I bring so much more to the stage than just music. I am a storyteller, a folklorist and above all a seasoned teacher. From the ancient ballad, to the newest song that I might have just composed, my years in front of both classes and audiences have honed in me the ability to draw the listener in and impart a deeper connection with the music.
I offer three different types of music:
• “Mine” – I am a songwriter. However, my process for developing my own music can be a very slow one. For example, the seed for “I’ll See You in the Morning Martin” was planted with the creation of a chorus in April of 1968, but only fully germinated with the full lyrics into a song in 2004. Finally, it was not until 2014 that it found its most recent resting place in an eight-song concept musical collage. Most importantly, my songs all have a background story, and I love sharing these stories with my audiences.
• “Theirs” – About one-third of my standard performance is made up of acoustic covers. Most of these are rather obscure songs that I find to have well written lyrics. A first time listener will most likely have never heard them before. As with the songs that I have written, these also come with their own life and story.
• “Ours” – These are traditional folk songs, ownership of which is in the public domain. These songs are possibly the only ones that merit the title of folk song. These songs belong to all of us, and for many the composer is unknown. While most performers today are usually singing either their own compositions (singer/songwriter) or doing covers of recognizable popular songs, my sets are about evenly split among: my own compositions, obscure covers, and traditional folk songs. Even more than with “mine” and “theirs” the traditional folk song’s story is essential for full appreciation.