I believe in the healing power of live music to help alleviate suffering of all kinds.
I am a New York native and lifelong musician who became interested in the headwaters of the deep river of American music and studied Appachian mountain music, the old ballads, blues, and early Jazz. As the son of Irish immigrants and first generation American, I felt a deep connection to this music which has been shaped by the rich confluence of immigrant cultures in America.
A major impact on my work has been my personal journey as the sole caregiver to my mother, Christina, who had Alzheimer’s disease for fourteen years. She loved to sing and dance, and when I played the old Irish tunes for her, she would sing along and smile. She always kept her spark and sense of humor during the long years she suffered with this tragic disease. To my mother, this work is dedicated.
As well, through my 10 years of bringing therapeutic music to people suffering with Huntington’s Disease, I have come to have a deep understanding of music’s healing power and the tough challenges that chronic debilitating illnesses bring to families and their loved ones who suffer.
In addition to my work in the healing arts. I can be found playing guitar, banjo and mandolin in a number of bands around the tri-state area including The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn, The Jug Addicts, Astrograss, and my blues duo, The Greezy Greens. My old time/bluegrass music group, The Hoppin’ John String Band, was selected to be cultural ambassadors as part of the U.S State Dept.’s Rhythm Roads program and have done tours to Central America, Kuwait, Oman, and Turkmensitan.