Goemon5: The Celtic Ninja
Life and History of a Music Ninja

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Born and raised in the declining Soviet Union, educated and politically nourished in the European Union, Goemon soon had his lifetime fill in Union experience. In his consequential quest for everlasting loneliness he took on a Japanese pseudonym and grew himself an outrageous and outright obsolete Irish mustache.

Equipped with the most distracting voice since Jericho, the twelve strings of salvation and a black hole in his tummy, Goemon set sail to conquer Canada, and become the first Reichskanzler of Newfoundland. Alas, due to momentary academic distractions he is now stuck in Calgary, where he sings for justice, cookies and that warm inner feeling that only a genuine Guinness can overcome. Somewhere along the path he discovered that making music is even more awesome than listening to it, and so he started assembling musical instruments, and, so time allows, even tries playing them. But no matter how many instruments end up stuck in Goemon’s basement, his most powerful argument will always stay his voice. So say his sleepless house mates, and they ought to know ...

Although his musical baseline is Celtic (Irish Traditionals were his first love), Goemon creates an elegant mix of experimental storytelling, upbeat heartbreakers, and traditional Folk music. Of course, Goemon, as most people, is most amazed by his own music, but, if pressed upon the issue, he would name Dave Carter, Annabelle Chvostek, Kate Rusby, David Francey, Stan Rogers, and Amy Thiessen as his major songwriting influences. And then there are groups like The High Kings, Great Big Sea, and Fiddler’s Green. So much influence, so little time.

Now, music is an incredibly amazing thing to waste once’s time with. But life has so much more to offer, so Goemon decided to catch up on his mediocre education (Music was unarguably one of the least rewarding subjects in any school that he visited), and write poetry, and songs, and word-twisting blogs, engage in semi-political activities, and be immensely creative with all sorts of elements that happen to cross his path. If you watch closely, you will discover some of those lucky areas of global interest on this site.

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