My first successful writing collaboration was with poet and long-time friend Nigel Kingscott. The results were recorded in my bedroom on a Braun TG1000X open-reel recorder, a fairly high-quality machine for its time. Recorded in 1980, this is Situations
I met the late Barry (“Baz The Bass”) Gidden in 1974. A highly talented and capable musician, he expertly played guitar, bass, drums, penny whistle and keyboards. We wrote a number of songs – he called them tunes – together over the years, almost all of them short instrumentals. Here is Cool Plate from 1997, notable for being our first completely digital recording. I’m playing lead guitar, Baz is playing everything else!
In 1993 I was playing guitar with The Paradise Club. We recorded a number of our live performances, some of which were combined with a few studio recordings to make three CD albums. This is a live recording of Huey Lewis’s Hip To Be Square, one of my favourites in our set of soul and R’n’B covers.
The last working band I played in was called Crossfire.
Here we are with a 1994 studio recording of vocalist Paul Jameson’s song This Boy’s Blue,