It all started in 2008 when I won a guitar playing bingo. With encouragement from my wife I began playing in our vendor booth and before long people were asking me for CDs. Since then I have been playing a unique blend of Celtic, Folk, Pub Songs, Sea Chanties, and Comedy material at various festivals throughout the South Puget Sound region.
Price Range: $50 per 1-hour performance + expenses
Gig Length: 20 - 120 minutes
What to Expect
I play a unique blend of Traditional Folk, Sea Chanties, Comedy, and Original music. I have been performing on and off for the last 10 years at various Festivals, Pirate Gatherings, Medieval Events, and Conventions, headlining "All's Faire" for the last several years.
I pride myself on professionalism, showing up on time, tuned and ready to go, as well as providing an engaging performance that often includes audience participation.
Here are some quotes from frequent audience members:
"Tongue-in-cheek entertainment with a gentle "wink-wink, nudge-nudge" feeling to your performance" ~ Alexandra Garzon
"Massive humor in your filk..." ~ Tina Comroe
"Cozy, family friendly acoustic folk" ~ Saul McCartney
"Humor, love, laughter, honesty, wonder, joy" ~ Gerald Ogden
"You know the melody, you know the song, he opens his mouth and it's oh, so wrong!" ~ Adria Moscowitz
It all started in 2007 or 8 when my wife and I were at the county fair, and we stopped to play bingo. One of the prizes we had won was a black 3/4 size guitar. My wife has a lovely voice and we often sing together. I already played piano and flute (both self-taught), but pianos are notoriously difficult to play around a campfire (we are active in the medieval recreationist group known as the SCA), and you can't accompany your own singing with a recorder flute, so I decided to learn to play it. Enough people have asked me if I have a CD they can buy that I decided to oblige them and work on and album or three. Below is a semi-autobiographical song I wrote:
The Ballad of Falstaff del'Arpeggio
Now I've loved me many a lass
And I've been 10 years out to sea,
I've traveled hither and yon
from dusk 'til dawn
all the way down
Through France to Sicily
But I've never found a lass so fair and fine
As my Lady Shaughnessy.
My father was a sea-captain
And spent many years out to sea.
My mother was a selkie siren
A lass of great beauty.
I grew up as big and strong
As any lad should be
I took a wife and before too long
I had a family.
Then one day I did find out
My wife no longer did love me
Without a pence she cast me out
And so I went to sea.
I sailed around and round the world
And saw many a country.
And loved a lass in every port
And spent much time in revelry.
When came a day I met a lass
As fair as fair cold be
Who had a tiny trinket shop
On the coast of Normandy.
I asked her if she'd marry me,
to this she said no
So if she would not marry me,
It's off to sea I go.
For ten long years I traveled round
And sailed the ocean blue
I made and lost a fortune
And loved more lasses too.
Until one day my travels
brought me to a well-known shore
And I went to town and found my lass
Still in her trinket store.
She asked me if I'd stay with her
And live forever more.
And to this day I'll never stray...
With my true love I'll always stay...
Here just south of Newport Bay...
And love her evermore.
Additional Booking Notes
I am a guy with a guitar, so my needs are pretty simple. If amplification is available I'll need a microphone for me and one for my guitar. I will usually provide my own chair and music stand but having backups are appreciated. No special lighting, staging, or sound system is required.
Past Booked Events
|December 01, 2017 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm||Personal Occasion|
"Got Guinness" ~ The Dust Rhinos
"Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" ~ Monty Python
"Sunshine of my Heart" ~ Original
"The Fox" ~ Traditional
"All For Me Grog" ~ Traditional
"Sam the Skull" ~ Harry Hagan
"The Hobbits Sleep Tonight" ~ Filk
Influences & Inspiration
"Weird Al" Yankovic, Monty Python, Joe Bethancourt, Michael "Moonwulf" Longcor
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