Having had the good fortune to belong to a musical family and heritage, over the years I have had a strong interest in a variety of music forms including Jazz, Blues, Folk, Rock, SKA, and Classical, and hymns. All these influences led me to learn the guitar, the harmonica, the ukulele - and digital sound recording.
My early days of were filled with tuning into 'Top of the Pops', Radio 1, and whatever was to be found in the family vinyl record collection. Church music and singing, of course, formed a large part of the ongoing local music tradition. Also, I played the violin for 5 years or so, but duly switched to guitar - being inspired by the music of 1960s pop groups and singers: The Beatles, The Shadows, Bob Dylan. At this time, a small folk group hosted by a local teacher greatly helped with learning and performing classic folk and pop songs. Here, I also took my first steps into composition.
Hereafter follows a summary of musical projects which I have been involved with: * 'Big Pud And The Bouncers' (1989) - a 'one-off' school band who performed an enthusiastic rendition of 'Money for Nothing'. * 'Serenade' (1990) - essentially a garage band who then went on to become 'The Sceptics', a popular South Wales combo. * 'Fruit Fridge' (1990-1991) - a blues and r'n'b group, formed at Bristol Polytechnic/UWE, playing Hendrix, Cream, Fleetwood Mac covers. * 'Caprice' (1991 - 1993) - a pub-rock duo, with whom I often played harmonica. * 'The Leek & Thistle Music Project' (1998-1999) - an investigative project into folk and world music, and digital sound recording, culminating in an unreleased CD entitled 'Patman - Trouble In The City'. * 'Holmes Chapel Ukulele Group' (present) - a ukulele-only group, playing folk and pop songs at local venues.
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