I began as a drummer but continued undeterred, playing in some of Sydney’s great dives including John Henrys, Surf City and Ward Austin’s Jungle (midnight to dawn twenty five bucks each).
First band, The Intersection, spawned seminal groups House of Bricks, Samael Lillith and Sherbet but by then I was playing with The Sad, a very aptly named band with a singer who, on a good night, sang partly in English
(for the gory details click on Five Years on Another Planet).
I took up guitar because it was easier to carry and wrote my first songs during the great Folk Winter of the Woolly Jerkin of 1969. After playing solo I teamed up with a school friend in a three piece acoustic group called Still, which played several big outdoor festivals as well as regular gigs at venues such as The Kirk Gallery and The Balmain Volunteer. Various events lead to me giving up playing music to work in the business side of music.
Over time I wrote and recorded many jingles for commercials, including the first ever campaign for Wyndam Estate and provided lead and backing vocals as a straight voice or character.
I picked up a guitar again in 2005 and began writing. I co-produced the first EP called On the Peninsula at MVM music and then did a CD sharing vocals with my son Morgan called Wire and Wood. The latest CD, Play Nice, is just finished and features some of the Northern Beaches finest musicians (click on Warblings
). All of the albums are original material and we’re about to start on a three part harmony acoustic EP called Shoestring. We play the occasional gig but mostly do it for fun but of course you can always provide the money for my next set of strings by clicking on Filthy Commerce