Drawing from a diverse range of influences in my music including alternative rock, rock n roll, indie folk, anti-folk, old-time, classical, hip hop, and the blues, my live performances weave together my original alt-folk compositions with covers of traditional folk songs that span generations. I often find myself switching between acoustic guitar, piano, ukelele, and the occasional banjo or mandolin, and use a shruti box to accompany myself with a simple drone during Gaelic chants and old primitive Baptist hymns. I'm grateful to usually be joined by a rotating cast of roving instrumentalists, who help bring my music to life on strings, brass, woodwinds, accordion, harmonica, harmonium, and the famous dancing chicken.
"Intuitive perceptive compositions and compelling performance!"
Original Indie Chamber Alt-Folk
My live sets tend to be a mix of raw passion, sly wit, and down-to-earth vulnerability. Lyrically I am drawn to themes of grief, courage, longing, and defiant hope, and I always seek to maintain a balance between the playful, the profound, and the prophetic. There is nearly always some storytelling, some self-deprecation, and some kind of invitation for audience participation.
Albums & Recordings
I've also independently recorded, produced, and released several singles as well as full-length albums.
I've been performing live music since the age of 16, when I first took the stage at Tate Street Coffeehouse in my hometown of Greensboro, NC. From the late '90s to 2005, I mostly played drums as part of an indie-punk trio in which we regularly rotated instruments. Since then, I have performed countless solo shows on stages across the U.S. and around the world - at festivals, auditoriums, theaters, restaurants, street corners, churches, dive bars, town fairs, coffeeshops, and house shows. I've performed on both radio and television, and have also participated in a number of musical theatre performances.
Liturgical Music & Chant
I occasionally provide music leadership for liturgy, worship, and religious ritual in a variety of contexts.
I can provide my own sound equipment for smaller venues, and am also available for hire at extremely competitive rates to provide sound setup, stage management, and/or live mixing for small, simple events. Please fill out the contact form below if you are interested to find out if I can help meet your needs at a reasonable price point.
Yamaha Stagepas 600i with 10-channel mixer, 680W power output, and USB connection port for iphone/ipad input
Crate Traveler's PA system with 6/8-channel mixer and 100W power output (for smaller venues)
4 microphones + XLR mic cables
3 instrument cables
2 boom microphone stands