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Biography

I have been a touring musician for the best part of 25 years and has appeared on over 15 CD releases and performed hundreds of live shows both as part of bands and as a solo artist.

My day job is in the world of television but music is very much my main passion.

I enjoy touring and traveling and love to do more of it whenever possible.

I started playing guitar when I was in primary school mostly playing along to my dads old Lonnie Donegan records as well as strumming along to bands like Status Quo and The Human League. I learned early on a technique of using 2 reel to reel tape machines to bounce from one to another via a mixer and this was my first experimentation to multitrack recording. After I left college myself and s student friend Steven Howson went to see The Sisters Of Mercy and shortly after we formed the band All Living Fear.

All Living Fear became a moderately successful DIY Gothic Rock band we played around 200 shows all over the UK and released many albums. I put the band on indefinite hold in 2010 though we have played the odd show since.

With former All Living Fear vocalist Paul Roe we formed the electronic based rock band Corrosion in 2001 and released 2 eps and 1 album however this was very much seen as All Living Fear Mk 2.

2011 and a total change in direction as well as starting to perform as a solo singer / songwriter I formed the band 'Secrets For September' initially as a recording project it became a fully fledged band and have so far released 3 CD and several singles with a full album currently in the works. This band is more in the vein of All About Eve, Pink Floyd and other more progressive influenced music.

My most recent project in 2014 I Was asked to perform with Jazz legend Mike Westbrook, I was brought up on his music by my late Father and I got to meet him in 2012 when I Started making films of his concerts. This lead on to me joining the band as a guitarist on his new work 'A Bigger Show' that will be touring in 2015.

From the end of the 90s I have also been running the fan club for The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, I have also played the odd guest performance with Arthur as well as occasional tour managing and front of house sound.

I also guest every Friday on the ‘Late Show’ with Vic Morgan on BBC radio in the South West where I talk about various bands and musicians that you don’t normally hear on the radio.

In 2009/2010 I produced and directed 2 DVD's for the hard rock band Skin.

Sometimes I also enjoy doing some Technician work with bands playing live and recently enjoyed doing tech for The Yardbirds.

 

Tour History

I have toured all over the UK some of the venues I have performed in include

London
02 Islington Academy (main room), The Borderline, The Garage (Both Rooms), Koko (Camden Palace), The Marquee, Camden Underworld, Hope And Anchor, Dublin Castle, Betsy Trotwood, The Islington, The Electrowerkz, The Powerhaus, The Verge

South / South East
Norwich Oval, Norwich Jurnets Bar, Colchester Twist, Southampton Joiners, Bournemouth Portman, Reading Fez, Bedford Esquire, Cambridge Barfly, Cambridge Man on the Moon

Midlands
Nottingham Rock City, Birmingham The Oobleck, Oxford Zodiac, Leicester Charlotte, Birmingham Scruffy Murphy's, Birmingham Mercat, Lichfield Paradise Lounge, Coventry Scholars, Coventry Bedrock

North of England / Scotland
Leeds Metropolitan Uni, Leeds Le Phono, Manchester Academy, Manchester Rock World, Whitby Pavilion, Glasgow Rockers, Edinburgh Cas Rock, Liverpool Zanzibar, Rotherham No 10, Sheffield Hallamshire, Newcastle Tut and Shive, Sunderland Independent

South West / Wales
Exeter Phoenix, Exeter Cavern, Tavistock Wharf, Bristol Fleece, Taunton Rockers, Weston-Super-Mare Hobbits, Cardiff Bogiez, Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach, Newport TJs, Plymouth The Hub, Plymouth Cooperage, Falmouth Princess Pavilion, Penzance Acorn, Totnes South Devon Arts Centre.

Festivals
I have also played many festivals mostly in the South West inc Plymouth Volksfest, Plymouth Freedom Fields, Tiverton Balloon Festival, Watchet Festival, Sonic Rock Solstice, Kozfest & Wattsfest.

In various guises I have opened for many artists including

Frank Turner, Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie / The Cure), It Bites, Hawkwind, Arthur Brown, Lene Lovich,  All About Eve, Spear of Destiny, Wayne Hussey, The Blockheads, The Magic Band, Mostly Autumn, The Damned, The Wildhearts, Night By Night, Balaam And The Angel, Curved Air, Claytown Troupe, The Groundhogs, Vice Squad, Dan Donnelly and Rev Hammer.

Collaborations

I have collaborated with many fine musicians either live or recording they include

Julianne Regan (All About Eve), Arthur Brown, Roger O'Donnell (The Cure), Steve Bronski (Bronski Beat), Christian Riou (Claytown Troupe), Ben Christo (Sisters Of Mercy / Night By Night), James Ray (Sisters Of Mercy / Gangwar), Mike Westbrook, Skin (The band not the singer!).

 

 

   
     
             
   
I am a proud member of the PRS, PPL and FAC if you are a musician I urge you to do the same.