Gabe Lewin started singing about the time he learned to walk. He picked up the guitar at 13, or 60 years ago, and then 15 years after that he took up the harmonica. His first professional stage appearance was in 1965 at The Troubadour in Johannesburg, South Africa.
In South Africa he learned a wide variety of musical styles, including very old, very new, and original songs. He learned old folk standards, new folk tunes, reggae tunes, bluegrass, and even a few classic rock and blues tunes. The common thread is that all have real melodies!
Gabe says he's a “song collector.” “if a song really grabs me I go about learning to play it," he says, "so I can share the song with others.” The criteria of a good song is interesting lyrics and melody. Some songs are tender, some moving, and some are humorous. Themes vary from the plight of the poor farmer and the poor coal miner, to broken hearts and true love, and ballads, and more.
Gabe is also a familiar figure as a sound system provider and operator at many events in the area, such as Celebrate Davis, and for many years the Yolo County Fair, as the owner/operator of Clarity Sound.