Playing Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown's famous Gibson Firebird with custom leather pickguard. King Eddy, Calgary 1986. Gibb Monks on sax
Doin' it right on a beautiful summer day with the trio, Erik Allen drums, Aaron Scholpp bass.
The great Jr. Wells and myself back in 1984 photo by Joe Campbell
The Ronnie Hayward Trio in 2002 with Kevin Herring on guitar
On the steps of Old City Hall in the shadow of greatness, Ian Tyson.
Promotional shot for Echo Broadcast 2010. Photo by Trudie Lee
The Hoodoo Sons with Jeff Healey (Bill Dowey left, John Rutherford right)
The Hoodoo Sons with Jeff Healey at a long gone Calgary venue called Cover to Cover, 1991
A memorable evening at the old King Eddy in Calgary with the great sax legend Lee Allen (Little Richard, Fats Domino, Dr. John, The Blasters) note: Dr. John, The Blasters, Donnie Walsh of Downchild and Otis Rush were also in the room.
House Band gig at the old King Eddy in Calgary
10 years old, first guitar
Hangin' out with AC Reed at Sounds Good record store (Uof C) 1983
With one of my greatest heroes Johnny Winter. I was so lucky to meet him several times and to be on the bill with him at a couple of festivals.
The Hoodoo Sons with the mighty Bill Dowey (foreground), Tom Knowles (back) and Brad Carter (left) 2012 Reunion tour
I opened for Ray Bonneville and was invited to play a couple songs at the end of Ray's soulful and groovin' set. Huge honour for me.
Calgary Folk Music Festival
My guitar hero gallery would not be complete without the masterful David Wilcox.
Working in the band with Daniel Stern (Home Alone, City Slickers) and Sherry Stringfield (ER, NYPD Blue) in a film called Viva Las Nowhere that also starred James Caan.
on stage with Colin Linden, Matt Anderson and Amos Garrett
with Colin Linden, Matt Anderson and Amos Garrett at Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2011
Jimmy Guiboche and me doing a casino show in Edmonton.
with Jim Byrnes, a hero of mine going back 40 years. I appreciate that I now call him a friend.
Busking with the Ronnie Hayward Trio. Dan Tapanila on guitar.
with Chicago blues legend Eddy Clearwater
photo by Lawrence Chrismas. Photograph was part of a Lawrence Chrismas exhibit of photographs of western Canadian musicians. 1993
Backstage at Red Deer Collage Theatre, 2010
Rehearsals for the folk opera Hadestown in which I sang the part of Hades.
Hadestown on stage
On the set (the old Calgary Remand Centre) shooting a video with Jason McCoy for his song Bury My Heart. Cell-mates are Ronnie Hayward (left), Craig Evans (back), Dan Tapanila (in the shadows)
Highwater Jug Band
Looking out to the hill, Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2011.
Donny Walsh "Mr. Downchild" after a show opening for the legendary Downchild Blues Band 2017