The Songsmith Folio is a project by Randal Smith. I am from Peterborough, ON, Canada, and music has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I plan to showcase Canadian Music from the 60's, 70's, and 80's by covering songs with my teacher, and musical partner, Terry Finn. Terry is a professional musician, and has a plaque on the Peterborough walk of fame.
Born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, Terry has made his success performing throughout North America and Europe as an eminent pianist, singer and entertainer. His music career began as the organist at St. Peter's Cathedral in Peterborough and continues after sharing the stage with the likes of performers such as Sharon Lois and Bram, The Irish Rovers, Ronnie Hawkins, Valdy and many others. Terry teaches keyboards, guitar, and vocal lessons at "Finn's House of Music" in Peterborough. He has taught and mentored many students, the most commercially successful student being Serena Ryder. Terry also preforms many shows in the Peterborough area every year with various musicians and vocalists, and his band, Four Front. Terry's website is http://www.finnshouseofmusic.com/ Having said all this, the best thing about Terry is he is a great person, and I am fortunate to have him as my friend.
When I say my passion is music, I mean all facets of music. We will be arranging, performing, recording, mixing, and producing all our song covers, with a little (lot) of help from our friends. All recording and mixing will be "old school" on vintage analog equipment.
My first musical instrument was the violin. I started playing at age 10, and played until I was 20. The pinnacle of my performing was making the cut and playing 1st violin in the Peterborough Junior Symphony Orchestra. The next 30 years were busy with career and family. My musical involvement was mainly listening to great songs. You could say I was drawn back into playing music by a guitar. My Dad's 1966 Gibson J45 to be exact. I remember Dad taking lessons and practicing in the bedroom. I would sit outside the bedroom door and listen to him practice. He would play at our campfires at Melody Bay. Johnny Cash was his favorite and music of choice to play. Like me, at one point he stopped playing and the guitar sat in it's case in the closet. I had no idea how much this guitar meant to him until he was sick with cancer. He was in a hospital bed in our living room, and his only request was that we take the guitar out of the closet, and hang it on the wall where we could see it. After he passed, the guitar when back into the closet.
About 6 months later, I was getting the bug to play music again, and asked Mom if I could borrow Dad's guitar and take lessons. She was thrilled with the idea, and so began my journey of playing the guitar. I have since picked up my violin again, after a 37 year hiatus.
I credit my Mom and Dad for my early love of all things music, my teenage friends, who introduced me to great bands like the Beatles, and Rock and Roll in general, and my music teachers (Bill Eakins, Eldon Yourkin, Nathan Truax, Terry Finn), for continuing the journey that has led to The Songsmith Folio.
Please join me on this journey of awesome songs. You can sign up for my mailing list, watch the videos, and if you like what you hear, you can purchase some songs.