Welcome

Welcome to my website. Here you can find  information about my professional activities as an independent 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 do have problems with the  “music as strategy” philosophy  and prefer  music for it’s own  inherent value. I’m interested in uncovering beauty and meaning and communicating  a feeling about life.  I am naturally ‘non-genre specific’, i.e. 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. I am particularly fond of old- fashioned hillbilly boogie woogie, western swing and early blues of all kinds. I also love good  soul, funk  and  rock  and have played my fair share. I am a complete fan of all eras of ‘classical music’- for instance, I’ll learn renaissance lute pieces,Bach suites and Barrios waltzes and listen to Berg and Webern. I really enjoy writing songs and tunes ,recording them and presenting them to the public . I  play mandolin,viola and piano and write prose, poetry and lyrics. For those interested in the academic side of things  , I have a Masters degree from RMIT in Melbourne and am happy to discuss all kinds of aesthetic philosophy. I spend many quiet hours  making 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 find myself  constantly re-evaluating the popular mythologies of art and culture. I look to the past but am not trapped by it. I  am continually learning  from  the many great artistic , musical and cultural traditions of the world, but I am not  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.