From an early age, music became a big part of my life. I was first introduced to its addictiveness at only 8 years old during my years at boarding school. The school had an expectation for all students to learn to play the piano. However, the rebellious young boy in me demanded to learn the guitar instead. Whilst this wasn’t the romantic introduction many will have encountered it’s a testimony to my character and the journey I have taken with music. As a spotty teenager I went to work for a company called Damage Management, here I was available to do anything asked of me. It wasn’t pretty or glamourous, but it gave me a peek into the music industry and the opportunity to meet the incredible members of Dire Straits and forge a friendship with Jack Sonni and of course Mark Knopfler
Growing up in the pub trade, swerved my decision to take a degree in catering and hotel hospitality and for a while this trade was my life. I successfully managed, built, and owned pubs and restaurants. Music still held a special place in my heart & I continued to strum the strings on my old guitar but at the time my life had little room for this passion. It’s at this time I met my first wife and we had my first beautiful daughter. So, whilst I led my guitar down for a while my arms were kept full of the love of my family. Life had a few bumps in the road and whilst I enjoyed the hospitality sector, it was time to move on. For a while, I found my calling and joined the Diplomatic Services for our gracious Majesty the Queen. But after several years, the strings of my heart knew I was destined to play a different tune.
All of this was peppered with various moments in my life, such as my battle with evil itself leukaemia in 2009-2014. Quickly followed by a minor stroke later in 2014 which denied me of anymore sweeping solos. The final nail came in 2017 but we will leave that there in a tin at a crossroads. Selling your soul is easy, but getting it back, well it’s not at the bottom of a bottle of Jack. A life full of living has blessed me with my 5 wonderful children; three have taken on the world by storm whilst my two youngest bring me joy and inspiration every day. They have given me the encouragement and drive to finally take the bull by the horns and dive headfirst into my passion.
I cannot forget the three amigos from a band called 'Choad in the Hole', yes risque but a lot of fun. Rob Bicknell, Vince Cater and Dylan Hext. The rock covers band certainly cranked up the volume and demanded an audience.
In 2016 fate turned in my favour and saw me successfully audition for Country2Country. It was here I had the fantastic opportunity to work with artist from Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Dancehall Doctors to Hicktown giant Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and the Pistol Annies- not forgetting the home grown great Mark Knopfler. This led to me working with both BMLG and Sony Nashville UK as a session guitarist until March 2020 unlike before where I was bouncing around the session circuit. It was during this time; I met a very strange but wonderful chap Gareth Nugent. He gave me encouragement to stop sitting in the shadows of others, to stand up and be noticed. So, I did just that, recording a new EP during lockdown an experience that will always be with me to bumbling my way round the digital media of what is now the music industry.
Music is my passion, my past, present and future. The way I look at life; no matter how many mountains we must climb, always remember the good times. Be positive, be attentive and ride life with style and dignity. Remembering to turn around and offer your hand to the next guy behind you.
I will never forget the words of a great person, my idol: “We haven’t made it, we’re not great but we’re going to be great and they will remember us. We will all make memories together out there on the stage” Garth Brooks.
Credits: (just a small snippet of the places i have been honoured and humbled by)
Live session work:
George Walker Tour for Cancer - 2017
Tour de Cure - California - 2018/2019 (would have been 2020)
Country to Country 2017 - Standby session
2018 - Tim Mcgraw and Faith Hill - Dancehall Doctors
Nashville Farewell Tour - 2018 with the Rodeo Kings
JJB Blues and Country Tour - 2018 2nd Rhythm Guitar
Recorded session work:
Jason Aldean - Hicktown, 3rd guitar
The Pistol Annies - Interstate Gospel, Rhythm
Miranda Lambert - Wild Card, Rhythm
Small works at British Grove - Mark Knopfler
Sony Nashville/RCA Session work 2017-2019
BMLG Session work 2019-2020