Born in ’69, Ken was the son of Oakville Piano technician, John E. Lillico- learned some cello, and classical as a boy, before being bitten by the ‘country bug’ in the early ’80’s Ken has had some degree of success in building his own guitars, “LILLICOsteel” & has assembled and busked with the following:
1995: B-5 A lap-steel accoustic Banjo
1996: “Blues-Uke” a 4-string ’64 Gretsch Ukelale w/ Grovers
1997: D-4 Combining the Uke with a 13.5 in.banjo, doubleneck ” : S-5, & ES-5 both were once 6-string accoustics, The latter having 2 pickups, 3 pos. V&T pot controls.
mid1997: Pawned a ’93 Telecaster for the remains of a 10 string SHO-BUD, with one pathetic knee lever, on 2nd or 3rd .
Ken started making a name for himself with the D-4 Uke-Jo, Busking, & Jamming with Slim Gaynor, Jerome Godboo, Brian Cober, “The Gingko Girls”, and mind-blowing sessions with “The Aliens”
Influences include : JERRY GARCIA, JUNIOR BROWN, GREG LEISZ, JAMES MARSHALL HENDRIX, and JIMMY ROGERS.
Recent Shows : Gladstone Hotel & Spadina subway with Petunia, CAFE KARA mon/tues/saturday matinees with DANTE^ & ALIENS ensemble in Kensingtonmarket in Nov/Dec. 98. NEW YEARS EVE broadcast from Quinns Tavern, Killaloe, on CHCR l02.9 FM community radio, W/The Stoppa Lake Melodeers. 1999 Jan l party @ HAGGARTY HOUSE recording, W/ BARNEY McCAFFERY in Downtown Killaloe.
Upcoming : RECORDING IN SPRING 1999 with CRISTINA MASOTTI “Gingko’s” Fiddler extrordnaire !
Ken J.Lillico appreciates the support of friends, fans, & fellow Steel Guitar players ! Like AL BRISCO ! (You’re THE MAN!) Donations of used equipment gratefully accepted through Mr.Brisco. (Uhh, like a BJS tone bar, G.F.I. S-l0, a new pick, etc.
THANKS TO Y’ALL !
keep on steelin’ !