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Keith Haydon, bio

Bio (more than you even wantred to know):

My love of music was inspired by my father, Leslie Walker.
He played piano, and would gather us to sing, after our
Saturday night baths and just before bed.
Dad used to make up harmony to whatever was on the radio.
It drove me nuts until I realized he was just being creative..
Duh...

In the 70's, bought my first guitar to play at church, when
"Folk Masses" started to get popular, and I wasn't.
So, it seemed like th
e thing to do, socially.
My youth group leader (Bruce) sold mr my first electric guitar, and an amp.
For $50.
A very generous man, that Bruce.

I have to give a shout out to my brother-in-law, Joseph Atwell.
He was the first guy who I ever met who played with real deep emotion.
Joe wrote, as well. Never got enough credit for that, I fear.
I formed a duo, of sorts, with Joe's sister, Donna, and made
my first dollar from performing.

Later, I met Chris Hansen, through some school friends, and we began
to play together. We had a couple good originals, though, and went
to video studio to do a tape, long before it was fashionable.
Years before MTV, even.
Chris still plays with as much soul as anyone I know.

I formed "Three For A Quarter", with Jim McGorry (guitar/voc/harps) and Bob Boyd (Bass/Voc). To this day, we -still- get together to jam.
But, back then, I left "Three For A Quarter", and Chris took my place, they called themselves, "The Kite Brothers" .
And they were utterly fabulous.
Seriously!

After that, I was in a duo, "Union Label" with Peter Ryan, of Westfield.
Then, the lead guitar player iof the popular local funk band, "Mass Transit Authority", with madman bass-player, Rudy Wedderburn.
Rudy is still one of my favorite humans. Period.
I really should look him up...

After that, I joined a band called "Nightwings", which was short-lived.
The other guitarist (Mark Olier) and I decided since we could only count on each other, that we formed a duo: "Two For the Show", and we played about 100 times the following year. Mark is a great player who went on the make some records with "Eighth Route Army" and "Art Kritics".

In the mid-80's I wrote, recorded and mixed the music for a theatrical production of, "Winnie The Pooh", at Symphony Hall, in Springfield MA.
The soundman for the show was the same guy who was FOH (front-of-house) mixer for "Janis Joplin and the Holding Company".
I recorded and mixed a solo album by local artist, Annie Fogg, "When Two Hearts Collide". It was my firsttime recording an album and Annie was wonderfully gracious about it!

I still perform each year for the "Ray' Of Hope" walk for cancer, in Springfield each fall. And for the past few years, I've been playing at the Big E.
Sometimes, I perform solo and, sometimes play music with my wife.

This website is part of the fun!
Come on in for listen!




PS: If you actually read all this.. bless you !