I am a product of all that I've absorbed, and all those who have taught me precious lessons. Here are just some of the musicians who inspire me.
Singing Fred's incredible songs and performing beside him on stages across the country is one of the great joys of my life.
He is a rare, one of a kind songwriter. Full of bite and wit- his massive body of work explores human frailty with honesty and real affection.
When I watch Carl and Penny sing together I'm reminded of just how wonderful and compelling total fearlessness can be in performance.
Beautiful voices, beautiful songs, warm and real.
When people start to rave about the evils of social media I have the ace up my sleeve. If it wasn't for twitter I'm sure I would never have come across these wonderful humans.
Steve is a master instrumentalist, producing the sweetest tone with his bass, Lobelia sings with a raw honesty and warmth that always touches me.
Together they change lives with their generosity, musical or otherwise.
Another musician I love playing bass with.
Miriam has an arresting voice. It's so richly textured and gorgeous.
Add to this her abilities as a multi instrumentalist, her mastery of infectious African syncopation and her fabulous songs and you get the picture.
Raw honesty is a thing I always have time for.
Jodi could play the rock chick princess. She has the beauty, the brains and the voice to do well in 'the game'. Instead she stands on a stage and speaks to the hearts of everyone who hears her.
Another golden discovery thanks to a chance twitter encounter.
Beautiful, heart tugging, one-of-a-kind voice, incredible songs and simply one of the kindest, most thoughtful people I have met on my travels.
"Songwriter, crooner, film-maker, astronaut, cabaret & revue artist" is the way he describes himself.
'Magician' is the word I would use. You have to see him live to be able to experience the amount of charisma and presence Gregory exudes on a stage. Any journey led by Gregory Page will be utimately warm and uplifting.
Crazy, vocal gymnast and mad scientist extraordinaire, Mal is one of my fave soloists to see performing live.
He is a consummate musician and a beautiful caricaturist of the human condition, as well as being able to play EVERY instrument well, and do things with his voice and words which should be well... IMPOSSIBLE!