MAN OF MANY HEADS.......
...& most of them cardboard. Yes, Cardboard Is King! My stage act tries to bring out the 'strangeness' in 'the ordinary'. Just one man, one voice (you'll be lucky if you get any more than that) & his home keyboard...& some stage cardboard props. I write BIG songs about the small, but important, things in life, such as biscuits, packaging, The Batman, Godzilla & monkeys - to name but a few. No subject is too small to be BIG. I think I'll adopt that as my next catch-phrase!
I've been described as Music Hall, Surreal, funny, different, unpredictable, indescibable & 'a mature punk'. I'm probably all of those, but with a dash of Bonzo Dog Do-Dah Band meets John Shuttleworth, via Dave Brubeck, Frank Sidebottom, Max Wall & Arthur Brown.
Gigs coming up in 2017 @: FILEY FOLK FESTIVAL (April)...SPRINGBOARD FESTIVAL, Cottingham (May)...JOLLY BREWER, Lincoln (June)...BELPER GOES GREEN, Derbyshire (June)...STAXTONBURY FESTIVAL, Scarborough (July)...MUSEUM OF CLUB CULTURE, Hull (date tbc)...JOHN PEEL DAY, Cottingham (Oct.). Please go to the 'Gigs' tab for extra info.
I've recently been featured in an article on Hull's 'Musical Heritage', including 'HUMBERSIDE'S TOP TEN' (RECORD COLLECTOR MAGAZINE - Mar. 2017), & my songs, ACTION MAN WITH A GIRAFFE'S HEAD, & CARDBOARD IS KING, are now on the playlists of BB6Music & BBC Introducing. I played a live session on Alan Raw's BBC Introducing programme in April. The LATEST ALBUM, 'REVERSING SIDEWAYS IN AN UPWARD DIRECTION', NOW AVAILABLE! You can buy it via the 'Buy' tab, or MP3 versions on my Bandcamp page.
More festivals/gigs on their way. Please keep checking back, as events can come in at last minute. At present, I am busy recording 'an instrumental album with words (some of which are sung in a melodious fashion)'. The album will be entitled, 'LEISURE LAND', & due for completion end of the Summer - release date possibly October-ish.
Video, audio work, sound installation, drawing, painting & private Life Drawing Classes....
This is my 'other side', & I suppose it's what I trained for all those years ago at art college. I rarely produce drawings & paintings now, but I am always producing, & exploring, particularly the 'ambient side' of my work...& when it comes to stage props & presentation, well, my imagination suddenly takes hold! For more details & artwork, click on the 'Art' & 'Images' drop-down menus.
PRIVATE LIFE DRAWING CLASSES - Wednesday mornings @ Cottingham Methodist Church Hall, Cottingham; Thursday mornings @ Skidby Village Hall, Skidby; Friday mornings @ St. Cuthberts Church Hall, Hull (this one is a casual 'drop-in' session). All sessions are from 10:00 am - midday. Please contact me for more details. Sessions are on a termly-basis of x10 weeks, that usually fit in with school dates.