Started playing guitar at the age of 12 and was
soon a member of my Father's dance band. Had a number of different
bands of my own during my teens but it wasn't until I was turned onto jazz
by Roger and met Phil Miller of 'Hatfield And The North' fame that my
interest in improvisation began. I played regularly with Roger and
Bill in the jazz-fusion group 'Tracks' and through this met Trevor Horn
and went on to play in the 'Tina Charles Band' at the age of 19.
also led to a brief spell in 'Buggles' with Trevor Horn around 1980.
Session work led to the formation of 'Shakatak' as Roger describes in his
It was at the age of 32 that disaster struck for me. In my spare
time, when Shakatak were not working, I had returned to my 'rock' roots
with a band called 'Before The Storm'. However, as record company
interest grew, I began to suffer from a very rare form of
nerve damage which led to fairly severe disablement. I am unable to
play guitar or even walk properly - a serious blow to someone that loved
the guitar so much and was so physically active.
After 6 years of inactivity I started to learn to program html and have
now been an internet consultant/web designer for the last 5 years. I still
have a small recording facility at home and spend a little time
programming dance music with a friend and my daughter Cara is also writing
songs which I help her record.
At this stage there is no sign of improvement which would enable me to
return to playing the guitar.