I started playing in public back in 1969, and for money in 1972 in the folk clubs of Yorkshire.
From then on I worked around the clubs in various bits of the country - mostly around Yorkshire and then Lincolnshire, with a small excursion back to my original home county of Sussex somewhere in the middle. Oh, and I seem to remember living in Cardiff for a short while. And there was a field in Wrexham…
Then around 1978 I moved to the Wirral and carried on annoying audiences all over Merseyside for twenty odd years, during which time I diversified somewhat from being a solo performer, joining various bands ranging from country to zydeco.
At the same time, I ran a couple of ceilidh or barn dance bands - starting with the Fiddle Band (which did what it said on the tin and then imploded gloriously in a cloud of confusion) and then the Titanic Disaster Band of glorious memory (it went down well, by the way...).
After that, I played fiddle with Sack the Fiddler cajun band for a short while - a dodgy job for a fiddle player with a band called that, and then accordion and vocals with the great Swamp Fever - a stonking mix of musicians from folk, R&B and rock origins all belting out zydeco in great style. First time I ever saw an entire folk club audience shove the chairs to one side and start dancing spontaneously!
And now I play fiddle and accordion, flute and sax with a bit of mandolin and guitar and singing thrown in with the Irish band Kiss the Blarney, which is terrific fun. I still call the odd ceilidh (very odd, so they tell me), and play around the local folk clubs.
Now, about my narrowboat...
|Kiss the Blarney|
|The Dance Bands|
|The Trombone Page|
|The Titanic Disaster Band|
|Too Many Fences|
|Farewell to the Wirral|
|The Irish Album|