Bio

I’m a singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer. I’m based in Whitby, North Yorkshire, where I’m working on my musical projects including my third solo album, rehearsing my new band The Age of Reason, teaching guitar and violin and performing now and again  I’ve  recorded a new album with Dr Millar and the Cute Hoors, the last one having been released around 25 years ago!

New Cute Hoors album, Hair Like Blood – available here

My first solo album: Before we go to Paradise was released in 2012, distributed by Proper and you can listen to and buy it everywhere including here!

My second album, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark  features contributions from 20 other musicians who I have played with during my career.  Actual CDs can also be bought online here and in record shops too! To read some of thereviews  please visit the press page of this site.

I am collaborating with other artists on their musical projects across Europe, as well as co-ordinating and directing music for events in the UK

I teach violin and guitar (electric and acoustic) most styles, also singing/performance and ukelele.

I run music sessions for children and young people for WHISH (Whitby Hidden Impairment Support and Help).

I am strings teacher at Fyling Hall school

A brief history

I’ve been a musician for over 35 years  playing guitar and violin in bands. We recorded albums and appeared on TV and radio in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Spain and Sicily. I have worked with Blur on their Parklife tour, played with the Men They Couldn’t Hang and have also shared a stage with Tom Robinson and the Pogues.

Solo, I have played at theatre venues, as well as art centres more intimate venues such as the Troubadour in London and the La Rosa in Whitby. I have supported Nick Lowe and Ian McNabb. I have recorded two solo albums and am working on my third.

My second album, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark  features contributions from 20 other musicians who I have played with during my career. It’s distributed by Proper and one of the places you can listen to snippets and buy it is here! Actual CDs can also be bought online and in record shops too!  To read some of the positive reviews already in,  please visit the press page of this site.

In 2005 I wrote a musical based on the Nativity story, which has been performed twice at St Paul’s, Brentford and recorded in 2011.

I have an Enhanced DBS and am a member of the Musicians Union and Registry of Guitar Tutors.
My current bands
The Age of Reason, a band I have formed to perform my own music at gigs starting later this year
 The Cute Hoors who have reformed and recorded a new album Hair Like Blood
My previous bands

The Bitter Springs- who have accompanied Vic Godard as the Subway Sect:  2000- 2013

Jowe Head and the Demi-Monde: 2000-2013

Valerie and her Week of Wonders: 2000-2013
Kindred Spirit 2011-2013
The Talesmen 1997- 2013
The Long Decline 2000-2013

Red Harvest 1984-1990

Dr Millar and the Cute Hoors 1988-1992/2015-
The Shanakies 1991-1995 who supported Blur on their Parklife tour
Defrosting the Fridge 1991-1994
I have appeared with Swill and the Swaggerband and The Men they Couldn’t Hang. I also perform with Swill Odgers now and again.

These bands all feature(d) original material that veers between rock and folk
I also played fiddle in Fire in the Mountains, a successful barn dance band

Compositions

Original material for my albums Before We Go to Paradise and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, as well as Christmas No 1 (Worship the King),
a short musical Nativity which is now available on a special Christmas CD with carols performed by Hounslow Light Opera Company.

I’m available for commissions

I teach violin, guitar, singing, ukelele and general music and performance.