Welcome

Welcome to my website. Here you can find  information about my professional activities as an Australian musician. I’ve always made sure that I’m pretty much free to do what I like, artistically speaking, and  have done so for over 40 years. I’m proud of it . I don’t play just one thing but draw on all kinds of styles. I’ve always been curious and had broad  interests. I play  music on fiddle and guitar:- folk and jazz stylings, country music, old-time acoustic music and some classical . I am particularly fond of old- fashioned hillbilly boogie woogie, western swing and early blues. I also love soul, funk  and  rock  and have played my fair share . As well, I  play mandolin,viola and piano and write prose, poetry and lyrics. For anyone  interested in the academic side of things, I have a Masters degree from RMIT in Melbourne -“Possum Stole The Pumpkin-finding voice in Cajun Music in Australia”.  I also make visual art:- watercolours, drawings and oil paintings and feel a great affinity with art which evokes a kind of poetic realism. I’m really over the ” -isms”, the arrow- through- time  and other concepts of “modernity” and style in both visual art and music , and find myself  constantly re-evaluating the popular mythologies of art and culture. I look to the past but don’t feel trapped by it. I  am continually learning  from  the many great  traditions of the world, but I am not born to them or bound by them. My Bio page will fill you in on some of  my professional history and you can  find me playing blues in bars ,fiddle  tunes at Tamworth Country Music festival,tucked away in a dark recording studio or playing vintage jazz in a cool Sydney club. A lot of the time I’m just sittin’ on the verandah singing beautiful old songs to the birds and the children.

If you want to hear any of my music, get in touch or, better still, come to a live performance! Check out shows/gigs. I continue to have a low-profile on the internet as far as my music is concerned -I’m not on Itunes ,Spotify ,Sound Cloud or Bandcamp . (I’m not sure if this is good or bad and may change in the future …at least I’m not spending all my time  enslaved to a computer screen !) Personally, I find the CD format still the best way to share music if you are a small independent artist. They are easy to make and transport, and there is some fair, reasonable financial return for the artist. Many will call me  out-of -date or unhip…showing my age !! They’re kind- of right, I can’t keep up with the fast pace of technology ,who can ?  Good music, art and culture always reside in a quiet place outside of  fast, frantic time.  If you’re really  interested in my music, I’d be happy send you a CD, or if you would like to make any comments or leave me a message, please do so.

Thanks again for having a look at my website. See you out there somewhere, sometime, somehow.