Jeff is a respected musician fluent in many music genres including folk, country, gospel, Celtic and rock. This diversity has strengthened his natural gift to compose and arrange unique and powerful melodies. His percussive and innovative approach to piano and guitar playing is distinct and is the very reason why he is in high demand for live performances, recording sessions, and as an instructor for music workshops. Jeff is very personable, looking for every opportunity to mingle with his audiences.
A former member of the New Brunswick Celtic group 39 Toes, Jeff, between 2001 and 2005, helped the band become music festivals favorites throughout Canada’s Maritime provinces. In ’04, the Toes were chosen and performed as provincial show-casers at the annual East Coast Music Awards (ECMA’s) in St. Johns, Newfoundland. Jeff co-fronted the band with fellow singer/songwriter Jason Myers and was the engineering force behind their CD entitled Right! which has received worldwide Internet sales.
Jeff has collaborated with the likes of Natalie MacMaster, Richard Wood, and Ward MacDonald. East coast artists such as J.J. Chaisson, Stacey Read, Kinnon Beaton, Andrea Beaton, and ECMA nominees Cynthia MacLeod and Banshee have recorded his compositions. In addition, Jeff is the owner of The Squeak Box recording studio and has become sought after for his audio engineering skills.
Jeff has written a very successful instruction booklet entitled Piano and Guitar Accompaniment Secrets for the Fiddle and has used this as a teaching tool at music workshops across the continent. In addition to being a frequent music instructor throughout Atlantic Canada, Jeff has taught at workshops as far away as Blue Hill (Maine), the Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp (Colorado), and the Klondyke Fiddle School (Yukon).
Tara is a gifted fiddler, composer and vocalist. With a double dose of Celtic influence (her late granddad played Highland pipes and her father hails from rural Newfoundland) she has been a spotlighted member of several music groups and has entertained audiences as far away as South Africa.
Most noted as the fiddler/singer of former east coast group Foggy Shores, Tara continues to dazzle listeners with her unique musical style and angelic voice.
Be sure to check out Tara’s original compositions for the fiddle on our downloads page; her original tunes are no less than stellar.
Steeped in east coast tradition and strong Celtic influences, this dynamic duo has been enchanting audiences wherever they go.
Both Jeff and Tara share impressive resumes that reflect a common passion for traditional fiddle tunes, folk and gospel music, as well as a healthy mix of modern material.
Jeff is a gifted piano and guitar player, composer and vocalist. He was a member of former east-Canadian Celtic group 39 Toes and continues to be called upon as a session musician for many recording artists. Jeff has collaborated with the likes of Natalie MacMaster, Cynthia MacLeod, and Ward MacDonald. In addition, Jeff’s compositions can be found on several fiddler’s recordings as close as Cape Breton and as far away as Nashville.
Tara is a gifted fiddler, composer and vocalist. With a double dose of Celtic influence (her granddad played Highland pipes in his day and her father hails from Newfoundland) she has been a spotlighted member of several music groups and has entertained audiences as far away as South Africa. Most noted as the fiddler of former east coast group Foggy Shores, Tara continues to dazzle listeners with her unique musical style.
Combined, Jeff and Tara produce a very captivating style indeed. On any given night they can grab your attention with a set of toe-tapping fiddle tunes, then tug on your heart-strings with a beautiful vocal ballad, and then have you sing along with a rip-roaring traditional folk song!
If you like an old-time kitchen party then this duo is a must-see!