My parents gave me my first guitar (Malaguena No. 6) when I was nine in 1962. Around the age of ten I had the good fortune to go to many concerts at the Adelphi in Slough, just behind my house. Watching Roy Orbison, The Rolling Stones, The Ronettes and many others had a lasting effect on me and I never really entertained any serious idea to be anything but a guitarist after that. At age 19 I joined 'Assignment', my first working band, playing all the local clubs. I moved to London in 1979, invited by my friend Lester Moses to join his street theatre band the Demolition Decorators, met some actors and did a load of theatre work. With actress and singer Denise Black, I formed a cabaret duo playing around London and toured Ireland with her vocal band The Kray Sisters. In 1984 I returned to Oxford, started running a weekly music night at the Jericho Tavern, took up the pedal steel and joined the Allen James country band. This period also saw me playing with Dylan-themed band The Zimmermen. I was guitarist with Oxford rockers Move It for many years and still help them out occasionally. Extremely happy to have bumped into this lot. Loving every minute!