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 serious.
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.
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. The
band’s called Entertaining Mr Stone (geddit?).
Check out the website for latest news but to
whet your appetite click the images below for
Still in jazzy mood and just because I like
them, here are a couple of demo tracks
produced with some Folkestone friends, Kath
O’Riordan, James Taylor and Gary Smith-
Lyons. The band didn’t work out but we’re still
friends. It happens.
Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me
Talk about us
If that’s put you in the mood click the image
below for a live performance of Mozambique
(you’ll be taken to Youtube). As I write we’re
working on the recording for a full album, and
a proper website for the band, where you can
look for gig dates.