What’s this site about ?

Who am I ?

I am a Semi-pro, mature, experienced, creative, quality Drummer based near St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK, interested in a widening variety of styles of drumming – incl. US Blues, Alt. country, Folk, Americana, Rock’n’ Roll – basically I’m not a Prog or double pedal Metal kinda fella !.  ( Click on any highlighted name in the text for the respective website)

I have played drums with Chris Lord & her Blues Express, have depped for Roadhouse, local Blues Bands & regular covers bands and am a regular at various jam nights in the UK . Currently working on some new projects, – – – – but I am also keen to explore other styles of drumming , so I’m always up for a challenge – try me !

I have a professional attitude & I’m always on the  look out for  good standard musicians wanting a drummer  (Permanent & / or Dep.) , to be creative & develop their own material plus choice covers, and to gig regularly.

I specialise in Texas Blues shuffles, funky shuffle with groove, Blues, Rock’n’Roll, swing – All with feel & dynamics ! I also have the ability, & enjoy ,playing quietly with Brushes – Jazz swing & country on minimal kit.

With over 10 years drumming experience, incl. drum lessons at London drum college DrumTech,  I am  mentored by friend & UK Pro Drummer, Sam Kelly,(Voted into Blues In Britain magazine Gallery of the Greats, as a five-times winner of the ‘UK Drummer of the Year’ award) and coached by Martin Ranscombe (aka ‘The Drum Guru’) .

Also…

Through my Blog I would like to share reflections on my experiences of the ongoing process of learning the drums, news of Bands & music that interest me at the moment.

My journey with music and drumming is closely allied with my life experiences. This experience, along with insights into all aspects of  a creative pursuit, I would like to share & connect with a wider audience – so have a look at my Blog and join in with your views !

Any comments on this site are purely my opinion and I’m interested to hear your stories and views too on subjects I raise.   See you on the next ‘page’ – – – – – and don’t be late !!

Inspirations

If any of the following names mean anything to you, we’re on the same wavelength!

Drummers

Sam KellyEvan Jenkins, Sonny Payne, Jimi Bott, Stanton Moore ( anyone who can shuffle !)

Music

Texas Blues,Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Ian Siegal, Tedeschi Trucks,  Gary Clark Jr,  Old Gray Mule  ALL Shades of Blues ! Alt. country, Americana, Rock’n’Roll etc etc

And finally…

I do, of course, have my own Transport & quality gear, namely…

Mapex Saturn v Drums – Jazz Kit

Mapex Saturn iv Drums – Rock Kit

Mapex Black Panther snare

Zildjian ‘K’ cymbals

LogJam ProLog – ‘stomp box’ – ( Great for acoustic set ups through a Bass amp – check it out !)

ITap – British Drum Co ( also great for acoustic sessions)

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