I'm originally from Musselburgh, just outside Edinburgh, best-known for ice-cream, fish and chips and lesbian comediennes. I first began gigging whilst living in Greece, playing three-hour sets to drunken ex-pats (most of whom I knew personally), and bemused Greeks. Upon returning to Britain I moved to Cambridge, where I still live now.
Over the last four years I have gigged extensively in Cambridge, London and the east of England. I have supported folk artists like Clive Gregson, Jez Lowe and Helen Watson and have played at the Cambridge Folk Festival twice, as well as recording and independently releasing two CDs.
I'm inspired by things people say, things I read, words themselves, cartoons, feelings, daydreaming, Johnny Cash's voice, Mississippi John Hurt 's guitar and Richard Thompson's lyrics.
If you were to ask me why I started writing songs, I would answer "because I felt like I had something to say". If I didn't feel that, then I would just perform other people's songs. I'm not doing this to express my pain, vent my spleen or as some therapeutic exercise. I'm doing it because I've got some ideas that I think/hope will provoke, stimulate or entertain you. If they actually do then, who knows, one day I might even get to quit the day-job.