Aged 8-12: Chorister in St.Hildas Church Choir
Aged 11-14: Played violin in school orchestra
Aged14: I was too embarrassed to have violin case when girls school bus came by so switched to the more trendy guitar.
Aged 16: Started writing songs
Aged 17: School Band: Freebird including Mike Askew, Dave Stoker, Mark Lloyd, Kevin England & Bob Swindells
Jammed with classmate Ed Alleyne-Johnson: www.muntfish.com/alleyne-johnson
- He would have looked trendy carrying a triangle!
- Ed made a name for himself with New Model Army & now solo career
- You can still see Ed busking in the streets of Chester at weekends
- Mike & I saw him recently & he played an impromptu performance of his own
version of Lynyrd Skynyrds Freebird
University Education: Nottingham
University Revues: Comedy songs/sketches double act with Martin Orrell
1983: Dave Stokers Liverpool band 3 Days In March played a lot of my material
Recordings 1985: Out to Lunch by Out to Lunch 6 track cassette
Out to Lunch was a studio recording involving Martin Orrell (co-songwriter), Dave Stoker (descendant of Bram), Mark Lloyd, Elaine Ferns & Fred Lloyd (formerly of 70s supergroup Smokie & no relation to Mark) at the once Garden Studio based in a Liverpool dock warehouse.
1986: Love Games by Back to Basics 6 track cassette
Back to Basics was the next project & a Chester-based band we gigged pubs - our home turf was upstairs in a Sam Smiths house, The Falcon. The band was a natural progression from OTL with Lloydy on drums & Bram on lead guitar. Elaine & Martin were busy elsewhere. Sue Lewis added her vocals & Steve Lewis (no relation) played bass. I followed up a colourful advert on Rushworths noticeboard to sign up Johnny Synthesiser Close. The final piece of the jigsaw was the talented saxophonist, Mick Owen, who sadly, just missed the studio recording at Asylum Studios in Ellesmere Port. Other people to appear on occasions were Michelle (singer) & Jonathan Thompson (trumpet).
The band did a couple of late revival gigs in 1988 & 1989 but the members gradually all went their own way but friendships were maintained.