Played base semi pro from somewhere in the late 60s to 1976, then took the plunge to full time until 1980. I played in rock bands, show bands, top forty bands, retro bands, studio, house bands, throw together for one night bands, and one Italian wedding band ( dont laugh - thats where I learned how to sing and play at the same time ). Toured Quebec,Ontario, New England..etc. Lived out of a suitcase. I left the business for various reasons. But eventualy I felt something calling me and I wanted a Herculean challenge....I found it alright - I learned and played bagpipes from 1995 till 2000. I taught it in my last year
I recently heard the call again and discovered Magix and then Reason...
bagpipes(not much anymore)
some trumpet (badly) and french horn
Afro Celt Sound System
Dead Can Dance
DJ Champion et les G Strings
First influence was celtic - live, every Saturday night as I grew up, performed by family and friends - great Irish environment, fist fights were rare thankfully.
Started playing rock in local Montreal bars when I was 16 in late 60s early 70s ..and of late - the Looperman community.