"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)
About Me

Just in case you're interested . . .

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

EARLY MUSIC MAKING: Self-taught on ukulele from age 4. Took up classical guitar at 10 but  was soon bowled over by skiffle and rock'n'roll. Went electric at 16 and was invited to join a Derby band (in those days, a "beat group"): The Vulcans, my first band. Around the same time I was a founder member of the school jazz band with my good mate Steve Salfield (and all these years later we still occasionally gig together in The Back Seat Jivers).

POST-SCHOOL: After A-Levels I went off to London as a British Rail management trainee (largely to please my parents, I might add - a "proper job"!).  Stuck it for a while but it wasn't for me. So I applied to, and was accepted at . . .

ART COLLEGE: Foundation course at Derby Art College then 3 years studying furniture design at Nottingham , where I met kindred spirit Derek Pearce, to this day another of my closest friends. Roaring Jelly was born.

TEACHING: After teacher training in Yorkshire I taught art in a secondary school in north Derbyshire for 8 years. But all this time Roaring Jelly had been steadily building popularity on the folk scene and beyond. Eventually, the BIG DECISION: the band went pro. In 1981 I became a  . . .

FULL-TIME MUSICIAN:  . . . and have been, more or less, ever since: Roaring Jelly, R. Cajun & The Zydeco Brothers, Zydeco Hot Rods, Back Seat JiversThe Omega 3 (some of these concurrently), latterly solo ukulele, still a teacher of guitar and ukulele and still composing. After living in Surrey for over 20 years I've become a Southerner again (well . . . almost). And now that I'm gigging less frequently I'm getting back into artwork.

CH, 2020
Clive Harvey on Last Minute Musicians