parents got me my first drum kit for my 13th birthday.
to drum along to my favourite albums which included
Pink Floyd's, 'Dark Side
Of The Moon' and Genesis 'The
Lamb Lies Down On Broadway'. Playing along to this music
was really interesting, it introduced me to a whole new
In 1977, I was offered a residency at a local WMC, my
first gig, Saturday/Sunday nights
would never be the
Over the next couple of years
came more band work, then in 1980, I moved down to London
to play drums for the band 'Devotion', a rock band, playing
progressive rock music. A year on and with a move back
to Hull, I was asked to join 'The Johnny Solo Band'.
Memorable gig's with the band included supporting 'Neil
Innes' at Sunderland Poly. This band also introduced
me to the recording studio environment.
Over the next several years, I worked with local indie
bands including, 'Scared To Dance',' The Hitchcocks','The
Penny Farthings' and 'Intricate White; I also worked
as a session drummer at 'Animal Tracks' recording studio.
In 2001, with the benefit of achieving a distinction
in Popular Music Studies,(BTEC National Diploma), I began
working with Hull 'CVS' which is a local community based
music outreach organisation. It provides free introductory
group session based 'Djembe' African drumming workshops,
visits local schools, community art centres and also
takes the workshops into 'special needs' centres.
Over the last several years, I have been actively involved
with the Hull based group of artists collectively known
as 'Ondoloop'. I have collaborated on and composed original
works of electronic music using drum machines, sequencers
and keyboard instruments for the many performances undertaken
by the group.
(June 2011 Ed.), I answered an advertisement,
'Versatile Drummer Wanted'...
I replied and was called up to be a part of MANNING...the
rest is yet to come....
plays...any good sounding drums that will do the
He also uses a mixture of 'Zildjian A-Custom Projection'
cymbals, 'Ufip' and some lovely trashy fine 'Wuhan' China
type effects cymbals!"