Guitar, Clawhammer Banjo, Country & Irish Fiddle, Mandolin
has been playing music for some forty-odd years and teaching for the last 35.
This is his third time on the faculty of the Old Town School having briefly made his home here at the school twice before in the 1970's and the 1980's.
Too young and wimpy to play bars in the seventies, he
appeared alone or with partners on the local coffeehouse circuit while he
learned to play fiddle and banjo at the school from the likes of Dave Prine and Fleming Brown.
Later, he moved to Paris and was a street musician there for three years, playing the fiddle.
While abroad, he
performed indoors as well as out in France, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland.
Returning to the US, he
studied music with James Mack at the former Loop College
, going on to compose and/or arrange as well as produce music for independent theater in Chicago.
worked on over 30 productions throughout the 80's and 90's.
During this time he
also owned and operated Glenwood Studio
, a shoebox recording studio in Rogers Park and hosted the open stages at the No Exit Café.
is a long time resident of Rogers Park and performs often for adults and kids alike with his acoustic swing ensemble Baba Manouche.
teaches folk, contemporary acoustic, jazz and fingerstyle guitar.
believes that there are some simple, easy to learn concepts about rhythm, technique and organization that can improve anyone's playing in all styles at all levels.
also teaches beginning bass, beginning fiddle and mandolin as well as clawhammer banjo.