Influences: John Mclaughlin, Allan Holdsworth, Stevie Wonder, Sting, George Benson
I am a skilled, creative guitarist/composer working professionally in the genres of jazz, fusion, soul, funky pop and blues. My influences over the years have been and are George Benson, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, Allan Holdsworth, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Eric Clapton and The Beatles, which all reflect in my playing. I have written and recorded many songs, and have composed for video, stage dramas, and radio. I have also worked as a session guitarist on a number of commercial albums (eg PWL), plus stints as musical director and band leader in various situations. I am an authorised guitar tutor with the national Registry of Guitar Tutors (RGT London), and a paid-up member of the Musicians Union. In my 'day job', I teach guitar in Newcastle schools and privately, and have run University courses in guitar techniques and understanding popular music. I have a BA Hons degree in Creative Arts. Most recently I was guitarist and arranger with the original soul band, SouLutions, but now a free agent and seeking a new challenge, or maybe some varied collaborations. I have had regular residencies in a number of restaurants, playing instrumental guitar. Music for life.