I was brought up
in a musical family. My dad had a Hammond organ and Baby Grand Piano
in the Front room! He was in a band who played a variety of gigs in
and around Somerset playing covers. I remember him supporting Ace at
Taunton County Hotel. His first love was Jazz and he was an
accomplished Jazz pianist.
I had always sung in choirs in Taunton but when
I arrived in London as a teacher I joined a
dabbled with notoriety as you do [Beggars
Banquet] with a Soft/Rock R n B sound but
eventually split due to - yes you guessed it -
‘Musical Differences’. I took a break from singing. My
next band was based in Chingford and I
auditioned through the Melody Maker.
were a rockier outfit. Again our own
stuff. Again we flirted with success but
eventually it all petered out after some
exciting gigs at the Greyhound, Rock Garden etc.
In the 90’s and
noughties I acted at LADS in Loughton and occasionally did some
musicals [Oliver, Mikado. Oklahoma] I sang in some Staff bands.
Every couple of months I went over to Gary’s [Marrakesh] house for a good old fashioned sing song. Then Gary started
playing with Brian [Bass] and asked me to join in. It’s a real buzz
singing covers you’ve always wanted to sing with seasoned musicians
and singers. Hope you like it too.
Hall and Oates, Cado Belle , Blue Zoo, Steve
Harley, Keane, Jethro Tull, Motown, Plan B.
Anything that’s good really.