I learned piano through the last two years of
primary school but didn’t like it much. Still it
taught me how to read music and by the
time I hit adolescence music in most forms
and genres had become an obsession.
It was an obsession shared by schoolfriends,
and by my older brother. He led the way
initially, introducing me to folk and jazz. We
were quickly making music together, me
doing what I could on the piano and the old
harmonium we had at home, but I really
wanted to play the violin. I was entranced by
the melancholic sweetness of the Bach solo
partitas and sonatas, but also the swagger
and flamboyance of the likes of Dave
Swarbrick and Stephane Grappelli.
I had my chance when a friend gave me an
old violin. After a few attempts I found I
could begin to play it. I taught myself from
there, drawing on what I already knew of
music. For the next few years I played in
school and college bands, but then got
sidetracked by work and raising a family.
I started playing again in 2011. At first I
thought it would be fun to knock around in
pubs (I still do) but because of my
improvisational skills I soon found myself in
demand across the vibrant local music
scene, and things have become a little more
I’ve been a member of Mozambican singer
Maiuko’s band since 2013, playing a kind of
Afro/Jazz, with Celtic overtones from me.
Click the player below for Jose, a sample
track from our EP Roots Harmonia (set to be
extended into a full album).
I play guest spots with many friends around
East Kent and Sussex, and since I moved to
Rye have been working with singer/songwriter
Steve Stone and celebrated artist/pianist Dave
McKean. Check out the band’s website for
latest news but to whet your appetite click the
images below for some videos.
Finally, just because I like them, here are a
couple of jazzy demo tracks produced with
some Folkestone friends, Kath O’Roirdan,
James Taylor and Gary Smith-Lyons.
Do Nothing Till You Hear Me
Talk about us