I became a musician later than most people I know. It wasn’t until I was 16 years old that I decided music was all I wanted to do with my life. As a result I missed out on a lot of the school groups that we had back in Scotland – and there were a lot of them. I taught myself to play guitar, wrote my first song a month later and never looked back.
I joined my first “proper” band fresh out of high school. We mainly played cover songs and never performed outside the local area, but at least we were getting our name out there. We only performed one song that I wrote, but the crowds always enjoyed it even if they couldn’t sing along. It wasn’t until 2003 that I started playing original material regularly in a new band near Nottingham. I found this much more satisfying, even if the gigs were smaller and we earned less (and “less” actually means “nothing”).
While living in London in 2007, I become a founding member of Albany Down. It was a new band focused on playing and writing songs in a style I loved. We wrote and recorded our first album South of the City in 2011, by which time we were performing regularly. We followed that up in 2013 with Not Over Yet and The Outer Reach in June 2016.
The time I’ve spent performing live with Albany Down has improved my vocal range and stamina, learning how to retain strength and longevity through 2-hour shows. I learned how to raise my game in the studio, with our producer (Greg Haver) demanding the highest quality performance on every take. Using a selection of session musicians (strings, organ and brass) also taught me the level of skill and focus required to come into someone else’s session and play the way they need you to.
I love performing live and I love the creative process of being in the studio. I hope to be able to continue doing both for a long time to come.
Come See Me
I’m not currently performing with any bands, but please keep an eye out on this website and my Facebook page for updates on what’s next!
Give Me Stuff
I don’t know why you’d want to, but there’s a ton of music gear I’d like on my Amazon wishlist.