My fathers unloved and abandoned guitar became my best and only friend. By now it was 1982 and the popular music of the time was not for me. I was inspired by artists who were introduced to me by Dad, Mark Knopfler, Don McLean, John Denver, Paul Simon and later the likes of J J Cale, John Martyn, Tom Waits and many others. I left school having made no effort other than to avoid homework in favour of playing guitar, writing songs and trying to understand the piano. The next 8 years were spent mostly out of work. I thought of this as my apprenticeship busking around the world and making friends with every instrument that came my way.
The turning point for me was when I discovered that I could be more successful playing my own songs than playing covers of other peoples. Now I have two albums and an EP of my own music. It would be impossible to list the names of all the artists that I’ve been likened to but it’s often a surprise when some one says who I remind them of.
I now use a loop pedal and record live during the performance to create the sound of a full band, some times folky with intricate vocal harmonies, sometimes African or Cuban, often bluesy.
Beat boxing, Guitar, percussion, Saxophone, keyboards Harmonica and vocals are the main instruments that I use. I’ve enjoyed warm up slots for The Animals, The Blockheads, and Martha Tilston amongst others. Although I have recently been focusing on my own miniature, mobile, bicycle powered stage.
I’m proud of my professionalism and passion and feel a general upward trend in the opportunities that are coming my way. Over the past year I have turned my back on pub gigs which require “Brown Eyed Girl” and the like as I have friends who do that kind of gig much better than I.
I have found a unique and beautiful sound and I really enjoy making it.