I’m a science journalist by day, a photographer on my days off, and a musician by night…well I earn my living writing about science, take lots of photos and sing and play in a band and a choir, and write lots of songs.
Always been in love with music, since my first baby rattle as a tot, been attempting to play guitar since I 11 or 12 years old, but it’s 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. They’ve released some of my stuff, covers and originals, on iTunes, Spotify. I also have a Youtube channel, and a SoundCloud page.
My Songs of the Sea album is out now – a collection of semipseudoautobiographical songs BandCamp.
Here’s a very short list of a few of musicians, bands, and artists I admire: Athlete, Badly Drawn Boy, The Beatles, Blondie, The Blue Aeroplanes, Blur, David Bowie, Kate Bush, 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 and David Bowie, Stephen Stills…I can dream, can’t I?