About five years ago I started going to the gym, prompted by a bulge in the midsection that seemed as alien to me as Kuato in Total Recall. I then proceeded to spend the next 2 years wasting my time and money.
You may be familiar with NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month, in which normal humans across the globe commit to writing a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. This year — it’s happening.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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… Read More Playhouse Creatures
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.
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.
Long term compadre Andy Curry was forming a band to play his excellent solo material and asked me to join. Although I’ve played in various bands over the years playing bass and guitar, the Andy Curry Band has been the only opportunity I’ve had so far to play drums in a live setting.