I play and teach music. I perform in concert with the Portlanders, the Trail Band, the Oregon Trail Trio and the Snakeskinners, playing hammer dulcimer, string bass and guitar, as well as singing. Also perform with Deb Chase in Oregon Shadow Theatre productions as voice actor, sound effects specialist, and of course, musician.
I often play hammer dulcimer for private engagements (corporate functions, weddings, parties, etc.) I teach individual hammer dulcimer lessons as well as group workshops. I have made a number of recordings through the years. Here’s my music performance calendar.
In 1979 I began making my living as a musician, first as a busker, later as a concert stage and recording musician, and as musician, sound effects specialist and voice actor with the Oregon Shadow Theatre. I’ve busked from Washington, D.C. to Boston to Chicago to San Diego, and on one memorable tour from Paris to Munich. Concert and theatrical engagements have ranged from the Smithsonian Institution in D.C. to theatres in Canada and Japan (and an intense week with few surreal gigs in Pyongyang, DPRK) not to mention lots of fun gigs in venues of all types including park amphitheatres, pre-schools, elementary schools, high schools, colleges, classrooms, auditoriums, barns, living rooms, dining rooms, nursing homes, hospitals, folk clubs, critter clubs, taverns, coffeehouses, VFW Halls, Parrish halls and grange halls.
In between the concert gigs and the shadow plays, I play for wedding parties, anniversary parties, birthday parties, reunions, corporate soirees, square dances, contra dances, and all manner of flat-out-good-time gatherings. Feel free to contact me regarding contracting live music for an event.
I am also available for voice acting work.
Aside from “for hire” gigs, I have volunteered my services for non-profit, charitable and political events, both as musician and as MC. I’ve served on a number of not-for-profit boards/panels on matters related to the arts.