I first got obsessed with the guitar in at around 10 years old in the heyday of bands such as Guns 'n Roses, The Cult and Metallica and subsequently grew up on a good diet of metal, grunge and classical music. As my guitar playing progressed in my teens I was drawn in by the guitar focused music of guitar gods such as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and John Petrucci. In my late teens I had a hiatus from guitar playing to attend the Royal Welsh College of music where I studied as a cellist.
After I finished my degree, I felt the guitar calling me back and although I was still a fan of the heavy guitar styles, I also discovered the acoustic guitar music of people like Nick Drake and Kelly Joe Phelps. This led to studying some of the great acoustic fingerpickers like Doc Watson, Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed and Tommy Emmanuel. The explosion of the YouTube guitar hero era saw me come into contact with acoustic playing I had never heard before, now dubbed as "Modern Fingerstye", with the percussive and inventive stylings of players such as Andy Mckee, Antoine Dufour and DonRoss. In the last few years, I have been studying "Jazz Manouche", or "Gypsy Jazz", an energetic and improvisational style of guitar based music created by the all time guitar great Django Reinhardt.
As an educator I have a PGCE in music education and was a classroom music teacher for many years before leaving to pursue my private teaching. As a performer I have played in many different types of bands, orchestras and music ensembles. I have performed at Glastonbury Festival, Ronnie Scotts, St David's Hall and the Festival Hall, as well as live radio gigs on BBC radio. I have also played as a session musician on numerous albums and releases that have received major airtime.