Playing for the 2004 recording of our Christmas CD - "Sunset Country Christmas Treasures"
Here are the samples of the songs I played on.
Here I am at 16. Took second place in the Atikokan Fiddle Contest for 16 & under.
My love for music started very young. My dad, Neil Moody, played the guitar and
sang. I would always get involved with musicals and play at my old public school,
Sprucedale. Usually playing one of the lead roles I gained lots of confidence to stand
up in front of crowds. I started learning on the guitar at about the age of 8 and then
enrolled in lessons with none else than Ken Denby. I was there for one term and used
my good ear instead of learning to read the music. I still can't read music, all of my
music ability is listening to the songs and playing them over and over. Around the age
of 12, after learning quite a bit on the guitar I became inspired to play the "fiddle" at
camp one weekend when Mel and Sarah Auren came over for a "jam" session with
us. The things Mel could make that fiddle do, made me want to play one. He let me
squeeeek a couple of notes out of it and that was all it took for me to want one. My
uncle, Ray Moody, had an old beater kicking around that he gave to me and I started
to practise. It sounded like an old tin can but I learned a few tunes and thought I was
getting pretty good while I played along with old fiddle records. Dad and I would get
together and jam with either Mel Auren or Bob Oversby, or both. We had a lot of
good times and learned quite a lot from these guys. At the age of around 16, Lorrainne
Malyk got ahold of Louie Haukeness, and Myself to play at Eaton-Rugby Hall. Lorraine
on vocals and rhythm guitar, Louie on vocals and bass, myself on lead guitar and fiddle,
"Country Friends" became our name. We played at smaller functions, got noticed and
gained Tom Stratton, on lead/rhythm guitar, along with Rick Smith on drums/vocals.
Later Louie retired, we picked up Everett Rourke as our bass player and Colleen Nicoll
harmony vocals. We played all over Dryden, almost every weekend starting from the
August Fall Fair until around March. After about three years of playing and running back
and forth to trade school in Thunder Bay, I packed in the band life, though it was one of the
greatest musical experiences of my life. The band continued on and became "Cross Road
Country". In 1993 I got married to my wonderful wife Susan, now we have two great boys,
Ben(7), and Will(3). I jam once and a while with dad, my nephew Brendan McDonald,
Ken and Jeannette Denby, who are inspiring Brendan to be better than ourselves. Now my
love is my family, "Ham" radio, and playing around with computers. I'm honoured to
have been asked to play on the "Sunset Country Christmas Treasures" album.