Erin Moffat – Vocals, Flute, Saxophone
Erin started her singing career fairly late in life, finding her voice on stage as a member of the FASS Theatre Company while completing her studies at the University of Waterloo. Soon after, she joined Kitchener Waterloo Little Theatre and hasn’t stopped singing since. In addition to KWLT and FASS, she has had featured roles in musicals with Stratford Community Players and Perth County Players. Erin was also the lead singer for the Kitchener band Six Minutes to Midnight, and can often be found singing the National Anthem at local sporting events. From 2014-2017 she was the vocalist (and flute player) for the acoustic duo Erin and Company, performing in local bars, festivals and senior homes. Currently she is performing as a solo entertainer in senior homes.
She began playing flute at the age of 13, and picked up the clarinet a couple of years later. She has performed with the Waterloo Concert Band, the University of Waterloo Warriors Band, the Argonotes, the Guelph Concert Band and the Kitchener Musical Society Band. Currently, Erin is a member of the Iron Tonic Jazz Band, where she sings and plays tenor saxophone and flute. She also loves playing in pit orchestras for musical theatre, and since 1998 has performed with Royal City Musical Productions, The Community Players of New Hamburg, UW Drama, Stratford Community Players, JM Drama and others.
Find out more at erinmoffat.com
David Rahn – Guitar
Richard Finch – Guitar
Richard (Rick ) Finch is a longtime resident of the Waterloo-Wellington area, and it’s there that he joined his first rock’n roll band in the mid 1960’s. A committed left-hander, he borrowed his older brother’s right-handed guitar to play in his first band, and he’s played guitar upside down ever since!
The very apt nickname, ‘Lefty’, has followed him through a variety of Southern Ontario rock bands including some notables; Wheelhouse, WN Show Band, Chevy and the Hub Caps, and The Cartunes. Not unlike many fellow musicians of the 60’s his love for the music trade was born on that fateful evening back in 1964 when the Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sullivan show; ‘I knew instantly that I wanted to be in a band. I immediately rounded up a bunch of my buddies and convinced them that we ought to start a band. The fact that none of us played a musical instrument seemed only a minor impediment to our success!’ The dream eventually faded, but his love for live music persisted over a five-decade career. ‘I think I’ve played every dusty dance hall and backroom speakeasy between Windsor and Montreal. Some of my best memories are of playing the smaller, quaint venues, but I have to say that back in the day, performing sold out shows at the iconic LuLu’s Roadhouse always got me excited.’
When he’s not polishing his guitars, he’s probably polishing his Harley, or his Piper Colt (it’s a plane not a gun – whew!!) while listening to classics from the 60’s. Oh… and he likes to quote Plato from time to time; ‘Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything’, but sometimes a Homer Simpson quote is more fitting; ‘Stupidity got us into this mess, and stupidity will get us out!’ For now, Rick continues to enjoy the mess!
Andre Perrella – Bass
Andre has an eclectic musical background. He grew up in the 1970s, a very troubled and musically confused time. He would watch local bands thumping out “Smoke On The Water” out of garages, then switch on the radio which could have been playing “Disco Duck.” Somehow, he emerged from that turmoil with an ear for a steady groove of bass rhythm. Andre has played in several bands ranging from country, bluegrass and classic rock. He continues to play for his church’s folk choir and band. He draws much inspiration from great bassists, particularly from James Jamerson, session bassist of Motown’s Funk Brothers.
Mike Somes – Drums
Mike Somes rarely stops moving! It might be the extra-large coffee, maybe the Red Bull, but it’s more likely because he never stops drumming! If he’s not drumming, he’s thinking about it, or he’s talking about it. It makes sense. He grew up drumming in one of the 1960’s musical hot-beds; Montreal. The scene was rife with blues and rock clubs where top acts of the day were commonplace. Mike chuckles when he reflects back; “I was under-age, and when I couldn’t sneak into the clubs, I’d stand by the window and soak up as much as I could from some of the best drummers in the country.”
He learned the trade well. Even as an under-ager you could find Mike holding the back-beat in clubs like Montreal’s Rainbow Bar and Grill, or the Maples Inn Pointe Claire QC. There he honed his skills under some of the greats. Mike is very humble about the Who’s Who that he’s played with, but when you can add icons like John Lee Hooker to the list of artists you’ve backed, it says something about your talent.
Of course, it also makes sense that as a Montrealer, Mike became a true-blue, die-hard, Canadiens fan! So, it’s not surprising that he uses hockey analogies when he talks about music; “Drummers are a lot like goalies. If you don’t have a strong goalie, you won’t have a strong hockey team. The same is true of a band. Without a solid drummer, the band lacks heart and foundation. Together, with a solid bass player, I like to hold the back-end steady, and create the foundation for my bandmates to be as creative as possible during a performance.”
In later years, after moving to Southern Ontario, Toronto’s El Mocambo, Grossman’s Tavern, The Silver Dollar, and the Horseshoe Tavern became regular performance venues for Mike. His musical tastes and talents became as wide and varied as the many bands that he backed over the years. When asked, he says; “The best music ever written is the music being written right now. Yes, there are great classic rock and roll, blues, country, and jazz tunes that have withstood the tests of time, but the music of today holds the classic of tomorrow. I’m always aware that the music, and the artists of today, are building the musical history of our tomorrow.”
A resident of Parry Sound, Mike makes the weekly commute south to rehearse with The Dangerhouse Band; “I really like the variety and the range of tunes the band performs. With Dangerhouse, I’m able to perform a lot of the classics I learned back in the day, but I especially like the challenge of the newer material the band performs. I really believe that music, especially current music, keeps you young – and I plan to stay young for a long time to come!”