Unlike most lead guitarists of the Shadows style who were influenced by Hank Marvin, the man who started my desire to play guitar was Colin Pryce Jones from The Rapiers. The sound he gets has a magic singing quality and it was a sound that hooked me in when I was just 11 years old. My first guitar was a ½ size acoustic guitar where I learnt the basics but I always had a (Hank)ering for a real Fender Stratocaster and I finally got one in 2002 thanks to my Mum and Dad.
I played in a couple of bands when I was at school but it wasn’t the sort of music I wanted to play so when I left school I gave up and sold most of my guitar equipment but kept my Stratocaster. In 2009 I was watching Bruce Welch in a programme about the 60s and decided to get my Strat back out and begin playing again. I attended my local shadows club in Southend and began to learn a lot of the Shadows hits and developed my own style as well. I had a shadows band with some friends from our Shadows club however they were all in other bands so I began to consider setting up a new band with musicians from outside the shadows community. A chance meeting with Keith Robertson led to the birth of the Wannabe Shadows. Now my time is concentrated between my youtube channel and performing throughout the country with my band.