My grandfather was a farmer who used to make musical pipes out of reeds with a penknife. One of these pipes was my first instrument, followed by a mouth organ, another gift from my grandfather. I had piano lessons when I was seven or so but fell in love with the guitar when I was 14 or so.
I absorbed a lot of different music growing up, mainly from the second-hand Tape & Record Exchange in Camden Town - Adam and the Ants, The Jam, The Selecter, 80's synth, SKA, Soul, Classical, Jazz, Prog Rock and a dose of Heavy Metal. I slept outside Hammersmith Odeon once to get front row tickets for Iron Maiden. I have Nikko McBrain's drumstick in my drawer and a Tommy Lee drumstick too. I witnessed Ozzy front row at Hammersmith with Jake E Lee soloing in front of my nose - I got a plectrum from his pickguard.
But Rock N Roll aside, as an acoustic/folk guitarist I was possibly most blown away watching Jerry Donahue playing The Claw on a telecaster and hearing Jorma Kaukonen's Embryonic Journey for the first time. Possibly the earliest songs I loved were from an 8-track of the flawless Bridge Over Troubled Waters.
I released my first EP of acoustic tracks in 2015, a single Give Me Your Horse - a louder, jazzier number - in 2018 after crossing paths with some great musicians, and which belongs to my first album Fag Ash and Beer ...