drummer and percussionist
I am a drummer, percussionist and educator. I was born and raised in Nottingham and now live in Derbyshire.
I have been hitting, scraping, tapping and banging things for most of my life but became a professional percussionist over 30 years ago. I've worked on stage and theatre in many different styles and genres performing on regular UK, European and World tours as well as being a studio musician and band leader.
Previous bands and artists include, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billie Jo Spears, PJ Proby, Lyn Anderson, Wayne Fontana, Chip Hawkes, The Platters, Sandy Kelly, Lena Martell, George Hamilton IV and V, Stella Parton, Seven Little Sisters, Skyclad as well as working with a number of current original artists such as Manchester's ‘Little Sparrow’.
In 2005 I was awarded an Arts Council grant for creative music writing and development.
I run my own carnival band ‘Battuta’ and a community based Brazilian Samba group ‘Hand Made Samba’, who both regularly perform around the UK. There is also International Function band ‘The Feds’ and I'm also a member of the Swiss-based band 'Soupabads' having performed in-residence on consequetive years at the world famous Montreux JazzFestival.
A few years ago I was lucky enough to be one of five UK percussionists chosen to work with the world renowned french group ‘Les Commandos Percu’ for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. This experience was a real inspiration to me opening up many new avenues and allowing me to realise more about who I am as a performer and creative practitioner.
My newest performance projects are 'Stilt Batteristas' (drummers on stilts!) and 'Dr.Um', a solo drum-looper on a moveable stage.
I have spent a lot of the past 30 years involved in a wide variety of teaching and workshopping projects in an equally wide variety of settings. I feel that it is so important to share your experiences which has led me to working in schools, colleges, prisons, special schools as well as in the corporate sector. I adore this work as it gives me a chance to not only share my experiences and knowledge but to learn greatly from each environment.
Much of this work involves facilitating workshops in Brazilian, Middle-Eastern, North and West African and Cuban styles of percussion as well as drum kit. I also have a great interest in making percussion instruments either from recycled materials or taking apart existing ones and putting them back together as original percussive creations.
In short, I love what I do and feel very privileged to be able to continue to have a fine a varied life within music.
Thank you x.