"I play a martin custom OMC-28 on the road it is a wonderful guitar and an EASY player but my Favorite Guitar is a Morgan OM... its a handbuilt by a fellow up in BC that used to build with Larrivee. It has a slightly wider string spacing and is rich…"
My people came from Ireland and England, on the Irish side very little is known except that Thomas McCormick appeared in Canada in the mid-1800's. He was expelled for political reasons, then settled in the Caseville area in Michigan, his occupation was a farmer.
On the English side my people go back and Constance Hopkins Snow, daughter of Stephen Hopkins who crossed on the Mayflower in 1620. She was 14 when she made the crossing.
After retirement from Buick Motor Divison in Flint Michigan after 32 years I moved to the area where the English side of my family settled in East Tawas Michigan from Windham, Ontario.
My Grandparents met in 1918 on Newman St in East Tawas.
I have been playing locally in a classic Blues band since 2002.
We do it for the love of music which makes it more fun. I cant think of a better way to spend my golden years.
These recordings are very rough and were cut in my brothers garage early 2008, with the exception of "Evil", which was recorded live at the 2008 East Tawas Blues festival, East Tawas Michigan.
Education: Fine Arts Major , minor in education, Mott Community College/Flint, MI.
"If you think you are going to get rich playing music, you better think again"."
...Stephen Hopkins had made a previous attempt to reach the New World in 1609 aboard the new flagship of the Virginia Company, the Sea Venture, on which Sir George Somers took the helm. Hopkins had embarked as a Minister's Clerk on the "Sea Venture", the Admiral of the Fleet. The ship was on the way to the Jamestown Colony in Virginia with much needed supplies when it was deliberately driven onto the reefs of Bermuda to prevent its foundering as a result of the damage it had sustained during a severe storm. All aboard, 150 passengers and crew and a dog, survived. The ship's longboat was fitted with a mast and sent to Virginia for help, but it and its crew were never seen again. Hopkins attempted to start a mutiny while stranded on the island. He was sentenced to death when this was discovered but was eventually set free after complaining of the "ruin of his wife and children". Hopkins and the remaining survivors spent nine months on Bermuda building two smaller ships, the Deliverance and Patience, from Bermuda cedar and materials salvaged from the Sea Venture. He and the other castaways eventually made their way to Jamestown, where Hopkins appears to have stayed for (some say) two years before returning to England. The Hopkins family is considered one of the First Families of Virginia. The story of the Sea Venture shipwreck (and Hopkins' mutiny) is said to be the inspiration for The Tempest by William Shakespeare.
Constance Hopkins (May 11, 1607 – October 1677), also sometimes listed as Constanta. She was probably born in Hursley, Hampshire, England. Constance was a daughter of Stephen Hopkins, by his first wife, Mary, last name unknown. Constance, at the age of fourteen, along with her father and his second wife Elizabeth (Fisher), accompanied by brother Giles, half-sister Damaris as well as two servants by the name of Edward Doty and Edward Lester were passengers on the Mayflower on its journey to the New World in 1620. Along the way her half-brother Oceanus was born. Her headstone marker, placed in 1966 by descendants, states in part “Wife of Nicholas Snow, Eastham’s first town clerk 1646 – 1662”.
Constance married Nicholas, sometime before the 1627 division of cattle, probably May 22, 1627. Nicholas came to Plymouth on board the ship Anne in 1623 and was made a freeman at Plymouth in 1633.
According to Governor William Bradford, who wrote between March 6 and April 3, 1651:
“Constanta is also married, and hath 12 children all of them living, and one of them married”.