of New England, Canton, Mass.
*June 22, 2013: FĂ©ile Cheoil Boston, with Corvus, Melrose, Mass.
*September 15, 2013: Newton Free Library, with Corvus, Newton, Mass.
*October 12, 2013: St. John's Coffeehouse, with Corvus, Arlington, Mass.
*2012 Boston College Arts Festival, Performed with Seamus Connolly and BC Irish Studies music faculty and students.
*2012 New England Folk Festival Association (NEFFA), with Corvus, Mansfield, Mass.
*Real School of Music Faculty Showcase, with Corvus, Burlington, Mass.
*NEFFA Showcase, with Corvus, Unity Church, Somerville, Mass.
*12th Annual Midwinter Coffeehouse, with Corvus, West Newton, Mass.
*Ninth annual Boston Celtic Music Fest (BCMFest), with Corvus, First Parish of Cambridge, Church Street, Harvard Square.
*"Urban Barn Dance" benefit dinner and contra dance for Mass. Farmers Market, with Cammy Kaynor, David Titus and Debby Knight, Dante Alighieri Center, Kendall Square, Cambridge, Mass.
*2010 Club Passim Labor Day Campfire, with Ralston, Michael Troy and John Gerard.
*"All Chorus Songs, All the Time," with Liam Hart, Jerry Bell and Nancy Mulrey, BCMFest Celtic Music Monday Club Passim, Harvard Square.
*July 27, 2010--MIT Contra Dance with Third Reel.
*Memorial Day Weekend 2010--Marlboro Morris Ale, with Commonwealth Morris Men, Marlboro and Brattleboro, Vt.
*April 29, 2010--Boston College Arts Festival, Performed with Seamus Connolly and BC Irish Studies music faculty and students.
*March 17, 2010--With Julia and Alanna Tryder, Finnegan's Pub, Hudson, Mass.
*March 13, 2010--With Third Reel, Boston Gender-Free Contra Dance, Jamaica Plain, Mass.
*March 9, 2010--With Dan Accardi and Sara Goek; "Rhythm," performance by Boston College Irish Dance Club, Robsham Theater, Boston College.
*January 13, 2010--With Commonwealth Morris Men as part of Commonwealth's annual Mid-Winter Celebration, First Unitarian Society of Newton, West Newton, Mass.
*January 9, 2010--"Singalong: All Chorus Songs," with Michael O'Leary, Kate Chadbourne and Nancy Mulrey, Club Passim, Boston Celtic Music Fest.
*December 31, 2009--With West Newton Ceili Band, New Year's Needham celebration, Needham, Mass.
*December 21, 2009--With Tom Pixton's Big Excellent Band, Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Holiday Party, Springstep, Medford, Mass.
*November 2, 2009--With Tom Pixton and Katie McNally for the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society class and social dance, Springstep, Medford, Mass.
*Oct. 16, 2009--With Third Reel, "Urban Barn Dance" benefit dinner and contra dance for Mass. Farmers Market, Dante Alighieri Center, Kendall Square, Cambridge, Mass. Here's more information.
Sept. 5, 2009--Campfire Festival, Club Passim, with Matt & Shannon Heaton, Mayfly and Eric McDonald & Rebecca Wudarski.
August 7, 2009--With Doug Lamey and Katie McNally, Oasis Coffeehouse, Waltham, Mass.
July 13, 2009--Boston Celtic Music Fest "Celtic Music Monday," Club Passim. "All Chorus Songs, All the Time," with Lynn Noel, Michael O'Leary and Jerry Bell.
June 23, 2009--MIT Contra Dance with Third Reel.
May 30, 2009--Third Reel with Emerald Rae at the Elysium Arts Folk Club, Rollinsford, NH, 8 p.m.
May 22, 2009--Cafe Luna, Central Square, Cambridge, Mass. Half solo, half with Third Reel
May 16, 2009--With Katie McNally and Doug Lamey, 7:30 p.m., Notlob "Kitchen Concerts," Jackson Homestead, Newton, Mass.
May 10, 2009--Performed with Commonwealth Morris Men, Lilac Sunday Celebration, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Mass. Photos.
*April 23, 2009--With Boston College Irish Studies Program faculty and students at the BC Arts Festival.
*March 17, 2009--With Armand Aromin, at the Irish Cultural Centre of New England, Canton, Mass.
*January 17, 2009--With Janine Sirignano, "Concerts at the Captain's House" series, Agawam, Mass.
*January 9-10, 2009--With Janine Sirignano, Sixth Annual Boston Celtic Music Fest, Cambridge, Mass. Details TBA.
*December 8, 2008--Boston Celtic Music Fest "Celtic Music Monday," Club Passim. With Robbie O'Connell, Michael O'Leary and Kate Chadbourne.
*October 24, 2008--Urban Barn Dance and Harvest Supper benefit for Federation of Mass. Farmers Markets, George Dilboy VFW Hall, Davis Square, Somerville, Mass. With David Titus and musicians Cammy Kaynor, Pan Chan, Peter Buchak, Eric Eid-Reiner and Dan Salomon..
*October 17, 2008--"Fall Free-for-All," Oasis Coffeehouse, Waltham, Mass.
*September 12-14, 2008--ICONS Festival, Irish Cultural Centre of New England, Canton, Mass. Appeared as part of the BCMFest Bard Squad.
*August 30, 2008--Cutting Edge of the Campfire Festival, with Flynn Cohen and Matt & Shannon Heaton, Club Passim
*June 14, 2008--With Janine Sirignano, Emerald Rae, Eden Forman and others, BCMFest Cruise, Gloucester Harbor.
*May 26, 2008--With Janine Sirignano , Cutting Edge of the Campfire Festival, Club Passim
*May 17, 2008--With Dan Houghton, Echo Lake Coffeehouse, Leverett, Mass.,
*April 24, 2008--Boston College Arts Festival, with Boston College Irish Studies Program music faculty and students.
*April 14, 2008--With Janine Sirignano, Boston Celtic Music Fest "Celtic Music Monday," Club Passim. Appeared with Aoife Clancy, Mairin Ui Chiede, and Susie Petrov & Dan Houghton.
*March 22, 2008--With Janine Sirignano, and Avi & Celia, SoniYoga, Cambridge, Mass.
*March 17, 2008--with Oisin McAuley and Meredith West, private function.
*Jan. 12, 2008--With Janine Sirignano, Boston Celtic Music Fest
*Dec. 8, 2007--PWith Prairie Wolfe and Colleen Hanlon as Nora's Holiday, Newburyport Maritime Museum, Newburyport, Mass.
*Sept. 21, 2007--With Janine Sirignano, "The Last Breath of Summer" Celtic Festival, Oasis Coffeehouse, Waltham, Mass.
*Sept 11, 2007--With Doug Lamey, Barbara and Robert McOwen, Barbara Magone, Ellery Klein and Abbie MacQuarrie, Boston Celtic Music Fest "Celtic Music Monday," Club Passim.
*Sept 1, 2007--With Doug Lamey and Abbie MacQuarrie, The Mill, Bristol, NH.
*May 13, 2007--Performance with Commonwealth Morris Men at annual Lilac Sunday event, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Mass. Photos
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