I started out learning to sing and play the guitar aged eight, then after finishing college I began busking and getting work as a classical guitarist based in Dorset, then later joined various bands with styles of music ranging from swing, jazz, latin and blues.I sang and played guitar for eight years with "Street Level", a wacky busking jazz band, and won the 1996 International busking competition held in Birmingham UK by BBC Radio 2.Around this time I was visiting Bournemouth one day, which is on the south coast and stopped to listen to a family band that were street performing in the town square. They were called "Same Train Different Teapot" and the instruments they played were a banjo, a mandolin, a lap dulcimer and a double bass. I really liked the sound of the music they were making and got chatting to the banjo player who organised bluegrass and oldtime music gatherings in the area and invited me along, which is how I got hooked on the music and keen to learn how to play the banjo and the mandolin.
My father in law had an old banjo and a beginner book so I taught myself how to play, in particular traditional celtic and bluegrass music. After studying, saving up and buying my own banjo and mandolin I started jamming with fellow guitarist and long time friend Simon Ham. We took to the street performing for a giggle as "The Huckleberries" and eventually were joined by other musicians which formed the five piece band they are today playing at festivals and many other events.
These days I can often be found on my own performing celtic, old time, ragtime and bluegrass tunes on the banjo
in the streets around the south of England and enjoy introducing people to this wonderful instrument
and the traditional tunes from long ago. I have been street performing for thirty years now and also
compose original instrumental tunes which you can hear on my MySpace page,