Fascinated by the spectacle of live music, I decided to pick up a guitar while at school. And then put it back down again! But it kept tempting me back, so eventually I took it up again. Many years later I made the leap of faith from bedroom player to live performer and just over 10 years later, still giving it a go.
Having been stood at the bar all those years ago and wondering just what it would be like to be in a band, I can tell you that it is brilliant! We've played in a wide variety of venues over the years, and plenty of stories to tell - but the greatest part of all of it is joining in with people having fun!
When you come to one of our shows it's a bit like a human JukeBox - lots of recognizable tunes that are designed to make you nod your head and tap your feet! And if you can put your pint down for 5 minutes, why not get out on the dancefloor and have a boogie? Dance like you just don't care.....
I was born in a crossfire hurricane and I howled at the morning driving rain. Luckily.... I’m alright now.
One of the founding members of Guilty Plea I exchanged my Fender Telecaster for Jazz bass 12 years ago and the first time a thumping bass line coursed through my veins it was love at first play and the start of a beautiful relationship.
There’s plenty of variety in my musical taste. Rock, Soul, Punk, Ska, Reggae anything and everything although I’ll stop at The Dooley’s and Bucks Fizz and the glitzy disco jacket won’t be getting an outing anytime soon.
Don’t have any specific bass playing influences just an admiration for them all from McCartney to Marcus Miller. Probably my best era’s are 60’s and 70’s so it’s great that we’ve now settled on music mainly from these decades with some late 50’s and very early 80’s thrown in.
If you need to contact us regarding potential bookings I’m your man. I won’t bite and am never adverse to certain favours if it means another outing to rock and dance the night away.
"Well she was just 17, you know what I mean? And the way she looked was way beyond compare".
Well 6 months later I married her, had kids. Bought our son a drum kit then started to play again after a break of over 20 years. Did some jam sessions for a laugh and the next thing I know I am playing in a rock 'n' roll band.
We have played some great gigs over the years from our first ever when the PA broke down before we even started to a memorable night at Hugh Fernley Wittenstalls, River Cottage HQ. .
My drumming heroes are Charlie Watts from the Stones and Animal from The Muppets but not necessarily in that order.
My current set up is a Premier Artist Birch Kit with a Mapex limited edition Black Panther Snare. Sabian Cymbals and I use Pellwood Sticks. I also have a Roland Electric Kit for silent practice at home. Mark and Darren would love me to use it all the time but it's never going to happen.