I was a committee member at the original “Meadow Folk Club” in Ironbridge, Shropshire, a club fondly remembered by many performers.
I was one of the organisers of “All Folk Around the Wrekin” a folk festival which ran for several years in Telford.
I was also involved in the early days of The Iron Men and Severn Gilders Morris sides.
Moving to Cambridgeshire I joined “English Tapestry” a (then) well known three part a capella group who performed at folk clubs and festivals all over the UK as well as overseas work.
I worked with English Tapestry for two years initially, returning for a further 18 months in 1984.
The group consisted of founder members Ruth and Brian Brittain plus one.
Together with Barbara Griffiths and John Crowe “Witcham Toll” was formed to work on a project about Frank Kidson with Eric Cowell of Brewhouse Music who was his descendant.
We subsequently performed at festivals and clubs throughout the country.
(See Witcham Toll)
1990 to 2002
I worked as a professional musician touring primary schools throughout England with “The Tollhouse Company”.
Based in Cambridgeshire the company was set up by three people: myself, Barbara Griffiths and John Crowe.
As a touring musical theatre company we worked in schools presenting history based musical shows for 4 – 11 year olds using folk based music and song.
The Company also had an on-going policy of providing musical theatre for adults.
(See The Tollhouse Company / Between the Flat Land and the Sky)
For many years I was the caller and melodeon player with the popular
Cambridgeshire based “Fen Blow English Country Barn Dance Band”
(Previously known as “The Tollhouse Band” and “Lollypops and Bullseyes”)
Performing solo in folk clubs accompanying myself with melodeon
I sing traditional and self-penned songs and have just completed an album of songs
that have Shropshire connections. This became available in February 2017.
I have recently returned to my home town of Telford and am actively visiting the many local clubs.
if you would like me to visit your club just for a spot or as an extended showcase please get in touch via my Contact Page