Topher Gayle – Ukulele, Mandolin, Fun Stuff
Topher started making musical noises as a child, reluctantly, when his mother inflicted piano lessons on him. Later, he observed that 1) his friends had guitars and 2) his friends had girlfriends, so he bought a guitar ($40! a big investment!) and taught himself to play. From guitar, he made several leaps to mandolin, mandola, tenor banjo, ukulele, string bass and percussion. Topher studied composition and luthiery at Boston University.
Today, Topher plays bluegrass, contra-dance, swing, rock & roll, country, and blues in several SF Bay area bands. His versatility has also made him a popular accompanist to several local singer/songwriters. He also enjoys writing fiddle tunes and funny songs.
He gives private lessons from his Santa Rosa home, and has taught at a passel of music camps, including RMFC. He enjoys recording original tunes in his home studio, building unusual, beautiful musical instruments, and abusing music genres. Visit Topher’s website.