just mouse’s music spans the breadth of songwriting from 18th to the 21st centuries. Singing with a deeply moving lyric bass voice, just mouse plays songs in an acoustic style that encompasses the blues, classic country music, folk, rock, and opera. A creative voice that is as authentic as it is rooted in tradition, just mouse’s songs reveal a playful but serious inner dichotomy that is influenced and inspired by history, poetry, ecology, mythology, and current issues.
just mouse’s growing catalogue of recordings include:
a double EP of new material, Armchair Revolutionaire / Making Things in Interesting Times (2017)
four conceptual song collections (Gathered in a Circle, Dust Bowl Songs, Wanderer Song Cycle, Three Equals One),
an acoustic EP Live’n Room
As a teenager in Ottawa, Canada, just mouse started performing folk and rock covers on the street and also began setting his own words to music. One of his early influences was local legend, Lucky Ron Burke, who still plays a weekly show featuring the music of Hank Williams, Marty Robbins, and Johnny Cash. In his mid-20s, just mouse discovered opera, which lead to his studies of classical voice and composition. He has had the good fortune to perform in Carnegie Hall and other less glamorous venues, and has played roles in some of his favorite operas, including the title role in Massenet’s Don Quichotte, Colline in Puccini’s
La Bohème, and Sarastro in Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
Over the years, just mouse has played in small groups such as Not Enough Melk, Temple of the Fish, The Ransom Notes, and dal segno, and occasionally records for experimental side projects such as - SoundDropBachs and The Gorilla in the Room. He is a recent transplant to Waldo County, Maine, where he is learning to garden, failing at carpentry, and marveling at the mountains and stars.
just mouse began under the moniker ‘sun day brown’ in summer 2012, when he recorded an arrangement of the traditional song ‘Wayfarin’ Stranger’ for Neil Young’s Record an American Classic contest. Over the past seven years, he has continued to develop material inclusive of many musical styles, playing at private house concerts, cafés, university venues, outdoor festivals, honkytonks, wine bars, and street-side. There is an emphasis on presenting lyrics of substance in a variety of forms and styles, and on performing classical vocal music outside of the normal context and social strata by which it is often engulfed.