Photo by Steve Mechem

Photo by Steve Mechem

Andrew Mercer

Lead Vocals, Guitar, Bouzouki, Bohdran

From the far away island of Newfoundland! 
Born and raised in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland, Andrew has been surrounded by music his entire life. He formed his first Celtic band in high school and at age 17 released his first commercial recording with the band Ocean Skye. The band was nominated for two Newfoundland and Labrador Music Industry Awards and Andrew was selected as one of the winners of a National Songwriting Competition for the song “I Remember.” Diplomatic and easy-going, yet fiercely stubborn and dedicated, on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Andrew provides the platform for the band's song repertoire and authentic background. Driven by his traditional east coast roots, he has been heavily influenced by pioneering East Coast/Newfoundland bands like Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers, Great Big Sea and The Fables. Andrew went to Memorial University of Newfoundland where he earned a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, which he uses to run the band. When he is not performing with Cod Gone Wild, Andrew is the Director of the Okanagan Celtic Choir in Vernon, BC and is an avid curler (he represented Newfoundland at five National Curling Championships). 

Cod Productions (For Bookings & Info)   andrew@codgonewild.com

Photo by Chad Carter

Photo by Chad Carter

Sue Aylard

World travelled, double agent posing as a fantastic fiddle player and virtuosic violinist, to help keep her true identity a secret. 

Sue started her violin studies before her 3rd birthday at the Vancouver Academy of Music.  During her studies throughout western Canada she placed first in the Senior Division at the BC Festival of the Arts, her “Sabeon Trio” twice competed at the National Music Competition and most recently she received the prestigious Okanagan Arts award.  Sue has travelled the world performing in Sweden, Russia, Denmark, Mexico, the USA and Ireland.  

  

After years of playing professionally in various BC orchestras and fronting the “Cats and the Fiddle”  and “Rough Pearl”  she has decided to limit her spy covers to the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and fiddling upstream with  Cod Gone Wild.   Sue likes to describe her style as “Rough Pearl Fiddling”.  Her Baroque (translated to Rough Pearl) classical training is definitely evident in her arrangements and abilites. When not switching between violin and fiddle, she is managing the Maples Waterfront Resort and B&B in Sorrento, BC, with her husband and two children. 

sue@codgonewild.com