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)
Live show guitarist.
In Summer 2018, I joined the band for festival shows in Madrid, Spain. In March 2019 we travelled across Europe on a 25-date headline tour, performing latest album Great Escape.
Minima (original live soundtracks to silent era films)
Composer, baritone, bass and lead guitars, plus mandolin and analog synth.
Minima will be performing their latest rescore to Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror at the Cinedrome, Green Man Festival on Friday 23 Aug 2019.
2019 sees my 9th year in the band, composing new scores and performing live accompaniment to silent era film. 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 in 2017. Other notable performances include Tate Britain Gallery, National Film Theatre/British Film Institute, Glastonbury Festival.
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.
Greg Haver (producer: Manic Street Preachers, Melanie C, John Cale, Super Furry Animals)
Electric and acoustic, bass and baritone guitar, lots of FX pedals.
I will be Joining Greg and Engineer Clint Murphy for a Guitar and Bass recording session at Ocean Sound Recordings, Giske Island, Norway in Aug 2019.
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 recording studios Rockfield; Monnow Valley and Modern World (including a live recording with Melanie C) in the UK and Quicksand Studios in New Zealand.
Most sessions I have played on with Greg have been engineered by Clint Murphy (50 Cent, RØMANS) 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
Lead Guitarist. Mandolin.
Massed guitar performances of composer Terry Riley’s 1964 piece In C. An album of our performance at Bristol St Georges Hall was released on Invada records in 2013.
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.
Asteroid Deluxe (psychedelic/ambient/soundscape/progressive rock)
Founder-member, composer, lead guitarist.
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). 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.
Our debut vinyl album The Lawn was released in 2017 and we are currently working on our next album, The Moons of Jupiter. Since 2017, our live shows are often in collaboration with video artist David Hopkinson.
Luke Jerram (Artist, Sky Orchestra, Play Me I’m Yours)
Composer, audio engineering/mixing, lead and acoustic guitars, keys, percussion.
I was commissioned by Luke to produce a piece of music for his artwork Lullaby which after debuting in Bristol, toured internationally.
MC Mabon (Welsh and English Language Folk/Rap/Rockabilly/Hip-Hop)
Lead and bass guitar
Guitar contributions on 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.
Cymbient (Indie Rock)
Lead guitar, drums.
Band member between 2002-2008. Composing, performing on 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.
The Rumble-O’s (60’s instrumental surf/soul/demented rock n’ roll)
Founder member, composer, reverberant guitars.
My party/festival band! Tarrantino soundtracks and twangin’ guitars 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.
Echoic Audio (music and sound design for motion, film and art)
Acoustic/ electric guitar and bass
Commissions for guitar parts, from large 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 |