"Hot Ukulele!" CD

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"UK Ukulele Envoy" CD

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CDs available at gigs/workshops or by mail - please email for details (see Contact page)
Biography
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Just in case you're interested . . .

BORN: In Watford a post-war baby-boomer, but grew up in Derbyshire from age 2.

EARLY MUSICAL INTERESTS: Self-taught on ukulele from age 4. Took up classical guitar at 10 but soon bowled over by rock'n'roll. Electric guitar at 16. Immediately invited to join a band (in those days, a "beat group"): The Vulcans. Biggest gig: supporting Dave Berry & The Cruisers, playing to 1000 people in Central Hall, Derby, 1963. Terrifying but exciting.

WORK: After A-Levels, worked for a couple of years for British Rail. Continued music for fun. Then decided to apply to . . .

ART COLLEGE: 1 year pre-dip at Derby Art College. Played guitar and ukulele and sang in folky duo The Few with Rowland "Miggi" Middleton. Then 3 years at Nottingham studying furniture design, where I met Derek Pearce. He’s been a good friend and colleague ever since. We became . . .

ROARING JELLY: Duo (briefly) then trio, poaching Mick Hennessy from The Druids. Semi-pro during teacher training / school teaching years. Band went pro in 1981, 16 years in total (see Roaring Jelly).

OTHER BANDS: After Jelly, spent 12 years in another long-lived band, R. Cajun & The Zydeco Brothers, enjoying the best years of the European Cajun boom (late 80s/early 90s) which we helped create. Also a member, sometimes concurrently, of Zydeco Hot Rods, Back Seat Jivers and The Omega 3.

NOW: musician, ukulele and guitar teacher, songwriter, happily married and living in Surrey. 

CH, 2013
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