Sean McGaughey 19


Ontario Canada   Jan 2013  

Artist Bio

Influences:   Lots of Johnny's-- Cash, Hiatt, Horton, Clegg. Folk, singer-songwriter, pop-folk, Elvii whether mythical, Presley or Costello.

On January 31, 2013, on a whim and in response to a facebook acquaintance, Tom Slatter’s post about February Album Writing Month, I signed up on It is no understatement to say that FAWM transformed me as a musician and songwriter. In 2013, I finished my first FAWM with 21 songs. Each year since, I have completed FAWM with at least 16 songs.


1. Continue to up my production game.
2. Fuller arrangements with robot band using my Trio Pedal or iRealPro and Band in a Box arrangements.
3. TIme for this old Folkie to plug in. I have a Zoom G1xOn multi-effects pedal and a Strat Like Electric.
4. MoreSurf Ukulele.
5. Collab, collab, collab. Who wants to co-write? How should we go about it?
6. Help @sebscorner navigate around FAWM and Reaper as he sets out to write and record a uke album before his 18th birthday in June.

2017 recap and onwards to my 6th FAWM

In 2016, I told my family that I wanted my 50th birthday party (November 2017) to be a CD release. In the 18 months leading up to my 50th birthday, I joined and started practicing regularly for the first time in my adult life on ukulele, guitar and bass. In November 2016 I picked up a $25 casio midi keyboard at a thrift store and added keyboard to that mix.

Entering FAWM 2017, I had CHOPS and I gave myself carte blanche to experiment.musically and with production. One of my key 2017 FAWM goals was to up my multi-track production skills, in preparation for the 50th birthday album now only 7 months away. I was satisfied enough with my FAWM output that on February 28, I released my demos as an album on bandcamp: Guitars, Ukuleles, etc…

Through a busy spring and summer, I kept practicing and polishing my songs, while preparing a family reunion to celebrate my parent’s 50th anniversary. I was planning to spend the balance of the summer recording my Album, but family and a bathroom renovation intervened. I started recording in earnest in September and made the decision to cut the 14 track album down to a 7 track EP. Thanks to the able co-production and mixing skills of my friend, Nick Howell, I was able to release my EP, Life's Lessons I'll Never Learn at my 50th birthday party. I am very pleased with how the album turned out. It sounds like a “real” record.

After the album was finished I realized that I needed to know more about the technical details of production & mixing and mastering. I closed the year out auditing a free Berklee course offered through, Vocal Recording Technology.

Also this year, a song I co-wrote with Kim Beggs during FAWM 2015, Winter in the Prairies was released on her new album Said Little Sparrow.
Once again, I'm trying to bring friends along with a local songwriter's group at the Midland Cultural Centre. I'm still hoping a few local songwriters hop on the FAWM bandwagon. We usually meet the third Saturday morning of the month at 11am at the Midland Cultural Centre but in February, we are there most Saturdays. More info at
So far I know of at least 3 Midland area songwriters are participating in writing songs during February Album Writing Month (FAWM), Myself: @ductapeguy @visiblydistorted @bjr and @sebscorner , and John Vella. We are pestering others. 😀

Songs (19)

#1 DHMO 14
6 weeks
#2 Goofin on Rhythm 11
6 weeks
#3 Retroactive Precognition 8
6 weeks
#4 Bob and Phyllis 18
5 weeks
#5 Homophonebia the Musical @stephenwordsmith  11
5 weeks
#6 Bob's Lament (Somebody) 9
5 weeks
#7 Sensuous Rumination (Rock Mix) @visiblydistorted 7
4 weeks
#8 I'll Never Put this Broken Heart Together Again 12
4 weeks
#9 So I Wrote This Song @joefahey  5
4 weeks
#10 Metal Dad 10
4 weeks
#11 Phyllis Remembers 5
3 weeks
#12 Weird and Unreproduceable 6
3 weeks
#13 The Duct Tape Arpeggios @moonraccoon  9
3 weeks
#14 Weird and Unreproducable "Bog Resurrection" @lenigmusx1  3
3 weeks
#15 Darker Messiah @dudachris 3
3 weeks
#16 All Day Breakfast (Bob and Phyllis #4) 5
2 weeks
#17 Time to Move On (Bob and Phyllis #5) 2
2 weeks
#18 Goshzilla @stephenwordsmith  9
2 weeks
#19 (protest song, needs a title) @moonraccoon  3
2 weeks


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  • @marvsmooth  1 week

    Thank you for the kind words about “Tape Two Song 1” 😀

  • @rwc 2 weeks

    Thank you for listening to my song "Boxes and Bags" and for your comments.

  • @faststrings 2 weeks

    Hey Ductapeguy, thanks for the comment on the songs I appreciate it. Your friend Jimmy

  • @moonraccoon  2 weeks

    I just saw your comment on Tally -- thanks! I didn't play it the other night, though. Pretty sure you two left, and were spared my butchering of Things Pile Up.

  • @mkd  2 weeks

    I’ll watch out for it!

  • @mkd  2 weeks

    Thank you though, for what you wrote aboug getting to know me and my family! It’s been lovely to share it, and to know that people are listening and care, so appreciate that!

  • @mkd  2 weeks

    Just read your comment on 10x10! I think you may be right, it does rather flow from one to the next too much... not sure I have it in me to do anything other?... (they’re not all 10 seconds either!)

  • @mkd  2 weeks

    Thanks Sean! Your school sounds like a great place to work, you’re an inspiration there I bet. I hope they value you!

  • @jibbidy34  2 weeks

    Whatdayawantamedal? Well you’re getting one! You are SUPERB Tripletime Trooper! You took the time to write 300 comments and listen to all those songs! Thanks for your almighty contribution to our community. You have 300 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!

  • @engebretsen  2 weeks

    Thx a lot for comments on my "norwegian" song "1986" Much appreciated.

  • @ebw 2 weeks

    Thanks for the kind words on A Strange Encounter. 😀 I might have been a little too hard on myself there.

  • @spinhead  2 weeks

    Ha! Glad I got you with the ending of This Great Adventure.

  • @matthew62  3 weeks

    Thanks so very much for the mention on song thread. I didn't know what that was. I had to click the link. Over the several years I've been doing FAWM, some emergency comes up and I never get started until later into the month, so I'm trying to get stuff written, posted, and listen to other FAWMers. As a consequence I miss far too much. I'm deeply grateful as well as humbled for your appreciation of this song.

  • @matthew62  3 weeks

    Thanks for your kind comments on "Most Any Kind of Gun" Truly appreciated.

  • @moonraccoon  3 weeks

    Heh - technically I'm still at 13. Three of those are lyricists who added my name as composer, but I either haven't uploaded yet, or I posted as a new piece. Oh... so I just realized that maybe I should check to see if I can upload audio into a lyrics post if the lyricist added me to it.

  • @lenigmusx1  3 weeks

    "Bog Resurrection" not big ... lol

  • @lenigmusx1  3 weeks


    My version is called "Big Resurrection"if it's too weird I get it but I'll post it and let me know your thoughts. I added didgeridoo and played around with the track. I hope you like it.

  • @mkd  3 weeks

    Thanks for your comment on Brotherly Love - I was quite interested in how similar a sound the uke and harp sometimes had, especially towards the end of the track!

  • @mccannrs 3 weeks

    Thanks for the great comment on "Hey (I Think I Love You)"! Any likening I get to the Beatles is fine by me! Cheers!

  • @dudachris 3 weeks

    I totally agree with your analysis of Leaving the Curse. Would love to metal that up hardcore to share with my friends 😁

    Looking forward to collabbbing tonight!!!

  • @moonraccoon  3 weeks

    Is the Roxy every Saturday?

  • @zecoop  3 weeks

    You've interpreted that exactly correctly... I asked Jay what the lyrics were about, because I was getting slight ideas of skateboarding... or cross-stitching, lol. He said he had no idea where Can't You Sew came from and he just goes with the groove and has no idea what the lyrics mean. Just rock. That's all. Thanks for listening!! 😀

  • @misterd 3 weeks

    Thanks so much for listening and your kind and generous comments on my song 'Slow Synchronicity ' .i appreciate it . Thankyou kindly

  • @mkd  3 weeks

    I’ll watch out for it 🙂

  • @mkd  3 weeks

    What a beautiful way to start your day! Thanks for commenting on Story Time Waltz; might you be doing any more on Bob or Phyllis?

  • @jibbidy34  3 weeks

    Thank you thank you thank you Sean!

  • @frey 3 weeks

    Thanks for all the nice comments 😁 that washboard you hear on Reheating Tea is actually a foot tambourine ^^

  • @gordon  3 weeks

    Hi there. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such nice comments on a couple of my songs. Much appreciated.

  • @mccannrs 3 weeks

    Hey, thanks for the comment! I wish I had a ukulele, it would have been a great addition to the song!

  • @chucknamaste 3 weeks

    Thanks for checking out “Trash Man” and for the kind words! I was definitely going for that cinematic film-score type approach with it

  • @cloudhopper 3 weeks

    thank you for your kind words for "water"
    i was playing a turkish baglama long necked saz on it.

  • @mmmmarcus  3 weeks

    Thank you very much for the nice comments on my collab track with Colleen!
    Added: and for the comment you just left on my Swedish ballad "Svårt Att Nå Dig"! Very glad you liked the songs!

  • @metalfoot  3 weeks

    I am exceedingly glad if the "Disco Daddy" tag is removed from my name.

  • @cowex  4 weeks

    Thanks for the Elephant comment. Regarding the first graders, mind the "fill in the emptiness of my soul" line 😀

  • @jibbidy34  4 weeks

    Oh my goodness Dupletarion Warrior you are AWESOME!! You took the time to write 200 comments and listen to all those songs! Thanks for your hefty contribution to our community. You have 200 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!

  • @moonraccoon  4 weeks

    Thanks again!

  • @visiblydistorted 4 weeks

    Nope, no vocoder, but I'm starting to get a cold, very sneezy and sniffley here today. hahaha. Thanks for all your comments, much appreciated that you have been taking the time.

  • @moonraccoon  4 weeks

    Thanks! When reading @visiblydistorted's original writing, the challenge was to make my best effort to capture an appropriate satirical tone (which isn't my forte).

  • @visiblydistorted 4 weeks

    No, I didn't pan any vocals, but that's awesome! I wonder how that happened!

  • @joefahey  4 weeks

    Sure, yes.

  • @mkd  4 weeks

    Oh wow, just seen you put my song on the recommended thread! Thank you so much, that feels like a huge honour!

  • @mkd  4 weeks

    Thank you for your comment on Laugh On! You highlighted all the parts I’m happy with on it, which is ace!

  • @brownium 4 weeks

    Thanks for giving a listen to Blessings and Promises!

  • @shutyatrap 4 weeks

    Thanks for checking out Spilt beer and busting it’s Zong status. Glad you think it delivered.

  • @visiblydistorted 4 weeks

    Sounds great, I'm excited to hear it.

  • @spinhead  4 weeks

    I'm real happy with Tenuous #2. Thanks.

  • @metalfoot  4 weeks

    I don't know if I want to be a disco kinda guy... 😉 Thanks for listening! I gotta catch up on your stuff.

  • @jibbidy34  5 weeks

    Congratulations Centurion Soldier! You wrote 100 comments for your fellow FAWMers!! You made this place even better. You took your time to listen to other people's songs and you have 100 thank you's from all of them and from me! Here’s your badge. Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!

  • @spinhead  5 weeks

    Ah, glad you liked Water and 100. It's entirely possible I'll stop by and comment on some of your songs before I die . . .

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  5 weeks

    You are correct, I am also married to Joy. 😀

  • @mikkojuhani 5 weeks

    Thanks for the comment, much appreciated! Have a good time with the guitars.

  • @visiblydistorted 5 weeks

    P.S. thanks 😀

  • @visiblydistorted 5 weeks

    Wellll, I guess I could be more clear about that.... The "clapping" and the "kick drums" are electronic. but everything else I recorded in little snippets and loaded into a drum machine with those things. Was actually considering uploading the track where I just hit record and then used every instrument in turn, picked it up, shook it, hit it, put it down, and didn't stop recording until they were all done. But I'm not sure how to make something THAT ambient work.

  • @stephenwordsmith  5 weeks

    Awesome! I dig it. I dig it a lot. Feel free to post it as a new song. Thanks for thinking of me!

  • @moonraccoon  5 weeks

    Thanks again, Sean! I'm loving @arthurrossi's storytelling style and his way with words (especially the darker tales, like Keep Away from Strangers). A big part of my musical education was 80s glam, so I'm not surprised it leaks through from time to time, like on Wanted (I promise to leave my spandex packed away 😉 ).

  • @joefahey  5 weeks

    Hey @ducttapeguy!!! Nice got hear from you and thank you much for the good words on "Navigate" and your comment about the "blue" chords, perfect! Looks like you've been busy writing and recording so I'll hop in a bit and have a listen.

  • @arthurrossi 5 weeks

    Hey! Thanks so much for your gorgeous and thoughtful comments! I was very happy to read them...

  • @devin  5 weeks

    Nice work on the guitar. If anything seems amiss, I’ll bring tools to our next mutual event.

    And BTW, don’t worry about one person’s stupid comment. Everything he does is like that... it’s so consistent, it’s funny.

    Although I shouldn’t laugh. I put up with my share of “undeveloped consideration for others” for too long... and trying to take a stand and correct it, is like asking a seagull to play chess.

    The brain just never got past the “me first” stage.

    You did the right thing in getting that axe. My Squire Tele has dual humbuckers... because, crunchy-time 😀

  • @moonraccoon  5 weeks

    Thanks, Sean! I'd also _love_ to hear what @dutch1967 would do with Background.

  • @dutch1967 5 weeks

    I truly appreciate the comment you left for my collab with @stephenwordsmith on Tiger. Hang on for @moonraccoon ’s version.

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  • @rbmarty000  5 weeks

    Thanks for your kind comments. Hope you are enjoying FAWM thus year

  • @janeg  5 weeks

    Thanks for commenting on my songs. BTW The Ones Who,Walk,Away From Omelas is a short story you can read free online.

  • @philkmills  5 weeks

    FWIW, my middle name does start with 'K'. 😀

  • @jaegerin  6 weeks

    Thanks for the kind words, Sean! Good to see you again.

  • @metalfoot  6 weeks

    I think if I do that particular wrong-mic trick again I'm tagging it acoustic punk because that's basically the sonic effect! Thanks for listening. 😀

  • @standup  6 weeks

    Thanks for listening to Wander. I love some reverb, that's for sure, trying to create open soundscapes is a constant struggle for me.

  • @tcelliott  6 weeks

    Hi, Sean. Good to see you around.

  • @visiblydistorted 6 weeks

    Well, FAWM is nigh, remember to have FUN! I am sure you will outdo yourself!

  • @fearlessflight2014  6 weeks

    I've starting playing around with ideas while I pack to be away from home and studio for 10 days. This may be a slow start for me!

  • @natrin 6 weeks

    Hello! Happy FAWMing!

  • @moonraccoon  6 weeks

    Thanks for the welcome! And thanks for recommending FAWM (as intimidating as it is to call on the unfriendly Muses 😉 ). This afternoon, I'm reaching out to the FAWMers you advised. Much appreciated.

  • @arthurrossi 7 weeks

    Hey! Nice to see you! Have a great FAWM 2018!

  • @ericdistad  7 weeks

    Yeah, we are planning to be at FKO for sure! See you there! 😀

    (BTW - Are you a Steve Taylor fan too? - I saw the comments from @metalfoot - I've been a massive Taylor fan for a long long time - one of my principal influences, actually. 😀 )

  • @ericdistad  7 weeks

    Hey Sean! Great to see you back again! Have a great FAWM!

  • @kahlo2013  7 weeks

    Have a great FAWM!

  • @metalfoot  7 weeks

    I really like his two newer albums a lot. Wow to the Deadness is Steve and Daniel Smith (Danielson Famile) sharing songwriting and vocals. Different, for sure!

  • @metalfoot  7 weeks

    I saw your invocation of Steve Taylor's stuff replying to Barry​.

  • @metalfoot  7 weeks

    Thanks for your kind words! Have you heard Steve Taylor's recent albums Goliath and Wow to the Deadness.

  • @fearlessflight2014  7 weeks

    Hello! Welcome back! 😀 Yay for FAWM. Thanks for your comments on my silly song.

  • @cts  Jan 16

    How do? FAWM is calling u - will u answer?

  • @devin  Jan 16

    Go Sebastian! Awesome...

  • @devin  Jan 15

    FAWMing this season?

    I already have my Emlenton Mill shirt on... and I’m not taking it off until the 2nd!

  • @stuartbenbow  Jan 15

    Welcome back!

  • @writeandwrong  Jan 15

    Best of luck to you during FAWM 2018 and congrats on the album!