This project represented a number of firsts for me – my first foray into writing music for a musical, and first time working with York’s Six Lips Theatre. The brief from director Roxanna Klimaszewska was clear and focussed – a dark, industrial, steampunk take on Christopher Marlowe’s classic tale.

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Another chance to work with the super talented Hedgepig Theatre team – this time a re-imagining of JM Synge’s Irish classic, rehomed to a fantasy Yorkshire by director and writer Andy Curry.

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We are largely the sum of our influences, and while it’s not just guitarists that have formed the way I approach playing the guitar, I thought it might be fun to list out the top 5 axe-slingers who’ve helped me formulate my own style, and also admit where I’ve nicked techniques and ideas. See if you can spot the following next time you see me play!

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I‘ve been a gigging guitarist for over 20 years, and I’ve made all the mistakes you can possibly make. If you’re new to the guitar, or even if you’ve been playing a while, here’s my top 5 tips for getting the most out of being an axe slinger.

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The band I play guitar for – Berlin Black – are currently running a PledgeMusic campaign to fund the recording and release of our debut album. It would be great if you could get involved and pledge, you’ll be helping an independent act out, and getting yourself some exclusive goodies in the process!

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I‘ve written and performed music for a wide variety of different settings and purposes, but my long-term ambition has always been to produce soundtracks for film. If you’re making a film, short, or television programme and you’d like me to compose music, please get in touch as I’d love to work with you.

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Miss Julie was the second Hedgepig Theatre production I was invited to participate in, and it was an equally edifying experience. Working with many of the same people as Playhouse Creatures, I was tasked with creating a dark 1920s theme for August Strindberg’s gender-war drama. 

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Playhouse Creatures was my first time working with York-based theatre company Hedgepig Theatre. The play, written by April de Angelis, is the story of Nell Gwynne and a small group of the very first female actors allowed on stage. It portrays the ascendence of Nell and the various fates of the other established actors and included a huge fire, swordfighting, Shakespeare and an on-stage abortion!

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Berlin Black are a glam/goth/rock outfit, created by Chris Tuke (ex Screaming Banshee Aircrew) and consisting of Thomas MacLean (drums), Jo Violet (bass), Chris (vocals/keyboards) and myself (guitar). So far we’ve released 3 EPs (The Only Ones, Burn It Down and It’s Only Natural) and a full-length album.

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After AKP came to a natural end, I wanted to start another band that was as different as possible. GLASS was much darker, slower and more sparse, but I couldn’t get away from writing pop songs in essence.

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