Hey. Glad you could drop by. Have a seat and a cuppa.
I'm an indie-pop-rock-classical-crossover kinda guy from Berkshire, England. I play piano for a living and young-ish people jump around to it. I adore getting creative with other people's melodies, whether at work, for satirical mashing or for the simple delight of leading old songs down new paths.
But I've also created plenty of original work (whatever 'original' means): swoonsome string arrangements, theatrical melancholy, occasional disco, many guest singers. You get the picture. A sort of ABBA/Divine Comedy/Pink Martini/Beethoven smoothie, if that helps.
This nominally 'solo' output has involved much musical collaboration en route, and led to the development of a separate piano trio project called Cherry Mint Koala with the absurdly talented Tony Woollard on cello and Charlie Brown on violin. T&C also contributed to my covers album, 'European Dream', on which I explored the darker side of some classic Europop. You can find videos for taster cuts 'Saturday Night' and 'Ride On Time' on the Sound & Vision page, along with a bunch of other earlier promotional curios and audio selections.
With no particular plan in mind, from Sept 2019 I began a series of satirical mash-up songs, mostly about everything sinister or stupid connected with Brexit and right-wing populism. These have all been bashed out on my trusty Yamaha piano and recorded in rough n ready one-take fashion on my phone. This process has proved extremely cathartic in these years of stress and uncertainty, and quite a few other people have appreciated both the effort and the sentiment... You can find all that stuff on the Topical Satire page, unsurprisingly.
Meanwhile, in 2023 I suddenly find myself making a new album. (Or two mini-albums, possibly. It's hard to know these days.) I'm working with an extremely talented drummer this time, so there is definitely a whole new level of grooviness in store, plus the usual array of wonderful guest singers. But I also plan some curiously invigorating and unexpected classical reinterpretations with the help of Cherry Mint Koala. More on all that in due course...
So: listen, watch, read, enjoy... And mine's an earl grey if you're making one.