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Dawud Wharnsby & Bill Kocher


A native of Southern Ontario, Bill Kocher began writing music in his mid teens, building an impressive collection of demo recordings pieced together in his tiny bed-sit with crude but creative multi-tracking methods. Teaming up with long time friend David Wharnsby, the two young musicians began aping the writing styles of artists and groups like The Kingston Trio, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams and Simon & Garfunkle. In typical folk song tradition, their early collaborative compositions were whimsical musings and, as members of various folk and rock bands, the two writers wrote prolifically together throughout their late teens and early twenties.

Kocher's lyrics touch the emotions, and sometimes even the funny bones, of listeners. A comedic gem like "Beautiful Bathroom" was based on text from a magazine ad for a bathroom and spa renovation company, while the sensitive simplicity and warm sincerity in "Follow" (featured on the CD "Vacuous Waxing") is proof that Kocher takes composition very seriously. His sometimes satirical lyrics speak out on behalf of the working class ("Blue Collar Life"), the socially insecure ("Love Strong"), or the ill treated ("Argus Array").

Bill Kocher continues to write and record, while also running a successful gaming business in Kitchener, Ontario.



Canadian born artisan, writer and troubadour Dawud Wharnsby began sharing his songs with others as a street performer in his late teens. Nearly three decades later, his body of work includes fifteen solo albums, five poetry anthologies, performances in some of the world’s most notorious theatres and collaborations with several celebrated artists. In time honoured, folk-music custom, Wharnsby’s writings have taken on a life of their own over the years. His melodies can be heard ringing out around the world in primary schools, universities, places of worship, rallies and conventions ~ his lyrics having found their way into the hearts of listeners regardless of age.

As a voice for the socially-conscious and spiritually-motivated, Dawud’s books, recordings, articles and intimate live performances have inspired a generation of educators, musicians, poets, artists and professionals. Dawud resides with his family in Kitchener, Canada where he experiments with urban farming, writes and records songs for educational programs, sings with seniors and performs for children as an educational puppeteer.