Alongside art there has always been music:
From singing along to late night pop shows on Radio Luxembourg, through a period of hard rock head banging in my late teens which matured into a love of jazz and soul by my mid twenties, music has been central to my life.
While at art college in London I sang and played (flute, congas) with musician friends, not well but with passion, developing my skills and experience.
Some years later, now with a young family, I uncovered a deep desire to hang about jazz bars singing torch songs and began to go to some jazz jam sessions in Edinburgh where I lived. Quickly finding myself out of my depth I applied for and was accepted onto a 2 year Dip (HE) course in classical music at Edinburgh College. When I left in 2000 I was a much more informed and competent musician and had a solid knowledge of vocal technique taught intensively throughout the course by members of Scottish Opera. I supplemented this training with jazz masterclasses run by singers Fionna Duncan, Sophie Bancroft, Liane Carroll, Sheila Jordan and Mark Murphy and the contemporary voice work of Nadine George at Voice Studio International in London. I was ready to begin performing and teaching
Over the years I have sung at venues throughout Scotland including The Jazz Bar in Edinburgh, The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen and Belladrum.
I have also written, produced and performed sell out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on the works of lyricist Johnny Mercer. Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill and Jacques Brel.
I now live in Moray in North East Scotland and sing locally, mostly jazz and folk.
My most recent piece of performance work is Song of The River which I wrote in 2017.