I was born in the desert in Western Australia. These days I live in London in the UK.
Primarily I play basses – electric, upright and lately the sousaphone. I have performed and recorded with (among many others) Ben Watt, The Neil Cowley Trio, Martin Harley, Jawbone, Laura Marling, Duffy, Eric Clapton, Sir Tom Jones, The Staves, Bernard Butler, Catherine Anne Davies, Van Morrison, A Girl Called Eddy, Mamas Gun, Lisa Knapp, Ed Sheeran, Beth Rowley, Mark Abis, Izo FitzRoy…it’s a long list, sorry if I left you out.
Since 2002 I’ve been facilitating collaborative music projects, mostly with folks experiencing social exclusion – in prisons (with the Irene Taylor Trust), with asylum seekers, in immigration detention centres, with homeless people, in mental health settings and in pupil referral units. In partnership with the Nagaunee Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra I’ve also worked on collaborative songwriting projects with families who have tragically lost children to gun violence in Chicago.
I’ve been writing music for theatre for many years, contributing to shows for Ride Out, Livestock, Baby Panda, The Polka Theatre and The Park Theatre companies.
Since 2021 I’ve been writing television library music for The Nerve, as well as collaborating on community projects incorporating film and music with The Digital Story Company. My music has been featured on the BBC, ITV and RTE.
I’ve won a few awards along the way – back in 1997 and 1998 I was awarded “Best Bassist” at the Western Australian Music Industry Awards, The Neil Cowley Trio was named “Best Jazz Group” in the 2013 JazzFM awards and I won “Best Music” award at the International Video Communications Awards in 2013 for the Music Direction of the “Crisis at Christmas” campaign. The same campaign took the “Grand Prix” at those awards.