I am the youngest member of the band at 23 years of age. I have been playing the keyboard since I was 11 years old and over the years I have performed in many different bands of varied styles in venues large and small.
Having studied music at a BTEC level at Blackburn College and as a BA Honours degree at UCLan Preston, this enabled me to experience music academically and professionally. It is at university where I met Lee Wharton and eventually joined After Hours Blues Band, which ultimately became Fat Jacks Garage. As the addition of my keyboards changed the sound and style of After Hours Blues Band, we decided to change the overall branding of the band, allowing us to experiment with this new found sound.
Music has always been a big part of my life. My family are musical and my early influences came from my two brothers. At school I learned a few chords on the guitar and I still enjoy strumming along to some tunes at home and at local open mic nights.
My passion for percussion started after a trip to New Orleans in 1998. I came back inspired by what I had seen and heard – I bought a set of congas and went to percussion workshops in Manchester. In 2000 I began drum kit lessons with a brilliant teacher – John Hicks. That was me hooked!
I’ve played kit and percussion in a few local bands over the years and attended various courses. All experiences were real learning curves for me and I’ve met some good folk along the way. The learning will never stop and I continue to study for my drum kit exams, I aim to complete them by the time I’m 60!! ☺
I joined After Hours at the end of 2010. I had seen the band in 1999, I didn’t know them then but liked their sound and bought their CD! I enjoy the covers we play which are arranged in a unique ‘After Hours’ way and the original material is exciting. Playing with feeling is very important to me, I am a passionate person and try to channel my passion into my playing……. blues is perfect for that.
I have always loved music, from being a very small boy. The radio and charts in the early seventies where a mixture of all genres of musical styles, I seemed to love it all. The first musician I remember focusing on, was Elvis. Later in the seventies when punk emerged I was hooked. I got my first guitar at thirteen but I didn’t really start to play until I had just turned sixteen, this is when my Father’s friend started giving me a few lessons and he showed me how to tune a guitar properly, I had been tuning the guitar wrong up until then. Right at this time, May 1984, my Father brought home a Jimi Hendrix album called ”Loose Ends”. I was instantly hooked again, like I had been with punk. I totally got into playing guitar and I had found a great source of music inspiration in Jimi Hendrix.
I like all types of music from classical to punk, and I’m currently doing a degree in experimental music at Uclan. I really have a thing for jazz and blues, or anything that the African slaves developed in the USA, Gospel, Soul and Funk I’d put into that category too. I like music to have a good groove to the rhythm. The guitarists I admire are many, but I like bluesy guitar with an influx of jazziness to proceedings. I suppose that’s how I would describe my guitar style.
I formed the band at the start of May 1999. The original line-up was Ed Bettes on bass and Pete Munday on drums. We played the songs I had written and blues covers. And things are pretty much the same way today.
I’ve been playing bass guitar since I was 13 years old with various bands in the North West of England.
I like music that has feel and this band has plenty of opportunity to explore this.
This latest line up sounds great, with the added keyboards, taking our music to another dimension.
It’s a great pleasure to be playing a mixture of Classic Blues, Rock covers & original tracks with Ann, Lee and Martyn.