Growing up in Teesside, I was raised on a healthy if somewhat diverse diet of Blues, Jazz, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Frank Zappa and Chuck Berry via my Dad's record collection ... That said, it was seeing the marching drummers from a visiting Scottish Pipe band to my hometown of Billingham when I was 3 or 4 years old that got me started on the lifelong obsession with all things drums! A couple of years later, my destiny was to be confirmed when I heard Ginger Baker on a beat up cassette copy of The Best of Cream ... My Dad took to me to the local music shop and I left with a pair of cheap warped sticks, a tambourine and a practice pad ... the rest as they say, is history!
It's been an ever changing, always interesting but always ecelctic journey since, taking me all over the world and giving me the opportuniy to play with some of the finest musicians around; from The Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra to Rhythm & Blues Originators Jimmy Thomas & Lazy Lester, from 1950's Doo-Wop stars The Teenagers to Rock Guitar Royalty Bernie Marsden, from the easy listening pop of Tony Christie to the hard hitting chicago blues of Angela Brown, not to mention Imelda May, Freddy Cannon, Big Boy Bloater, Emily Capell, Si Cranstoun and a host of others ... I wouldn't have it any other way!
I am currently recording and touring regularly with EMILY CAPELL, BIG BOY BLOATER AND THE LiMiTs, CASH, SI CRANSTOUN, ROBERT RAY, SEB WESSON and HOPE.
I am also available for gigs and sessions -
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