Performed as a folk duo with my wife Charlene, first as "Comfort", then "Jar O'Comfort". I sang playing guitars and mandolin. Charlene sang and operated our drum machine, which we named "Orville Ezekial Bindertwine III".
From late 1978 through to 1986, we played in lounges, pubs, festivals and conventions as a duo in PEI, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Alberta. We recorded our LP in 1980, and our daughter Savannah was born in 1983. She traveled with us for the first years of her life. What a wonderful bonus to have that!
As a sideline to the traditional repertoire of Jar O'Comfort, we added a bass player to form a small dance combo, calling it (once again from my early days) "Little Bit o' Heat" Kenny Downe played with us in 1985 and 1986. Then Steve Sharratt replaced him. playing bass for the dance trio, and adding mandolin, guitar and vocals to make "Jar O'Comfort" a trio.
Using a four track double speed cassette recorder, we did a "Jar O'Comfort" recording as a trio in 1988 with Steve Sharratt calling the album "Surrounded by Water". This was my first venture into full length recording in Guernsey Cove.
"Little Bit O'Heat" featured Réal Longuepée on bass in 1988-89, then Shawn Taylor in 1990