I was given my first guitar at the age of nine*, cost ten guineas from the Bell Musical Catalogue. The first two songs I learnt to play were Twist and Shout by the Beatles and Blowing In The Wind by Bob Dylan. After playing in various local bands, in 1979 I moved to London to join street theatre group the Demolition Decorators, touring France and Holland with them. Whilst in London under the tutelage of Musical Director Paul Sand I also played in a number of musical/theatre projects at the Albany Empire in Deptford, Tricycle Theatre Kilburn and others, and it was in London also that I tried my hand at busking for the first time.
in 1984 I returned home to Oxford, and with some friends ran a music club, Club Avocado, on Monday nights at the Jericho Tavern. It was at this club that a bunch of schoolboys called 'On a Friday' turned up to play one night. They went on to achieve world-wide fame as Radiohead.
I played keyboards with local ska band the Inflatables, was a founder member of the Zimmermen, a band playing only Bob Dylan songs, and took up the pedal steel guitar to tour the country music clubs with the Allan James Band and Muscle & Curves. I also played for many years (and still do) with local long-serving Rock'n'Roll band Move It. In March 2018 I formed The Prairie Clams, a Vintage Country/ Americana band. I have been busking and teaching guitar for the past thirty years and the unique style that I have developed through playing in Cornmarket Street is also in demand for weddings and other events.