I’m a science journalist by day, a photographer most of the time I’m away from my, and a musician by night…well I earn my living writing about science, take lots of photos, and sing and play in a band (C5) and a choir (bigMouth).
Always been in love with music, since my first baby rattle and toy guitar as a tot, been attempting to play guitar ever since. It is only in the last decade or so that I have performed live and written and recorded my music, first with a community choir bigMouth and then in a gigging band, C5. Most of the songs I’ve written and recorded either solo or in collaborations over the last few years are available to stream or download from BandCamp. Some of my covers and originals are on iTunes as well as Spotify, Youtube channel, SoundCloud, and HearThis.
My Songs of the Sea album is out now – a collection of pseudobiographical songs BandCamp.
Here’s a very short list of a few of musicians, bands, and artists I admire: Athlete, B52s, Badly Drawn Boy, The Beatles, Blondie, Blue Aeroplanes, Blur, David Bowie, Kate Bush, Glen Campbell, Phil Collins, Crowded House, The Cure, Paco de Lucia, John Denver, Al Di Meola, Thomas Dolby, Doves, Editors, Elbow, Fred’s House, Robert Fripp, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Steve Hillage, King Crimson, The Kinks, Led Zeppelin, Manic Street Preachers, Van Morrison, Placebo, Porcupine Tree, Radiohead, Gerry Rafferty, R.E.M, Nile Rodgers, Rush, Seals & Crofts, The Smiths, Squeeze, Steely Dan, Andy Summers, Talking Heads, James Taylor, U2, Yes, Neil Young, there are many others.
I’ve been told that I occasionally sound like a Geordie Glenn Tilbrook (that’s according to the Manchedelic Roger Waters better known as Dek “MonoStone” Ham), and sometimes George Harrison, Steely Dan, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Sting, David Bowie, and Stephen Stills…I couldn’t claim to have even an ounce of the talent of those people, but I do reckon I’ve finally developed my own sound now that doesn’t wear my influences quite so prominently as earlier songs. e.g. my recent song Turncoats.