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----- started playing folk music in the 60's while at Notre Dame College in Nelson B.C. With a handful of chords, a sense of rhythm, an inherited love of music and some fine friends, a trio was formed to sing the popular folk songs of the day. Following this came

The Dusty Rhodes Trio with Dennis Rhodes and Bill Gilchrist, that was formed while at Gonzaga U in Spokane Washington. With the help of an agent named Dave Sobel, the group soon had valid reason to escape dorm curfew. In the summer of that year they managed to perform at the Hungry I in San Francisco thanks to the misfortune that the featured artist, Dick Gregory was in jail due to conscientious objections to the Vietnam war. Vancouver's 'Bunkhouse' was the next venue to seed the future. In a "Folk Competition" - he won an electric Gibson Guitar. (. . . .memories of the Bunkhouse in Vancouver where I met Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, Josh White, Feliciano, Brent Titcomb, David Wiffen, Gary Fjelgard and where Pat Paulson hung himself upside down from the marquee and painted the street with his beard but still did not get elected President of the US . . we were all hanging out. . .and big John York would sing Darcy Farrow as natural as a David Wilkie can say crik for creek. . .)
The combination of folk and rock at that time eventually led to a group called

Joe Mock and No Commercial Potential with Stephen Barrett, Spence Sutton and Tom Hazlitt. which evolved into the

Mock Duck (trio, Glen Hendrickson and Lee Stephens)

(quartet, Glen Hendrickson, Ross Barrett, Rick Enns) which recorded and played what is now called Acid Jazz and other things and on other things that are not normally described as musical instruments. They played the same venues as the Doors, The Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe and the Fish. Places such as the Retinal Circus, The Afterthought (see poster), The Garden Auditorium, Big Mother, the Eagle Auditorium in Seattle. They were opening act for the Steve Miller Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Lee Michaels, Corky Seagal Blues Band.

Following delusionment with the psychedelic era a solo album was recorded but never released. The Canadian West Coast music scene was now experiencing a surge of new energy from conscientious objectors leaving the United States. Rick Scott, Shari Ulrich, Doc Fingers, Bruce Miller, Tom and Jack Lavin and Jack Smith were all having an effect. Bruce Miller and Friends on one week, would be Jack Smith and Friends the next, and Joe Mock and Friends the next. The music was

From the early 70's to 1980 - Joe played with Rick Scott and Shari Ulrich in the group known as the Pied Pumkin . This independent folk ensemble became a major staple of the Canadian folk scene with its rich harmonies, mighty grooves and memorable stories. When Shari left the group, Rick and Joe continued as

Pied Pear . Following this, Joe hosted a weekly open stage in the Classical Joint which was became a breeding ground for other diverse personages and talents. When EXPO 86 came to the city of Vancouver,

he performed as music mis-director and glockenspiel player in the Extraordinary Clown Band ,

played synth in theTiger Band (KoKo, Garbanzo, Ross & Astrid) and bass with Tom See for BCTV

and guitar with Andy Koyama in the Japanese Pavilion . With those earnings he departed for Japan and spent the next 9 years as a regular performer in Roppongi's Maggie's Revenge in Tokyo and working in the occasional studio with

Casey Rankin. He can be presently found performing

in France with "VO" (Armando, Caroline & Cecille)

or touring America with the Pied Pumkin (Shari & Rick)

JOE MOCK - has a B.A. from Gonzaga U majoring in Philosophy and English Literature

- composed and arranged the score for the NFB film 'Potlatch" and also for the JTP video "Canadian Memories' by Taki Sekiguchi.

- won a grant in composition from the Canada Council.

- in Japan, wrote and recorded songs for the Kawai language series "Embarkations" and did the same with English versions of 23 of Japan's top 40 for Daichi Kikaku.

PROFESSION : music composer, singer songwriter, producer, arranger, English language instructor, narrator

INSTRUMENTS : vocals , guitar, keyboard , bass

EDUCATIONAL : Guitar Instructor - David Thompson University and the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop. English Instructor - Sanno Junior College, Jiogaoka, Japan.

FILM : Composer, arranger, musician for "Potlatch" by Tom Shandell for the National Film Board of Canada

VIDEO : Composer, arranger, musician for "Canadian Memories" by Taki (Bluesinger) Sekiguichi for Japan Tourist Publications.

NATIONAL RADIO SPECIALS : Morningside, Touch the Earth, The Great Canadian Gold Rush, Doctor Bondolo

TV SPECIAL PERFORMANCES : The Canadian Express, The Vancouver Show, Nice Show Like You, Cafe Hibou, Troopers

ROCK CONCERTS : Aldergrove Rock Festival, Strawberry Mountain

FOLK FESTIVALS : Vancouver, Whitehorse, Faro, Yellowknife, Castlegar, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, London, Sudbury, Owen Sound, Kerville Texas


The World Fair 1985, Knoxville, Tennessee with Pied Pear / EXPO 1986, Vancouver with The ExtraOrdinary Clown Band, The Tiger Band, and Tom See for BCTV. Sun Family Pops with the Vancouver Symphony conducted by David Anram .

AWARDS : Canada Council Grant for music composition.

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