Uncle Sinner is a Winnipeg-based multi-instrumentalist and singer who adapts traditional American music to suit his purposes. The sound has variously been called gothic Americana, death country, dark folk blues, or some combination thereof. The music embraces the overlap between country and blues, sacred and secular.
Uncle Sinner's music has spread largely by word of mouth. After gaining some initial interest through a myspace page (now defunct), Uncle Sinner's first album, "Ballads and Mental Breakdowns" was released in 2008 on the now equally defunct Devil's Ruin Records. A limited-time digital album of outtakes and demos, "A Pocketful of Glass Eyes" was released in 2014 to raise money for recording equipment. Once some equipment was purchased, Uncle Sinner recorded his second full album, "Let the Devil In", released on his own Stomp the Bug label in 2015. A third album, "Trouble of This World", was self-released on Stomp the Bug on March 16, 2020.
Uncle Sinner has played shows locally, as well as shows in Toronto, Wisconsin and North Dakota. In fall of 2018 he performed in Belgium and Germany, his set list containing songs from his releases as well as previews of songs from "Trouble of this World".
In May 2021, Uncle Sinner released a collection of originals under the pseudonym Star Thistle, compiling his original material written over the past 25 years.