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Why so serious?  We can't all be like Eric!

The Coyotes are sometimes joined by some fabulous guest musicians. Check it out!

Jim DeVries
Drums & Percussion

Kevin Droughan
Drums & laughing gas

Patty McLaughlin
Guitar & Vocals

Wayne Nichols
Guitar & Vocals

Brian Colborne
Guitar & Vocals

Paul Snelgrove
Bass & Vocals

Freedom Chuck
Guitar & Vocals

Esko
Emotional Coach

Burke Cullen

Burke playing bass at Ribfest
Burke playing guitar in "The Den"

Burke's acoustic guitar style is influenced by the rich flat-picking and finger-picking styles of folk music. He also sings, plays banjo and bass, and favors the rich sounds of the Larrivée guitars. Born and raised on the west coast, Burke still has family and roots out there. He is also a seasoned world traveler and a man who can do some pretty good imitations of English and Irish accents.

Burke received his Ph.D. in English from U of T in 1994 and eventually joined Seneca College where he is a Professor of Technical Communication. He also teaches several music courses, covering the repertoire of artists such as Sarah McLachlan, Bruce Cockburn, and Ashley MacIsaac. Contemporary performers like these have roots in the popular music explosion of the 1960s, but his passion lies in the mid-twentieth century renaissance, which witnessed the emergence of such international folk legends as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and James Taylor. Burke is keenly interested in the Canadian contribution to this movement: The Tysons, Gordon Lightfoot, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Robbie Robertson.

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Braedon Garrett

Braedon playing electric guitar
Burke playing guitar in "The Den"

Braedon Garret is the complete musician. He is a multi-instrumentalist (drums, guitar, bass, sax, piano, etc. etc.) who recently completed an education at the Harris Institute. Braedon is keenly interested in every aspect of music and music-making. Whether it's musical theory, or how best to mic a mandolin in a recording studio, or how to EQ a live sound mix in a bar, or music history, Braedon immerses himself completely in the subject. He loves his Brian May guitars and is currently the winner of the band's "who has the most number of special effects pedals" contest. Through his company, Braedon Garret Music he offers Recording, Production, Post, Live Performance, lessons and even lutherie.

Some of his musical influences include, not surprisingly, Brian May (Queen) and of course, the talented Michael Jackson.

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Eric Mattila

Standing, singing and playing guitar
Burke playing guitar in "The Den"

Eric sings and plays electric and acoustic guitar, autoharp, and percussion. His acoustic guitar playing and musical approach draw inspiration from a broad spectrum of his musical heroes, including Bruce Cockburn, John Williams, Eric Clapton, Ali Farka Touré, Paco de Lucia, Joni Mitchell and especially the late Red Shea, one of Gordon Lightfoot’s most influential guitarists. Eric has studied with Red Shea and not surprisingly, Eric's finger-style shows Lightfoot influences, but he is a versatile and accomplished player, capable of playing in a variety of different musical styles. His Martin acoustic guitar sound is unmistakable.

Here is a very young Eric with this guitar.

Eric is an electrical engineer, but hey! nobody's perfect and we try not to hold that against him. As a man of science surrounded by literati, Eric is frequently an object of compassion and empathy at Coyotes gigs; people approach him just to see what an engineer looks like, close up and personal.

Seriously though, Eric is a philosopher king and will gladly discuss any topic you are inclined to bring to him. Feel free to walk up to him and introduce yourself, and then ask him if he's up for a discussion on .... (you fill in the blank!).

Be sure to ask him about the one red sock that hangs tantalizingly (some would say, "seductively") off his music stand.

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Peter Paolucci

Peter singing and playing guitar
Burke playing guitar in "The Den"

Peter is happily married to his wife of 28 years, Sari Featherstone, a singer, entertainer and musical performance coach. They have one daughter, Stephanie, and two Golden Retrievers, Mocha and Murphy.

Peter plays guitar, bass guitar, percussion, and sings. Since 1968 he has worked and toured with bands in Winnipeg, Calgary, and Toronto, performing in different genres of music including Top 40, Adult Contemporary, R&B, Blues, and Country. He is an avid fan of all blues styles and has been influenced by players like Leadbelly, Muddy Waters, and Mississippi John Hurt. He prefers the sound of Larrivée and Martin guitars. Here's what he looked like in 1968 . Taken from a recording session at CKY TV in Winnipeg.

Peter teaches Shakespeare and vampire fiction in the department of English at York University. During the 1980s and 1990s, he co-taught Music and Society, a York course that covered the emergence of Rock and Roll and its roots in popular mainstream American music (Tin Pan Alley), and the African-American and Anglo-Celtic musical traditions.

When he's not doing any of these things, you'll find him golfing with Lou De Bartolo of the Rockin' Mojos or Paul Snelgrove or Kevin Droughan.

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Jim DeVries

Jim playing bongos and singing
Burke playing guitar in "The Den"

Jim grew up on a farm and worked it until age 29. His job is testing landing gear on airplanes. He first started drumming at age 11, took a 20-year break and then got back into it a few years ago. Jim enjoys hockey, cars, and motorcycles. He is happily married and very proud of his four grown children. These days Jim is a pretty busy guy. He is currently working with a rock band called Tangent and sometimes has work happening in 2 or even 3 bands, all at the same time! He is goo-goo crazy for Rush and the Beatles, but he really does like all kinds of music. With a little bit of arm-twisting, he can usually be persuaded to sing his renditions of Del Shannon's Runaway and Kansas City. The Coyotes are always happy to make music with this guy!

 

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Paul Snelgrove

Peter with arm around Paul
Burke playing guitar in "The Den"

From time to time, Paul steps with Coyotes to fill in on bass guitar. He's been doing so for many years now, and we love it. We appreciate his bass playing, guitar work, and his vocals. Paul also has his own musical career going on, and he works regularly too, with Patty McLaughlin and Brian Colborne who are also dear friends of the Coyotes. See them all here, performing Paul's original song, Dolly Parton. And here are Patty and Paul doing Put a Little Love in Your Heart at the second annual Coyotes and Friends event. Paul is also the bass player for Patty Mclaughin's Song Circles. Trained as a Computer Programming/Systems Analysis and now retired from 11 years of working as IBM Field Service Technician, Paul can fix most musical equipment problems (no brag: just fact). (-;

Paul is enthusiastically committed to environment issues (he's written several songs about this topic) and he also has a very subtle and dry sense of humour. His first CD of original material is called Aurora Blue. You can see all of these aspects of his personality expressed in his music. Find out more about Paul.

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Brian Colborne

Profile view of Brian playing guitar
Burke playing guitar in "The Den"

Brian and Peter go back more than 30 years when they played together in a blues band called Stavin' Chain. That band also featured Lou De Bartolo on lead guitar. While foraging around in the archives, this old recording came up. It's called Noah Lewis Blues and along with Peter, Brian and Lou, it also features Jack Cox (drums) and Dave McKee (vocals/harp), both of whom, unfortunately, have since passed away.

They all remained in touch with each other over the years and still enjoy making music together. When Brian sat in with the Coyotes for the first time, the experience was magical. We haven't looked back since! Brian sometimes fills in on gigs with the Coyotes, but he works regularly with Patty Mclaughin and Paul Snelgrove. His guitar work and vocals are truly extraordinary. Brian's taste in music is both deep and wide, covering all kinds of blues, jazz, folk, and rock guitarists. Sometimes he'll drop by a gig as a surprise and just sit in for a few tunes. Love this guy. Here he is playing Nature Boy at the second annual Coyotes and Friends event.

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Wayne Nichols

Wayne smiling
Burke playing guitar in "The Den"

Wayne found his way to us through Patty Mclaughlin's Song Circle . Wayne has worked in many different bands, including some in the Richmond Hill and Thornhill areas. He's got a pretty good solo career going too! Here's Wayne performing Goin' Up the Country at the second "Coyotes and Friends" event. That's Donna Gringas on fiddle. And just FYI, Going Up the Country was first recorded around 1928 by Ragtime henry Texas, under the title Bulldoze Blues. It was subsequently made famous by Canned Heat. Wayne is an excellent singer, song writer, musician and performer and the Coyotes always enjoy themselves when Wayne is sitting in.

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Kevin Droughan

Kevin playing drums and looking to his right
Burke playing guitar in "The Den"

Kevin studied drumming at Humber College and has spent a lifetime pursuing and exercising his craft. An avid jazz fan, (and an equally avid Notre Dame fan too) Kevin has played with many different bands over his career, including R & B bands like Rocket 88. Kevin has drummed for The Sari Featherstone Band, Dr D and the Midnight (Dalton Kehoe), and of course, The Coyotes. Noted for his non-stop joke telling, Kevin's great sense of humour only serves to enhance his musical talents. He's a pretty good golfer too, when he's the one keeping score. (-; Just kidding, Kevin! n.

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Freedom Chuck

Peter and Freedom Chuck smiling with arms on each other's shoulders
Burke playing guitar in "The Den"

Freedom Chuck is a songster in the tradition of balladeers and traveling minstrels. In his own words, "A song is not just a song. For many of us a song is a memory or a feeling and hearing that song makes someone feel good and that's why I play." No one knows how chuck holds all those lyrics in his head, but sure enough, there'll all in there! Check out Freedom Chuck's website to find out more about him and to see where and when he's playing next. He's an interesting guy with a great sense of humour!

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Patty McLaughlin

Peter huggin Patty with someone photo bombing behind them
Burke playing guitar in "The Den"

We can't say enough good things about Patty McLaughlin. She and Peter go back to the early 1980's so there is a long history there. Patty is a fabulous folksinger and entertainer who has played for pretty well every audience (from kids to seniors) and in many different venues. If she's ever in the vicinity we always invite her to come up and pay a song or two. Patty is a very busy woman! She runs a weekly song circle in Aurora in alternating weeks at the Legion and Aw Shucks, she plays events all over the GTA and Barrie/Orillia areas and she often hosts house concerts. Check out Patty's website mour!

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Esko

Burke playing guitar in "The Den"

Esko (aka Mr Nabisco) specializes in moral support and musical critique. He attends many Coyotes rehearsals and situates himself in the middle of the band where he then makes himself comfortable, and falls asleep. If he likes the music, he expresses his pleasure by releasing what can only be described as toxic gas. If he thinks the songs need more work, he remains silent. Esko, as it happens, if fully fluent in English and Finnish. Hyvä koira!

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Jerry Sokol

Bio coming soon

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