I arrived in Cape Breton in 1975. By chance within a week I got a job as a lighthousekeeper. While my work kept me in these parts, by far the strongest influence to stay was the music I encountered and the many fine musicians I met. Both were to have a profound impact on the future direction of my life.


At house parties and dances, during my months off the light, dozens of musicians took time to teach me tunes and techniques. Returning to work, the lighthouse isolation gave me space and time to practise, to digest what I'd heard, to study the old collections and recordings, and eventually to compose.

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