I learned piano through the last two years of
primary school but didn’t like it much. Still it
taught me how to read music and by the time
I hit adolescence music in most forms and
genres had become an obsession.
It was an obsession shared by schoolfriends,
and by my older brother. He led the way
initially, introducing me to folk and jazz. We
were quickly making music together, me doing
what I could on the piano and the old
harmonium we had at home, but I really
wanted to play the violin. I was entranced by
the melancholic sweetness of the Bach solo
partitas and sonatas, but also the swagger
and flamboyance of the likes of Dave
Swarbrick and Stephane Grappelli.
I had my chance when a friend gave me an old
violin. After a few attempts I found I could
begin to play it. I taught myself from there,
drawing on what I already knew of music. For
the next few years I played in school and
college bands, but then got sidetracked by
work and raising a family.
I started playing again in 2011. At first I
thought it would be fun to knock around in
pubs (I still do) but because of my
improvisational skills I soon found myself in
demand across the vibrant local music scene,
and things have become a little more serious.
I’ve been a member of Mozambican singer
Maiuko’s band since 2013, playing a kind of
Afro/Jazz, with Celtic overtones from me. Click
the player below for a sample track from our
EP Roots Harmonia (set to be extended into a
I play guest spots with many friends around East
Kent and Sussex.
I have two band projects in hand; more news as and
when they come to fruition. In the meantime here
are some demo tracks from another band (4Sounds)
which helped point the way.
Ain’t No Sunshine
Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me
José, written and performed by Maiuko,
from the EP Roots Harmonia.
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