I started writing songs in the late sixties. It was a
time of social protest and my early influences included Woody
Guthrie, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Pete Seeger, and John
Prine,. And there were lots of places to play - coffee houses, protests,
grape boycott pickets, “folk masses,” and coffee houses.
Working for Youth Corps, a faith
and social justice experience for young people, I
performed several times at Toronto’s famous Massey Hall for
events with Jean Vanier, Mother Teresa and Cesar
In the eighties, Paula Kriwoy, David Graham and I teamed up for a decade of wonderful musical experiences
and the production of two live recordings. The new music of Latin
America became a strong influence, reinforced by living in the region
for five years, reporting for the CBC.
The last decade-and-a-half has
found me in Ottawa, performing at solidarity events for
projects such as housing in Central America and water
pipes in Africa. My inclinations have meandered a bit - to the mandolin
and banjo (with a feature on CBC Radio called Banjo Bob).
And I compose music at a local parish that supports music for the
spirit, for the heart and for a more just world.