I am 59 years old and a semi-retired stage actor and director. I specialize in Shakespeare and was trained by Cis Berry and John Barton of the Royal Shakespeare Company. I have played guitar since the age of about four and worked professionally as a younger man both touring and as a studio musician. I was born and raised on a farm in Western Pennsylvania but have lived and worked in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Brazil and more. I lived in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania for many years and moved to Texas five years ago with my wife to follow our daughter and granddaughter. I mainly play acoustic fingerstyle guitar. I speak Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Norwegian, French, Italian, passable German, and Lakota Sioux. When I lived in Brazil I studied Brazilian music and guitar techniques and I love Brazilian culture and popular music. I am also interested in the way different types and styles of music change and evolve as people move and migrate across the world. I am fascinated by the way for instance Brazilian music is informed by Classical European, African, and Native influences and the way they manifest themselves within different regions and even different cities in that country. Though I am a child of the 60's and early 70's I do not want to be stuck in the past when it comes to the music I listen to, play, or write. I keep my interests open and wide ranging. When I'm listening for pleasure I'll play the Doors, Jobim, Mumford and Sons, George Jones, Paolo Conte, Bob Marley, The Band, Django, Beyonce or Snoop Lion and then the art songs of Faure and much more. I keep my mind and ears open. I try to look back fondly and then forward eagerly to what might be happening next in music. I love to play and write music and songs as well but at this point in my life I have no illusions about carving out a larger music career. That boat has already sailed. I play out once in a while and play accompaniment occasionally when asked but mostly I play and write for pleasure and for family and friends. I did studio work and for-hire guitar gigging back in the late 60's and early 70's but stage acting took over and it's where I've worked as a professional since 1978 or so. I've done plays of all kinds in Britain, Scotland, Ireland and Wales as well as Brazil, Jamaica, and all over the U.S. I've even acted in and directed a couple of plays in Cuba. I stay pretty much local these days in North Texas. And yes, I am one of those people who really did make it to "Woodstock" in White Plains. Myself and four friends ditched school, and driving an old dilapidated Pontiac, carrying a case of Boone's Farm wine, with 73 dollars between us, drove to New York state. We even had tickets which another friend got us for free though we didn't have to use them. After the concert we drove two weeks to get to San Francisco then spent the winter of '69 and '70 roaming between there and Los Angeles washing dishes and doing day work to support ourselves. It was all great and miserable at the same time. That's me and it's probably more than enough information to write here. But Acoustic Guitar (my favorite magazine) did ask. So there I am.
My Guitars & Gear
I now own and play a reliable older Tacoma Chief (C1C), a Rainsong Jumbo, an old small bodied solid wood construction blues guitar that no one, so far, can tell who made it or when it was made. I also own an old Martin ukulele and a few other guitars both electric and acoustic.