Theo Massop is a singer / songwriter who has been performing in clubs, pubs, dance halls and festivals around Vancouver Island and the lower mainland for over thirty years. Being the youngest of seven siblings, all of whom were musical performers, he was truly immersed in an environment of love for music and the stage. Under the wings of his older brothers, Theo began performing at the early age of fourteen. His musical journey has taken him from church choirs to dance halls and bars, to festivals and concert venues. Theo released his first recording with the JT Combination band in 1972 and has pursued his passion for recording ever since. 1982 while working as a recording engineer and session player at Ensign Studio, Theo released his first solo effort which garnered a marked interest from the campus / college radio as well as attention from the adult contemporary genre. He has released five singles and one album. The album Voyager achieved three charting singles in Canada, critical acclaim and international radio play.
During the ninety's Theo teamed up with internationally trained classical guitarist Dennis Olsen to form the highly successful band Gypsy Heart, which earned itself a large and dedicated fan base through the band's continual live performances and high standard of work ethic. Gypsy Heart shared billings with artist such as Prairie Oyster, Duane Steel, Gary Fjellgaard and more as a country-rock band. After a short hiatus in 1999 Gypsy Heart returned as a very popular rock band covering top 40 to classics and blues.
As the new millennium came into being, Theo found himself reflecting on how until recent history, essentially all songs began as simple folk songs, acoustic instrument and voice. And how in a world of digital recording, samplers and computer files, performing songs in their most rudimentary form provides a listener with a uniquely human, almost primal experience. Branching out as a solo artist, Theo presents his audiences with uncluttered intriguing arrangements of well known favourites, obscure musical gems and original compositions. His songs are written about life, relationships, spirituality and love. Often thought provoking and always captivating, Theo's songs will sometimes leave the listener with as many questions as answers. He has an uncanny ability to hold an audience spellbound with diversity and musical articulation. His original songs and compositions reflect a modern day minstrel's viewpoint of life set to a variety of musical styles and poetic prose. His performances are filled with unique steel string guitar along with emotionally drenched vocals that will weave a tapestry of music to fit and satisfy a huge range of musical tastes.