Joe was born in Oshawa, and raised in Peterborough. He worked at various jobs throughout the years, but his longest employment was with the Canadian Armed Forces.
Since 2003, he has been a house husband, supporting his wife and three young sons. Out of all his family and relatives, Joseph is the only one who flourished as a musician. He started playing guitar at 14 years of age, and with lots of practice and passion, has learned various styles and genres of music. Joe’s secondary instruments are percussion (djembe and bodhran), harmonica, and bouzouki.
Over the last 3 years, the ukulele has become Joe’s instrument of choice and focus; so much so that whenever he’s not busy at home, the uke mysteriously finds its way into his hands – for over an hour at least.
Because of this new passion for the uke, Joe attended a ‘George Formby Society’ convention in the UK (fall 2011). Coupled with learning from various YouTube mentors – Joe wants to pass on some of George’s distinctive tricks he’s learned! We invite anyone who may be interested in the ‘George Formby’ style to come out to his first ukulele workship at the Ottawa Folklore Centre*.