I started playing playing, like many others, when I first heard Hank Marvin and The Shadows with that sound of Apache in 1960 and have never stopped. I primarily play Instrumental music, lead, rhythm or bass, the rest follows. I've played in many bands from Rock'n'Roll, country, Classic Rock to Dance bands for weddings, corporate etc. Anything that has good melodic music and good harmonies
What was the first concert you ever went to?
I watched the Shadows and Cliff in the Alhambra Theatre in Cape Town, South Africa in 1961 Everything was memorable, especially those stunning red guitars!!!
What gear do you use?
I have several guitars but my main one is a Fiesta Red, '82 USA Fender Stratocaster. I play through a VoxAC30CC2X & V212BN extention cab plus a few stomp boxes
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch, Brian Bennett, the late Jet Harris, Tony Meehan and John Rostill. Plus all the other members through the years. I've met all but, Tony and John. I've played with and recorded with the late, great Jet Harris. I met most of the Shadows at Bruce Welch's annual Shadowmania, and Hank at the O2 in Dublin and in Killarney at the beginning of their final Reunion Tour with Cliff in 09/10
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
Besides the many bands I've played in the most memorable would be, Moondance, a Van Morrison tribute that played throughout Ireland and was a frequent at every Cork Jazz Festival for over seven years. Another was Rodeo, a Garth Brooks cover band, Real good American country Rock fun for about five years!!! The recession had destroyed the gigging scene! Time has doubled and money is almost non-existent!!!!
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
That's a trick question!
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Our crowds were always pretty average depending on which area we played at, ranging from 200 to 400. When the smoking ban came in in Ireland, people almost completely disappeared then gradually drifted back, but it was never the same as in the good ol' days
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
I would compile a bit of everything onto one disk, there are too many to choose from. I know I'm skirting the question, but I didn't want to hit the 'Skip' button