Nowadays, I frequent sessions here and there in the Boston area and am in a trio with two lovely people, Emily Peterson and Steve Levy, called Ceol Corvus. I'm also part of a duo with Colleen White, a dandy flute and whistle player and singer. Other collaborations have included my contra dance band Third Reel, and a trio with fiddlers Doug Lamey and Katie McNally.
You can listen to some samples of my music here.
In the spring of 2014, I started a home recording project, "The Steadfast Sessions." Check it out here.
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, Irish Heritage Festival, Boston Irish Festival, The Press Room, Oasis Coffeehouse, The Mill, New England Folk Festival Association (NEFFA), 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, Abbie MacQuarrie and -- well, the list goes on.
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 now-discontinued 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.
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.
Ceol Corvus at St. John's Coffeehouse, Arlington, Mass., Oct. 2013 (Photo courtesy St. John's Coffeehouse)
"...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.
* St. John's Coffeehouse, with Ceol Corvus, Arlington, Mass.
*Club Passim 2013 Labor Day Campfire, with Ceol Corvus
*Feile Cheoil Boston, with Ceol Corvus, Melrose, Mass.
*Boston Irish Festival, with Ceol Corvus, Irish Cultural Centre of New England, Canton, Mass.
*New England Folk Festival Association (NEFFA), with Ceol Corvus, Mansfield, Mass.
*Boston College Arts Festival, with Seamus Connolly and BC Irish Studies music faculty and students.
*Annual Midwinter Coffeehouse, with Ceol Corvus, West Newton, Mass.
*"Urban Barn Dance" benefit dinner and contra dance for Mass. Farmers Market, with Cammy Kaynor, David Titus and Debby Knight.
* Club Passim 2010 Labor Day Campfire, with Ralston, Michael Troy and John Gerard.
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