Ish is a gifted singer, songwriter, storyteller, performer and concert recording artist. It all began with his interest in writing poetry and short stories at the age of nine, when he wrote his first poem, Some Kind of Difference.
Impressed with the positive message it conveyed, his Principal, Mr. McDowell at Downsview Public School had it framed and placed it outside his office to be shared with everyone.
At the age of fourteen, his Uncle Harry, an avid reader and music lover, bought him his first guitar, a 1957 Framus arch-top acoustic guitar, which he still owns and often plays.
This inspired a lifelong passion for the joys of music as well as reading and writing and, ignited his passion for self-expression in a creative, non-intrusive and meaningful manner.
Over the years, his influences have varied in nature and include authors like: Dr. Suess, Robert Muncsh,Shel Silverstein, Pierre Burton, Farley Mowat and Fyodor Dostoyevsky and such musical influences as: Peter, Paul & Mary, Jim Cuddy, the Beatles, Willie P. Bennett, Tim O’Brien, Raffi and Pete Seeger.
Ish also enjoys listening to Classical Music, World Music and Acoustic Folk Roots. He is especially taken with the sound of the clawhammer banjo and all its possibilities.
IT'S A SHAME
Ish & Friends
In 1973, Ish experienced his first interaction with Street Theatre when he saw a funny juggler at a street festival. Amazed by his act and by the way the crowd was enthralled by him, he knew immediately that performing was something he wanted to do.
Becoming a parent in 1976 sparked his interest in reading books and listening to music specifically for Children and their Families.
Things happen for a reason and it all came together in 1980 when he saw Raffi in Concert and met Topper the Clown, who mentored and guided him to become a gentle, good-natured Hobo Clown in the tradition of Red Skelton.
Topper encouraged Ish to focus on his Musical, Comical & Storytelling abilities as well as being a Balloon Sculpting Artist and to find imaginative ways to express his sense of goodwill within his art.