am a Canadian musician and instrument maker with a bit of a split
musical personality. On one hand, I specialize in the
traditional music of Ireland, Scotland and Canada. I play the
"Irish" wooden flute, various whistles, the bodhran and the bones as
well as occasionally dabbling in the button accordion and mandolin /
tenor banjo. On the other hand, I compose and record music using
retro electronic instruments and found noise making gadgets. Press play
on the Soundclick link to hear some of my traditional music or follow
the Bandcamp link for
some of my non-traditional music. Look in
the album section below for links to more tunes and videos.
Flutes: I make
simple-system wooden flutes
for traditional Irish/Celtic music.
the link for more information about these.
to Make a Bodhran": This is an
article I wrote on my experiences with bodhran making (the Irish
goat-skin drum). Here you can find Revision 4.1 of the article. This
article is also hosted on the Ceolas bodhran site, but unfortunately
that site is not being updated regularly. The version there is
only 3.0 and has some errors that have since been
This article has also been translated into German and
be can be found
but they've re-organised their site and it's buried somewhere.
I'm a bit of a graphic artist!
I've designed album covers, product packaging and stuff for art's sake
too, of course. You can even can buy my Celtic music related (and
non-Celtic music related) art on shirts, hats, mugs and other
paraphenalia on-line at Cafe
Press! The two T-Shirts above
feature artwork from gig posters of one of the very first bands I was
in, the Spleen Bishops.
I've written a few children's
starring the curious duo Robot & Lion! These colourful and humorous
books were originally made for my nephew and daughter - but heck, they
turned out pretty well (forgive me if I do say so myself). If you have
a child aged 4
to 10 years old these might be a nice gift for him or her - and I'd be
thrilled to know other kids were enjoying these. You can see previews
of the books or order them online at Lulu.com (click
here, or on the picture above).
I was interviewed by CKCU
Carleton University radio about
my music, flutemaking and childrens books. Listen
to it at this
link (click). Fast forward to the second hour of the show to find
GreanStalk: After the Spleen
disbanded, Jim Maxwell and I
played for a number of years (1995 to 1998) as a traditional Celtic
music duo call 'GreanStalk'. The music was quite good. We recorded two
albums that are now downloadable for free at soundclick.com. Now you can view
performances by GreanStalk and some of the
other bands I've been in on my YouTube
In 1999 I moved to Cornwall, Ontario. I soon hooked up with a local
Celtic Rock band called Haggis. For a few years we played venues in
Eastern Ontario, travelled to Alberta and into the United States. You
can listen to some of Haggis' music at soundclick.com.
Ovoids: I love Celtic music, it's a beautiful musical form that is
tradition. This means that to a certain extent it follows 'rules'.
Occasionally I like to throw the rules to the wind and just experiment
with interesting, non-Celtic forms of music. You can hear some of my
original non-traditional music at Bandcamp, SoundCloud
creative umbrella known as
intrigued by late 1970's and early 1980's video game systems and
computers. This page tells how I made a replica arcade cabinet, which
plays ColecoVision and Atari 2600 games.
performed on the following albums: (some
the links below take you to websites where you can listen
to or download the music.)