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Ian Griffiths: Having spent years immersed in Spanish, Roma, and Italian cultures, Ian Griffiths brings spice and heat to TMO’s music. One of the three original members of the band, Ian started by playing a toy accordion, but quickly moved on to the real thing. In a world where accordions are played by many, but understood by few, Ian has worked hard to bind classical accordion playing with experimental sounds, and alongside members of TMO works to place it within unexpected music. Ian’s song writing is based on romanticized story telling….and pirates. Ian performs with a children s act “Captain Green Beard The Environmental Pirates” and plays regularly with “Amusette.” He can currently be found in Victoria, BC or Halifax, NS playing with former TMO fiddler, Jacques Mindreau.
Paul Wolda: Paul Wolda began his musical journey under the tutelage of Gordy Ryan and Zoe Ryan on Cortes Island. Gordy worked along side the Great Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji within the well known group the Drums of Passion. As a young boy Paul played with bandleader Gordy Ryan in the Group Island Rhythm and also took brief workshops with Baba. Paul pulls inspiration from Alex Acuña, Mamady Keïta, and Mickey hart. On his off time Paul enjoys splitting firewood and making things with his hands. He likes stonemasons because they always seem to give him a hard time.
Mack Shields: is a natural. His amazing abilities stem from his complete open mindedness paired with an absolute ability on his instrument honed over the years. Of former Victoria, BC Aint’ Dead Yet fame, Mack plays and sings like it keeps him alive. A song writer, a fine fiddler and a comedic genius, Mack toured a month in 2013 with TMO and will be with us all winter while we track new songs and all summer on tour.
photo: Caitlind R.C. Brown
Keith Rodger: is the newest to be welcomed to the TMO family and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Keith has amazing abilities on the double bass, guitar, and voice and did formal training for bass at Mount Royal University in Calgary. He is a keen learner, a warm heart, and plays with an incredible amount of sensitivity and feel.
Peter Mynett: played with TMO from 2007-2013 and he has actively been playing in bands for the last fifteen years. He has played electric bass for twenty years and the upright for ten. He also plays piano and guitar. Peter has been studying independently for twenty years, teaching privately for ten and facilitating workshops since 2008. He has studied music at UVic and has his diploma in jazz studies from Capilano University. Peter freelances as a recording and live sound technician, and has an active interest in production and sound design. Growing up in Vancouver and recently lived in the Kootenays, he currently resides in Vancouver attending Capilano college and occasionally enjoys creative sabbaticals on the Gulf Islands. In addition to coffee and bikes, he enjoys food and nature. Sometimes Peter gets blinded by all the amazing things in the world he’d like to learn about.
Patrick M’Gonigle: played with TMO from 2007-2012. Currently attending Berkeley School of Music, this Victoria BC native began training in classical violin at the age of 6, and picked up the mandolin prior to Berkeley in 2009. His passion for mandolin quickly grew, as did an ever developing love of Bluegrass and Old Timey. Over the past 3 year, Patrick has moved further into song writing, and can rarely…if ever…be seen not strumming his mandolin, or without both instruments in hand on route to a jam or show. Patrick M’Gonigle can be found performing with various bands across Canada and The US.
Jacques Mindreau: Played with TMO on 3 different tours during 2012-2013. Jacques fits right in. He has an undeniable passion for music, and brings constant positivity to the experience of both performing, rehearsing and touring. Mr. Mindreau plays multiple styles, speaks many languages, and has been a great addition to the band since the Fall of 2012. Jacques’ other projects include Beautiful Wild Animals and Krasnagorsk.
photo: Kayla Conley