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About the Band...
The awe-inspiring seven to eleven piece Celtic jazz ensemble, bringing the sounds of Ireland to Canada & beyond
The Clefs of Moher was formed in 2014 specifically to perform for an annual series of Multiple Sclerosis Fundraisers at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts in Kitchener, Ontario. This Celtic-inspired modern 11-piece jazz ensemble had so much fun bringing down the house for those events, that they couldn’t wait to do more. They went on to play the Registry Theatre (Kitchener) and the Jazz Room (Waterloo) annually from 2017-19. More recently, the large ensemble was revived due to popular demand to play the ‘First on Stage Series’ at First United Church (Waterloo) and the Sun Life Financial Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival.
Tim is a retired WCDSB teacher and is presently living the dream of performing with the Clefs of Moher and the founder and lead organizer of Belmont Village Bestival.
Instrument - Saxophone
Five time CCMA Fiddle Player of The Year, and CCMA Award Winner for Specialty Instrument (Mandolin), Shane Guse has become a top call musician on stage, radio, television, in studio and beyond. Shane is the founding member and leader of the Canadian Roots “super-group”, The Western Swing Authority.
Instrument - Fiddle
A member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony since 2007, Cathy also performs and records with other local artists and enjoys teaching the cello studio at Renaissance School of the Arts, as well as coaching the young cellists of the K-W Symphony Youth Orchestra program.
Instrument - Cello
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Rob Gellner is a Guelph based trumpeter and flugelhorn musician, a composer/arranger and brass teacher active in many different genres of music.
Instrument - Trumpet
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Don McDougall (a Headhunters Drumsticks and Creatives artist) A graduate of the Humber College Music Program, Don has performed and/or recorded with some of the giants of Canadian jazz, including Pat LaBarbera, Peter Appleyard, Jane Bunnett, Duncan Hopkins, Nancy Walker, Keiran Overs and blues great Mel Brown. He is leader, producer, drummer/percussionist for fusion band Top Pocket, has been recording and touring the world (Europe, the US and Canada) with the Gary Cain Band for the last 10 years and has played drums and/or percussion for numerous musical productions including the 40th Anniversary World Tour of “West Side Story”, performing in Vienna, Austria; Bremen, Germany and Basel, Switzerland. In addition to having performed professionally for 37 years, he has also been teaching drums and percussion for over 34 years and is pleased to be a part of the faculty of Long & McQuade (Waterloo).
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Paul Stouffer feels fortunate to be both a co-writer and the keyboard player with Tim Moher and Clefs of Moher. At his Project Studio, Paul provides private lessons in jazz piano, theory, composition, and improvisation. He also guides musicians in the art of song-writing, arranging and producing, in preparation for recording. Paul continues to be actively engaged in playing corporate and other private gigs and festivals.
Instrument - Keyboard
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Greg is a freelance bassist settling in Waterloo after 18 years in Western Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Calgary, and studied at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts. Locally, in the past 15 years, he is a member of The Clefs of Moher and many other local groups.
Instrument - Bass
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Jesse started playing the violin at the age of 3 and has been fiddling around ever since. Jesse has developed a love for playing all genres of music from classical to country and jazz to rock. His performances have taken him across Canada and the US, appearing both as a soloist, band member and in musical theatre.
Instrument - Violin
My introduction to music was through the local school board and itinerant teacher Gary Tomlin. Later, his wife Karen taught me the percussion family of instruments and then Gary brought me into the world of jazz. Many dance bands, orchestras and ensembles later, I deepended my jazz concept at Humber College where I had many opportunities to play vibraphone and learned lots about jazz and hand-drumming. I have had many opportunities for playing live with my own jazz quintet, New Vibes Jazz Quintet, local KW Big Band Theory, Clefs of Moher, a country band named Farmington State, and many others. Life with music has been nourishing and rich.
Instrument - Percussion
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