HELLO AGAIN

SORRY FOR THE LONG ABSENCE.
IT’S BEEN BUSY THESE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS.

I’ll try to be concise. There have been a lot of changes. After nine years with Ashworth, I’ve decided to call it a day. It has been a great band to be apart of. We made two albums that I am very proud of. Adam Nevins is still doing shows with various players in Indianapolis as Ashworth. Be sure to check them out. You never know, I just might play a one off in the future. Siochain continued our very busy schedule most of the year. We even release our second album, Peace By Peace. I’m really happy with this. Everyone performed wonderfully. Mike Petrow’s engineering and mixing are stellar. However, after a very productive 3 1/2 years, Siochain is no more. Greater details are at www.siochain.net . We are sad, but it feels right. Our final shows were some of the best I’ve ever experienced. Our fans came out in droves and showered us with love. Very memorable. We ended on a high note.

Despite these departures, I’ve stayed quite busy. I have the pleasure of doing a lot of jazz gigs the last several months. Weekly gigs with Reggie Bishop and frequent shows with the Jeff DeHerdt Trio have been a real treat. I’ve also played shows with two talented young ladies recently. Former American Idol contestant, Kendall Phillips is a fine singer that has been doing shows in the area. More are soon to follow. Paige Richie is an Indiana based country singer who is really turning heads. I’ve done several shows with her throughout the midwest and south. Both ladies are great talents. Keep your eyes and ears open. I’ve also done other shows with The Big Legumes and Chris Smail.

I recently started producing an up and coming album with Dave Gibbs. I worked with Dave a few years ago on his first album. We were able to bring in my friend, Mike Roe, to lay down some guitar tracks. He brought some real fire to the whole project.

Finally, I am proud to say that I am now playing Spaun Drums. My custom made kit was delivered this summer. As you can see, they sound and look amazing. I’m posting more photos of them on my images page.

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CALIFORNIA HERE I COME!

I JUST GOT BACK FROM A WEEK IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND THE NAMM SHOW
It is always a treat to visit family, friends, the beach and warm weather in January. NAMM was amazing. I was there courtesy of Spaun Drum Company, the finest drums made. Spending time with them at NAMM reminded me of why I love these drums so much. Thank you Brian Spaun and Dave Pimental. I also met alot of other great people.Jeff and Kathleen Kelly of Kelly Shu mic mounting systems and John Stannard of Hammerax are two new companies I’m proud to be working with. The folks at Modern Drummer magazine were great to meet as was Jonathan Mover with Drumhead magazine. Find out more about these great people and products on my links page. I also had the pleasure of meeting Billy Ward. Billy is a great drummer and educator. He has been a big influence on my approach to drumming. I had a great time hanging out with him. Every drummer should check out his cd’s and dvd’s. I met alot of other folks too numerous to name. But, they all made NAMM a memorable experience. Well…..back to the snow!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

WHAT GREAT COUPLE OF MONTHS!
The Ashworth CD release party was a really special night.Our opening performers, Ric Hordinski and Wolfy, gave fantastic performances. We felt embraced by them as well as the audience. In December, I performed in a Christmas production called, “Imagine Christmas”, at Vineyard Community Church in Greenwood, IN. It was the coolest one of it’s kind that I’ve ever done. My wife, Kathryn, was the music director. She did an amazing job of pulling all of the musicians and singers together to make it happen. Combined with the staging, dance and other media, it made for several powerful performances.

Siochain brought in the new year at the Claddagh Irish Pub in downtown Indianapolis. 2007 saw us do approximently 115 shows throughout the midwest. Our 2008 schedule looks to be just as busy. We will also release our second album this year. I’ll keep you posted.

HI!

WELCOME TO MY SITE. IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING. Look around. You’ll find the latest of what I’m up to, where I’m playing next and who I’m recording with. Listen to music on the player while exploring any page you want. You can check out a few video clips and photos. I also have CDs for sale! I will add photos, video, CDs and free downloads as time goes on. I hope you enjoy your time here. Thanks for stopping by. I’ve been busy lately. Where to begin…SIOCHAIN has maintained a very steady schedule this year. We’ve played many Irish pubs and festivals throughout the midwest to very receptive audiences. We will have done over 100 shows by years end. We even won the People’s Choice Award at the Indy Irish Fest this year. There were many excellent groups there that weekend, so we’re really honored by this recognition. We are also working on our second album. We will probably release this next spring. I may post some “in progress” video or audio. So, check back. ASHWORTH has been busier the last few months as we gear up for the release of our second album, Downtown. We will be having a CD release party on November 17,2007 at RadioRadio. Wolfy and Ric Hordinski will open the show for us. This will be a special night. The room is the coolest one in Indy. Wolfy and Ric are stellar perfomers. So, we’ll be looking for ya! CA3, my experimental project with Jeff DeHerdt has done a few shows around town the last few months. The best of which was Oranje 2007! Man, what an event that was! Artist and bands of all kinds generated about 6 hours of sensory overload. It was great to hang out and watch and play with so many people. I am also scoring music for a film series for a Sunday school program called “KIDZ CAN”. It’s still very much in the development stages. I’m having a lot of fun with this. Quite different from hitting things!