I worked several summers playing at the Northern California Renaissance Faire. I was in a Swedish duet and then the French Band and lastly playing for the Scottish dance troupe. Simultaneously, I started working at folk-dance camps and it was necessary to learn how to play more of the Eastern European dance styles. Eventually, I was hired one summer to play Romanian dance tunes at a camp on Oahu. Also, one of the bands that I played and recorded with in those days was The Bicoastal Band, under the direction of Barbara McOwen. We toured in Japan and various places around the US. I played for many years in the camp bands and then as the music director for the Stockton Folkdance Camp and the Mendocino Folklore Camp. I was the music director when we took the camp band to Brazil.
My first trip to Scotland was in the capacity as the dance fiddler for our Santa Rosa Royal Scottish Country Dance class. I played at the local Scottish classes for about 21 years. The Wild Rose Band grew out of that dance class.
I presently lead an open Celtic Session with Roxanne Oliva every 2nd Sunday at the Redwood Cafe in Cotati, Calif. and, I lead an Old-Time session with Chris Carney and Steve Delapp at the same place every fourth Sunday.
My Classical Teachers,
from age 9 to 22
My Fiddle Teachers,
over a 15 year span;
Tim Rued, Scandinavian and old-time
Bengt Johnnson, Swedish
Kevin Carr, contra-dance and Quebeqouis
Lache Cercel, Romanian
Will Spires, Cajun
Laurie Lewis, old-time and bluegrass
Alasdair Fraser, Scottish