musical life started with the drums, but incessant
banging on pots and pans drove his mum wild (and left
her with not much to cook with), so he was sent to
his Grandfather to learn something else. So at the
age of 10 he started playing the guitar.
forward 10 years and we find him playing in a five
piece rock outfit touring the midland universities
at a time when rock was well out of fashion and in
most bands of the time, no-one could sing and drummers
werent needed (the dreaded 80s). Just on
the point of agreeing a record deal with an independent
label the band imploded under the sheer weight of creative
responsibility in a musical era which for the most
part, had not a shred of musical creativity.
followed was essentially a wilderness of playing in
pub rock covers bands and blues trios. Great fun, but
most of the time the audience were there to drink not
listen to blues standards! So for ten years or so he
spent most of his time on individual recording projects
providing backing for other artists in recording studios
and composing his own music.
he met Guy was fairly simple. Hed played in a
covers band with Phil (Wilkes) who was at that time,
the MANNING keyboard player. Phil called him up to
say Guy was looking for guitar players and the rest,
as they say, is history.
a laid back attitude (well most of the time anyway)
and a versatile approach to playing, he fitted in well
with the complexity required of Guys musical genre,
and provides a dependable cornerstone of the Manning
Kev answers questions about all things MANNING during the 2013 "Root" Sessions <READ ME>