Born in the Chicago suburbs, moved from the windy city to the windy coast at 8 years old, and grew up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Started playing music as soon as I could touch my dad's guitar strings and sing along to the Beatles on car trips. Took piano lessons at 7, started surfing at 9, played clarinet at 11, percussion at 13, resurrected my dad's Les Paul addiction at 14 and inherited his acoustic Washburn. Taught myself the didgeridoo (yirdaki) at 20 while living and studying in Australia. At 21 while finishing college I began studying and learning the highland bagpipes with Pipe Major Andy Simpson and the Port City Pipes and Drums, picked up a saz in Turkey after Uni and before marrying Jada. I acquired some banjo skills and a resonating tenor guitar recently and learned the proper way to play a djembe while playing in an African Drum ensemble in Wilmington, NC with Cheick Sissoko from Cote D'voire.
Now I'm still happily married to the woman of my dreams, play and perform all my instruments as much as possible by myself or with friends, and travel as much as possible to play and surf, and if the waves are good, I'll be out singing in some barrels.