I am a London-based singer and instrumentalist specialising in English traditional music. This website should give you an idea of my various activities, musical and otherwise.
I play melodeon and MacCann duet concertina, as well as the bones, border pipes, clarinet, whistles, tambourine, tenor guitar and a whole host of other instruments.
My repertoire of songs and tunes comes largely from my native East Anglia and I have a special interest in the music and dance traditions of that region. I've had the honour of playing for the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust's annual step dancing competition for the last couple of years, as well as teaching at their annual Melodeons and More event. My roster of songs contains a broad range of material, from 20-verse ballads to mucky Music Hall songs.
In 2011, I finished studying for a degree in Ethnomusicology from SOAS, University of London. My dissertation was on 5-beat meters in English traditional song, and my third-year performance module was in English Traditional Singing.
I have performed with The Lion's Part theatre company and have provided music for two projects for the BBC, on radio and television
As well as playing for lots of Ceilidhs, I have, over the years, performed at various private functions functions doing all manner of other things, from piping to solo melodeon playing to running singing sessions. I occasionally sing music hall songs to the elderly in nursing homes and day-centres in Essex.
I have worked extensively as a folk music educator for the English Folk Dance and Song Society and for various other institutions and in numerous schools. In 2012 I helped set up the Trad Academy with old-time banjo maestro and all-round nice guy Ed Hicks. I also give private lessons in melodeon and concertina.