Ish has been delighting Canadian audiences for years and it is easy to why he is a growing favorite among Grown-ups and Children alike. For its his charm and ability to relate to his audience while sharing his gifts as a Singer, Songwriter & Storyteller and bringing to focus his delightful sense of humor and warmth that makes him unique and ever so popular. 

Ish interests in writing and performing for Children and their Families started with the joys of parenthood. Since then Ish has enjoyed a colorful and varied career. It was through this amazing journey that Ish found a way of expressing himself in a creative and meaningful way. 

Starting out as a delightful Hobo Clown, he joyfully mixed music, balloon sculpting and his highly interactive off the wall humor.  

Nowadays Ish enjoys sharing his gifts as a Singer, Songwriter and Storyteller and his performances blend good clean humor with today’s common sense values and an upbeat musical style that appeals to young and old alike.

Composing on guitar, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer, harmonica and melodica, Ish's style is best described as an eclectic mix of upbeat Folk, Blue-Grass, Soft Rock and Country.

Musical Styles & Themes

His performances are varied in themes; positive, upbeat, interactive and age appropriate. And feature songs and instrumentals from his four family friendly CD recordings.  

Ish's themes for Children and their Families celebrate the imaginative joys of childhood, friendship, family unity, safety first awareness, as well as share a natural desire for goodwill and open mindedness.  

While his more mature themes for Grown-ups thoughtfully bounce around from love won and lost, to parenthood, contemporary issues, life’s challenges, the value of compromise, to messages of hope and joy.  

Something for Everyone

Ish takes pride in being a versatile and seasoned Family Friendly Performer and will often do different sets, if requested; one for Kids and their Families and a later show for Grown-ups. And, or mix it up for All Ages to enjoy. 

As well as include some of his beautiful and unexpected Instrumentals - that joyfully feature the accordion and melodica. 

Together with Marion Lightly, who accompanies Ish on accordion, piano and vocals, they perform as a Duo as well as in a Trio or Quartet appearing as Ish & Friends and, bring to life Ish`s engaging songs, stories and Marion's instrumentals everyone will enjoy discovering. 

To learn more - check out his Concerts Page.



Ish on Tour 2015

Ish on Tour 2015

Take a Look, Take a Listen & Enjoy

Ish has released four wonderfully produced recordings, two for Children and their Families Cardboard Wings & Never Say Never.  

We are very proud to say that Never Say Never was Nominated by the Western Canadian Music Awards as Children's Album of the Year, 2012. 

He has also proudly released a Roots & Blues CD for Grown-ups entitled Go West on 17. 

And Ish & Marion's latest, a CD for All Ages entitled Up Fish Creek is a carefree, poignant and wildly energetic collection of imaginative songs and instrumentals that was written, arranged and produced for young and old alike to enjoy.

Good Clean Place

Ish and Friends

This song delightfully mixes Bluegrass, Ragtime and some wonderful three part harmonies as Ish gently and thoughtfully shares his environmental concerns in a positive way. This tune will have you tapping your feet, singing along, smiling and will appeal to everyone.
Read more… close
This fun-filled song showcases Ish's imaginative spirit and delightfully blends good clean humour and positive messages that appeal to young and old alike.


Ish & Friends

This wild and wacky Bluegrass song is about never giving up on yourself and / or others and, showcases different character voices as the song creatively brings that mindset to focus. It's funny, interactive and conveys the thought; that all you are is what you do and ever choose to be.
Read more… close

Although best known as a Children’s and Family Concert, Recording Artist, Ish enjoys writing and sharing his Songs and Stories from a Grown-up point of view too.


Ish & Friends

This is a fun filled up-tempo romantic Bluegrass tune, and, sung in a duet. And, is a kick back to the Country, Rockabilly style of Buck Owens.

It’s about love and fascination with a truly imaginative and catchy chorus that says it all.

“Our love is bigger than the Beatles; last longer than the Rolling Stones and sweeter than Peter, Paul & Mary. Our loving hearts have found a loving home; our loving hearts have found a loving home.”
Read more… close

This song relates to Ish discovering that his home had been burglarized and that his favorite guitar was stolen.  And how he has risen above, found a way to release the anger, pay homage to his old guitar and have some fun.

                                                                                Time: 4:43

This song is about following your dreams and a little boy who wanted to fly. It reminds me if you mix passion with commitment and goodwill, anything is possible. This song will appeal to young and old alike.
                                                                              Time:  2:53

You are visitor number: 2082