I started drumming at age 7 with a vintage 1979 Oakwood Slingerland kit. At 16, still in high school, I joined a seasoned blues band, The Rhythm Slaves, who were performing in the bars and clubs circuit in Eastern PA (USA) and New York State. I had replaced a long serving drummer and we had only time for one rehearsal before our first gig. In any case, we sounded tight. The gig was in NY in some run down hotel bar. There were five of us in the band and we ended up almost outnumbering the audience. Needless to say it got better. Over the next two years we played some great venues and, for me, the experience was invaluable. 

I played in various bands at the time including J.A.M. and The Second Fret Quintet. In 1998 I produced an album entitled Three Miles to Pine Creek which was a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society. Over $10,000 was raised through sales of the album and it won two regional ACS awards opening the door for a second project. To find out more, click here. The CD was re-released in July 2015, again as a fundraiser, to coincide with the annual Relay for Life event in Tioga County and is available here and on all good online stores.

In 2002 I released an audio book with Pennsylvanian author Heather Trexler Remoff entitled 'Readings from February Light', funded by the Tioga County Medical Association, in partnership with the American Cancer Society. Prior to this I had been performing with Nick Ippoliti and the Travelin' Machine. Our four piece acoustic americana band performed original material written by Mule Dixon and we released two albums: 
Tramp Art Americana (2000) and Politicus (2002). Both feature me on percussion and piano.

From 2014 and 2016 I was the drummer for Aidan and the Wildfires - a four piece original, progressive, folk-rock-americana band which had a residency at the legendary Troubadour club in London and shows in the festival circuit. The band won the Purbeck Rising competition in August 2015 at the Purbeck Valley Folk Festival in Dorset and played two main stages in 2016. In May 2016 our debut single
I wish I was King  was released and is available on all good online stores. Check out some our videos on YouTube: Life recorded at White Gate Studio, I Wish I Was King and Stay

In 2018 I joined Man the Lifeboats and I am really excited about what's in store for the rest of this year. We recorded an EP in February and released a music video in May which can be viewed here. The EP was released on the 22nd of June at Nambucca in London and it was great having so many supporters there! For more details about the band please visit our site and follow us on twitter
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