Greetings, Clamfolk! Here is where you can find everything to do with everyone's favourite accordion toting crustacean, Shelder the Electric Clamfish. Feel free to look around and explore, listen to some music and watch some videos. I will update this page regularly with upcoming events. If you're interested in having me come play a house concert or a show in your town, please send me a message - I would love to stop by on my next tour!

New Album "Notes of a Vagabond" Out April 22nd!!  

They've arrived folks! I officially have an album now, in my hands that is, but it will be unleashed to the world on April 22nd. You'll be able to find it on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Bandcamp, on the music portion of this website and anywhere else online where you can download music. I'll also be playing a few Nova Scotian CD release shows:

April 22nd: (Official Album Release Party) Halifax Music Co-op
May 7th: West Dublin Community Hall
May 21st: Wolfville House Concert

And, although it's not an actual "CD Release Show," I'm playing a show with my good friend John Muller on May 1st at Art Happening Bridgwater, as part of a fun-raiser for AHB, as well as the Bridgewater Interfaith Foodbank, and you can get my CDs there too!

It was an incredible learning experience for me to record this album. Working for the first time with musicians learning my songs, recording live off the floor in separate rooms of an old Nova Scotian haunted house. Learning just how much you can do with technology and just how far (or not) I wanted to go with all those possibilities. As well as arranging and producing, I learned a lot more about recording techniques, mixing and mastering - although I doubt I could do any of these things on my own yet. Regardless, these are the best recordings I have of my music to date, but because of all that I've learned, the next one will be that much better. I suppose that's how it is with any project over the years.

"Notes of a Vagabond" is a journey for the listeners. Across Canada and down to Mexico and back, I sing tales of Nova Scotian pirate legends, French Canadian folk legends, homesickness and culture shock, a host of inspirational characters I've met on my travels, and of course, everyone's favourite Canadian hobby -  moose hunting. There's even a jazz treat thrown in the middle - an instrumental piece titled "The Bikini and The Vespa Madly Race Down The West Coast," which I wrote and performed while in university but was waiting for the right time to actually record. I'm eternally grateful to all the people who helped make this project happen: Jude Pelley (recording and mandolin), Martin Maunder (mixing), Andy Meyers (mastering), Jeff Wheaton (upright bass), Patrick Murphy (drums), Jacques Mindreau (fiddle), Julie Kennedy (fiddle), Ariel Palacio (accordion and guitar), Shannon Nesbitt (cover art) and Shaela Kinting (inside art). And an especially big thank you to all the people who donated to my Kickstarter Fundraiser last year - you'll be getting your autographed albums and panties in the mail very soon!

If you wish to read an album review written by three Mayne Island sheep, click here. I quite like the genre "Deep Sea Punk Folk" - it's always been difficult for me to put my music into a category but I find this suits it very nicely.

I'm very excited to share my music with you very soon. And in the meantime, please spread the word!!

Shelder the Electric Clamfish


Happy Clam Year!!  

Happy New Year, Clamfolk! 
It’s been quite a busy fall - thought I would do a quick recap here as we head into 2016. The end of summer tour was a success, made it all the way back to Halifax with my Argentinian accordion-toting friend, Ariel Palacio. We had great house shows in Northern Ontario and Montreal, as well as a really fun night at the Rock Island Lodge in Wawa, right on the shores of Lake Superior. We finished off the tour with a wild show at Baba’s Lounge in Charlottetown and a final set at the annual Black Street Party in Halifax. Before returning to Halifax, we circumnavigated all of Prince Edward Island, which took a relaxed two and a half days. We even stopped for a surprise visit at my friend Daisy’s parents' house – I knew only their last name and the small town where they were from - with that information, I was able find her cousins, then her aunt and uncle and then finally her parents.  We were invited in for coffee and ended up playing an impromptu show for the neighbours and family - a true Maritime adventure!! 

Ancient petroglyphs at Lake Superior, Ontario


Electric Clamfish with the World's Largest Potato - O'Leary, PEI

Shelder and Ariel at The Black Street Party, Halifax, NS (photo credit Annie Wilson)

 Double accordion madness in West Dublin, NS (photo credit Ariana Brophy)

Shortly after I arrived back in Halifax in September I began working at the Halifax Music Co-op, teaching music lessons on trumpet, piano and accordion. The Co-op is a community music school – offering the chance for anyone who wants to join to play in an orchestra, wind ensemble, jazz band and or to sing in a choir. A huge array of ages, levels and people from all over the community are involved. I really enjoy this kind of one on one teaching – my students range from elementary school kids to retirees, some are brand new beginners and some are rather experienced already. It’s a challenge to meet everyone’s different learning needs, but I really like figuring it out. I learn every day from my students and I’m constantly working to improve my own skills on all my instruments. 
In addition to teaching, I’ve also been doing some solo shows as well as jamming on trumpet with various bands around town – including Jont and the Infinite Possibility and also Band Transatlantic. The fall was spent finishing the recording and mixing for my new full-length album, recorded by Jude Pelley (Pennybrook) and mixed by my friend Martin Maunder (Burgerfriespop). There’s a full cast of fantastic local Nova Scotian musicians on there, including Patrick Murphy on drums, Jeff Wheaton on bass, Jude Pelley on mandolin, Jacques Mindreau (Krasnogorsk) on fiddle, as well as Ariel Palacio on accordion/guitar and Julie Kennedy (from Twin Kennedy on the West Coast) on fiddle. Mastering begins soon on Salt Spring Island with Ramesh Meyers and then I’ll send it off to get turned into an actual CD! Stay tuned for the release date, Clamfolk – estimated early April!!

Shelder and The 'Mudflats' AKA Jeff and Patrick after finishing recording at Pennybrook Studio


Full band plays a set in the yurt at the Harvest Hootenanny at Common Roots Farm in Halifax, NS

After the album is released, I'll be planning my summer tour to promote it in Eastern Canada - hoping to play as many Maritime music festivals and house concerts as I can - including finally making it to Newfoundland. Keep checking this website and my Facebook page for updates on upcoming shows. I hope you all have a wonderful and joyous 2016, wherever you may be. And I hope to see you on the road sometime this year as well!

From Coast to Coast,
Shelder the Electric Clamfish

Middle of the Country Update 

Alright, quick post here before Ariel and I peel out of the Prairies and head on to Ontario. The journey has been great so far - Robson Valley Festival was a total hoot - it was a great way to finish off my tour in BC and to see a lot of my Western Canada musician friends before heading east again. Our first show together in Edmonton was a grand success - we shared the stage with local musicians Ariana Brophy and Eva Foote. I also hadn't really heard too much of Ariel's solo music (just his amazing accordion stylings with Compassion Gorilla). And I must say - his guitar playing and accordion playing completely blew me away - and that isn't showing signs of stopping!!

After a great visit with some of my family in Edmonton, we bolted for Regina, where I was scheduled to give a ukulele lesson to my friend Patty, as part of her reward for donating to my album fundraiser. It was great to be back at the farm again and also to play some ukulele tunes with her and Ariel! The next morning we bolted off again, for Winnipeg, where we were playing at The Neighbourhood Bookstore and Cafe with another local musician, Daniel Monkman. I admit I did a poor job advertising this show, so it was quite lacking in attendance, but Daniel brought some of his die hard fans along - thankfully! Not complaining here, but I am realizing just how much work it is to be a touring solo musician - you can spend forever at a laptop doing promotion work and indeed you need to, or else no one will come to the shows and then alas, you make no money. I see now why people have managers...anyone want a job working for the Clamfish? But in all honesty, I do love this life I have chosen and compared to other jobs, it's pretty darn fantastic. I get to travel the country and meet amazing people and learn from so many other amazing musicians, doesn't get better than that.

So we've been taking a bit of a rest here in Winnipeg at my friend Natalie Borhn's house (bass player for Slow Spirit), using the internet and the proper kitchen. Our next show is at Larry's Woodworking Studio in Nolalu on Tuesday, so we are off to go camp somewhere in the boonies of North Ontario for a few days of rest, yoga, reading, and....actually PRACTICING some music. Yes, that too - when you're on tour it's hard to get some time in just to practice music without performing for an audience. That's the whole reason we do it all, right?

There was just a crazy thunderstorm here but it has now subsided (really, I thought the world was about to end, but apparently that's quite a normal occurrence here)! So we are about to clean up and hit the road for Ontario. If you know anyone in Nolalu, Marathon (Wabikoba Lake to be exact) or Wawa, send em our way! More details to be found on the Shows page.

Cheers from the Prairies everyone!!

Shelder the Electric Clamfish (and Argentinian legend, Ariel Palacio)

A recap...of the whole country! 

Hola amigos!! Here I am on the other side of the country in Golden, BC. The last time I wrote a blog post was when I left Nova Scotia...clearly it's been a good tour, as I've barely had time to write anything in the interim!!

John and I had a most fantastic trek across the country - playing shows in West Dublin (followed by an epic sausage cook-off), Montreal, Toronto, Hamilton, Calgary and Chase. We were ravaged by bugs in North Ontario, swam in a McCain fries tailings pond in Manitoba, just to beat the heat, and we ate horrible gas station burgers in Saskatchewan. After we played in Calgary, we stopped in Canmore on a whim, only to end up playing the locals open mic, where we were very well received! Special thanks to Holly the bartender for letting us crash at her pad! We really didn't know where we were going to stay that night... After our most gorgeous show in Chase, I dropped John off outside Kamloops, where he hitchhiked back to Victoria to visit his Point Street House friends. I then made my way north to Prince George, where I was playing a house show for my friend Rob Prideaux, who generously donated to my album fundraiser to have me come up and play a house concert! Thanks Rob for all of your support - a true patron of the arts! 

Bye bye John!! You were a hilarious and amazing tour partner!!!

Thus ended the 'pre-tour tour' as I called it, because I then reunited with my friends from Compassion Gorilla for our month long tour of BC. We played a fun outdoor show in Williams Lake before heading west to Bella Coola. The road to Bella Coola (nicknamed the Freedom Highway) was certainly the most harrowing road I have ever driven. Basically, you drop 4000ft in about 20km on a small dirt road barely big enough to fit two cars. On one side of you is an avalanche waiting to happen, on the other side is a massive drop off. But then you emerge next to the river and voila - surrounded by epic and majestic mountains on all sides. What a beautiful setting for a music festival. Special thanks to my friend Kenan (from High Society) for being a great co-pilot and teaching me how to use my low and 2nd gears properly We had a great time at the festival - jamming with some fantastic musicians, playing the after party, and...hanging out with Fred Penner backstage all weekend!! I don't really know what Fred was doing in Bella Coola, but it was pretty cool to meet a childhood hero and get to do some emceeing with him and watch him play some amazing music. After the festival, I had a few days off until the next festival, so I visited my friend Wild Mike at his grizzly guiding lodge in the valley, where I learned the history of the land and the fishing habits of the bears. Then it was off to Hootstock, a wild festival put on by my friends Astrid and Steve in the middle of the woods near 100 Mile House. It was so wonderful to see so many of my BC musician friends again and meet some new friends as well! Amazing music and food all weekend with a lot of great jams in between. 

Can you believe the Clamshell survived the Freedom Highway??

Shelder the Electric Clamfish and Fred Penner at Bella Coola Music Festival!!


Hootstock Music Festival, photo by The Magical Jessaja!!

Then it was back to the coast for me, for a few days at my parents' house on Mayne Island. I saw some old friends, ate my parents' food and had some great swims at Campbell Bay and off the Miner's Bay Dock. John and I were reunited for a day, where we played a show at Point Street House to all our Victoria friends. Then a great series of island shows (Mayne, Pender, Salt Spring, Chemainus) before heading back to the interior. Compassion Gorilla has since been joined by two sexy Argentinian musicians from the clown band Entangados, introduced to us by our trombone player Dan, who met these cats in Mexico this past winter! It's been so great playing with Fede and Ariel and learning more about music from them. Our best show was probably the Wapiti Festival after-party in Fernie, a wild audience as always!! 
We just spent a few days of rest in the mountains near Golden and here we are, using the internet before heading back into the mountains and then to Robson Valley Music Festival.

Compassion Gorilla horn section with Fede (bass) and Ariel (accordion) from Entangados!! On the ferry across Kootenay Lake.

After Robson, I will be returning to the east coast, playing shows along the way. And I am pleased to announce that Ariel (from Entangados) will be my touring and musical partner for this batch of shows. I'm excited to show him Canada and help him with his English (which is already quite good) and also get better at my Spanish,,,Mortal Culiau!!!!

And...introducing my new touring partner, Ariel Palacio!! Vamonos!!

And so I'll leave you with our upcoming tour schedule back to Halifax - hope to see you down the road, Clamfolks!!

August 18 - Cha Island, Edmonton, AB (with Ariana Brophy and Eva Foote)
August 20 - Neighbourhood Bookstore and Cafe, Winnipeg, MB (with Micah Cohan Erenberg)
August 25 - Larry's Woodworking Studio, Nolalu, ON
August 26 - House Concert, Marathon, ON
August 27 - Rock Island Lodge, Wawa, ON
September 4 - House Concert, Montreal, QC (with Francesca Daoust)
September 8 - Baba's Lounge, Charlottetown, PEI (reunion with John Muller!!)
September 13 - Black Street Party, Halifax, NS!!

And then we will sleep...

Adios, amigos!!
Shelder the Electric Clamfish

The Clam It Up and Mull 'Er Over Tour 2015 - Starting NOW!!  

Greetings Clamfolk, from my favourite house in Nova Scotia! Pennybrook House in West Dublin, Lunenburg County. First off - thanks to everyone who donated to my successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign! Recording of the CD is well underway - in fact I have an EP out now for this upcoming tour (which is also available for purchase here at the Store). We'll finish the full CD when I return in September and then I'll be sending everyone their rewards (CDs, panties, t-shirts...)

Tonight, John Muller, Pennybrook and myself are sharing a show at the legendary West Dublin Hall just down the road, and it's our kick-off show for our cross-country tour, aptly named "The Clam It Up and Mull 'Er Over Tour 2015." Tomorrow we head west, with our first non-Maritime show being a wonderful back-yard potluck in Montreal.

Hoping to catch us along the way? Here are the upcoming dates:

June 27: West Dublin Hall, West Dublin, NS (with Pennybrook)
July 2: Backyard Party, Montreal, QC (with Francesca Daoust)
July 4: Free Times Cafe, Toronto, ON (with Cory Paul Hill)
July 7: My Dog Joe, Hamilton, ON
July 11: Cornerstone Music Cafe, Calgary, AB
July 13: Golden Ears Farm, Chase, BC
July 15: House Concert, Prince George, BC*
July 17-19: Mountains to Dust Music Festival, Broom Forest, BC (John only)
July 24-26: Hootstock Music Festival, Forest Grove, BC*
July 30: House Concert (Point Street House), Victoria, BC
July 31: Mayne Island Community Hall, Mayne Island, BC (with Compassion Gorilla)*
August 5: Treehouse Cafe, Salt Spring Island, BC (with Coddlefish Foxtrotter)*
August 7: Blue Mule Espresso Bar, Nelson, BC (with Compassion Gorilla)*
August 20: The Neighbourhood Bookstore and Cafe, Winnipeg, MB*
August 26th: House Concert, Marathon, ON*
August 27th: Rock Island Lodge, Wawa, ON*
September 13th: Black Street Party, Halifax, NS*

*After our Victoria show, John and I shall be parting ways (John's making his way back East earlier than me), so the return shows are alas without him...but stay tuned as they will most likely include an Argentinian folk musician instead!

Really, the tour actually started off last weekend, at the most wonderful festival - Full Circle Music Festival, right on the Bay of Fundy in a wonderful old barn. I brought my friends Jeff and Patrick up with me to back me up on stage and we played a high-energy afternoon set to a great crowd of barn-dancers! It was also such a thrill to share the stage with other amazing musicians such as The Barrowdowns, Ben Caplan, The Modern Grass and The Unseen Strangers (from Toronto). Not to mention...some epic mud-sliding ensued! No pics of that...sorry, it's difficult to bring a camera while mud-sliding.

Shelder and The Mud Flats (Patrick on drums, Jeff on bass) at Full Circle Music Festival. Photo by Daniel Collins.

See you on the road, my friends!!
-Shelder the Electric Clamfish

Album Fundraiser and Upcoming Tour! 

Happy Spring everybody! It really is an amazing feeling to have survived such a crazy East Coast winter (apparently the worst anyone has ever seen in over 50 years!) and then come out the other side and see the flowers and birds return to the land.

Throughout my stay here in Halifax during the cold winter months, I have added some East Coast inspired songs to my repertoire. It is time to begin recording these songs (as well as some of my older tunes) to create my first full-length album. In about two weeks time I will be heading into the studio at my friend Jude Pelley's house on the South Shore to begin the recording process. I have been rehearsing my tunes with some local musicians here and am very excited to be playing them for the first time with a full band! My friend Shannon Nesbitt from Vancouver will be doing the artwork for the album. We'll have a demo of some of the songs ready for my upcoming summer tour, and then finish the full deal by Christmas of this year. To help fund this process, I have launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. Five days in and I am already more than halfway to my goal. If you'd like to check it out, you can click on this link! Lots of great rewards including a signed copy of the CD, Electric Clamfish undies and t-shirts, music lessons, piano tuning and even a concert. Tell your friends, tell your family, tell your fellow Clamfolks!


As mentioned above, I'll also be embarking on another big tour this summer, with my friend John Muller, a fantastic singer-songwriter living in Halifax, but whom I met whilst in Victoria. The tour will kick off at Full Circle Festival, which I am very excited to be playing at this year and with a full band to boot! Then on June 26, John and I embark for Montreal, with shows planned afterwards in Toronto, Hamilton, Regina, Calgary, Chase and 100 Mile House. John will be heading off to The Mountains to Dust Festival on Vancouver Island, while I'll be rejoining my bandmates from Compassion Gorilla to play at Bella Coola Festival. I'll be performing a solo set at Hootstock Festival as well, in Forest Grove, BC. Compassion Gorilla has many more tour dates around the province, and after we play Robson Valley Festival in mid-August, I'll be making my way back to Halifax for yet another cross-Canada journey. Stay tuned for specific dates and locations for this epic tour!!

Happy Clamfishing everyone!

-Shelder the Electric Clamfish

Here's a Lighthouse in Yarmouth for y'all to enjoy!!

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Previous events

Afterglow Art Festival

King Street, Bridgewater, NS

Playing music for this amazing night festival right on the main street of Bridgewater. We close out the festival on the stage at 10pm, but there is great art and music happening all weekend! Check it out!


Live At The Rocket!!

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The Rocket, 272 Water Street, St. John's, Newfoundland

Two shows:

Sunday, Aug 21: 4pm-6pm Monday, Aug 22: 7pm-9pm

Playing two acoustic sets at the legendary Rocket Bakery on Water Street!


Kane Street House Concert

5879 Kane Street, Halifax, NS

Opening for Scottish composer, musician and puppeteer, Ewan Macintyre on his East Coast tour, along with my friend John Muller.

Wolfville Album Release Party

House Concert, TBA, Wolfville, NS

Doing CD release shows in Halifax and in the South Shore - why not do a wild house concert/CD release party in the Valley too?

South Shore Album Release Party

West Dublin Community Hall, 10 Huey Lake Road, West Dublin, NS

It's been nearly a year in the making. "Notes of a Vagabond" was recorded just down the road at Pennybrook Farm, so it is most fitting to have an album release party at the local hall! The night will feature songs from the album, some new stuff and a full band. And hopefully a cameo appearance by local vagabond, John Muller.

An Evening with John Muller and Shelder the Electric Clamfish

Art Happening Bridgewater, 757 King Street, Bridgewater, NS

This event is a partial fun-raiser for AHB, as well as the Bridgewater Interfaith Foodbank. Admission is $15, or $5 with a food donation. Children under the age of 10 get in FREE.

Halifax Album Release Party

Halifax Music Co-op, 2164 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS

Tix: $10-15 OR pay $25 and get a CD too! Get tix in advance from Shelder or at the door.

All ages show!!

It's been nearly a year in the making and the time has come to share this work with the world! "Notes of a Vagabond" was recorded in West Dublin, mixed in Dartmouth and mastered on Salt Spring. The night will feature songs from the album, some new stuff and a full band!! And word on the street says there will be a special cameo appearance from local vagaband and story-yeller, John Muller!


Montreal House Party!!

Maison Laurier, *Ask for address, Montreal, QC

Playing yet another raucous Montreal house show! My favourite!! Joined by Ariel and the sultry songstress Francesca Daoust. Bartending by John, the wonderful host!


Dinner Concert

Rock Island Resort, Wawa, ON

Dinner: 6:00pm, $22 by reservation Concert: 7:30pm, $10 + a can for the Wawa Food bank Call 705-856-2939 for more info


Concert on the Lake

The Big Chair, Wabikoba Lake

Ariel and I will be playing a concert with the lovely Wabikoba Lake as a backdrop!


House Concert at Larry's Woodworking Studio

Larry's Woodworking Studio, 484 Earl Road, Nolalu, Ontario

I stopped at this great studio on my last West-East Canadian trek and had a wonderful time with Larry and his friends. Excited to bring my new friend Ariel this time round!!


Shelder the Electric Clamfish, Ariana Brophy and Eva Foote

Cha Island Tea Co., 10332 81 Ave. NW , Edmonton, AB

I'll be joining forces with local Edmonton musicians, Ariana Brophy and Eva Foote, plus my new friend Ariel Palacio from Argentina! Poetry Open Mic to follow!


Shelder the Electric Clamfish and John Muller take Hamilton!

My Dog Joe, 1020 King St. W, Hamilton, ON

We'll be doing a show in John's hometown of Hamilton at this funky little cafe.


Shelder the Electric Clamfish and John Muller take Toronto! With Cory Paul Hill

Free Times Cafe, 320 College Street, Toronto, ON

We're playing one night only in the biggest city in Canada! Joined by my friend Cory Paul Hill. See you there, Toronto!!


Triple Decker Folk Potluck - Shelder the Electric Clamfish, John Muller and Francesca Daoust

Backyard Party, 3955 Henri-Julien, Montreal, QC

Folksy summer potluck and backyard show and jam!


Full Circle Festival

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Avon River Heritage Museum, 17 Belmont Road, Newport Landing, Nova Scotia

Excited to be performing at my first Nova Scotian music festival! There will be some amazing local musicians, great food and some epic Bay of Fundy mud sliding!!

$85 for weekend pass