For 20 years, I was part of London's live music scene, gigging at venues as varied as
Nationally, I've appeared on UK radio (Radio 1, Radio 2, and Radio 5) and television
In October 2001, I was the guest of media iconoclast and all-round geezer
Outside of performing, I've written music for television, including the theme tune for
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In 1991, my band and I toured the UK with Don McLean (not the unfunny Brummie comedian and one-time host of BBC TVs Crackerjack, but Mr "American Pie" himself).
Here's a clip of the show which I took from the youtube site ... the quality is a bit iffy ... but not as iffy as the shirt I'm wearing!
I've also worked with Paul Young and Los Pacaminos, Glenn Tilbrook, 2008 Oscar winner Glen Hansard, Thomas Dolby,
My first professional gig came via the back pages of Melody Maker. I was phoned by a bloke called Johnny Carroll - an Elvis impersonator from Thornton Heath (near Croydon, Sarf London .. not very pleasant..), who specialised in the Elvis "Vegas" era. Unlike Elvis, who was always a big bloke, Johnny was 5'7" and a weasly ex-squaddie, who used to revel in showing us "candid" shots he'd taken of his Danish wife. This was mostly done at the dinner table, when she was present. What a charmer.
We were going to be huge in Denmark, but what actually happened was we lived out of the back of a van, ate boiled potatoes and cornflakes, got very pissed on Elephant beer, and rehearsed on a pig farm - wonderful smell!
I used to front the band for the first half of the show, and we'd play Police and Pretenders covers, then Johnny came on to the overblown strains of "Fanfare for the Common Man" and went down like a lead balloon - maybe it was the stick-on sideburns or the crap Karate.
I wonder (though not very often, or for very long) where he is now and what he's doing.
My current album, HereAfter is available on CD. For more details of this and previous recordings, see the Recordings page.