My love of singing started with my Dad. He sang, I listened.
Fast forward to 16 and I joined a band with friends from school. I can still remember clutching my newly bought microphone and heading to the garage where we got together. We wrote our own songs, organised our own gigs and it was here that I learned about the power of being connected to people through music.
In 1996 I hooked up with Darren in London, one of my friends from the school band. I worked for Warner Music by day, writing an album with Darren in the evenings. This led to a signing with Atlantic Records. It was a very exciting time, travelling to America, meeting well known names including Ahmet Ertegen and releasing an album that led to a number 1 Billboard hit.
It all sounds great and there was a lot of excitement to be had, but actually I struggled with the music industry. Next came over a 10-year period of no singing at all.
Living in Sussex again, I took up playing Autoharp and going to local folk clubs. The supportive environment and the characters found in some of the clubs, were a wonderful way to start making music again.
It was at a Sussex folk club that we met our bass player, Richard Walder. Richard plays tea-chest bass and sings like an angel. It is with Richard, and more recently with Ben Clennell on percussion/drums and David Asher on mandolin/guitar, that we go out as an acoustic unit. We play our own songs, together with the folk songs that we love.
Chalk Horse Music is inspired by Sussex folklore, landscape and legend. It combines my enjoyment of the Sussex countryside with its history, folklore and traditions.
I now present Mostly Folk on Hailsham FM once a month. All shows can be heard on the chalkhorsemusic Mixcloud page, here