His name is DOC FINGERS, but you can call him DOC
It was in the early seventies, during a stint with the Ronnie Hawkins Band in Toronto, Canada that Bruce Gallagher acquired that handle. “They initiated me as a Doctor of Fingerology and ever since then I've been known to everyone as “DOC”
If the name fits----------
The Doctor has treated crowds of parties from the snow peaks of British Columbia and the Swiss Alps to smokey jazz bars in Paris, France, from Hawaii to Keffalonia, Greece, and many places in between.
Vancouver Sun Music Critic NEAL Hall says “GOOD TIMES MUSIC-ITS WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED………….When it comes for that therapeutic, good time, boogie woogie blues, jazz and rock and roll, there’s no one that can tickle the keys quite like the doctor.
DOC’s musical influences include some of the greats like RAY CHARLES, RANDY NEWMAN, FATS WALLER, THE BEATLES, CHUCK BERRY, DIRE STRAITS, LEON RUSSELL, BOB DYLAN, PROFESSOR LONGHAIR, JAY MCSHANN, LLOYD GLEN, JERRY LEE LEWIS, PETE JOHNSON, MEADE LUX LEWIS, OTIS SPANN, DR JOHN, MCCOY TYNER, MARVIN GAYE, OSCAR PETERSON, STEELY DAN, THE CRUSADERS, VAN MORRISON.
DOC has played with many musical greats including CHUCK BERRY, JOHN LEE HOOKER, DAVID GILMOUR ( PINK FLOYD ), MILLAR ANDERSON ( T-REX), PHIL DWYER, TOM KEENLYSIDE, RITA COOLIDGE, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, FRANK ZAPPA, DAVID CLAYTON-THOMAS ( BLOOD SWEAT AND TEARS ), MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT, MISSISSIPPI FRED MCDOWELL, JIMMY WITHERSPOON, STEVIE WINWOOD ( TRAFFIC ), LOWELL FULLSON, CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE, BO DIDDLEY, JIM BYRNES, LEE OSCAR, IAN PACE ( DEEP PURPLE ).
In his own words, DOC plays ‘a little bit of everything and a whole lot of nothing’
In one set his repertoire may include a be-bop jazz tune, some modern jazz, rock and roll, Latin sambas, original ballads, some pop songs, blues, country and swing.
You never know what songs DOC will pick out of his extensive song-list of over a thousand numbers that cover a 70 year period of musical history, but you can be sure that it will be different every night.
DOC played JON LORD’s HAMMOND ORGAN at a tribute to his memory at the MT CERVIN HOTEL for ZERMATT UNPLUGGED
DOC FINGERS BAND Has played the KINSALE FRINGE JAZZ FESTIVAL ( 1992-2014 every year ), THE CORK JAZZ FESTIVAL ( 7 times ), the VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL, and a residency at the PENDER HARBOUR JAZZ FESTIVAL ( 2003-2016 every year )
DOC FINGERS is the “skiing piano player” has played for many years in top ski resorts, including WHISTLER BC (1976-present), SWISS RESORTS GSTAAD, SCHONREID, CHATEAU D’OEX, VERBIER, ST MORITZ, WENGEN, and the incredible PINK ELEPHANT BAR in the HOTEL POST in ZERMATT
DOC is the piano player for the IOC (INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE) whenever they require a piano player at the Olympic Games in the IOC VIP PRIVATE MEMBERS LOUNGE, performing in this capacity for the duration of the OLYMPIC GAMES in LILLEHAMMER 1994, ATLANTA 1996, NAGANO JAPAN 1998, SYDNEY 2000, and SOCHI 2014
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