Ken began piano lessons at age five and sang in both the junior and senior choirs at his church. His musical development was typical for a musical teenager of the sixties; strumming guitar in a folk music trio and then playing his Vox Continental portable organ in several rock & roll bands.
Ken discovered bluegrass while in college, and also renewed his affection for folk music by performing in the coffeehouse scene. He played keyboard in several country and western bands in the late seventies and then discovered Irish folk and traditional music in the eighties. Although Ken still performs many genres of music, he has increasingly gravitated toward Irish music, music of the American Civil War and maritime music of the British isles.
Beginning in 2002, Ken also performed with his youngest sons in their family band for several years until the boys struck out in their own musical direction.
In 2011, Ken began playing with claw hammer banjoist, Jake Laubach, and in 2012 they began performing as the Jolly Roving Tars. Since launching the “Tars”, Ken and Jake’s distinctive repertoire, appearance and sound have taken them to varied ports of call, including a tall ship, a passenger rail car, maritime museums and numerous heritage festivals.