Ralph describes himself as a folk vocalist with Celtic roots. Born and raised in Cape Breton, he was imprinted with the traditional Celtic songs sung by John Allan Cameron, Tommy Makem, Liam Clancy and Ryan’s Fancy. As he matured, he was greatly influenced by Canadian folk artists such as Gordon Lightfoot, Murray McLauchlan and Stan Rogers. Since moving to Calgary, he has added a prairie flavour to his music, especially in his original compositions.
Ralph’s solo CD project “Roots” explores the daily lives of his Scottish ancestors, their migration to the new world, and the East Coast Canadian culture they spawned.