I love music and have been playing most of my life (since I was 4).
I play lots of jazz and swing music with a gypsy tinge (Django Reinhardt-Stephane Grapelli style), both originals and standards on violin and guitar, lots of traditional Irish fiddle music and my own originals in more contemporary styles.
My latest project is "Just Fiddlin", a CD of traditional Irish fiddle music(http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/gordonmcleod3 ) Which I just released in 2015. I am fortunate to be joined by some world class guest musicians on this CD including Matt Cranitch, Donal Mrurphy, Christy McLeod, Dirje Childs and Niall Murphy.
About a year ago I released Daddy G and His Amazing Swingtet! ( http://www.cdbaby.cm/cd/gordonmcleod2 ) , a CD of orginal and standard swing music in the gypsy jazz tradition.
I co-founded the group Beyond The Pale (www.beyond-the-pale.com) with my wife Christy and which now includes Betsy Cummings and John Delaney.
I also co-founded the Aisling String Trio ( www.aislingstrings.com ) with Dirje Smith and Christy McLeod.
I play traditional Irish music regularly at Trinity Hall in Dallas and McGonigle's Mucky Duck in Houston.
I also have played with the Texas Gypsies and lots of other folks in the Texas music scene which I find really rich and exciting.
My music is the direct result of listening and emulating literally hundreds of other musicians who I am honored to have heard including my daughter Amanda Morgan, my wife Christy, my Mother Norma, my dad Hubert Fender, Vista Smith who taught me to read and understand music, Jeff Lovett, Dirje Smith, Gary Doles (RIP), Ray Watson, John McDonald, Harry Conn, Walter Matracht, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Johnny Hodges, Coleman Hawkins, Stephane Grapelli, Django Reinhart, Al Jarreau, Donald Fagen, Gary Brooker of Procol Harum, Robbie Robertson , Levon Helm and The Band, Eric Clapton, Bobby Blue Bland, Bob Dylan, Mississippi John Hurt, The Youngbloods, John Hammond, Johnny Winter, Jimi, Lester Young, Ella, Billie, Love, The Doors, Kevin Burke, Donal Murphy, Matt Cranitch, Tommy O'Sullivan, Tommy Peoples, Paul Bradley, Siobhan Peoples, John McEvoy, Tony Linane, Ben Lennon, Brendan McGlinchey, Joe Ryan, Bobby Casey, Martin Hayes, Junior Crehan, Ken Fleming and all my Dallas Irish musician buddies, Leonard Bernstein, Johannes Brahms, Mozart, Clare Cason, Steve Curry, Randall Corneilison, Guy Bugg, John Danio, ----too many others!
I believe that life is the most precious gift and that we honor all those who gave us life and taught us to live by enjoying it. Music is the best way I know to do that and help others to do the same!