Ok, I’ve been around a little while now, so perhaps a bullet-point style artistic resume makes more sense than a lengthy essay!
Born January 14 1959.
Educated at St. Joseph’s Primary School Malvern (1964–67), De La Salle College Malvern (1968–1976), Monash University (1978–1981). Graduated with Music Major in Bachelor of Arts.
Appeared as an actor in a number of theatre productions such as Dario Fo’s Accidental death of an Anarchist on campus. Also acted and played music in Political Street theatre in Sydney and Melbourne. Played with Jugband/Swing bands The Shoeslapper String band and the Ice VoVo Orchestra. Acted in Stephen Radic’s Kelly film in the main role (can be seen as part of the touring Ned Kelly film collection).
Studied Violin privately with Neil Clifton, Thomas Fitzgerald and Fintan Murphy (1978-94).
Worked as a Kitchenhand at Cabrini Hospital and as a performer for Matildas Singing Telegrams while studying.
Worked as a freelance Musician and Teacher from 1984.
Played and toured with Bushwahzee folk band (1984-88), averaging 240 shows per year. Recorded on “The Waves of Rosebud”, “Put on Your Dancing Shoes” and “Penguin Parade”.
Participated in regional School tours with the Victorian Arts Council (1986).
Teacher of String’s at Northcote High School (1991–94).
Played with Irish bands The Celts and The Liberties (1988-92), playing at The Port Fairy Folk Festival for 10 years straight, Maldon Folk Festival and National Celtic Festival among others, where I conducted many workshops. Played support to Christie Moore and Nelson Mandela at the Hamer Hall and Sports & Entertainment Centre, appeared on SBS Television. Recorded two albums with The Celts – “Shamrock Shore” and “Bonny Ship the Diamond“. Averaged 260 gigs a year with these Irish bands.
Tutor of Strings and Didjeridu at The Council of Adult Education (1992-94).
Played and toured with The Guiness International Showband, supporting Irish legends DeDannan in Hobart.
Formed The Preachers with Scottish song writer Steve Boyd, an original and Celtic rootsy band later becoming Steve Boyd and the Preachers. Recorded two albums, “Folly and Moonshine” and “Ribcage Xylophone“. Played at festivals, appeared on TV, radio.
Director of Celtic Music Ensemble under the auspices of The Institute of Education and The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Music (1993-2002).
Opened and operated own Teaching studio in Brunswick (1995-2004). Created The Australian Fiddle Music School with accompanying repertoire and pedagogy. Released 2 tutor books and cd’s, Tunes of the Australian Fiddle Music School Vol’s 1 and 2.
Formed The AFMS ensemble which catered for a diverse and interesting group of amateur musicians in Sydney Rd. Recorded cd with ensemble and Elliott Folvig titled “First Take“. Took ensemble to many a festival and provided performance and musical experiences for many.
Formed duo with jazz guitarist Elliott Folvig pioneering original compositions and genre “Australian Urban folk music” (sounds a bit Celtic, Middle Eastern and American). Played at numerous concerts and festivals playing with the worlds best. Recorded “Eyes Over the Scroll”, a mix of original and traditional string music with Elliott Folvig.
Took opportunity to work as an actor again, playing the part of James Reardon in the Universal Studio’s film “Ned Kelly” with Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom (2002)
Worked as a freelance musician. Returned to study for post graduate study (1999-2001), studying Violin pedagogy. Graduated with a Graduate Diploma of Arts in Music (2002). Nominated and won two national music and teaching “Golden Fiddle” awards in 2004 and 2005.
Due to multiple family bereavements called a temporary halt to performing
career concentrating on full time teaching of Strings. Director of Melbourne Youth Music group “The Melbourne Fiddlers” (2004-09). Recorded, produced, composed
arranged and played on 3 Melbourne Fiddlers cd’s. Regular appearances at Iwaki Theatre.
One year as String Teacher at Billanook College (2004). Sessional Violin teaching work at St. Kevin’s and Scotch College (2004-07). String Teacher at The Knox School (2005-12), teaching a large number of private individual and group lessons, ensembles and classes from Grade 3 through to Year 7. In 2011 undertook study in the Counselling & Community Service area and went to part time at The Knox School.
Joined Stomp Dog in 2011. Recorded album “Songs of the dead“. Played many Victorian shows. Casual member of The Prairie Kings (Hillbilly swing) and The Whiskee Gypsies. Played shows with folk-rock band Zeptepi and guested on their albums “Winter in the Blood” (2012) and Coming Up For Air (2013).
Achieved black belt in Karate in 2012, and studied for and graduated with a Diploma of Music at MWT Institute.
Co produced, arranged, played ‘cello, violin, mandolin and didjeridu on recordings by Scottish singer/songwriter Neil Mitchell.
Many gigs as a solo performer in 2013. Work as Violin Teacher at Online Music Solutions (specialist violin and cello teaching in Primary Schools). Released “Tunes of an
Australian Fiddle and Mandolin Player“, a book of 92 original tunes.
2014 – Developed and refined a creative not repetitive method for string Players, and have successful teaching practices all over Melbourne/ Victoria.
Toured South Australia with “The Orange Tree production”, written and performed by Darryl Emmerson (based on the poetry of John Shaw Neilson). Live to air performance on ABC radio.
Started pre-production on original album.Lots of Martial Arts training. Continued session playing!