I am a guitarist based in Bristol, UK. Here’s some of my projects, collaborations and bands (past and present).
Crippled Black Phoenix, (progressive/post-rock/ambient)
Core member, guitar/baritone.
In Summer 2018, I joined the band for festival shows in Spain. In March 2019 we travelled across Europe on a 25-date headline tour, performing the album Great Escape. October 2020 sees the release of the latest album Ellengaest following the singles; Cry of Love and Lost. Ellengaest was recorded at Chapel Studios, Lincolnshire, UK. We return in Autumn 2020 to record our next album.
Minima (original live soundtracks to silent era films)
Composer, baritone, bass and lead guitars, plus mandolin and analogue synth.
2020 sees my 10th year in the band, composing a new score to The Adventures of Prince Ahmed (1926) and developing a masterclass for students, to be premiered at Deal Festival, 2021.
Minima performed their latest re-score to Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror at the Cinedrome, last year at Green Man Festival.
For Carl Theodore Dreyer’s Vampyr, we collaborated with fellow silent film accompanist and renown pianist Stephen Horne. Our rescore was performed at the Barbican, London. Other notable performances include Tate Britain Gallery, National Film Theatre/British Film Institute, Glastonbury Festival, Fort St Elmo, Malta (European Capital of Culture 2018).
Nicky Wire (Manic Street Preachers)
Guitarist, lead and baritone.
Session work and tour with Manic Street Preacher Nicky Wire’s solo project, The Secret Society in 2006.
Greg Haver (producer: Manic Street Preachers, Melanie C, John Cale, Super Furry Animals)
Electric and acoustic, bass and baritone guitar
I met Greg in Gaiman, Patagonia in 2006. Here we recorded MC Mabon’s award winning Welsh Language Hip Hop album Jones Williams. Greg subsequently invited me to play with the Nicky Wire Secret Society. I have continued to play on Greg’s productions since then at UK recording studios including; Rockfield, Monnow Valley, Sain, StudiOwz, Faster/Stir, BBC Maida Vale, Modern World (including a live recording with Melanie C). Also Ocean Sound Recordings, Giske Island (Norway) and Quicksand Studios in New Zealand.
Most of my sessions with Greg have been engineered by Clint Murphy (50 Cent, Enter Shikari) who also produced the chart topping albums Lone Survivor (2016) and Dead Man Walking (2018) by Czech rap/rock artist Marpo. On these albums I contributed lead and acoustic guitar, bass and mandolin.
National Theatre Scotland / Royal Shakespeare Company
Adrian Utley’s Guitar Orchestra (conducted by Charles Hazelwood)
The following project, Mail, Maps and Motion was a site specific multi-media piece performed in Bristol Temple Meads with mapped projections surrounding the 2,500 people gathered.
Luke Jerram (Artist, Sky Orchestra, Play Me I’m Yours)
Composer and producer, lead and acoustic guitars, keys, percussion.
In 2013 I was commissioned by Luke to produce a piece of music for his artwork Lullaby which after debuting in Bristol has continued to tour internationally.
A Bristol-based four-piece also featuring a long time musical collaborator, bassist and music technologist Gaz Williams (Karl Hyde, Charlotte Church’s Pop Dungeon, Sonic State). Along with Helen Stanley (keys) and James Phillips (drums/guitar), we re-scored Alejandro Jodderowsky’s 1973 cult classic film The Holy Mountain and then followed with French/Czech animated Sci-fi La Planet Sauvage (Fantastic Planet) debuting both at the Cinedrome, Green Man Festival in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
In 2020 we contributed Khol to the Bristol ARK charity compilation album raising funds for Covid 19 charities in the Bristol area.
Lead and bass guitar. Guitar contributions to 2001’s Hunt For Meaning (ANKST), Pryna (Boobytrap, 2003), Kerrdd Dant (Slacyr, 2004), Seshiwns Radio (Ankstmusik, 2006) and band member for Jones Williams (Copa, 2007) and Strict Meter (Tarw Du, 2011). Also live TV performances for S4C and BBC Wales during this period.
Lead Guitar and Drums! Band member between 2002-2008. Composing, performing and mixing two albums The Drive Home (2005, Surk) and Out on the Waves (2007, Surk). Also contributed guitars to I Saw Energy (2013, Folkwit). Cymbient performed on the main stage of Green Man Festival in 2005 and 2008, also performing live on Radio 6 in 2008.
Surf, soul and delinquent rock n’ roll since 2012. In 2014 we performed our original rescore to the 1964 surfing documentary The Endless Summer in front of a packed Cinedrome at Green Man Festival, Wales. Other notable shows include an appearance at Glastonbury Festival, 2016.
In 2020 we contributed Snake Oil to the Bristol ARK charity compilation album raising funds for Covid 19 charities in the Bristol area.
Echoic Audio (music and sound design for advertising, film and art)
Acoustic/ electric guitar and bass
Commissions for guitar parts, from major brands to festival idents since 2012.
BIMM (British and Irish Institute of Modern Music)
I have been an assessor and presenter on the BA (Hons) Professional Musicianship Guitar course in Bristol since 2013.
Crippled Black Phoenix | Marpo | Asteroid Deluxe | The Rumble-O’s | Alex Stacey | David Tickle (producer) | Defective Collective | Libeau | Mercedes/Echoic Audio | Druv Kent | Rocket Goldstar | Peter Aristone | Katie Thompson | Waterfront | Zammo | Christopher Rees | The Afternoons | Fade Files | The Soft Beaters | Bristol Fantasy Orchestra | Jay Leighton | Louise Latham | FLUB | Matt Springfield | Pollen Project | Captain Paranoid & the Delusions | Lingerie | Aftertaste | Punk Painters | Chris Townsend | Shaun & Jill |