This Celtic inspired band is focused on giving traditional music a modern edge. They blend the varied talents of musicians whose classical, folk, rock and jazz backgrounds fuse together to create a dynamic and unique sound that instantly connects and resonates with audiences. Through their uplifting energy, tight vocal harmonies and remarkable stage presence, they weave together a tapestry of tales that evoke a nostalgic experience of days gone by.
Based out of BC's Okanagan Valley since 2009, after lead singer/multi-instrumentalist Andrew Mercer, transplanted from Newfoundland. With him he brought his passion for Newfoundland, their rich culture and most importantly, the music.
Joining Mercer are musicians Susan Aylard (fiddle), a classically trained violinist, who also currently performs with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and has performed all over the world. Sean Bray (electric guitar), a well-respected guitarist that studied at the Manhattan School of Music. CBC Radio named Bray as one of Canada’s top 50 guitarists of all time. Martyn Jones (bass) an accomplished studio and live bassist who has over 70 album credits to his name including Harry Manx and an Aboriginal Music Award winning album with Art Napoleon. Rounding out this talented group of musicians is David Mihal (Drums) a studio drummer for artists all over the world who has toured with the likes of Rita Chiarelli, Shawne Jackson (Domenic Troiano), Oliver Jones and Refugee forerunner Michael Fury.
Cod Gone Wild is currently touring in support of their fourth Studio Album "The Islander."
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).
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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.
David Mihal - Drums/Percussion
Influenced by the many great drummers of the 70's, David began playing in his early teens and was soon working at a professional level. Some of his early work included Canadian blues artist Rita Chiarelli and RCA recording artist Shawne Jackson (Domenic Troiano).
While living in Toronto and studying with drummer and author Peter Magadini, David was asked to join Canadian jazz icon Oliver Jones and tour the US with Jamaican singer Kenny Hamilton. Living in New York City while touring with that project greatly influenced his musical development, providing the opportunity to meet many of the great artists and drummers of that period, including Elvin Jones. Upon returning to Canada, David spent the early 80's touring and recording with the "Refugee" forerunner "Michael Fury".
David currently records drum tracks for projects around the world from his private studio in Kelowna, BC, and as of 2014, is spending much of his time in Los Angeles.
Martyn Jones - Bass/Vocals
Bassist Martyn Jones was born in the blustery borough of Liverpool. A bit late to catch that initial wave of pop music that broke out all over North America, he began his life of music when, at age six his family moved to Prince Edward Island. "You were considered a little weird if you didn't play some kind of instrument so I took up 'campfire guitar."
A working bassist by fourteen, Martyn has put together a busy musical career with some 60 album credits on several instruments and several producer credits including Beverley McKeen and an Aboriginal Award winning record with Art Napoleon called SISKABUSH TALES.
Martyn also has a fine singing voice and a keen harmony ear. "I just love harmonies. I'm from when if you didn't sing you weren't hireable. Our family sang in the car on long trips and my dad directed the choir." These days Martyn lives on Vancouver Island and continues his musical journey in the company of COD GONE WILD.
Sean Bray - Electric Guitar/Vocals
Sean Bray is a well-respected guitarist, composer and educator who has played with various artists on many diverse projects. CBC Radio named Bray as one of Canada’s top 50 guitarists of all time.
While in New York, Bray studied at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. Bray has played with and/or recorded with George Garzone, Pat LaBarbera, Bob Mintzer, Jon Faddis, Liberty Silver, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, from the Blues Brothers, Mike Murley and Vincent Wolfe. He also composes for film and television and has taught at The University of Guelph and The Toronto Film School.
According to jazz guitar legend John Abercrombie, “Sean Bray is a real treat to listen to.” Possessing the ability to fit into many musical genres, while still retaining an unmistakably original voice on his instrument, has made him an in demand session player in Canada.
He also leads the popular Sean Bray’s Peach Trio. Bray is endorsed by PRS Guitars, Planet Waves and D’Addario strings.