Doug Gifford was born in Brockville and grew up in Ottawa. He sang in the church choir, studied piano from the age of 6 and took up guitar at 18. He has been an active and growing musician for over fifty years. As we all do, he listened to a lot of his parents’ favourite music — old jazz and swing — and learned to love the subtle harmonies and groove. Although he is adept in a variety of idioms, he is happiest performing songs of the jazz age on the piano. He is an active participant in the Gananoque musical scene.
His album “Gananoque” is a collection of eighteen songs that reflect on life in a small town. The songs span a variety of genres from 1920s pop, to hard-rocking blues, to folk to funk. The themes include trains, flirtation at the bakery, walking by the river, sitting on the front porch, children crossing a stream, and how time slips away.
Whispering Jack Smith
NAME | Doug Gifford
“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”