Playing for over 40 years I am an exceptionally versatile and passionate accordionist. My repertoire is the result of meeting musicians and people from a wide variety of cultures and musical styles. I was fortunate to have been raised in 2 separate musical traditions. My grandparents came from Poland at the turn of the century and as a young child I was immersed in Polish culture and and traditional music. My professional career began at age 9. At age ten I was raised by 1930 vaudeville music performers when I traveled around New England performing in a group called the ‘Hog Hollow Hooters’. It is from them that I learned old American music along with the art of performance. Today my ever expanding repertoire encompasses music from a wide range of world and American traditions. I also play 1960’s surf rock, traditional ethnic, and my accordion compositions with my Portsmouth based group, the ‘Serfs.’
I present music education programs in schools on a regular basis. I am also a member of the NH State Council on the Arts Touring, Traditional, Arts-In-Healthcare, and Arts-in-Education rosters.
In May of 2000 I was sponsored by Congressman John Sununu to represent NH in a performance at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington DC. In July of 2000 I performed throughout Romania on a tour sponsored by the Smithsonian Folklife Center, the State Department, and the Governor Jeanne Shaheen of NH. I represented NH at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC in 1999, performed at the American and National folk festivals, was sent to Quebec City for its 400th anniversary as a musical ambassador for NH by Governor Lynch and played for the Inauguration for NH Governor Maggie Hassan. I released a number of solo recordings on my own Bellows Music label and my compositions and music have been featured in a number of feature films and television sound tracks including, Paramount's “Bad News Bears” and "A Team", Eddie Murphy’s “Meet Dave,” and multiple major network television sitcoms. For 30 years I've been hosting a weekly 1950’s style ethnic radio show, “Polka Party,” on WUNH-FM. In 1990, I was sponsored by the Edgewood Center of Portsmouth and his radio show listeners to undertake a national tour, performing for 93 nursing homes in 15 states over a five-week period and was named a 'Point of Light' by the USDA when I worked as a forester.
In 2008 I was the first to swim to the Isle of Shoals in winter and since has raised over $83,000 for 9 different charities in 9 winter swims. The NH Charitable Foundation gave a grant to write, produce, and perform a play on my musical life and swimming adventures through the Harborlight Stage Theater Company entitled 'Creekman…The Adventures of the Accordion Playing Merman.'