Welcome to my website, the place to find out about my music and work and a lot more. Thanks for visiting. Traditional music, storytelling, and cultural history are passions for me, and I love to get the opportunity to share. If you're interested in what I've been up to lately, check out my schedule. If you'd like to find out more about myself and my music, check out the "About" page. Make sure to check out my book Rosin for Breath: Reflections of a Traveling Fiddler and my album, For the Long Winter Nights. The book is a multi-genre collection focusing on the life of a traveling fiddler. The album is a joyful and contemplative mix of fiddle tunes and songs that contains both original and traditional Michigan / Great Lakes tunes and ballads. To preview tracks, purchase MP3s, or buy hardcopies of the album or book, visit the store.

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Artful Aging with the Johnson City Public Library and the Aroha Philanthropies

Among other activities, I'm proud this fall to be teaching banjo workshops on Thursday evenings to older adults in our community through a grant project partnership of the Johnson City Public Library and Aroha Philanthropies. This grant hopes to provide life-enriching arts instruction for free to older adults in the community.

For more information about the purpose of the grant please visit the Aroha Philanthropies site here: https://www.arohaphilanthropies.org/program-areas/vitality-art/

Or look up programming at the Johnson City Public Library in Tennessee. 

Have a wonderful autumn, everyone!


The Living Room Session

A fair bit ago now, wonderful musicians Max Newman (guitar) and Cedar Stanistreet (fiddle harmony) stopped by my place and recorded a few tunes in our living room. I thought I'd share the results, which came out sounding really nice.

The first is a waltz I wrote for my beautiful wife, Cathy.


The second is a jig and a reel. I wrote the jig, "Red Deer Jig," and named it after the cabin where I taught fiddle workshops for the Eve Glen McDonough Folk School on Beaver Island, MI. The reel is called Wake Up Susan, a traditional American reel I got from the playing of Michigan fiddler Les Raber.


And finally, a waltz I wrote for my late grandma.

What's up in 2016 . . .

Hello folks,

 I've just updated my schedule with some 2016 events. I'm happy to announce that I'll be back at the 2016 Great Lakes Tall Ships Festival in Bay City. I'll be giving three performances there on Saturday, July 16th. In addition, I'm playing a couple dances in March.