Where and when were you born?
Cardiff Docks, 1956.
When did you start to play?
I started playing drums at the age of 16.
Tell us about some of your previous projects.
I turned pro at 19 while working the American bases in Germany. I’ve worked with many house bands and sessioned in the film/TV world through ITV. After working with Andy Fairweather Low, I moved to London and spent two years playing in West End shows. Following this I joined the Dave Knopfler Band recording and touring Europe then spent some time recording with Squeeze. I also performed regularly on the Jools Holland 'Happening' series. In ‘87 I recorded with Clannad and did two world tours with the band. Around this time I joined Julia Fordham, recording and touring her album Porcelain. During the late 80's I toured with Andy Summers in the USA followed by a spell touring and recording with Gerry Rafferty. In ‘86 I began a long and continuing association with John Martyn, joining his band for the 'Piece by Piece' tour. I’ve played on almost everything John has recorded since then. Throughout the 90's I continued extensive touring and recording with artists such as Alison Moyet, Linda Lewis, The Proclaimers (including two No. 1 hits), Robbie Robertson and the Jools Holland Big Band. I’ve also worked with Rhian Benson and Angie Stone. I continued to work with John Martyn until his death in January 2009.
Who are your influences?
Early Genesis, late Led Zeppelin, Billy Cobham band, Alan Holdsworth Band, King Crimson, Larry Graham (Graham central station).
If you had to take one album to your desert island, what would it be and why?
Can't pick only one!! Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy, Genesis - Nursery Cryme, Billy Cobham - Spectrum.
What gear do you tour with?
Yamaha 9000 recording kit